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RIVER CRUISES? PLAIN SAILING.

Peppered with fascinating cities and scenic landscapes, Europe has so much to see – almost too much. So, if you’re torn about where to go, why not consider one of our European river cruises? This chilled-out holiday couldn’t be easier. You can tick off a variety of places in one trip, while enjoying the company of like-minded travellers. And, after each day of sightseeing, you simply hop back on to your ship and relax, as you sail on to the next exciting city.

We’ve handpicked a selection of European river cruises, operated by Uniworld. These boutique river cruises offer first-class experiences aboard bespoke, award-winning ships. Each one is inspired by the river upon which they sail, with themed designs, custom-made fabrics and original artwork. Every suite is unique, but you can always expect a marble bathroom, fully-stocked bar and excellent butler service. To top it off, Uniworld River Cruises are all-inclusive – so you can enjoy premium drinks and five-star cuisine at no extra cost. A range of excursions are included, too, such as an authentic ‘Village Day’, an active ‘Let’s Go’ tour – usually on foot or by bike – and exclusive ‘Nights Out’ at popular attractions. So, wherever you are, you’ll really be able to get under the skin of your destination.

We’re pleased to offer a number of exciting Europe river cruises. You could start your holiday in Paris and sail along the romantic River Seine. Admire the pin-striped vineyards of the Douro Valley in Portugal, or try France’s finest wines in Bordeaux. Or visit historical cities like Budapest and Vienna when you book a Danube river cruise. Whether you’re into cuisine, culture or history, a European river cruise ticks all the boxes. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

Danube cruises

Portugal cruises

France cruises

Italy cruises

Danube river cruises

When it comes to European river cruises, Danube itineraries are among the most popular. The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river, starting in Germany’s Black Forest and flowing through 10 countries on its way to the Black Sea. 

The eight-day Enchanting Danube cruise is one of our favourites. Your trip starts in Hungary’s capital, Budapest, where you can admire the striking landmarks likes Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament Buildings. Next, you’ll sail to Bratislava and Vienna, winding along the scenic Danube Bend as you go. You’ll have an evening and a full day in Vienna, so you can really make the most of the city’s art and music scene.

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Day five takes you to Dürnstein – one of the prettiest cities on the Danube – where you can stroll along cobbled lanes and hike to the castle ruins. Then you’ll journey on to Salzburg, where you can choose between a Sound of Music Experience and a daytrip to the countryside town of Linz. Your river cruise ends in the German city of Passau, where three rivers meet. You can cycle or hike along the riverbanks, before enjoying a celebratory Captain’s Farewell Dinner in the evening. 

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Portugal river cruises

Portugal might not immediately spring to mind when you think of Europe river cruises. But, with its terraced hillsides and lush vineyards, the Douro Valley should definitely be on your list. 

The eight-day Douro River Valley cruise starts and ends in Porto – a city which takes its name from the country’s most famous export, port wine. You can learn about the history of this sweet tipple at the Douro Museum, explore Porto’s UNESCO-listed neighbourhoods, and ride the city’s historical tram.

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Day four is all about wine, as you make your way ashore. Enjoy a tasting session at a prestigious port estate, or go on a guided hike through a vineyard – followed by a wine-tasting, of course. Next, you’ll sail through the stunning landscapes of the valley towards the ‘Golden City’ of Salamanca, and on to the hilltop Rodrigo Castle where stunning views await. Finally, you’ll spend a day in Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal – where you can visit a Medieval castle and a grand chateau-style palace. 

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France river cruises

A country loved for its cuisine, rolling countryside and vibrant cities, France really does have it all. In northern France, the eight-day Paris and Normandy itinerary is ideal for history buffs. Casting off from Paris, you’ll sail through charming Normandy, ticking off famous sites like Monet’s home, Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, and the Medieval city of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was killed. A number of fascinating excursions are available, too, including a trip to the Normandy Beaches and the Palace of Versailles.  

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But if you’re more into French wine than French history, consider the Brilliant Bordeaux cruise. You’ll sail along three rivers – the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde – and discover popular wine-making areas like Bordeaux and Médoc. You can learn all about the vine-to-wine process, visit grand chateaus and sip delicious vintages. Try sweet dessert wines in Cadillac, and explore Saint-Émilion’s cobblestone streets. You’ll also be able to explore the city of Bordeaux, which is crammed with Gothic architecture, caramel-coloured buildings, buzzing wine bars, and cute cafés.

