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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 up to 75% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires July 26. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to 76% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires July 26. Click here.
  • Riviera: Book the lowest-priced cabin category and receive a free upgrade to a cabin with a French or Juliet-style balcony (upgrade is valued at $600 per person on average and is subject to cabin availability).
    Expires July 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,500 per couple on Europe sailings with a special bonus offer. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $1,500 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $500 per couple on Europe departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $4,000 per couple on cruises worldwide. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Limited-Time Sale! Save up to 50% on select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires July 19. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: AirPlus Offer! Save with special air rates from select gateways on Europe cruises. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires July 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to 20% off the cruise price of sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 15% off 2025 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,650 per couple on cruises when you book certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $4,000 per couple on a selection of 2024 sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires July 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Summer Sale! Save with reduced cruise fares and special air offers. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Also, book with a reduced deposit of only $25 per person. Expires July 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off holiday cruises in select cabin categories. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $100 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2025 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Avalon: Receive free prepaid gratuities on the cruise portion of Active & Discovery sailings (a value of up to $878 per couple depending on the itinerary). This is combinable with most offers. Click here.
  • Viking: Bon Voyage Offer! Book an additional Viking river or ocean cruise within the 14 days prior to departure of an existing booking and receive extra savings of up to $2,000 per couple and a bonus onboard credit of $200 per couple on the new booking. Click here.
  • Riviera: Solo travelers pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on select cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off summer sailings. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $50 per stateroom onboard credit. 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 or its sister brands Globus and Cosmos. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald and receive a Welcome Home credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Emerald cruise . Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Thank You credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Scenic cruise . Click here.
  • Uniworld: Pay no single supplement on select departures in certain cabin categories. Expires July 31. Click here.
 
Offers are subject to change without notice by the operator until a payment has been made.