based: California, USA & London, UK
Specialists in luxury small ship cruises in Croatia, offering a fleet that's the best and newest in coastal Croatia, visiting the best destinations in the country. As well as Superior and Deluxe cruises, they offer bespoke cruise-tour packages and themed cruises such as their Game of Thrones or wine cruises.
| tailor-made | lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | theme cruises | wine | Croatia |
based: London, UK
A range of cruises with on-board haemodialysis. Sail from Southampton or London Tilbury to a host of worldwide cruise destinations or enjoy a river cruise or small ship Greek Island cruise. Dialysis takes place aboard ship with the assistance of an experienced dialysis team and nephrologist.
| dialysis holidays | ocean cruises | lake & river cruises | Worldwide |
based: Hanoi, Vietnam
The Emeraude offers a regular cruise program aboard a luxurious replica steam boat; it offers 38 cabins designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina.
| lake & river cruises | Vietnam |
based: Gloucestershire, UK
Relaxing river cruising holidays, discover the beautiful regions of Europe from the rivers that cross its landscapes. See countries from a different angle and enjoy the grand rivers and waterways of Europe or further afield. Just Go! features sailings with travel by coach to the continent, or from a European departure point, with flights and transfers pre-arranged.
| lake & river cruises | city breaks | Europe | Worldwide |
Manor House Marine & Cottages
based: Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
For boating holidays in Ireland; Manor House Marine offers fully equipped cruiser hire on Lough Erne, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the River Shannon, with one of the most modern fleets in Ireland. Experienced instructors provide tuition for first time hirers.
| lake & river cruises | Ireland |
Majestic Line (The)
based: Argyll, Scotland, UK
Unique Scottish cruises along the west coast, aboard converted traditional wooden boats. Explore remote coastlines, watching wildlife, traditional fishing villages, castles and gardens and enjoy excellent hospitality. Accommodation is double cabins; however two cabins on each cruise are reserved for single occupancy of a double cabin with no additional supplement.
| lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | singles holidays | Scotland |
Mercury Holidays Featured Site
A range of all-inclusive, hand picked European river cruises: Paris and the Seine, Bordeaux's Chateaux, capitals in the Danube, Holland and Lake Ijsselmeer, the Douro from Porto to Spain, Andalucia and Seville, the Rhone through Provence, and the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel.
| lake & river cruises | France | Italy | Austria | Slovakia | Hungary | Netherlands | Germany | Portugal | Spain |
Saga Featured Site
based: Kent, UK
An inspiring collection of great-value cruises along famous rivers and waterways. Cruise the Moselle and Rhine, discover the Dutch and Belgian waterways, sail along the Danube, the German and French waterways, the Nile, the Rhine and her tributaries, the rivers of Russia and the Spanish and Portuguese waterways. For solo travellers there are 100s of single cabins available on selected dates with no single supplement.
| seniors/silver surfers | lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | singles | Christmas/New Year | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
Titan Featured Site
River cruise holidays in Europe, Russia and China. All-inclusive river cruise packages that include Titan's VIP door to door travel service, free regional connecting flights, check-in and porterage service porterage, scheduled direct flights with leading airlines, on-board meals, entertainment and activities.
| lake & river cruises | Europe | Russia | China |
based: Leicestershire, UK
River cruise holidays: a collection of 4-star river cruises offering unrivalled all-inclusive value, with all shore excursions, drinks and meals included. Discover everything from fascinating history to stunning landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Travelsphere's ships are small enough to sail into the heart of a destination.
| lake & river cruises | city breaks | Europe | Asia | North America | Worldwide |
Twilight Riverboat River Cruise
based: Illinois, USA
Mississippi round-trip river cruises aboard the Twilight Riverboat, a replica Victorian steamboat; a 2-day trip along the upper Mississippi departing from Le Claire and cruising to Dubuque for an overnight at the riverfront Grand Harbor Resort, returning the next day.
