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River Cruises

We love river cruising as its a fantastic way to explore an area and get under the skin of what it has to offer. One of the big pleasures of river cruising is being on the ship itself as it leisurely passes by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. However, each day your river cruise ship will stop at various points of interest meaning there is also plenty of action during your river cruise holiday. One day perhaps you'll take a bike ride around a chocolate box village, the next day you'll be exploring the fascinating highlights of a capital city and that evening you may even go to see a performance at a world-famous opera house! Most river cruises include at least 1 excursion at each port, so you could view this style of cruise as more of a tour by waterway!

The Ships

Your river cruise ship is sure to offer you a home-from-home and the best thing is they are normally boutique in size only accommodating up to around 200 passengers. This keeps the experience personal, intimate and ensures you get the very best out of the destinations you visit. There are a huge range of ships from good value 3* operators, up to luxurious vessels that would rival some of the best hotels in the world. This is where our advice can really help as we'll find the right fit for both for your tastes and budget.

Destinations

There are so many destinations that are perfect for a river cruise with more opening up every year. The Rhine is a very popular option meandering its way through some stunning scenery - think beautiful mountains, medieval castles, and fascinating places to stop. The Danube is another very popular river for cruising running through several great European cities such as Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest. Other popular options include the Douro River in Portugal with its beautiful stretches of countryside and some of Portugal’s best wine regions. If you fancy heading further afield then the Mekong River is an incredible cruise which explores Vietnam and Cambodia with a unique chance to get immersed in their culture and see the incredible Angkor Wat Temples.


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Cruises Ideas

Below is just a tiny selection of our river cruise holidays. Get in touch to discuss your exact requirements and we'll help you find your perfect cruise holiday;

5-Night Christmas Markets River Cruise with A-ROSA


5-Night Christmas Markets River Cruise with A-ROSA

For the perfect magical warm-up to Christmas, enjoy this fantastic 5-night Christmas Markets river cruise package. Your cruise starts in Passau and meandre down the Danube past castles, Abbeys and some of Europe's most picturesque villages. The cruise will then make it's way to Vienna, which many regard as the capital of Christmas in Europe! Here you can spend time soaking up the amazing architecture, festive markets and one or two mulled wines! (ARO)

November to December departures

Engelhartszell (Passau)  >  Overnight in Vienna  >  Linz  >  Engelhartszell (Passau)

Cruise Holiday Includes

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 4 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 1 nights accommodation in Passau before the cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included while on-board
  • Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Premium drinks pacakge all day and evening
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 15% off spa treatments
  • Port fees and taxes

From £689 per person

Price based on two people sharing an S-Cabin in December 2021. Upgrades available. Simply enquire below.

8-Night Danube Classics with A-ROSA


8-Night Danube Classics with A-ROSA

This 8-night cruise package with A-ROSA River Cruises allows you to experience over 500km of the famous Danube River between the Black Forest and the Black Sea. Each day there will be something new to see, whether its irrepressible Bratislava where renaissance meets socialism, majestic Budapest with its ancient streets or Vienna with its ornate architecture that is sure to inspire you! (ARO)

April to September departures

Engelhartszell (Passau)  >  Overnight in Vienna  >  Eztergom  >  Budapest  >  Bratislava  >  Krems  >  Melk  >  Wachay  >  Engelhartszell (Passau)

Cruise Holiday Includes

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 1 nights accommodation in Passau before the cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included while on-board
  • Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Premium drinks pacakge all day and evening
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 15% off spa treatments
  • Port fees and taxes

From £959 per person

Price based on two people sharing an S-Cabin in October 2021, other dates and upgrades available. Simply enquire below.

Danube Delights with Emerald Waterways


Danube Delights with Emerald Waterways

This insightful itinerary crosses into four countries. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.

May to October Departures

Nuremberg  >  Regensburg  >  Passau  >  Melk  >  Burnstein  >  Vienna  >  Bratislava  >  Budapest

Cruise Holiday Includes;

  • International flights from the UK in economy
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Transfer from the airport and to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

From £1,995 per person

Price based on two people sharing an Emerald Stateroom. Departures available between April - October. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

Berlin and the Majestic Rhine with Emerald Waterways


Berlin and the Majestic Rhine with Emerald Waterways

This 8-night cruise package allows you to experience over 500km stretch of the famous Danube River between the Black Forest and the Black Sea. Each day there will be something new to see, whether its irrepressible Bratislava where renaissance meets socialism, majestic Budapest with its ancient streets or Vienna with its ornate architecture that is sure to inspire you! (ARO)

April to September departures

Engelhartszell (Passau)  >  Overnight in Vienna  >  Eztergom  >  Budapest  >  Bratislava  >  Krems  >  Melk  >  Wachay  >  Engelhartszell (Passau)

Cruise Holiday Includes

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 1 nights accommodation in Passau before the cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included while on-board
  • Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Premium drinks pacakge all day and evening
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 15% off spa treatments
  • Port fees and taxes

From £959 per person

Price based on two people sharing an S-Cabin in October 2021, other dates and upgrades available. Simply enquire below.

