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SHORT RIVER CRUISES IN EUROPE

A Short River Cruise in Europe is a great way to enjoy river cruising without costing a lot of money or time.
A 4 day Rhine River Cruise or a short Danube Cruise are great first cruise itineraries to experience river cruising in Europe.


Short river cruises in Europe usually last 3 to 7 days, depending on the cruise you choose. You will be able to enjoy the scenery and bask in European culture without having to stay too long on the ship. It is the perfect vacation for families with small children, an add-on to an existing trip, or for those who simply want a quick getaway. You will be able to experience so much in a short time. You do not have to spend more than a month in Europe to enjoy its luxurious culture and beautiful landscapes. For instance, you can visit Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria on a three-night Danube river Cruise.


River cruise itineraries include voyages through countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain and Italy without the usual inconveniences of packing and unpacking. The "Floating Hotels" cruise by beautiful cities, villages, castles and vineyards. On a Rhine River Cruise, a variety of itineraries depart from Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Basel. On the Danube River Cruise, voyages depart from Passau, Germany or Vienna Austria and cruise to the Austrian and Hungarian capitals of Vienna and Budapest. In Italy, we offer round trip cruises out of romantic Venice visiting fascinating cities like Verona, Ferrara, and Parma. In France, we offer French River Cruises on the Rhone, ships sail round-trip from Lyon, France to the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions and the Mediterranean style cities of Avignon and Arles as well as one-way between Lyon and Avignon; Bordeaux round trip cruises; Loire Valley cruises roundtrip Nantes and on the Seine River Cruises, we offer cruises round trip Paris and cruises between Paris and Honfleur. 


River cruises in comparison to barge cruises are different in that they cruise the rivers of Europe rather than the small canals.  The ships are larger and hold from 80 to 200 passengers.  You will often find a swimming pool, beauty salon, gift shop, dancing and entertainment on board where you will not on the barge cruises.


In contrast, where the smaller barges include shore excursions have bicycles for guests and often have open bar, most of the river cruises do not have an open bar policy, bicycles, and several do not include shore excursions.


For short river cruises, we offer a primarily French/English or German/English language cruise line.


We have sent many travelers on these cruises that do not speak any French or German and have had no complaints.


Most of the staff speak English and many Europeans speak English as well.


The French/English language cruise line is a good value for the money. The rates include the cruise, port tax and meals as well as a beverage package - Soft Drinks, as well as tea, Beer, sparkling white wine, and Cocktails from the bar. Some specialty liquor has a charge. There is Wi-Fi on the ship as well at no charge and there are Tablets for loan if you did not bring one. For the excursions, there will be headsets with a bi-lingual guide. Excursions are additional unless otherwise noted. CroisiEurope cruises most of the rivers of Europe and offers many varied itineraries.


Single Supplement rates are low as well as upgrading to higher decks. Several of the ships have triple cabins with 3 lower beds.


Some of their newer ships are around 80 passengers and feature French doors or a balcony to the outdoors.


Below are sample itineraries:


5 Day Romantic Rhine Cruise


4 Day Romantic Rhine Cruise


For the German/English language cruise line, they feature bigger cabins and on the 2nd deck the cabins include French doors that open to the outdoors. On the new ships, they even have some balcony cabins and connecting cabins. The cruise line is known for its spa and features a swimming pool on many of the ships as well as nice spa facilities.


The standard rate includes the cruise, round trip transfers between the Cologne / Passau train station and the ship and also the port taxes. FOR REGULAR PRICED 4 NIGHT or LONGER CRUISES, the rate includes a beverage package - Soft Drinks, as well as tea and coffee specialties, Beer, sparkling white wine, Cremant and Prosecco (in a glass), as well as open wines and daily recommendations from the wine menu (by the glass), Cocktails and long drinks throughout the day and evening. Free Wi-Fi. All meals are buffet with food stations. There will be some sit down dinners available. SPECIAL DISCOUNTED OFFERS will include the cruise (without transfers), water with meals (beverages available for purchase) and use of the onboard facilities. Arosa cruises the Danube, Rhine, Mosel, Rhone and Seine Rivers


For both cruise lines, the towns you are visiting are pretty easy to explore some on your own. Or you can take the excursions and take advantage of the transportation to sites not within walking distance.


Key Benefits

How to use this chart:

  • Column 1 is the ship name - click on the name to get ship details and pictures
  • Column 2 is the itinerary - click on itinerary and you will be taken to a chart listing a week by week detail of where the ship cruises.
  • Column 3 is the cruise inclusions

Ship  2020 Itineraries  On Board Language and Inclusions

Arosa Stella
6-8 days
174 pax

FRANCE

5 night Rhone
Lyon, Viviers, Arles, Avignon, Vienne, Lyon


7 night Rhone
Lyon, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, Lyon


Southern Med Rhone
Lyon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, Port St. Louis, Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage, Lyon

Arosa Video

Dining on Arosa

Arosa Stella Video

German

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and German, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rates include the cruise, all meals,
beverage package and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked on board.

