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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!
  • Emerald: Save an additional $250 per couple off this cruise. Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to an additional $300 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save $750 per couple off 2021 Europe sailings. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to 30% off 2021 river cruises. Receive an additional $1,000 per couple discount off airfare, plus get a free private car transfer from the airport to your ship upon arrival. Click here.
  • Scenic: Fly for free from select gateways or save $2,400 per couple on 2021 Europe river cruises. Click here.
  • Collette: Vacations To Go customers save $200 per couple on vacations. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,950 per couple on 2021 Riviera river cruises. Book a cabin on the middle or upper decks and save up to $3,150 per couple. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly from $295 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple on 2021 river cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2021 river cruises. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save an additional $400 per couple off 2021 sailings. Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways plus save up to $1,000 per couple off select river cruises. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly from $99 to $1,199 per person from select gateways, plus save up to $1,000 per couple off Viking river cruises. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly from $299 per person from select gateways, plus save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 Europe cruises. Click here.
  • Crystal: 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on Europe river cruises. Click here.
  • U: Enjoy waived or reduced single supplement rates on select sailings. Click here.
  • Collette: Save up to $1,200 per couple off trips. Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 12% off 2022 cruises . Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free pre- or post-cruise hotel package on select river cruises. Expires January 29. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly from $899 to 1,099 per person from select gateways, plus save $1,000 per couple off Oberammergau cruises. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free $300 per couple onboard credit on select cruises. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly for free from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select Europe cruises. Click here.
  • U: Save 30% off 2021 river cruises. Receive an additional $500 per person discount off airfare, plus get a free private car transfer from the airport to your ship upon arrival. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free $100 per couple onboard credit on river cruises. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly from $299 per person from select gateways, plus save up to $2,000 per couple off Europe cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a FREE exclusive shore excursion and a private cocktail party on select cruises. Click here.
  • Crystal: Receive up to a $400 per couple onboard credit on sailings. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Click here.
  • Viking: Save $1,000 per couple off cruises, plus save an additional $1,000 per couple off round-trip airfare from select gateways. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $520 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Past guests of Uniworld, Trafalgar, CostSaver, Insight, Luxury Gold, African Travel, Brendan and Contiki save an additional $100 to $600 per person off trips. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2022 cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Past passengers receive special savings on select cruises. Choose from one of the following offers: free economy air, 2-for-1 business air, savings of $2,000 per couple or reduced single supplements of 10% . Click here.
  • Riviera: Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on all sailings. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Single supplement is waived or reduced on select departures in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Special savings on family cruises! Travelers ages four to 17 save 25% off the cruise price of select family sailings when accompanied by an adult. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly for $295 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple on select 2022 Europe River cruises. Plus, receive an additional 10% discount in select cabin categories. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly for free from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select 2022 Europe cruises. Plus, receive an additional 10% discount in select cabin categories. Click here.
  • U: Save 12% off 2022 cruises. Click here.
  • Scenic: Fly for free from select gateways or save $2,400 per couple on 2022 Europe river cruises. Plus, receive an additional 10% discount in select cabin categories. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save $650 per couple off select cruises . Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Active and retired U.S. military personnel receive an additional $100 per person (up to $200 per stateroom) off any sailing. 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.
  • Emerald: Past guests who refer a new traveler to Emerald Waterways earn a $100 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Emerald. Click here.
  • Scenic: Refer a new traveler to Scenic and earn a $200 to $300 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 to $150 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. 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.

Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.