5 river cruises to see cities in style

02 October 2017

Amsterdam, Holland

Seeking culture? Architecture? The hidden gems of the city? Experience the delights of the city from the meandering waterways that weave their way through the very hearts of these bustling destinations. With sumptuous décor, spacious staterooms, and gourmet cuisine, river cruises offer a delightful way to explore a city.

There are many river cruise itineraries to choose from, and different types of ships, too. Are you hoping to discover somewhere new? Are you looking for a specialist cruise related to a hobby, such as art or cooking? Are you hoping for a luxurious trip with a focus on fine dining? 

To inspire you to venture along city waterways, we've chosen a few favourite river cruises. Combining fascinating itineraries, excursions to immerse you in the heart of the city, and spectacular scenery, they offer a wonderful way to see the world…

Art and architecture

Summer Palace of Cathrine the Great, St Petersburg, Russia

Cruise the Danube to explore exquisite European cities and beautiful architecture, from Vienna’s imperial palaces to the medieval buildings in Nuremberg. Or set sail to St. Petersburg and Moscow to gaze at the palaces.

Discover the renowned art museum Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art museum Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in Amsterdam, as well as those charming gabled houses and flower-filled streets.

Vineyards and wine tastings

Douro Valley in Portugal

The picturesque Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features sweeping scenery of vineyards and charming villages, the perfect backdrop for wine tastings and an introduction to port.

The Loire Valley, meanwhile, is the largest area in France designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to a mouthwatering array of world-class wines.  

City sights and the great outdoors

Bingen am Rhein (Rhine River) in Germany

Hoping to combine the bright lights of the city with nature? Try cruises through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see dramatic, rugged cliff faces with deep green forest, and vineyards perched on the sides.

Here, we've chosen five river cruises to see cities in style but there are many more spectacular river cruises across the world. To find out more about the city destinations you could explore, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor.

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