Danube, Elbe and Main-Danube River Cruises
These river cruises through the heart of Europe travel across Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, visiting some of the most historic European towns and cities.
The River Danube flows through the central Europe capitals of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Vienna is noted for its imperial buildings and musical heritage, Bratislava for its castle overlooking the Danube, and Budapest where ancient Buda faces modern Pest across the Danube. Other River Danube cruise highlights include the medieval Abbey at Melk, and Durnstein where King Richard I (the Lionheart) was imprisoned in the 12th century.
A popular Europe river cruise is between Amsterdam and Budapest, initially on the River Rhine then along the River Main to the Main-Danube Canal. Built in 1992, and climbing high over the Continental Divide, the Canal joins the Main to the Danube creating a through route from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Cruising between the Rhine and Danube visit historic cities including Mainz, Bamberg and Nuremberg.
River Elbe cruise holidays travel between German capital Berlin and Czech capital Prague through the former East Germany. Berlin is noted for the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, Prague its castle and the decorative Charles Bridge. Other cruise highlights are Dresden and its rebuilt Frauenkirche and the rocky pinnacles of Saxon Switzerland.