River Cruise Experience

  • River Rhine
  • mps Lady Anne
  • Rhine Valley
  • Strasbourg
  • Heidelberg
  • mps Lady Anne
  • Amsterdam
  • Budapest
  • mps Lady Anne
  • Rhine Castle
  • Budapest
  • ms Serenity
  • Cochem
  • River Rhine
  • Moselle Valley
  • Bratislava
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We’ve all heard the saying “the world is your oyster” – on a river cruise it really is, as you effortlessly glide through different countries, gazing at natural wonders and stopping at quaint towns and historical cities along the way. This is where life moves at a slower, more leisurely pace and every second counts towards your holiday, whether we’re moored at the riverside or cruising to our next destination.

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  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Berlin Christmas Market
  • Rhine in Flames
  • River Rhine
  • River Danube
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Wine Tasting
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Whether you are new to river cruising or a seasoned traveller looking for your next adventure on the water, we at the River Cruise Line have something to suit all requirements. We cater for those looking for grand journeys on iconic rivers; seasonal trips showcasing countries at their most beautiful; and cruises unveiling local events and festivals. Whatever you choose, we guarantee a memorable holiday.

Christmas Market

Festive Cruises

Explore the traditions and atmosphere of mainland Europe during the festive period – including the wonderful Christmas markets – as well as enjoying great service and celebrations onboard your ship for Christmas and New Year.

5 days from £649

Fireworks on New Year's Eve

New Year Celebration Cruise in Holland

Step aboard the warm and friendly MPS Lady Anne and get ready for a fantastic New Year’s Eve ...

History, cities & landscapes

Since the beginning of time, rivers have been a lifeline for civilisation. Their meandering course tells a story at every turn, where ancient settlements have grown into impressive cities and beautiful scenery has only changed...

8 days from £2095


River Douro Cruise 2019

In a sundrenched corner of Europe, the Douro has created a spectacular valley as it wends its w...

Country Guide

This European country guide outlines the countries our exciting collection of cruises visit throughout Europe. All of our cruise ships are carefully selected — some of which are exclusively chartered by The River Cruise Line. Whether you want to spend spring in the Dutch bulb fields or summer in the vineyards on the bank of the Rhine, we have cruises for all seasons and across so many countries that we’re sure we’ll have the perfect European cruise for you. Read below to find out more about each of the countries we explore on our cruises.



The great Danube river runs through the north of Austria and can take cruise passengers from Germany all the way through to the Black Sea.



Belgium sits in north-western Europe and is a beautiful, idyllic country, with a rich, complex culture and gentle waterways that are ideal for cruising along.



The beautiful country of Bulgaria lies in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula and is mostly dominated by mountains and forests, except for the lower Danube region in the north, which is shared with Romania.


Thanks to its hundreds of islands, reefs and islets, Croatia has long been popular with the sailing elite; but in recent years it has blossomed into one of Europe’s top destinations,



Surrounded by beautiful English countryside, our cruise explores the pretty towns and villages in the south of England, along the river Thames.



France has many fantastic rivers suitable for cruising. Visitors can experience the diverse landscape, destinations and rich culture of France as they travel along its waterways.



Germany is a huge country with many large rivers, big enough to accommodate larger river cruise ships. Germany’s major rivers are the Danube, the Elbe, the Oder, the Weser and the Rhine.



Hungary is located in central Europe and is bordered by a total of seven countries, meaning it is completely landlocked. The rivers that run through it, namely the Danube, bring water and tourists into Hungary.



The Netherlands boasts colourful canals, quaint windmills and a rich maritime history. It is best known for its vibrant tulips and the fields upon fields of flowers which can be seen in the springtime.



Poland is situated south of the Baltic Sea and shares its borders with seven countries – Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus and Lithuania.



The sun-kissed country of Portugal is probably one of the most surprising destinations for a river cruise; but it has everything you could want, with a rich history, vibrant culture and natural beauty that should not be underestimated.



Romania is the largest country in southeast Europe and it is also one of the most beautiful, with a geographically diverse landscape accompanied by a fascinating variety of flora and fauna.



A cruise through Russia will take you to some fantastic cities with fascinating stories. The landscapes are varied and packed with staggering natural beauty.



Serbia lies at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe. It’s a landlocked country, but with the presence of the Danube river in the northern region it is connected to distant seas and oceans.



Slovakia, officially known as the Slovak Republic, is situated in central Europe, bordering five countries, including Austria, Poland and Hungary. It’s capital city, Bratislava, is famous for its grand architecture.



Switzerland can boast that its Alps are the source of the Rhine, one of the most famous rivers in Europe. Switzerland has breathtaking scenery sure to delight any traveller. Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate and its cheese, so it’s the ideal cruise location for foodies.


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Welcome to the River Cruise Line

Book your river cruise with us today, for a holiday packed full of fabulous experiences on one of our cruise ships. Take a look at our collection of European river cruises and find perfect destinations and rivers for your journey. Unpack, relax and let the sights come to you as we glide from country to country, along spectacular rivers and waterways. Aboard your floating hotel, everything is taken care of; delicious meals, evening entertainment and a first-class service throughout. Step ashore at each port and join an organised sight-seeing excursion or simply explore at your leisure. With a choice of over 35 itineraries to 15 countries, ranging from short springtime breaks to longer trips along some of Europe’s greatest rivers you can relax on board carefully selected ships including the authentic and welcoming MPS Lady Anne and the stylish MS Serenity  – there is something for everyone.