River Cruises

A river cruise is a wonderfully tranquil way to journey into the heart of the world’s most historic cities and towns

Enjoy constantly changing stunning scenery from the comfort of a well-equipped stateroom or relax on an upper deck viewing gallery.

The major river cruise companies offer a package which includes:

  • Return air or train travel from the UK to departure river port
  • En-suite stateroom with river view
  • All on-board meals
  • All port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary house-wine, beer and soft drinks with on-board meals
  • Comprehensive excursion programme

River cruises vessels - are specially designed to navigate the world’s great rivers and provide convenient access to many historical cities and landmarks. Modern river cruise vessels provide exceptional levels of comfort and service, ultra-modern amenities and first class cuisine.


The Seine

Rouen (Medieval Quarter) - Normandy Beaches (Mulberry Harbor & Omaha Beach) – Giverny (Monet’s Garden) - Honfleur (Charming French Harbour Town) and of course Romantic Paris.

The Rhine

Cruise through the heartlands of Holland and Germany to Switzerland – from  Amsterdam – Kinderdijk (Windmills UNESCO site) -  Cologne (Gothic  Cathedral) Koblenz  (Marksburg Castle) -  Heidelberg (Famous Castle) – Strasbourg  (Cathedral) -  Breisach (Black Forest Scenery) to the final destination Basel.

Castle on the Rhine






The Elbe

Berlin (transfer to) - Potsdam (Rococo and Baroque Palace) – Magdeburg – Dessau (Worlitz Park & Gardens UNESCO site) – Wittenburg (Martin Luther’s House UNESCO site) – Meissen (Porcelain Factory) – Dresden (Zwinger Palace & Semper Opera House) – Melnik (transfer to Prague UNESCO site).

The Danube (North)

Nuremberg (Main-Danube Canal) - Passe (Historic Town with Cobblestone streets) – Linz (Tours to Saltzburg birthplace of Mozart) – Melk (Benedictine Abbey) – Vienna (Cultural Capital of Austria) – Budapest (Beautiful Capital of Hungary UNESCO site).

Cruising on the Danube

The Danube (South)

Budapest – Kalosca (Puszta Horsemanship Show) – Belgrade (Serbian Capital - Kalemegdan Fortress) - Vidin (Belogradchik Rocks & Fortress) – Oltenita - (transfer to) Bucharest (Palace of Parliament).

The Saône / Rhône

Cruise through France’s burgundy wine region and Provence from Chalon Sur Saône - Lyon (UNESCO site) – to Arles (UNESCO site) on the Mediterranean.  

Viking Cruise Ship at Lyon






The Volga

From St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea cruise down Europe’s longest river through the heart of Russia to Moscow.

The Douro

From Porto on Costa Verde coast cruise through the relatively undiscovered Portuguese countryside  - Porto (Medieval City Centre UNESCO site) – Régua  (The Mateus Palace and Gardens - best Example of Baroque Architecture in Portugal) – Pinhão (Epicenter of the Port wine-making industry) – finish the cruise across the border in Spain at Vega de Terrón - (trip to Salamanca – World Heritage site).

The River Doro

Recommended River Cruise lines (Europe):





Popular river cruises further afield:

The Nile

Luxor and the magnificent city of Thebes with it's Valley of the kings - the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu (one of the best preserved temples in Egypt) - the spectacular Aswan Dam. Most cruises are for seven days and can be combined with a stay in a 4/5 star hotel in Cairo, Luxor or a Red Sea resort either before or after your river cruise.

Nile River Cruise Ship


The Amazon

Holland America, P.& O. and Princess cruise lines all offer cruises that enter the mighty Amazon river from the Atlantic coast. However for the more adventurous, Amazon Voyages and Aqua Expiditions offer river boat cruises from Peru deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Clipper Cruise Ship



The Mississippi

Follow Trevor Macdonald's epic journey on the mighty Mississippi aboard the authentic American Queen luxuary paddle steamer. The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today's modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of thr river epitomizes the grace and grandeaurthat has made steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you'll see why.

American Queen Steamboat


The Yangtze

See all of China’s key highlights in just 12 days. Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai and, in Beijing, imperial treasures like the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Cruise the wildly beautiful Three Gorges region of the legendary Yangtze, and admire the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam. Excursions are also available to visit Xian,home of the famous Terra Cotta Army.

The Three Gorges                                                                                       


The Mekong

From bustling cities in Vietnam to the tranquillity of Cambodia, a River Cruise along the Mekong truly is a journey of a lifetime. Visit the colourful floating markets in the Mekong Delta, and the Royal Palace in Cambodia's French capital, Phnom Penh. Not only will you sail past spectacular and beautiful landscapes but also stay in glistening cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

Tonle Sap Lake                                                                                


Worldtravelplanneris the cruise partner of Retirement Matters Ltd providing special discounts/offers to our members.


Whatever river cruise you are looking for, contact our cruise partner Worldtraveplanner and one of their dedicated cruise experts will find you the most suitable and competitive deal to suit your taste and budget. You can book your cruise with confidence in the knowledge that Worldtravelplanner are ATOL protected and members of the Travel Trust Association (TTA).

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