This European country guide outlines the countries our exciting collection of cruises visit throughout Europe. All of our cruise ships are carefully selected — some of which are exclusively chartered by The River Cruise Line. Whether you want to spend spring in the Dutch bulb fields or summer in the vineyards on the bank of the Rhine, we have cruises for all seasons and across so many countries that we’re sure we’ll have the perfect European cruise for you. Read below to find out more about each of the countries we explore on our cruises.
The great Danube river runs through the north of Austria and can take cruise passengers from Germany all the way through to the Black Sea.
Belgium sits in north-western Europe and is a beautiful, idyllic country, with a rich, complex culture and gentle waterways that are ideal for cruising along.
The beautiful country of Bulgaria lies in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula and is mostly dominated by mountains and forests, except for the lower Danube region in the north, which is shared with Romania.
Mountains surround the north of the country, which emphasises the beautiful natural landscapes that extend further into the nation and stretches across the Elbe and Vltava rivers.
Surrounded by beautiful English countryside, our cruise explores the pretty towns and villages in the south of England, along the river Thames.
France has many fantastic rivers suitable for cruising. Visitors can experience the diverse landscape, destinations and rich culture of France as they travel along its waterways.
Germany is a huge country with many large rivers, big enough to accommodate larger river cruise ships. Germany’s major rivers are the Danube, the Elbe, the Oder, the Weser and the Rhine.
Hungary is located in central Europe and is bordered by a total of seven countries, meaning it is completely landlocked. The rivers that run through it, namely the Danube, bring water and tourists into Hungary.
The Netherlands boasts colourful canals, quaint windmills and a rich maritime history. It is best known for its vibrant tulips and the fields upon fields of flowers which can be seen in the springtime.
Poland is situated south of the Baltic Sea and shares its borders with seven countries – Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus and Lithuania.
The sun-kissed country of Portugal is probably one of the most surprising destinations for a river cruise; but it has everything you could want, with a rich history, vibrant culture and natural beauty that should not be underestimated.
Romania is the largest country in southeast Europe and it is also one of the most beautiful, with a geographically diverse landscape accompanied by a fascinating variety of flora and fauna.
A cruise through Russia will take you to some fantastic cities with fascinating stories. The landscapes are varied and packed with staggering natural beauty.
Serbia lies at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe. It’s a landlocked country, but with the presence of the Danube river in the northern region it is connected to distant seas and oceans.
Slovakia, officially known as the Slovak Republic, is situated in central Europe, bordering five countries, including Austria, Poland and Hungary. It’s capital city, Bratislava, is famous for its grand architecture.
Switzerland can boast that its Alps are the source of the Rhine, one of the most famous rivers in Europe. Switzerland has breathtaking scenery sure to delight any traveller. Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate and its cheese, so it’s the ideal cruise location for foodies.