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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!
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2021 Europe sailings. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways , plus save up to $1,000 per couple off 2023 Europe cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to $2,700 per couple on select 2021 Europe river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Riviera: Get special reduced rates offering savings of up to $2,500 per couple in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires October 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $2,000 per couple off select 2021 river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to an additional $10,000 per couple off select 2022 departures. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2023 Europe cruises. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways plus save up to $1,000 per couple off select river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off select 2023 river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly from $399 to $1,199 per person from select gateways, plus save up to $1,000 per couple off Viking river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways on Europe river cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways , plus save up to $1,000 per couple off 2022 Europe cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Crystal: 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on Europe river cruises. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 5% off 2022 cruises. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2022 vacations . Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly from $899 to 1,099 per person from select gateways, plus save $1,000 per couple off Oberammergau cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off 2022 river cruises. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free $100 per couple onboard credit on select cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Viking: Receive a $200 per couple onboard credit on cruises. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways , plus save up to $1,000 per couple off 2021 Europe cruises. Expires November 1. 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 October 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways on 2022 & 2023 Europe river cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $520 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off holiday cruises, plus receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade and a $100 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,000 per couple off Oberammergau cruises. Expires November 1. 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.
  • Avalon: Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on the cruise portion of select river cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2022 cruises. Expires November 1. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Single travelers receive $1,000 per person off the single supplement of select river cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Young travelers receive $100 to $500 per person off family departures. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to 30% on 2022 river cruises. Plus, receive an additional $300 per couple discount. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • U: Save 10% off 2022 cruises. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,650 per couple on 2022 Europe river cruises. Plus, receive up to an additional 15% discount in select cabin categories. Expires October 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Receive free prepaid gratuities on Storyteller departures. Click here.
  • Tauck: Receive a free onboard credit of up to 300 euros on river cruises in select cabin categories . 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.
  • 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.