 


Arosa Viva
6-8 days
174 pax

FRANCE

4 night Mini Seine
Paris, Rouen, Les Andelys, Paris

5 night Mini Seine
Paris, Rouen, Les Andelys, Paris

7 night Seine
Paris, Rouen, Caudebec, Les Andelys, Vernon, Paris

 

Arosa Video

Dining on Arosa

German

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and German, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rates include the cruise, all meals,
beverage package and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked on board.

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Arosa Danube Ships
6-8 days
242 pax
DANUBE RIVER

4  Night Danube Cruise
Passau, Vienna, Linz, Passau

5 Night Danube Cruise
Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Passau

7 Night Danube Cruise
Passau, Vienna, Esztergom, Budapest, Bratislava, Passau

 

Arosa Video

Dining on Arosa

German

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and German, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rates include the cruise, all meals,
beverage package and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked on board.

 


Arosa Rhine Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

 

Arosa Silva and Flora Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

HOLLAND

4 night Mini Rhine North
Cologne, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Cologne

4 night Mini Netherlands Rhine North
Cologne, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne

 

5 night Rhine North
Cologne, Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne

 

7 Night North Rhine Cruises
Cologne, Hoorn, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gent, Nijmegen, Cologne


Arosa Video

Dining on Arosa

Arosa Flora video

 

German

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and German, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rates include the cruise, all meals,
beverage package and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked on board.


Arosa Rhine Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

 

Arosa Silva and Flora Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

GERMANY

4 night Mini Rhine South
Cologne, Rudesheim, Mainz, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Cologne

 

5 night Rhine South
Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim/Speyer, Strasbourg, Mainz, Cologne

5 night Rhine and Mosel
Cologne, Cochem, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Cologne

7 night Rhine and Mosel
Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Rudesheim, Bernkastel, Trier, Cochem, Cologne

7 Night South Rhine Cruises
Cologne, Koblenz, Basel, Strasbourg, Mainz, Boppard, Cologne


Arosa Video

Dining on Arosa

Arosa Flora video

German

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and German, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rates include the cruise, all meals,
beverage package and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked on board.

Azul
Spirit of Chartwell
8 days
30 pax
PORTUGAL

8 Day Douro River Cruise
Douro River Cruise

Spirit of Chartwell Video

English Language


Rate includes:  cruise, all sightseeing,  meals, wine with dinner

Croisi

Beethoven
8 days
159 pax

DANUBE RIVER

7 Night Danube Cruise
Vienna - Melk - Durnstein - Bratislava - Kalosca - Budapest - Esztergom - Vienna

Dining on CroisiEurope

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board .

Croisi

Various Ships
6 days
156 pax

DANUBE

5 Day Danube River
Vienna - Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna


6 Day Danube River - Passau to Budapest

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

Croisi 
Loire Princesse
6 and 8 days
96 pax

LOIRE VALLEY

 

6 Day Loire Valley Cruise
Nantes Round trip


8 Day Loire Valley Cruise
Nantes Round Trip

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

 


Cyrano De Bergerac

4 - 6 days
156 pax

FRANCE

5 Day Bordeaux River Cruise -

Bordeaux - Pauillac - Blaye - Cadillac - Saint Emilion - Bordeaux

 

6 Day Bordeaux River Cruise -

Bordeaux - Pauillac - Gironde Estuary - Blaye - Cadillac - Saint Emilion - Bordeaux


7 Day Bordeaux River Cruise -

Bordeaux - Pauillac - Blaye - Libourne - Saint Emilion - Cadillac - Bordeaux


Check out our CroisiEurope Bordeaux Video

Check out our Bordeaux slide show

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board.

