Our Favorite River Cruises in Northern Europe


The rivers in Northern Europe wind through several valleys, countrysides, and enchanting regions of France, Germany, Amsterdam, and other countries rich with history. Taking a river cruise is the perfect way to discover legendary sites, experience local cultures and traditions, and sample food and wine of each region. Many river cruises will take you on a multi-day journey of discovery through some of Europe’s most fascinating countries. Here are some of the best river cruises in Northern Europe:

Viking River Cruises

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It’s been named the #1 River Cruise Line by Conde Nast Traveler and offers several cruise itineraries to northern Europe. You can travel through the heart of Europe on the Grand European Tour from Viking River Cruises, a 15-day journey that takes you to Austria, Germany and The Netherlands. You’ll get to experience the Rhine Valley and take in the stunning landscapes from a new perspective.

Avalon Waterways

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Discover the great rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Danube, and Moselle River as you travel through Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, and other countries around Europe. The Canals, Vineyards & Castles river cruise runs from Remich to Amsterdam and includes excursions to Luxembourg City and Reichsburg Castle. The fleet includes the Imagery II, one of the newer ships to travel the waterways of Europe, and features panoramic windows, an open-air balcony, and an expanded Fitness Center.

The River Cruise Authority

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If you’re ready to enjoy a wine adventure through southwest France, hop aboard the Bordeaux tasting cruise. This is your chance to explore the most acclaimed wine regions of the area as you travel along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde. Shore excursions include visiting the 12th-century church in Saint Emilion and exploring the Medoc vineyards with a bike tour. Other cruise itineraries include a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River where you can explore charming villages and towns around Cologne and Amsterdam.

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