River Cruise holidays

As with an ocean cruise, when you sail the rivers of Europe and beyond you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home aboard your elegant vessel. What’s different with a river cruise is that not only will you see a different port each day or so, but you will actually sail through its very heart. And as you sip a drink on deck, you can almost reach out and touch the beautiful scenery from your floating hotel.

River cruising is a truly wonderful way to explore, you’ll head right into the heart of vibrant cities and discover hidden villages as you sail along some of Europe’s most famous waterways. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Our collection of 4-star river cruises has been carefully crafted by our experts to give you unrivalled all-inclusive value. All of your shore excursions, drinks and meals are included so you really can immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy. Our award-winning holidays let you discover everything from fascinating history to awe-inspiring natural wonders and give you the chance to learn something new. Shared experiences in good company are something you’ll never forget. Our river cruises let you enjoy your holiday at your own pace. You can tailor your trip with a choice of included excursions and will have free time to explore at your leisure.

On every Travelsphere river cruise, you can enjoy a selection of included and flexible shore excursions. There’s something for everyone and for 2019 we’ve added even more exciting experiences for you to choose from. You can choose either the Explorer or Discovery excursions. We’ve hand-selected our ships with you in mind. Each one is small enough to sail right into the heart of a destination and the professional staff on board will ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime.

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Featured River Cruise holidays

The Golden River - Valley of the Douro

Departure from: Apr 2020

8 days from


was from £1,999 Select
The Spirit of Andalucia

Departure from: Oct 2019

8 days from


was from £1,649 Select
Venice and the Venetian Lagoon

Departure from: Mar 2020

5 days from


was from £1,199 Select
Cruising the Blue Danube to the Black Sea

Departure from: Apr 2020

12 days from


was from £3,199 Select
Cruising the Romantic Rhine

Departure from: Apr 2020

9 days from


was from £2,399 Select
Unmissable China & Yangtze Cruise

Departure from: Oct 2019

16 days from


was from £2,849 Select

Featured River Cruise destinations


A River Cruise is one of the most relaxing and convenient ways to explore Europe and many other countries you will only need to unpack once. There is a choice of beautiful destinations cruising through Europe’s rivers and waterways from Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. You’ll see some fabulous sights and scenery - visiting cities, towns and villages that traditional big ships usually can’t access. Our European river cruises offer unbeatable value for money with all your meals, drinks and excursions included.


Begin your day with an impressive buffet breakfast in the restaurant. With a wide selection to choose from it will set you up for the day. Lunch and dinner will be three-course meals featuring fixed menus of freshly prepared local specialties.


Drinks, including mineral and sparkling water, juices, tea, coffee, beer and a large selection of house wines and spirits are complimentary and unlimited. Unless you want to treat yourself to a glass of Champagne or a premium wine, it’s all included.


You’ll find yourself in a new place almost every day and, with our fantastic range of included excursions, you can get under the skin of your destination. Most are half-day tours, so there’s also plenty of time to relax and explore at your leisure.


You will be accompanied by an expert Tour Manager or Professional Cruise Manager on all of our European river cruises. Think of them as your local host who makes sure you get the most from your holiday.


Your comfortable and tastefully decorated cabin is equipped with en suite facilities, air-conditioning, central heating, television, hairdryer and, of course, a view of the river. If you upgrade to a cabin on the upper decks you’ll be able to admire the scenery from your very own picture window.


Step aboard and meet the captain and crew at a welcome drinks reception on the first night of your cruise. They will take care of your every need and make sure your holiday is comfortable, relaxing and hassle-free. You’ll soon get to know your fellow passengers too, they will be a mix of different nationalities, but most will be English speaking.