Below are 10 of our best-selling river cruise itineraries, listed below in no particular order.
On these vacations, you'll glide along scenic and historic waterways on an intimate and comfortable vessel, enjoying river-view staterooms, superb dining and personalized service. Daily excursions ashore and onboard entertainment and enrichment activities also are generally included in the upfront rate.
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Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking -- On a route between Amsterdam and Basel, you'll visit 700-year-old Marksburg Castle, the Alsatian city of Strasbourg and Rudesheim's Drosselgasse, a cobblestone lane lined by taverns, shops and restaurants.
Danube Delights, 8 days with Emerald Cruises -- Take in stunning views of Budapest from Buda Hill, have afternoon coffee and cake with a Slovakian family in Bratislava, cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley and hike to the medieval ruins of Durnstein Castle.
Charms of the South, 9 days with American Queen Voyages -- Travelers cruise the lower Mississippi River on a modern-day paddlewheeler, learning about Vicksburg's role in the Civil War and visiting 19th-century mansions in Natchez.
Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways -- Cruise the Seine River round trip from Paris. Featured attractions include Chateau Gaillard in Les Andelys and Claude Monet's home and gardens in Giverny. In Normandy, you can tour World War II landmarks or visit historic abbeys in the region.
Tulip Time, 8 days with Avalon Waterways -- Holland's colorful blooms are on display on this springtime itinerary that includes a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, where nearly 7 million tulip bulbs are planted annually. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Antwerp, Ghent and Amsterdam, plus join a cheese tasting on board the ship.
Castles Along the Rhine, 8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises -- A sailing through the Upper Middle Rhine, past more than 40 castles and fortresses, is a highlight of this trip. Sample Rieslings at Castle Vollrads in Rheingau, explore Cologne's historic Old Town and discover Alsace's French and German heritage.
The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise, 8 days with Riviera River Cruises -- In the Portugal region famed for its fortified wines, guests participate in tastings at quintas (traditional wine estates). You'll also travel to the Spanish university town of Salamanca.
Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Cruise Lines -- Discover the Pacific Northwest's rugged beauty along the Columbia River Gorge, and visit Mount St. Helens and sites associated with explorers Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.
Gems of the Danube, 8 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours -- Guests can choose from a variety of included excursions on this itinerary. In Vienna, tour opulent Schonbrunn Palace or enjoy a cycling excursion to Danube Island. In Melk, visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey or sample wines and regional delicacies.
Grand European Tour, 15 days with Viking -- See the sights along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on a panoramic sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided tours reveal the history and culture of Vienna, Regensburg, Cologne and more.