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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!
  • Scenic: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Get special low rates (up to 55% off) on select river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Emerald: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings (up to 55%) on summer cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Uniworld: 2022 Cruise Sale! Save 50% off select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Scenic: 2 for 1! Companion receives the cruise portion for free on many departures. Expires August 14. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 Europe departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Gate 1: Save up to $1,600 per couple off Europe river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 12. 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.
  • Riviera: Get special reduced rates offering savings of up to $4,500 per couple in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $2,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: 20th Anniversary Sale! Save 20% off the cruise price of 2022 departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2023 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. 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.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,600 per couple off select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, fly for free from select gateways. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off 2022 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $2,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways on Viking river cruises. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $0 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • Avalon: Receive free prepaid gratuities on cruises. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,650 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Save an additional 10% when you book at least six months prior to departure. Expires August 19. Click here.
  • Viking: Cruise from $2,199 per person on 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect the discounted rate. Plus fly for free from select gateways and pay a reduced deposit of $25 per person. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. 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.
  • Riviera: Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on all sailings. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Single supplement is 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: Young travelers receive up to $500 per person off family departures. Click here.
  • Collette: Last-Minute Deals! Save up to $2,000 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. 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.