3 - 8 Day European River Cruises

 

Mosel River

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 don?t 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:

http://europeanbarging.com/Group_River_Cruises/5_day_romantic_rhine_cruise.htm

http://europeanbarging.com/Group_River_Cruises/4_day_romantic_rhine_cruise.htm

 

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. A 15 euro spa credit and 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

Below are links to sample cruises:

http://europeanbarging.com/Rosa/Rhine/ARosa_cgnsgnM_5_N.htm

http://europeanbarging.com/Rosa/Rhine/ARosa_cgnsgnN_5_N.htm

 

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:

 

Ship  2017 / 2018 Itineraries  On Board Language  Price From

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

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.**

Regular priced cruises between April and October, include 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.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $100 per person.

 

$1079 - $2024

Arosa Viva
6-8 days
174 pax

NEW FOR 2017

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.**

Regular priced cruises between April and October, include 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.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $100 per person.

 

$1079 - $2024
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.**

Regular priced cruises between April and October, include 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.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $100 per person.

 

$1079 - $2024


Arosa Rhine Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

 

Arosa Silva and Flora Ships
6-8 days
174 pax

GERMANY

4 night Rhine North
Cologne, Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Nijmegen, Cologne

4 night Rhine South
Cologne, Strasbourg, Mainz, Cologne

5 night Rhine North
Cologne, Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, 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 North Rhine Cruises
Cologne, Hoorn, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gent, Nijmegen, 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

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.**

Regular priced cruises between April and October, include 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.

Sightseeing excursions are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $100 per person.

 

$617 - $2024
Azul
Spirit of Chartwell
5 - 8 days
30 pax
8 Day Douro River Cruise
Douro River Cruise

Spirit of Chartwell Video

English Language


Rate includes:  all sightseeing,  meals, wine with dinner

$2395
Croisi

Beethoven
8 days
159 pax

DANUBE RIVER

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

 

Dining on CroisiEurope

French

Though this cruise is one of the French cruises, this itinerary is primarily promoted to English Speaking travelers.  Sightseeing guaranteed in English.
$1685
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 ship with information provided in both English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

 

$1395
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 ship with information provided in both English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

 

Croisi
Princess D'Aquitaine
4 - 6 days
156 pax

 

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

Though this cruise is one of the French language cruises, it is primarily marketed to the English language Market.


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

of the French cruises, this itinerary is primarily promoted to English Speaking travelers.

$1069
$1444

Inclusions per itinerary
Croisi
Renoir
4 - 6 days
156 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 - Vernon - Honfleur - Caudebec-En-Caux- 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

French


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$976 -
$1537

Inclusions per itinerary
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 ship with information provided in both English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$1175
$1245
Inclusions per itinerary
Croisi
5 days
Various Ships

Berlin History:

Berlin Roundtrip

Berlin Spandau - Potsdam - Tegel - Berlin Spandau



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

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.

$1010
$1180

Inclusions per itinerary

Croisi
7 days
Various Ships

 

Northern Europe:

Hamburg to Berlin

Hamburg - Bleckede- Luneburg - Tangermunde - Magdeburg - Hohenwarthe - Genthin - Potsdam - Berlin



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

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.

$1440
$1660

Inclusions per itinerary

 

Croisi

Princess Elbe
9 days
80 pax

NEW FOR 2016

GERMANY

9 Day Elbe River Cruise between Prague and Berlin

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

French


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$2300 - $2875

 

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 ship with information provided in both English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$2300
Croisi

Various Ships
4 - 7 days
156 pax

GERMANY

4 Day Rhine River -
Cochem to Strasbourg

4 Day Rhine River -
Koblenz to Strasbourg

5 Day Mosel River -
Trier to Strasbourg

5 Day Rhine River -
Strasbourg R/T

5 Day Rhine River
Strasbourg to Cochem

6 Day Rhine River -
Strasbourg R/T

6 Day Rhine River
Strasbourg to Amsterdam

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

7 Day Rhine, Saar, Moselle &  Neckar River -
Strasbourg - Saarbrucken

7 Day Rhine, Saar, Moselle & Neckar River -
Saarbrucken - Strasbourg

French


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person


$650 - $1800
Croisi

Various Ships
4 - 7 days
156 pax

HOLLAND
April dates

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 ship with information provided in both English and French, and an international cruise host on board.**

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$608
Croisi

Michelangelo
6-7 days
160 pax

ITALY - Po River

5 Day  Venice Harbor 
Venice - Burano - Murano - Chioggia

6 Day  Venice & Laguna
Venice - Padova - Ferrare - Laugna Islands - Venice

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

French


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$1062
$1470
Croisi

Fernao de Magalhaes
6 days
156 pax

Croisi

 

 

Vasco de Gama
8 days
156 pax

PORTUGAL

6 Day Douro

 

 

8 Day Douro
Porto, Regua, Vega de Teron, Ferradosa, Pinhao, Porto
 
8 Day Douro
Porto, Regua, Barca D'Alva - Salamonca - Vega de Teron, Ferradosa, Pinhao, Porto

French


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

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.

Sightseeing packages are not included and need to be pre ordered to assure English language tour guide - pricing between $50 - $190 per person

$1076 - $1552
Lord of the Glen
Deluxe
5  days
54 pax
SCOTLAND

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

English £655
£950


Sightseeing included
Croisi

Bella de Cadix
6 days
89 pax

SPAIN
 
8 Day Andalusia:
Sevilla, Granda, Cordoba, Cadiz, Jerez, Sevilla**

**EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

8 Day Spainish Rivers:

Sevilla, Cadiz, Jerez, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Alcountim,
Vila Real (Portugal), Faro, El Puerto de Santa Maria,
Gibralta, Sevilla Granda, Cordoba, Sevilla

French


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

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.

EXCURSIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED ON THE SPANISH RIVERS CRUISE

$1535 - $2246

 


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