Croisi Botticelli
4 - 6 days
156 pax

 

Croisi
Renoir
4 - 6 days
105 pax


Croisi

Seine Princess
4 - 6 days
156 pax

FRANCE

5 Day Seine River Cruise -

Paris - Les Andelys - Rouen - Honfleur - Caudebec-En-Caux - Vernon - Paris


5 Day Paris to Honfleur Cruise -
Paris – Vernon - Rouen – Caudebec en Caux – Honfleur

 

6 Day Seine River Cruise
Paris - Les Andelys - Honfleur - Rouen - Paris


7 Day Seine River Cruise -
Paris - Les Andelys - Rouen - Honfleur
or reverse itinerary


8 Day Seine River Cruise
Paris - Vernon - Caudebec-En-Caux - Honfleur - Rouen - Les Andelys - Paris

Botticelli Ship Video

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

Croisi
Various Ships
4 - 6 days
156 pax

FRANCE

5 Day Rhone River -
Lyon - Arles - Avignon - Viviers-  Tain l' Hermitage- Lyon 


FRANCE

6 Day Rhone River -
Lyon - Avignon - Arles - Martigues - Avignon - Viviers-  Tain l' Hermitage - Vienne - Lyon 

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board


Croisi

Elbe Princess I and II
9 days
86 pax

GERMANY

9 Day Rhine River Cruise between Prague and Berlin

Prague - Litomerice - Bad Schandau - Dresden - Meissen - Lutherstadt Wittenberg -
Burg - Magdeburg - Genthin - Berlin 

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board


 

Croisi

Douce France
9 days
86 pax

GERMANY

9 Day Rhine River Cruise between Amsterdam and Basel

Amsterdam – Aachen – Dusseldorf - Cologne – Koblenz - Mainz - Strasbourg - Breisach – Basel 

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board


Croisi

Various Ships
4 - 7 days
156 pax

GERMANY

5 Day Rhine River -
Strasbourg R/T

5 Day Southern Rhine River -
Strasbourg R/T

5 Day Rhine River + Glacier Express
Strasbourg roundtrip

6 Day Rhine River -
Strasbourg R/T

7 Day Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers
Strasbourg R/T

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

Croisi

Various Ships
4 - 7 days
156 pax

GERMANY

5 Day Mosel River -
Trier to Strasbourg

 

5 Day Rhine River
Cochem to Strasbourg

 

6 Day Rhine Cruise
Basel to Cochem

 

6 Day Rhine River
Strasbourg to Amsterdam


7 Day Rhine, Saar, Moselle &  Neckar River -
Strasbourg - Remich (or Reverse)

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

Croisi

Various Ships
4 - 7 days
156 pax

HOLLAND

4 Day Antwerp - Amsterdam

5 Day Amsterdam - Antwerp

5 Day Antwerp - Amsterdam

 

5 Day Amsterdam  R/T

6 Day Amsterdam to Amsterdam

6 Day Amsterdam to Brussel

7 day Amsterdam to Strasbourg

8 day Amsterdam to Amsterdam

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

 


Croisi

La Bella Cadix
9 days
86 pax

SPAIN

8 Day Andalusia Guadalquiver River Cruise
round trip Seville

Seville – Cordoba – Cadiz - El Puerto de Santa Maria - Isla Minima - Granda - Seville 

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board.


Croisi

Michelangelo
6-7 days
160 pax

ITALY - Po River

5 Day  Venice Harbor 
Venice - Burano - Murano - Chioggia

7 Day Po River
Venice - Chioggia - Taglio di Po - Polesella - Venice

French

**Please note that this is a bi-lingual cruise - English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

Rate includes the cruise, all meals, a beverage package, port taxes and Wi-Fi.

Sightseeing packages are not included and can be pre ordered or booked on board

 

Lord of the Glen
Deluxe
5  days
54 pax
SCOTLAND

Fort Augustus to Oban itinerary: 
Fort Augustus, Fort William, Tobermory, Oban

English

Swiss Crown
6-8 days
152 pax

Swiss Crown Video

7 Night Panorama Rhine Cruise
Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Trier, Cochem, Rudesheim, Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf

includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board
Viva Tiara
6-8 days
153 pax
7 Night Danube Cruise
Passau, Ybbs, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Melk, Passau

includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board
Viva Tiara
6-8 days
153 pax
5 Night Dutch Hanseatic Cruise
Düsseldorf - Emmerich - Deventer - Kampen - Enkhuizen - Amsterdam - Nijmegen - Rees - Düsseldorf
includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board
Viva Tiara
6-8 days
153 pax
7 Night Dutch and Rhine Cruise
Düsseldorf - Emmerich - Deventer - Kampen - Enkhuizen - Hoorn - Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Nijmegen - Rees - Düsseldorf
includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board
Viva Tiara
6-8 days
153 pax
5 Night Rhine Metropolis Cruise
Dusseldorf, Cologne, Niederlahnstein, Mainz, Frankfurt, Oestrich Winkel, Boppard, Dusseldorf
includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board
Viva Tiara
6-8 days
153 pax
7 Night Romance on the Rhine Cruise
Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Boppard, Cologne, Mainz, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Oestrich Winkel, Cologne, Dusseldorf
includes cruise, beverage package, gratuities and port taxes
Excursions are additional
English and German Languages on board

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