River Cruises

River Cruises

Many of the great cities of the world were built along rivers and what better way is there to see them than aboard a luxury river cruise? River Cruise lines such as Ama Waterways, Avalon Waterways, Viking River Cruise, UniWorld River Cruise and Scenic River Cruises make exploring the grand cities and sights along the river banks smooth and easy.  These 7 to 14 day itineraries allow you to unpack once and be spoiled with gourmet regional cuisine and stellar service as your ship takes you smoothly from one amazing city and sight to another.
It’s easy to add city stays on either end of the trip to enhance your experience.

You’ll be at ease when you board your well-appointed ship and settle in for a gentle sailing down one of the world’s most popular waterways throughout Europe, Asia, Egypt and South America.  Nothing compares to the river. Where else but on the river can you journey into the heart of the world’s greatest cities and towns, and discover the true nature of the land?





Avalon Expression Ship

Part of Avalon’s cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Expression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

Avalon ImageryII

One of 2016’s two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe’s waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon’s outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.



Avalon ImageryII

Peaceful and scenic, river cruising offers a smooth, gentle ride along the world’s most remarkable waterways. Supreme comfort and convenience make it the premier way to experience magnificent cities, historic villages and little-seen enclaves. From your stateroom balcony, endless natural beauty combines with evolving views of the colorful local scenery. Castles and fortresses tower on both sides, as if you could reach out and touch them. When your ship docks in the heart of town, stroll ashore for included excursions or set off to explore on a complimentary bicycle. Unpack just once then settle in as each destination comes to you. With no need to navigate from place to place, you’ll find a sense of adventure and a sense of home all in one vacation.

An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. We invite you to take one of our European river cruises, Asia river cruises, or Africa river cruises and see the world in luxury and comfort. River cruising Europe with AmaWaterways is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover local culture and sights on included tours, and then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town. Included in the fares of our river cruises are shore excursions in every port of call; all dining on board (including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant); fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; internet access and Wi-Fi; and bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or join our guided bike tours. In Europe, you can take one of our Danube river cruises, or one of our Rhine river cruises. We also offer river cruises in France and Portugal. We hope that you enjoy exploring our many itineraries in Europe, Asia and Africa, and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.


Deemed “Best New River Ship” by Cruise Critic editors in 2015, the S.S. Maria Theresa features luxurious accommodations and numerous personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage. In Cruise Critic’s words, this resplendent ship “is regal in its opulent 18th-century decor, a floating homage to the former Austrian empress….Besides indulgent dining and an elegantatmosphere, this is one of the prettiest ships out there.” Named in honor of one of the Habsburg Empire’s most beloved rulers, the magnificent S.S. Maria Theresa cruises the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers in grand Uniworld fashion.

Uniworld offers the highest level of comfort, quality, and service in river cruising with an unparalleled variety of vacation choices. You’ll cherish this world of benefits designed just for you.

France is another region famous for wine and champagne and cruises along the Rhone take you through the Burgundy region south to Provence allowing you to drink and taste your way through cities like Lyon, Tournon, Avignon and Alres. June is a wonderful time to get a glimpse of the fragrant purple fields of lavender in Provence. World War II sights can be explored on a cruise through the Normandy region of France with time to explore Paris and all it offers.

Flowers abound during the spring Tulip time cruises from Brussels to Amsterdam. The vast landscapes of tulips in every color are breathtaking. The area is known for much more than flowers, enjoy the art and culture of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and of course the lace and chocolates of Belgium.

The great cities of Russia can all be found along the rivers. Sail from Moscow to St Petersburg and immerse yourself in Russian lore and history as you enjoy not only the culture and history of these grand cities but the cities and villages in the interior of mother Russia.


Handcrafted in French colonial style, the River Orchid provides an intimate and tranquil haven throughout your cruise on the Mekong River. This quiet and peaceful ship carries no more than 58 guests, ensuring gracious and attentive service from our friendly and impeccably trained onboard staff. The ship’s comfortable staterooms have French doors that open to a shared promenade, a restaurant with panoramic views, a lounge and library, and an onboard spa.

Several cruise lines have started sailing the Mekong giving travelers the opportunity to explore the remote areas of a Vietnam and Cambodia. There is no better way to visit Siem Reap and the other treasure of the river. This area is changing quickly as tourism expands. Visit soon to experience life along the river as it has been lived for thousands of years.


Scenic’s European river cruises are nearly all-inclusive trips, with fares covering meals, gratuities and shore excursions. The line also throws in unlimited drinks (including those from the stateroom minibars) and a sliding scale of butler service for all passengers in Europe.

Scenic calls its vessels “space ships” to emphasize a higher-than-usual space ratio. Offering an upscale river cruise experience in contemporary surroundings a cruise on Scenic is otherwise quite traditional in terms of dining, entertainment and shore adventures.

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A Scenic river cruise is truly an all-inclusive experience.

River cruises offer you the maximum time to explore your chosen destination. You dock right in the heart of a city which means no long transfers or waiting times to reach the sights.

You can literally stroll off the ship and you’re there.Again because of the size of your Scenic Ship you won’t have long embarkation and disembarkation times. From arriving at the ship you can be in your cabin within minutes. There’s no standing in long queues waiting to get on and off the ship. Thanks to the gentle nature of the rivers we traverse, along with the engineering excellence of our ships, sea sickness is not something you need to be worried about on a river cruise.

With a river cruise the scenery is constantly changing as you slowly glide down the river. From villages to castles, beautiful landscapes to temples, there is always something new just around the next river bend.Additionally, bicycles are provided for use between certain points on the rivers; a majority of these bikes have electric motors to make the pedaling easier.

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Scenic Crystal, Jewel & Jade – Sailing on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers in Europe are the Scenic Crystal, Jewel and Jade. Built between 2012 and 2014 these Scenic Space-ships offer the ultimate luxury.Sailing on the Rhine

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Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures. As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have.Travel the great European rivers to experience its long history and its flourishing contemporary culture.Asia is a fascinating juxtaposition of the past, present and future. See China’s highlights and take a deluxe Yangtze River cruise or visit colorful Southeast Asia along the Mekong or Irrawaddy River.  An impossibly ancient civilization, Egypt offers legendary pyramids, monumental statuary, temples unearthed from the dry desert sands and pharaonic treasures as you sail along the Nile River.
VIKING RIVER CRUISE1Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the Main-Danube Canal to the vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage offers a wealth of wonderful experiences. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

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Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration? How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel.

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