River Cruise Tours
Travel with ultimate luxury and class, no matter your budget on a river cruise tour. Indulge on your suite balcony with the finest Douro Valley wines, or dance your way through the rhythmic cities of the Mississippi. From the floating markets of the Mekong to the Rhine Christmas Markets, and even a city that has deservedly been coined the Pearl of the Danube - unpack once and experience the best of many destinations with a river cruise holiday package.
Over 250 River Cruise Packages With 5,664 Reviews
A Bountiful Christmas in Alsace and the Black Forest (port-to-port cruise)4 days • (2)From $628
Classical Rhine Cruise (Amsterdam - Basel)8 days • (4)From $1,676
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10 Day Egypt Experience Tour (Domestic flight)10 days • (37)From $2,500 $1,250
From Siem Reap to the Mekong Delta (port-to-port cruise)9 daysFrom $2,094
A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest (Eastbound) 20246 daysFrom $2,248
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Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Nile Cruise15 days • (82)From $4,376 $2,407
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12-Day Egypt & Morocco tour12 days • (5)From $3,800 $1,900
Best Ways to Cruise
From family-friendly ocean liners to small ship expeditions and romantic river cruises, there are many ways where a trip on the waters offer an ideal vacation package.
Trade the man-made roads for Mother Nature's waterways on a river cruise. Experience a variety of destinations in a single trip, without the need to carry your suitcase from one port to another. Spoil yourself with a luxury wine-tasting cruise, or opt for a budget cruise where the on-shore excursions are a treat!
Top Destinations: Danube, Rhine & Nile
These bucket list cruises are the perfect way to warm up after a day exploring some of the world's coldest regions. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, polar expedition cruises serve as an all-inclusive voyage to desolate lands with onboard lectures, unique wildlife sightings and excursions that literally take your breath away!
Top Destinations: Antarctica, Greenland & Svalbard
Cruise with class in a presidential suite or bunk on a budget in a porthole cabin, ocean cruises offer a range of accommodations for every budget. With ample amenities, first-class restaurants, onboard spas and pools, and a daily dose of entertainment it's not hard to see why these are akin to offshore hotels.
Top Destinations: Alaska, Ecuador & Norway
What to Expect on a River Cruise
Glide along Europe's fairytale rivers
If you’ve ever been on a river cruise, you know exactly why so many people fall in love with this style of travel. Not only does it allow you to explore several new destinations in one trip, but it also promises a completely stress-free experience from start to finish. Visiting a mix of iconic cities and postcard-perfect villages, many river cruise itineraries in Europe are ideal for first-time cruisers and seasoned cruisers alike.
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Best River Cruise Experiences
All good river cruise itineraries come with the option of on-land excursions packed full of culture! With many river cruise experiences all over the world, it's hard to narrow down where to go and what to do. Our Travel Experts have hand-picked the top experiences you must add to your river cruise itinerary.
Complete luxury, no matter your budget
Stateroom size will vary greatly according to the cruise operator, even by ship within a cruise line's fleet. There are three types of accommodations on all river ships: window staterooms, balcony (french or full) staterooms, and suites (french or full, private balcony).
Typically, river-level staterooms are on the lowest deck, balcony staterooms occupy the middle and top passenger decks and suites are generally on the top deck. See below for what to expect in a typical stateroom.
Staterooms vary from ship to ship, but one thing is certain; it's guaranteed to be your home-away-from-home for a few days. Let's get acquainted with some staterooms and suites that might be on your ship!
Your River Cruise Questions, Answered
When will I recieve my travel documents?
You can expect to receive your travel documents approximately 3-4 weeks prior to departure, once you have paid for your tour. Your documents usually consist of eTicket receipts, itineraries, and other essential information for your river cruise tour.
Are shore excursions and meals included?
Most cruises on TourRadar include breakfast, lunch and dinner served on board, with the exception of only a few operators. Depending on your river cruise operator, shore excursions may be included within your tour cost, please contact your TourRadar Cruise Consultant for a full list of inclusions on your cruise.
When and where do I board the ship?
All embarkation details are included within your final travel documents. Typically boarding starts at 3:00 pm to allow the crew enough time to prepare your stateroom and get the ship ready for your cruise. Weather, water levels, and ship scheduling can influence the final docking location for your ship, so please wait until you receive your final travel documents before you arrange any post-tour accommodation.
Are transfers to/from the port included?
Some river cruise operators include complimentary arrival and departure transfers within your total tour cost. If transfers are not included, please contact your TourRadar Cruise Consultant to purchase airport transfers.
What facilities will be in my room?
Most staterooms feature a good-sized bed, towels, hairdryers, a writing desk, charging ports and ample storage space. Some ships also have laundry facilities onboard for an extra charge. Of course, these can vary from room-to-room and ship-to-ship, so please check out the Ship Details on your tour, or contact your TourRadar Cruise Consultant, to see the full list of inclusions.
Can I travel in a wheelchair?
Some ships are unable to accommodate travellers in wheelchairs due to difficulties with embarking and disembarking the ship, no onboard elevators and narrow doorways on board. For travellers who use a collapsible wheelchair, they must be stored in the stateroom, which can sometimes be a tight squeeze. Please contact your TourRadar Cruise Consultant for more information.
Can I board the ship early?
If the ship is already docked, many river cruise companies will allow you to store your luggage onboard prior to embarkation, this will allow you to explore the city before you begin your cruise. As the crew need to get the ship ready for your cruise, travellers are unable to stay on the ship during this time and need to wait until the embarkation time to board the ship.
Can I cruise as a solo traveller?
Yes, absolutely - however, please keep in mind that ship cabins and staterooms are designed for double occupancy and do not offer the option to share with another solo traveller, so generally, a mandatory single supplement is required. The only exception is a cruise with U by Uniworld as they do pair solo travellers together on their river cruises. See tours with no single supplements
Ask a TourRadar Cruise Consultant
Our dedicated Cruise Consultants are delighted to answer any questions you may have about cruises, pre-cruise preparations, onboard expectations and beyond. To reserve a place on your next cruise, simply submit an enquiry on the cruise of interest or contact our team today.
Current Deals on River Cruise Trips
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8 Days Nile Jewel, Cairo & Nile Cruise8 days • (23)"The tour takes you to see so many ancient Egyptian temples that are anywhere from ..."From $2,270 $1,135
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4 Days 3 nights 5 stars Nile Cruise Aswan to Luxor4 days • (17)"Highly recommend the tour it was great experience"From $799 $400
Christmas time on the Danube (Start Budapest, End Vienna)5 daysFrom $1,745
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Pharaohs Nile Cruise Adventure - 5 Star8 days • (414)"We are just back from the tour, and it was such a great adventure. Before you leave ..."From $1,590 $795
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9 Days Nile Jewel (Cairo, Nile Cruise, Hurghada)9 days • (109)"Very impressed with our tour coordinator Michael. He made sure we were well taken ..."From $2,150 $1,075
Best Tour Companies for River Cruises
Much loved by our past travellers, these river cruise operators know how to craft the perfect cruising adventure!
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