| lake & river cruises | USA |
Discover the lakelands and inland waterways of Ireland aboard a modern cruiser. Self-drive cruisers to discover 800+ km of navigable waterways, rivers and acres of lake to relax on.
| lake & river cruises | Ireland |
Noble Caledonia Limited
based: London, UK
Specialist tour operator offering lake cruises, river journeys and expedition cruises to every continent, Worldwide.
| ocean cruises | lake & river cruises | Worldwide |
Vegan River Cruises
based: Münster, Germany
4-8 day luxury European river cruises for the travelling vegan; 100% vegan cuisine, with even cocktails and cabin toiletries being vegan.
| vegetarian/vegan | lake & river cruises | Europe |
EUROPE: Luxury River Cruising
Introducing Titan's new luxury river cruises – what could be better than a relaxing trip along great European and Worldwide waterways? Offering a special selection of the most luxurious of river cruise holidays. Discover a level of service unique to river cruise boats; relax in spacious well furnished en-suite cabins with fine river views; discover fascinating ports of call with escourted excursions included, enjoy fine dining prepared with local seasonal ingredients, relax with a book in the panoramic lounge with afternoon tea. Also Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service will transfer you, to and from, your home to the airport at the start and end of your holiday.
EUROPE: Danube river cruises
Discover Europe's second largest river, flowing through some of Europe's most famous cities and beautiful countryside. The Danube (or Donau) passes through eleven countries and is packed with variety – it flows through four capital cities: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, the UNESCO cultural landscape of the Wachau Valley and the stunning Danube Delta.
Saga have a extensive collection of over 40 Danube river cruises of all types and length, for travellers 50+. Their top Danube river cruises include: Prague and the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal Prague; Vienna and the Blue Danube; Contrasts of the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal and Historic Cities of Europe Budapest to Berlin aboard Amedeus Royal.
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The Travel-Quest river cruise holiday section is for lake, loch and river cruising holidays and vacations; listing cruise breaks, holidays and getaways on the world's major waterways, rivers, navigable lakes and large lochs. It includes weekends and short breaks as well as longer river cruise holiday packages and vacations.
As with ocean cruising, this will be aboard craft that include on-board accommodation and which acts as a floating hotel – but it will tend to be in smaller ships, better able to navigate rivers and lakes and negotiate low bridges, locks and shallower waters. The style of boat ranges from modern cruisers to refurbished paddle steamers, steamboats, large barges or lake and river ferries designed specifically for carrying holiday passengers.
Journeys will include famous Worldwide and European destinations, rivers such as the Thames and Severn in the UK, Nile river cruises in Egypt, cruises on the Italian lakes, the Danube to the Black Sea river cruises from Holland to Germany, the Douro in Spain and Portugal, the river Rhine through Holland, France, Germany and Switzerland and the Mississippi River and Great Lakes in North America.
Seasonal river and lake cruises are another option and these will be listed in our themed cruise section, where you'll find options such as spring flower and tulip time itineraries sailing through the Netherlands and Belgium; wine cruises through France's vineyard regions; winter Christmas market cruises along rivers such as the Danube and Rhine; or dedicated Christmas/New Year river cruises that allow you to enjoy the festive season afloat.
Canal and river cruise holidays aboard smaller barges and by canal narrowboat hotels are listed in a separate section.
If you're short of time, but would like a cruise experience, our short and mini-cruise section is also worth a look.
As river cruising continues to grow in popularity, what are the advantages of a river or lake cruise holiday:
• Luxury accommodation that often takes you right into the heart of city centres and tourist sites.
• A more intimate experience aboard ships that hold a modest average of around 150 passengers.
• Well equipped, often luxury, accommodation with all mod-cons and panoramic views from plentiful cabin windows.
• Point-to-point travel with a new destination every day, but without the need to keep packing and unpacking between stops!
• All-inclusive packages are offered on most river cruise lines, that will include food and drink, on-board entertainments and guided excursions ashore.
• Smaller, more eco-friendly ships that use a lot less fuel than ocean cruise liners.