Luxury River Cruises
Discover the world from a new perspective. River cruises know how to effortlessly deliver you to the heart of a destination, all while treating you to a life of the finer things. For travellers who want to sail from one city to the next with the least amount of stress, this is an exciting and magical way to travel. Learn more about our selection of luxury river cruises.View All Luxury Cruises
Best luxury river cruises 2020
Luxury Mekong 2019/2020 (Start Ho Chi Minh City, End Siem Reap)8 days • (2)From $3,995
Aqua Mekong - Expedition Cruise - 7NT - Downriver - Low Water (Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh) -From December to Mid-August8 days •From $9,450
Stars of South Africa 2020 (from Cape Town to Johannesburg)15 days •From $13,895
Russian Waterways (2020)13 days •From $0
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Castles along The Rhine (2020) (Basel to Amsterdam, 2020)8 days • (2)From $3,999$2,799
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Enchanting Danube (2020) (Passau to Budapest, 2020)8 days • (1)From $3,499$2,449
Magnificent Europe with Prague (2020)18 days •From $6,176
Aqua Nera 7-Nights High Water (Iquitos to Iquitos) November to May8 days •From $9,625
Golden Trails of Africa 202019 days •From $15,795
Breathtaking Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro 202022 days •From $0
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What is unique about luxury river cruising?
When you choose to go luxury, the differences are as extraordinary as they are endless. Imagine a holiday without the crowds and clutter that comes with more commercial cruise experiences. Instead, you'll begin your trip with a warm welcome on board an intimately sized ship that celebrates the individual traveller!
You will have your choice of exceptional amenities designed to envelop you into a life of luxury you deserve. From comfortable rooms decorated by interior design experts to five-star meals that celebrate your destination's finest ingredients, flowing rivers know no bounds and, on your next luxury river cruise, neither will you.
Review and compare the best luxury river cruise lines
Want to review and compare the world's top river cruising providers? The following luxury river cruise operators have over 90 reviews from past travellers. Top-rated cruise lines boast an average 4.9-star rating based on 50+ reviews.
Once-in-a-lifetime cruise experiences
DanubeThe traditions and history along Europe's second-largest river are wonderful. Located in central and Eastern Europe, the Danube – once a long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire – passes through ten countries, more than any other river in the world.View Tours
NileAlong the banks of the world's longest river, you'll find a world steeped in history so rich it's like stepping into another time. The flow of the Nile shaped settlement patterns of Egypt, and the river plays a vital role in the country's culture.View Tours
AmazonThe Nile may be the longest, but the Amazon is by far the largest river thanks to the sheer volume of water it discharges. On the shores of its flowing waters. you'll find the lush jungle terrain of the Amazon Rainforest – where more than a million species live.View Tours
MekongRising from the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Even today, it's an important trade route between China and Southeast Asia, making this a fascinating river cruise destination.View Tours
RhoneThe quintessential fairytale river, the Rhone winds its way through destinations where castles and lavender fields are the norms. It originates in the Swiss Alps, and the Rhone's banks are lined with picture-perfect cities and breathtaking scenery.View Tours
ChobeLocated on the northern boundary of Botswana's Chobe National Park, this river is a dream safari experience. Witness the beauty of this African landscape, with wild beasts congregating along the river banks and birds soaring above you.View Tours
Browse all luxury river cruise packages by region
Want more options? Browse through our extensive selection of luxury river cruise packages from all over the world. Choose the region that speaks the most to you.
Other things you may want to know about river cruising
What are the best places for a luxury river cruise?
A lot of people opt for Europe as a destination for luxury river cruising, and this magical continent does lend itself to this style of travel. However, if you want to explore a little further, it's worth considering the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers in Asia and Chobe River in Africa as a new destination for river cruising.
What are some of the most luxurious river cruise ships?
Uniworld’s Boutique River Cruise Collection – known for its boutique-hotel-like aesthetic – pairs some of the most luxurious amenities with custom itineraries. Their newest ship for 2020, the Mekong Jewel, will be one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. Aqua Expeditions is another option. Their luxury ships sail the Peruvian Amazon, Mekong River and East Indonesia offering something different to traditional European cruises.
What are the best luxury river cruise lines?
The top three river cruise operators in the world are Uniworld, Scenic and APT. APT is famous for offering a modern river cruise experience with elegant interiors, while Uniworld has an excellent rating from TourRadar customers and focuses on a bespoke experience. Scenic likes to dive deep with the discovery element. Any package from these operators could be considered as one of the best luxury river cruises.
What is the best time for a luxury river cruise?
Luxury river cruises are perfect for year-round travel! Of course – based on climate – you may have to consider the destination, but generally speaking, there's no right or wrong time for this travel style. You may want to think about the low and high season when booking your trip, Europe, for example, tends to get busy during the summer.
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