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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 $2,000 per couple off 2021 Europe sailings. Book a suite and save up to $5,600 per couple. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Fly for free from select gateways on 2021 Europe cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive FREE prepaid gratuities on 2021 cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to 10% off 2021 river cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to an additional $2,500 per couple off cruises . Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Scenic: Fly for free from select gateways or save up to $3,600 per couple on 2021 Europe river cruises. Plus, receive up to an additional $1000 per couple discount. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways, plus save $1,000 per couple off the cruise price of 2021 departures. Also, receive a free Silver Spirits beverage package. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,300 per couple on 2021 cruises. Book a cabin on the middle or upper decks and save up to $2,500 per couple. Plus, receive a free $300 per cabin gift card . Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly from $295 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple on 2021 river cruises. Plus, pay a reduced deposit and receive a free deposit protection plan and free DiscoverMore optional shore excursions. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2021 cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $1,500 per couple off 2021 river cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways and save $500 per couple on sellect 2020 Europe cruises. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save an additional $250 per couple off cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways plus save up to $1,000 per couple off select river cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Companion flies for free from select gateways on 2021 Europe sailings. Expires September 30. 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 September 30. Click here.
  • Crystal: Save up to an additional $2,000 per couple off select cruises. Click here.
  • Collette: Save 10% off 2021 tours. Click here.
  • Crystal: 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on Europe river cruises. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways and save $2,000 per couple on select 2020 Europe cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free $300 per couple onboard credit on select cruises. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to an additional $1,000 per couple off select 2021 Europe departures. Expires October 4. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,500 per couple off 2021 cruises. Click here.
  • U: Save up to 10% off 2021 cruises. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 5% off 2022 cruises when you book a balcony or suite. Click here.
  • Crystal: Receive up to a $400 per couple onboard credit on sailings. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a FREE exclusive shore excursion and a private cocktail party on select cruises. 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 September 30. 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. Expires September 30. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save an additional $300 per couple on river cruises. Expires September 30. 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 select river 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.
  • Tauck: Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to 50% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. 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.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,100 per couple on 5- and 6-day cruises. Book a cabin on the middle or upper decks and save up to $1,500 per couple . Expires September 30. Click here.

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