Top 6 River Cruise Holidays in 2021

Whether its your first-time on the water or you're an experienced adventurer, there's a perfect river cruise out there for everyone.

With incredible floating hotels transporting you to some of the most stunning places across the world, you'd be missing out if a river cruise wasn't at the top of your bucket list. River cruises are an incredible value for money holiday, with an abundance of inclusions, excursions and visits to some of the most beautiful places across the rivers of the world.

We've hand picked some amazing itineraries from a selection of top river cruise lines, which visit the current most popular river cruise destinations below.

Top 6 River Cruises

Uniworld 5* Luxury - Venice & Gems of Northern Italy

8 Days - Roundtrip from Venice - Available March—October 2021

Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” and three outer-lying Venetian islands, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Be treated to an exclusive evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Discover the charm of seaside Chioggia loved by fishermen and artists alike. Enjoy a multicourse lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella. Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus; “bountiful” Bologna; and UNESCO-designated Ferrara. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on the “Gems of Northern Italy.”

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Venice Uniworld

Emerald Waterways - Secrets of the Douro

8 Days - Roundtrip from Porto - Available April—November 2021

As seen on Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5!

A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and canoeing experiences in Pocinho provide a new perspective on the Douro.

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Emerald Douro

AmaWaterways 5* Luxury - A Taste Of Bordeaux

8 Days - Roundtrip from Bordeaux - Available March—November 2021

Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.

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AmaWaterways Bordeaux

APT Travelmarvel - European Gems

15 Days - Budapest to Amsterdam - Available April—November 2021

Enjoy the best of Europe on a 14-night premium river cruise. Begin in Budapest, Hungary’s grand capital, before heading to elegant Vienna. Explore some of Germany’s most beautiful towns along the Rhine River and end in picturesque Amsterdam.

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Amadeus Sun Deck

Riviera Travel - The Blue Danube

8 Days - Roundtrip from Budapest - Available April—October 2021

Soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine!

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Riviera Vienna

TUI - A Festive Fairytale

8 Days - Roundtrip from Frankfurt - 23 December 2021

Exciting adventures await you on this delightful Christmas time river cruise along the incredible Rhine and Main rivers, stopping off at fairy tale towns and cities along the way.

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TUI Strasbourg Christmas