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Book a Beautiful Scenic River Cruise

Recent years have seen the steady rise in popularity of river boat cruises. Europe, Asia, and Africa attract many cruise enthusiasts who have discovered that river cruises offer a more destination-oriented experience than their ocean-combing counterparts. The river cruise is also becoming a favorite among those looking for a cost-effective alternative to land packages.

The best river cruise lines offer destination-intensive journeys; they rarely include "days at sea." Due to the small passenger load of most ships, shore excursions can be very intimate experiences, allowing you to sample local culture up close. European river cruises may take you down the Rhine or Danube, into the heart of Provence or the Loire Valley, and around Russia's sprawling countryside. While in China, the Yangtze invites even the most well-traveled guests to discover new and exotic landscapes.


The Best River Cruises: Top Destinations

We offer river cruises to:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europe

Popular Highlights and Stops on European River Cruises

  1. Budapest
  2. Vienna
  3. Paris
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Arles
  6. Passau
  7. Bratislava
  8. Bordeaux
  9. Kiev
  10. Odessa
  11. Moscow
  12. St. Petersburg

What Is the Best River to Cruise in Europe?

The best river to cruise will depend on what you want to see, but the most popular river with first-timers is usually the Rhine. Ports along the Rhine feature medieval towns and beautiful landscapes, including castles, cathedrals, and vineyards. Other popular river cruises travel the Danube, Rhine, or Seine.

Top River Cruise Destinations in Asia

  1. Ho Chi Minh City
  2. Phnom Penh
  3. Hanoi
  4. Beijing
  5. Saigon
  6. Shanghai
  7. Xi'an
  8. Wuhan
  9. Jingzhou
  10. Sa Dec

Egypt's Best River Cruise Destinations

  1. Cairo
  2. Luxor
  3. Edfu
  4. Aswan
  5. Qena
  6. Esna
  7. Kom Ombo

What Is the Best River Cruise Line?

Viking River Cruises has long been a leader in this industry, but AmaWaterways has also earned high marks from travelers, particularly those looking for a luxury experience.

Tips for Taking a River Boat Cruise in Europe or Asia

  • Keep in mind that river cruise vessels are usually much smaller than ocean-faring vessels. European river cruises require ships that can navigate locks and low bridges, while parts of Asia feature shallow waters.
  • Remember that a river cruise will have a port-heavy itinerary. Make sure to bring spending money to use while in port, and factor port fees into your budget.
  • Don't forget that river cruises offer less on-board entertainment because you will spend so much time in port enjoying the local attractions.
  • Your cabin will be smaller than it would on an ocean-faring vessel, so pack accordingly.
  • If you are prone to seasickness, no problem: You won't have to worry about it on a calm, flat river cruise.

Book the Best River Cruises for Less

Whether you want to explore the wonders of Asia or book the best river cruises in Europe, CruiseDirect can connect you with the greatest deals in the industry. We've served more than a half million customers during our 15 years in business, and we'd like to help you next. Explore daily deals on the best river cruises in Europe, the most thrilling tours of Asian rivers, and enchanting Nile journeys. You're sure to find your dream vacation among our offerings. With flexible payment plans and no booking fees, your river cruise journey will be both luxurious and affordable. Chat with a cruise expert now to find the right trip for you!