River Cruise Holidays in the UK, Europe and Beyond

River Cruises – A Great Holiday Option

Leger Coach HolidaysRiver cruises provide a great way to visit the many villages, towns and even cities scattered along the riverbanks of many of the river ways located around the world. What better way to sit back and relax and enjoy the continuously changing scenery. River cruises are typically for seven or fourteen day durations although you will still find shorter and even longer durations available on some cruises.

Great Holiday Option

River Cruises – Why Take A River Cruise?

Budapest - River CruisesTraditionally in the past when towns and villages were founded they tended to be next to the river. This provided an ideal way to get about to trade with the next town or for access to water and fishing as well. Over the years these small towns and villages have grown from their humble beginnings into either very large towns or in some cases big cities.

Unlike their ocean going counterparts, river cruise ships are much smaller and tend to carry around 80-250 passengers. There are some that can carry around a thousand passengers and there are also some smaller craft that will take less than ten passengers. Ships carrying anymore would be restricted by the size of the river so river cruise ships can travel along the smaller rivers due to their size and low draft. This is also very useful in some destinations where travelling along the river is actually the best way to travel. This is particularly applicable in the Peruvian Amazon and in some locations in China and Russia.

The standards onboard some of the ships are actually as good as many five star hotels and come with many of the facilities you would expect at a five star hotel as well! Typically a river cruise ship will have sun decks, dinning rooms, fitness rooms or gyms, lounges, casinos and swimming pools. There is also evening entertainment, which sometimes can include special or themed events. During the day you can also treat yourself to a sauna, massage or a beauty treatment. River cruise ships are like floating hotels that take you to some great locations throughout the duration of your holiday.

Shearings Coach HolidaysWhat could be better than waking up in the morning with somewhere new and interesting to explore. When the ship docks for the day in many cases you will be able to stroll up the gangway and you are ready to start exploring for the day. For many destinations you will also have the option of organised excursions to take you a bit further away for the day.

For many people when they think about a river cruise they think of sailing down the Seine in France, the Elbe in Germany or the Danube visiting Vienna and Budapest. These days the options for a river cruise include destinations in South America, Russia, China, Egypt and many more.

What about a Mekong river cruise covering Cambodia and Vietnam with the option to visit temples, monasteries and Phnom Pen. Or you could even go for a trip on the Irrawaddy in Burma travelling between Mandalay and Bagan giving you the chance to see some truly spectacular sights.

Popular River Cruises in Russia & Ukraine

Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Odessa

Popular River Cruises in Europe

Douro, Rhine, Danube, Seine, Rhône and Elbe

Popular River Cruises in China

Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges.

Popular River Cruises in Southeast Asia

Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar

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Leger Christmas River Cruises

  • Cruising the Christmas Markets of the Rhine Valley – 4 day holiday
  • Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol, Twixmas in Vienna & New Year Cruising on the Rhine – 12 day holidays
  • Christmas Cruising the Rhine Valley – 6 day holidays
  • Twixmas Cruising the Rhine Valley – 4 days holiday
  • Cruising the Christmas Markets of the Rhine Valley by Air – 4 days

Leger New Year River Cruises

  • New Year Rhine Cruise – 5 days break
  • New Year Cruising the Rhine Valley – 5 day holiday

Leger River Cruises

  • Romantic Danube Cruise – Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest – 12 day holidays
  • Cruising the River Rhine: Germany to Switzerland – 10
  • Dutch Bulbfields Cruise & Highlights of Holland by Air – 4 days
  • Dutch Bulbfields Cruise & Highlights of Holland – 4 days
  • Cruising France's River Rhône – The Magic of the Provençal Rhône, the Camargue & the Ardeche – 9 days
  • Châteaux of the Loire Valley & Cruising the Bordeaux Wine Country – 9 days
  • Scenic Cruise From Passau to Cologne along the Danube, Main & Rhine – 12 days
  • Four Rivers Cruise – Rhine, Moselle, Neckar & Main – 9 days
  • Cruising the River Rhine: Germany to Switzerland by Air – 10 days
  • Cruising Portugal’s River Douro by Air – 8 days
  • Cruise the River Seine – Normandy Coast to Paris – 7 days
  • Scenic Danube Cruise plus the Highlights of the Austrian Tyrol – 14 days
  • Cruising along the Rhine & Moselle – 7 days
  • Romantic Danube Cruise plus the splendours of the Austrian Tyrol – 14 days

Shearings River Cruises

  • The Danube's Great Cities By Air 8 days
  • Flavours Of The Danube 8 days
  • Splendours of the Danube 8 days
  • The Danube's Great Cities 10 days
  • Discover the Rhine Valley 10 days
  • Bordeaux & The River Dordogne Ms Cyrano De 9 days
  • Bordeaux & The River Dordogne – 7 days
  • The Beautiful Blue Danube By Air 7 days
  • The Classic Danube 7 days
  • Wines Of The Rhine & Moselle 8 days
  • Heart Of Eastern Europe 11 days
  • Black Forest, Rhine & Moselle 7 days
  • A Danube Symphony 9 days
  • Portugal, Spain And The Douro Valley 8 days
  • Rhine Inclusive Cruise 5 days
  • Rhine Inclusive Cruise By Rail 5 days
  • Provencal Rhone & The Camargue 10 days
  • Highlights Of The Danube, Plus Additional Overnight 12 days
  • The Beautiful Blue Danube 10 days
  • The Magical Rhine & Moselle 8 days

Shearings New Year River Cruises

  • Scenic Rhine New Year 5 days
  • New Year – Cities Of Belgium 5 days
  • New Year On The Danube 8 days

Shearings Christmas River Cruises

  • Christmas On The Danube 5 days
  • Rhine Valley Christmas 6 days

Rivera Travel Worldwide River Cruises

  • Wonders of the Nile – from Cairo to Luxor 11 days
  • Wonders of the Nile – from Cairo to Aswan 15 days
  • The Spectacular Nile for Solo Travellers 8 days
  • A Journey on the Mekong 15 days
  • A Journey on the Ganges: RV Bengal Ganga 13 days

Riviera Travel River Cruises in Europe

  • Medieval Germany River Cruise 8 days
  • Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise 15 days
  • Rhine & Moselle River Cruise 8 days
  • The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise 8 days
  • Cruise the Heart of Europe 15 days
  • The Blue Danube River Cruise 8 days
  • The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise with Lisbon Extension 11 days
  • The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension 11 days
  • The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers 8 days
  • The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise 8 days
  • The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise for Solo Travellers 8 days
  • Burgundy, the River Rhône & Provence River Cruise 8 days
  • Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 8 days
  • Rhine Cruise to Switzerland with Glacier Express Extension 11 days
  • Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise 8 days
  • Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise 5 days

Riviera Festive River Cruises

  • Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets River Cruise 5 days
  • The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise 6 days

Riviera River Cruises