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Italy river cruises

If you love art, architecture, food and wine, you’ll love the eight-day Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. This fantastic river cruise begins with two days in Venice, where you can marvel at Italy’s most enchanting city. Stroll through a typical Venetian neighbourhood, explore the pretty canals, and savour a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private after-hours ceremony in St Mark’s Basilica.  

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From there, you’ll sail on to the authentic fishing town of Chioggia. And enjoy a full-day tour to the culinary capital of Bologna – the home of spaghetti Bolognese – where you can take part in a pasta-making workshop. Spend some time in the northern lagoon of Venice, where you’ll visit three beautiful islands – historical Torcello, tranquil Mazzorbo and colourful Burano. Your European river cruise wraps up with one final day in romantic Venice. 

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Danube cruises

Danube river cruises

When it comes to European river cruises, Danube itineraries are among the most popular. The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river, starting in Germany’s Black Forest and flowing through 10 countries on its way to the Black Sea. 

The eight-day Enchanting Danube cruise is one of our favourites. Your trip starts in Hungary’s capital, Budapest, where you can admire the striking landmarks likes Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament Buildings. Next, you’ll sail to Bratislava and Vienna, winding along the scenic Danube Bend as you go. You’ll have an evening and a full day in Vienna, so you can really make the most of the city’s art and music scene.

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Day five takes you to Dürnstein – one of the prettiest cities on the Danube – where you can stroll along cobbled lanes and hike to the castle ruins. Then you’ll journey on to Salzburg, where you can choose between a Sound of Music Experience and a daytrip to the countryside town of Linz. Your river cruise ends in the German city of Passau, where three rivers meet. You can cycle or hike along the riverbanks, before enjoying a celebratory Captain’s Farewell Dinner in the evening. 

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Portugal cruises

Portugal river cruises

Portugal might not immediately spring to mind when you think of Europe river cruises. But, with its terraced hillsides and lush vineyards, the Douro Valley should definitely be on your list. 

The eight-day Douro River Valley cruise starts and ends in Porto – a city which takes its name from the country’s most famous export, port wine. You can learn about the history of this sweet tipple at the Douro Museum, explore Porto’s UNESCO-listed neighbourhoods, and ride the city’s historical tram.

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Day four is all about wine, as you make your way ashore. Enjoy a tasting session at a prestigious port estate, or go on a guided hike through a vineyard – followed by a wine-tasting, of course. Next, you’ll sail through the stunning landscapes of the valley towards the ‘Golden City’ of Salamanca, and on to the hilltop Rodrigo Castle where stunning views await. Finally, you’ll spend a day in Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal – where you can visit a Medieval castle and a grand chateau-style palace. 

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France cruises

France river cruises

A country loved for its cuisine, rolling countryside and vibrant cities, France really does have it all. In northern France, the eight-day Paris and Normandy itinerary is ideal for history buffs. Casting off from Paris, you’ll sail through charming Normandy, ticking off famous sites like Monet’s home, Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, and the Medieval city of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was killed. A number of fascinating excursions are available, too, including a trip to the Normandy Beaches and the Palace of Versailles.  

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But if you’re more into French wine than French history, consider the Brilliant Bordeaux cruise. You’ll sail along three rivers – the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde – and discover popular wine-making areas like Bordeaux and Médoc. You can learn all about the vine-to-wine process, visit grand chateaus and sip delicious vintages. Try sweet dessert wines in Cadillac, and explore Saint-Émilion’s cobblestone streets. You’ll also be able to explore the city of Bordeaux, which is crammed with Gothic architecture, caramel-coloured buildings, buzzing wine bars, and cute cafés.

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Italy cruises

Italy river cruises

If you love art, architecture, food and wine, you’ll love the eight-day Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. This fantastic river cruise begins with two days in Venice, where you can marvel at Italy’s most enchanting city. Stroll through a typical Venetian neighbourhood, explore the pretty canals, and savour a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private after-hours ceremony in St Mark’s Basilica.  

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From there, you’ll sail on to the authentic fishing town of Chioggia. And enjoy a full-day tour to the culinary capital of Bologna – the home of spaghetti Bolognese – where you can take part in a pasta-making workshop. Spend some time in the northern lagoon of Venice, where you’ll visit three beautiful islands – historical Torcello, tranquil Mazzorbo and colourful Burano. Your European river cruise wraps up with one final day in romantic Venice. 

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