River cruises are a great way of combining a relaxing holiday with the opportunity to explore a variety of countries, cities and hidden gems in a relatively short space of time.
The Cruise Line is one of the UK's leading luxury cruise specialists and would be delighted to assist you in booking your river cruise holiday. We offer river cruises with AmaWaterways, Tauck, Scenic, American Steamboat Company and French America Line.
Why Choose A River Cruise
River cruises have become an increasingly popular choice of holiday in recent years because they offer all the attractions of an ocean cruise holiday but on a smaller, more intimate scale.
Here are five of our favourite reasons to consider a river cruise:
- A great choice of destinations including Europe, Asia and the USA.
- Fantastic standard of onboard accommodation, dining options and service.
- Front row seats to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
- River ships dock in the heart of cities and towns - no need for transfers or shuttle buses.
- Smaller capacities enable guests to forge a real sense of camaraderie onboard - which is also fantastic for solo travellers.
What's included on a river cruise holiday?
What is included on your river cruise holiday largely depends on the operator you choose to cruise with. Many lines include onboard dining, wine with meals, selected shore excursions and onboard WiFi as standard. However, there are also lines - like Scenic and Tauck - which include flights and transfers in the cruise fare, as well as offering complimentary drinks onboard throughout the duration of your voyage.
Selected cruise lines, that visit exotic destinations like the Far East, will also include land programmes on selected itineraries. These are particularly ideal for allowing guests the opportunity to explore in-depth before or after their voyage.
Where to go on a river cruise?
Deciding where to go on a river cruise is entirely down to personal preference. The most popular destination is undoubtedly Europe. Home to numerous rivers that cross a myriad of countries, Europe is highly recommended, especially if you are looking to experience river cruising for the first time.
A region of contrasts, all Europe's rivers have their own attractions and highlights: The Seine blends the bright lights of Paris with the historic towns of Normandy, while the Danube offers castles, picturesque scenery and a fantastic way of seeing cities like Budapest and Vienna.
Other options include the enchanting Rhine; which can be cruised from either Amsterdam or Basel, and the Douro, which flows through Portugal and is perhaps the best European option during the summer, owing to the superb weather and beautiful vineyards and countryside.
Alternatively, why not head to the USA and experience a river cruise on the legendary Mississippi or the Columbia and Snake Rivers? Thanks to specialist operators like French America Line and The American Queen Steamboat Company, the great rivers of the USA are now easily enjoyed on a cruise and are a must if you have an interest in American history, culture, music and food.
However, if you are seeking something a little more exotic, then several river cruise lines offer itineraries in Asia, along the Mekong, the Irrawaddy and the Yangtze. Steeped in ancient mysticism and with no shortage of their own beautiful landscapes and history, these rivers offer the best way to explore great countries like China, Vietnam and Cambodia at close quarters.
River Cruise Special Offers & Deals
If you are tempted by river cruising and would like to find out more, please contact us on 0800 008 6677 and speak to one of our Cruise Experts. Established in 1993, we have established relationships with many of the world's finest river cruise lines and are therefore able to offer competitive fares, exclusive special offers and discounted rates and on hundreds of river cruises.