The Benefits of River Cruising

  • The official shipboard language is English - there is always someone on hand to help and offer guidance.

  • River cruising is ideal for groups -- but is equally wonderful for romantic celebrations for couples.  The experience is not only educational and fun; there's ample options to personalize to fit any interest.

  • Europe boasts an endless variety of river options -- each with a different story and fascinating history -- meaning you will want to go back again and again.

  • You will meet and make new friends and the strong international flavor will add much to your experience. 

  • There are no ocean waves therefore seasickness will never be a problem.

  • Most major cities in Europe grew up by the rivers. River cruise ships dock in the heart of cities - putting you within an easy walk of the most important sites (unlike ocean cruises.) Views from your stateroom include terraced vineyards, delightful castles surrounded by medieval cities, towns and cities both quaint and modern, towering spires and scenery which captures the imagination with splashes of bountiful color.

  • You will unpack and repack only once -- small but extremely nice feature.

  • You will discover Europe from the luxury of a 5 star ship; you will visit multiple cities, usually in more than one country. 

  • Every morning you will wake up in a different city and with a totally different view. Dramatic countryside scenes are all included in your journey.

  • The cost of your river cruise is pretty much all inclusive. In addition to traveling on the equivalent of a moving 5 star hotel, the price includes all meals and excursions at all ports where warranted.

  • You won't need to search for good, reasonable restaurants - all meals are included.

  • There will be plenty of free time to explore on your own, but great excursions are included.

  • You will have a LOT of fun. The evening on-board entertainment is great.

  • Enriching cultural activities are available daily.

  • Every Riviera ship has a professional tour director, cruise director, and all local guides are licensed and specifically chosen for their ship.

  • Travel by river cruise is safe and secure.

  • Dress is "smart casual" so you can leave the formal wear behind.

  • Riviera's staff and crew demonstrate a genuine passion for their customers. They appear determined to "go the extra mile" to make your vacation special and memorable.

  • Menus feature a varied selection of European specialties and international favorites. Each meal is a culinary experience.

  • Since Riviera's inception, they have consistently won awards in Britain for outstanding service, industry-beating quality, and exceptional value.

  • There will never be any hidden surcharges or fees. Riviera does not inflate prices for the purpose of offering "artificial discounts" - nor do they automatically add fees for gratuities. All gratuities are subject to personal choice.

  • Shipboard staterooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed and equipped with the high-quality amenities you would expect from the best of hotels.

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European River Cruises


The Douro

Linking Spain and Portugal, the Douro weaves through one of the most photogenic river valleys and the sun-soaked Iberian countryside, past lovely hillside villages and vineyard terraces.


The Saone

Flowing through the famous Burgundy wine region in France, the Saone offers wonderful views of vine-clad hills and extraordinary medieval villages.

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The Main

Experience the gentle meandering bends that characterize the Main, its lush green landscapes strewn with pretty medieval villages and quintessentially quaint timber houses.


The Dutch Waterways

On the delta of three major rivers - the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt - these waterways flow past traditional windmills, colorful bulbfields and the old Zuiderzee.


The Moselle

Meander along the serene and beautiful river valley past ancient ruined castles, impossibly steep vineyards and sleepy half-timbered villages.


The Main-Danube Canal

From Bamberg on the Main to Kelheim on the Danube, this is an amazing feat of German engineering with many iconic locks.


The Rhone

Flowing through the south of France, take in the beautiful Provencal scenery, the sun-baked vineyards, charming villages, and colorful fields of wild flowers.


The Rhine

Steeped in myth, the famous Rhine has captivated writers and warriors alike, flowing past fairytale castles, medieval towns and lush vineyards.

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The Danube

Cruise along Europe's most famous and cultured river which flows through and along 10 countries. Absorb the breathtaking views of baroque architecture, medieval cities and sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart on the Upper Danube, while the Lower Danube takes us through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge and the Danube Delta, home to numerous species of flora and fauna.

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Information about AmaWaterways

If you too are dreaming of getting away and the thought of a river cruise in Europe [Rhine, Danube, Seine or Douro (in Portugal)] there has never been a better time to make a booking with AMA Waterways.

Gifts From Above Travel is a member of Travel Leader's Network and we have special pricing and exceptionally great onboard credit options for 2021 Fall and Winter departures.    Reach out to us by email -- and we'll set a time to discuss your long-awaited river cruise experience.