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Rhine River

Rhine River sailings are among the most popular river cruises in Europe. Some itineraries focus solely on the Rhine, while others include additional waterways in Germany, Austria, Hungary or the Netherlands.

Many sailings start or end in Amsterdam at the northern end of the river. It's a city of narrow gabled homes and winding canals, and home to sites like Anne Frank's house and a Van Gogh museum. Basel, Switzerland, is often the southern terminus of Rhine sailings, and it boasts an ornate town hall and some very fine art museums.

The Middle Rhine is often thought to be the most scenic part of the river. This is where ships pass Lorelei Rock, where legend says an irresistible siren once lured sailors to their deaths. In Cologne, see the soaring twin steeples of the Gothic cathedral, and in Rudesheim, walk along the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse, lined with restaurants, shops and wine gardens. Passengers also travel to Heidelberg, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and home to a Gothic castle and centuries-old university.

Late November and December sailings, known as Christmas market cruises, are quite popular. Passengers spend time browsing the festive outdoor markets that sell handcrafted toys and ornaments, mulled wine, grilled sausages and gingerbread.

Sightseeing guides show you the top attractions and share their knowledge of the local history and culture. Plus, these trips are easy to budget, because so much is included in one price that you pay up front.

Limited-Time Offers on Rhine River Cruises!
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways, plus get reduced cruise fares on 2023 sailings. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Expires December 8. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,800 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, get air rates starting at $599 per person from select gateways. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $4,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save $1,000 per couple off select 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires December 16. Click here.
  • Riviera: Get special reduced rates offering savings of up to $5,500 per couple in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires December 16. Click here.
  • Viking: Enjoy special discounted rates on 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect the discount. Plus enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,200 per couple off last-minute cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off select 2023 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Collette: Save up to $600 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires December 15. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $600 per couple off last-minute sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, fly for free from select gateways. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off select cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires December 16. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free pre- or post-cruise hotel package on select river cruises. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Emerald: Exclusive Offer! Save up to $3,650 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Enjoy additional savings in certain cabin categories, for a total savings of up to $5,150 per couple. Expires December 11. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $0 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to $3,150 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Save an additional 10% when you book at least six months prior to departure. Expires December 15. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $2,000 per couple on 2024 river cruises in certain cabin categories! Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free cabin upgrade and free prepaid gratuities when you book a balcony stateroom. Enjoy additional perks when you book a suite . Expires December 31. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 5% off 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon Waterways . Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Scenic. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Young travelers receive up to $500 per person off family departures. Click here.
  • Tauck: Receive a free onboard credit of up to 200 euros on river cruises in select cabin categories . Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.