5* Douro with Scenic


Luxury Douro with Scenic

The Douro River meanders its way through some of Portugals best scenery and finest vineyards and this is your chance to experince it in the luxuruios surroungdings of your Scenic river boat. In Porto, board the luxurious Scenic Azure, which offers luxurious decor, a wealth of amenities and some of the finest food on the river. Days will be spent immersed in the proud history and culture of a unique land that still retains many of its centuries-old traditions

April to November departures

Porto  >  Regua  >  Vega de Terron  >  Pocinho  >  Pinhao  >  Porto

Cruise Holiday Includes:

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights on board a Scenic Ship
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners and premium beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All gratuities
  • Transfers and taxes

From £2,795 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Standard Suite between April - October. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

Luxury Mekong with Scenic


Luxury Mekong with Scenic

Meander along the Mekong and float by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past, soak up the melting pot of cultures that is Phnom Penh and discover the bright communities embracing rural river life along the Tonle River.

July to May Departures

Ho Chi Minh  >  Mekong Cruise  >  Cai Be  >  Sa Dec  >  Tan  Chau  >  Phnom Penh  >  Oudong  >  Koh Dach  >  Angkor Ban  >  Wat Hanchey  >  Kampong Cham  >  Siem Reap

Cruise Holiday Includes;

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights on board a Scenic Ship
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners and premium beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All gratuities
  • Transfers and taxes

From £3,195 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Standard Suite between July - May. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

15-Day Magnificent Europe with APT Luxury


15-Day Magnificent Europe with APT Luxury

APT Luxury's Magnificent Europe river cruise is their ultimate holiday for those looking to experience everything the Rhine and Danube have to offer.  This 15-day holiday starts in iconic Amsterdam and finishes nearly 1400km away in majestic Budapest. The trip includes excursions in 14 destinations and a number of APT Luxury's Signature Experiences including a private cocktail party at Namedy Castle and a private classical concert in Vienna's City Palace. You will be well looked after along the way aboard your elegant river ship with exquisite service and all the details taken care of including suptuous cuisine every day and a wide selection of beverages all included in the price. 

March - November Departures

Amsterdam  >  Koblenz  >  Rudesheim  >  Miltenberg  >  Wurzburg  >  Bamberg  >  Nuremberg (Depart Munich)

Cruise Holiday Includes;

  • International flights from the UK in economy
  • 14 nights on board you APT Luxury River Ship
  • Experiences in 14 destinations
  • APT Luxury Signature Experience at Namedy Castle
  • APT Luxury Signature Experience at Vienna's City Palace
  • Luxury dining - a total of 41 meals included
  • A wide range of beverages on-board
  • Transfer from the airport and to and from the ship
  • Butler and room service
  • Port taxes and charges

From £3,395 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Cateogry E stateroom in March or November 2022. Other dates and upgrades available. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

13-Day Russian Waterways with APT Luxury


13-Day Russian Waterways with APT Luxury

APT Luxury for a fascinating 13-day river cruise tour down the Russian Waterways from St Petersberg to Moscow. During the trip there are experiences on offer in 7 destinations allowing you to discover some fascinating locations and get to know the heart of Russia. Being APT Luxury there are also some fantastic Signature Experiences along the way too including a private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, a special before-hours visit to the State Hermitage Museum and a visit to Kizhi Island, home to some of Russia's iconic wooden architeture. Your home-from-home will be the comfortable river ship, MS Valentina, where you can enjoy stylish accommodation, an elegant restaurant and a sun deck where you can take in the ever changing vistas. 

August - September Departures

St Petersberg  >  Lake Ladoga  >  Mandrogi  >  Lake Onega  >  Kizhi Island  >  White Lake  >  Goritsy  >  Yaroslavl  >  Uglich  >  Moscow

Cruise Holiday Includes;

  • International flights from the UK in economy
  • 10 nights on board you APT Luxury River Ship
  • 2 nights accommodation on land
  • Experiences in 7 destinations
  • APT Luxury Signature Experience at Hermitage Theatre
  • The services of an APT Luxury Cruise Director
  • Luxury dining - a total of 35 meals included
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Transfer from the airport and to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges

From £5,195 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Cateogry E stateroom in March or November 2022. Other dates and upgrades available. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

River Cruise Lines

Below is a selection of our top selling river cruise lines. Get in touch to discuss your exact requirements and we'll help you find your perfect cruise holiday; 

APT


APT

On a river cruise with APT, you will find elegant and comfortable accommodation, large outdoor decks and a range of stylish lounges to relax in. Enjoy exquisite service, a choice of activities in each port and a wealth of inclusions along the way.

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A-ROSA


A-ROSA

A-ROSA is one of Europe’s leading river cruise providers with a fleet of 12 modern ships operating on a number of rivers. They offer a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere on-board with some great value prices. Ideal for couples and families alike.

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EMERALD WATERWAYS


Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways has grown to become one of the world’s best-loved river cruise providers. Their itineraries bring together immersive journeys and unforgettable shore experiences, with unrivalled onboard innovations and impeccable service. 

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SCENIC


Scenic

However you choose to travel with Scenic, on thing you can be assured of is that luxury comes as standard! Whether it's aboard their state-of-the-art European river Space-Ships or their ground-breaking Discovery Yacht, 

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