River Cruises

hen you step on to an European river cruise, your breath will be taken away by the magic that separates you from everyday life on dry land. You’ll glide past imposing medieval castles, lush riverbank vineyards, and remarkable ancient wonders on your European river cruise. Every gentle bend of the river reveals another fascinating sight as your luxurious river cruise ship winds its way through scenic landscapes, delivering you right to where many of Europe’s most celebrated cities were born.


Europe draws travelers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art, and culture. Visit Europe, and you can feel the warm sun streaming through the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral. Taste rich chocolate sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse. Stroll through the vibrant and fragrant Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Or bask in the glow of old-world traditions at the holiday markets in Germany. Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship. Sailing Europe’s glorious rivers—the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Po, and Douro—you will discover the heart of Europe’s charming waterside villages and exciting cultural centers while enjoying the most relaxing way to vacation.


Odyssey Travel recommends the following river cruises: UniworldVikingAvalon and AMA WaterwaysEach of these river cruise lines give you great experience and service.


 Uniworld Cruise Lines


Uniworld is now the only North American river cruise line to bring you a true all-inclusive luxury Europe river cruise in 2022

The following is all included in your river cruise.


All gratuities onboard and onshore


Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea


All meals onboard, impeccably prepared by our chefs using the finest and freshest ingredients for local farmers’ markets


All scheduled airport transfers plus shore excursions hosted by English speaking local experts including complimentary portable audio headset system.


Viking Cruise Lines


When you cruise with Viking you sail with the world’s leading river cruise company, and you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none.


Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value—our success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. It’s the way the bartender has your drink ready for you, at just the right time. It’s the gentle guidance from your tai chi master in a lesson you take while sailing along the Yangtze. It’s the handwritten directions from your concierge to the best coffeehouse in Vienna.


At Viking, we never forget that looking after you is why we have become the world’s favorite river cruise line, and why our guests return to cruise with us again and again. Indeed, it is our guests who are our greatest ambassadors, making us the most honored river cruise line in the world.

If you have experienced the pleasure of traveling with us, then you will appreciate what makes a river cruise with Viking so special. And if that experience is still ahead of you, then it is one you are sure to enjoy




There is nothing quite like river cruising, no matter who you cruise with, but there are some pretty big differences between companies. Starting with how they look at staterooms. At Avalon, we’ve taken a radically different approach to stateroom design than other cruise lines. We didn’t compromise. We didn’t cut corners. We didn’t make our rooms an afterthought. Instead we designed our Suite ShipsSM with an attention to detail river cruising has never seen before. We brought innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space to our one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM. And that means a more comfortable, more relaxing, more enjoyable vacation for you.



After an extended period at home, we share in your anticipation of creating magical memories through travel – and river cruising is the ideal way to bring your dreams to fruition. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, we have received countless honors and accolades. Discover up to five countries during one unforgettable journey in Europe, Asia or Africa on a river cruise that provides you with the luxury of so much more.

Step aboard and unpack once, traveling between grand capitals and charming villages alike, without the need for multiple hotels or forms of transportation. On one of our unforgettable river cruises, every day is a “see” day rather than a “sea” day because we sail through the very heart of each destination where castles were built and kings and queens were crowned. Your ship docks in close proximity to city centers, and with our quick and easy embarkation and disembarkation, you can step right off the ship and explore.

Our intimate, contemporary ships offer the luxury of personal space yet accommodate an average of approximately 156 guests*, less than on many traditional river cruise ships. Spacious and uncrowded, our award winning fleet offers elegantly-appointed staterooms and suites with such welcoming amenities as our signature view-enhancing twin balconies. In 2019, our innovative AmaMagna was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places, offering enhanced personal space with more than 50% luxury suite accommodations as well as four unique dining venues, a chic onboard cinema and an expansive Zen Wellness Studio. In 2021, we look forward to welcoming two new ships in Europe, AmaSiena and AmaLucia, as well as the stunning newly designed AmaDahlia, which sets sail on Egypt’s Nile River.