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Why take a European river cruise?

( 26 January 2017 )

If you’re looking for a simple and enjoyable holiday, taking a cruise on the rivers of Europe should definitely figure in your plans.

Beautiful view of Bastei rocks, Sachsische Schweiz near Dresden area, Germany
Beautiful view of Bastei rocks, Sachsische Schweiz near Dresden area, Germany

Cruise some of the world's most beautiful waterways. Find out more about river cruises here

Too often in life, people overlook amazing things that are right on their doorstep. If you’re looking for a simple and enjoyable holiday, taking a cruise on the rivers of Europe should definitely figure in your plans.

With early bird special offers now available on some of our 2017 river cruises, our customers can enjoy a discounted trip down the Danube, or a romantic sail along the Rhine. 

So, we’ve put together this Q&A-style article to provide answers for popular questions that our customers are asking online and in social media.

Are river cruises safe?

Suite onboard Amadeus Royal

Absolutely. The cruise ship itself has crew on hand to assist you as required, and you don’t need to stray from the organised excursions if you don’t want to. 

One of the main benefits of a European cruise with us is that you are walking some of the safest streets in the world when you disembark.

Are river cruises boring?

The Keukenhof Gardens, Holland, European river cruise

We certainly hope not! As well as the incredible scenery that’s on offer if you glance port or starboard, there’s also a range of excursions to enjoy. 

For example, take a springtime cruise around Belgium and Holland, and you’ll be shown the colour explosion that is Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, and then tour stunning Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, cruise along the Rhine and you’ll be treated to breath-taking cliff-top castles, ranging from medieval times to the Renaissance era and beyond. 

You’ll also get to tour vineyards and sample their wares, or visit the birthplaces of legendary German icons like Beethoven or Goethe. There’s nothing boring about any of that!

Are there river cruises for solo travellers?

Yes, in fact we thrive on offering excellent holidays for people holidaying on their own. Our cruises have rooms available for those who either want to travel solo, or with a friend in a separate cabin. 

Also, the staff on all Saga holidays are fully trained to offer a warm and friendly welcome.

At Saga, we’re keen to improve our services based on feedback from customers. We like to hope that this is why we’ve been voted Best Singles Travel Company at the British Travel Awards for two years running. 

So, if you want to travel by yourself but are unsure if you will enjoy yourself, take a look at our Solo Traveller Collection.

Are European river cruises worth the money?

Waiter poring a cocktail on-board a river cruise ship

We certainly think so. More and more of our river cruises are all inclusive, meaning you can expect a free bar, full board, and drinks to accompany your main meals. Check the package for your preferred cruise to learn more. 

As well as ample food and drink, our river cruisers also enjoy the benefits of our UK travel service, return coach travel for those cruises that need it, an optional travel insurance and cancellation rights. 

So any fiddly stuff is handled by us, leaving you to enjoy your break!

Finally, don’t forget to keep an eye out for early bird special offers. Book well in advance and you can make big savings.

Which is the best river cruise in Europe?

The Eiffel Tower on the River Seine in Paris, France

It really all depends on what you’re looking for in a holiday. Some people go in search of sun and relaxation, while other travellers want activities and excursions. 

Some cruise enthusiasts want to see spectacular sights and snap pictures, while others want to hear about history and imagine times gone by.

Well, if you want to see some picturesque settings, we’ve already recommended some of the best scenic cruises on offer, many of which are in Europe. 

But realistically, you would be best to put aside a couple of hours one afternoon and read a few itineraries for our European cruises.

How much are river cruises?

Bridge named Bastei in Saxon Switzerland, at sunrise and the mist over the river Elbe, National park Saxon Switzerland

Once again, it really depends on your needs. A quick hop across the English Channel to tour Holland’s waterways for a few days may set you back less than £600. 

However, if you want to cross Continental Europe over the course of a fortnight, you can expect to part with somewhere approaching £2,500.

Of course, remember that your fee comes with full board, organised excursions and all the other perks of travelling with Saga. 

Few rivers can match the sheer variety that the Danube has to offer. Find out more here


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.