There is nothing more relaxing than cruising down a river in Europe, admiring the historical architecture, and soaking in the sights and sounds of these stunning capital cities. Whether travelers are looking for lengthy cruises that allow them to unwind and see more of Europe without walking the busy streets or simply tour a famous city like Paris for a few hours on the water, there is something for everyone.

10 London Eye River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$16.47
  • Length: 40 minutes
  • What’s Included: Live commentary from a professional guide

A London Eye River Cruise offers travelers a unique perspective of one of the city’s most popular attractions. From the Thames River, travelers quickly get a glimpse of various monuments, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Big Ben, and the Tower of London, all within a short tour.

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9 Champagne Tasting On A Seine River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$65.82
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • What’s Included: Live commentary, three champagnes to taste, take home a bottle of Champagne 1er Cru

A 1-hour river cruise on the Seine includes a champagne tasting for an authentic French experience. Travelers have the opportunity to learn about this bubbly French beverage from a professional sommelier while tasting three different champagnes with views of the City of Love. The cruise offers a chance to see famous Parisian attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay from the water.

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8 Florence River Cruise On A Traditional Barchetto

  • Cost/Person: ~$55.70
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • What’s Included: Apperitivo drink, Mini Gondola Cruise on the Arno River, English-speaking history guide

Travelers exploring Italy and the beautiful city of Firenze can take a new view of the city by taking a cruise on a traditional Barchetto. Sail down the Arno River on this small boat and view the ​​Uffizi Gallery and Corsini Palace while sipping on a glass of prosecco. Take in the views of the birthplace of the Renaissance on a romantic river cruise while learning about the city’s history from a professional guide.

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7 Panoramic Vltava River Cruise In Prague

  • Cost/Person: ~$13.67
  • Length: 55 minutes
  • What’s Included: English commentary, highlights of the commentary available in print for other languages (German, Italian, Spanish, French, and Russian)

Learn about the history of the Czech Republic and the beautiful city of Prague through an affordable and picturesque river cruise. Key landmarks of the tour include Kampa Island, Prague Castle, and the Charles Bridge, all of which are especially breathtaking when viewed from the unique perspective of the Vltava.

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6 Guadalquivir River Cruise, Seville

  • Cost/Person: ~$20.25
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • What’s Included: Audio guide (Spanish, English, French, German, or Italian)

Appreciate the beauty and architecture of Spain on a Spanish river cruise through Seville. The Guadalquivir river separates the neighborhoods of Triana and Seville and is the only major navigable river in the country. Interestingly, it was once possible to travel the river all the way to Córdoba. However, today it’s only navigable from the Gulf of Cádiz to Seville. The cruise passes by scenic points like the Torre del Oro and the Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

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5 Budapest River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$12.15
  • Length: 5.5 hours
  • What’s Included: Alcoholic beverages

Take a European river cruise for an ultra-low price by exploring the Danube in Budapest. Travelers can still experience luxury on a budget by embarking on this exploration which includes welcome drinks and scenic views of Szechenyi Lanchid and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This is not a private cruise, which is why it’s so affordable. The boat is limited to a capacity of approximately 130 people.

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4 Rotterdam River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$13.67
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • What’s Included: Live tour guide

Forget the crowded canals of Amsterdam and tour the underrated city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands instead. A cruise along the Maas River provides epic views of this modern Dutch city and passes landmarks like Hotel New York, the White House, and the Euromast. A professional tour guide provides insight for travelers into the history of the city, and guests can choose to sit inside or outside on the boat for their comfort.

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3 Paris City Tour River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$20.25
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • What’s Included: Live commentary about city landmarks

Paris is a city on most travelers’ bucket lists, and when visiting Europe, it’s worth taking a guided tour of this French capital to learn more about its history. The landmarks of Paris are the central focus of the cruise, providing travelers with a new perspective of icons like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, and The Louvre. The cruise along the Seine begins from the base of the Eiffel Tower.

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2 Kraków, Poland River Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$69.88
  • Length: 3.5 hours
  • What’s Included: Beer tasting, traditional Polish starters

Venture off the beaten path with a European river cruise in Eastern Europe. Explore the city of Kraków, Poland, from the water, sailing down the Vistula River on a boat with a heated indoor area and comfortable sofa seating. There is an observation deck for days with pleasant weather as well. The boat cruise takes guests to craft breweries throughout Kraków, at which time they will disembark from the boat and have a chance to try nine different Polish beers.

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1 Lisbon River Sailing Cruise

  • Cost/Person: ~$35.44
  • Length: 2 hours
  • What’s Included: Welcome drink, bottled water, alcoholic drinks, life jackets, and Wi-Fi onboard

Explore the best of Portugal from the water aboard a boat on the Tagus River. Guests are provided with a welcome drink when they board the cruise and travel past important landmarks like the April 25th Bridge, Christ the Redeemer, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. The cruise takes place at sunset for a stunning view of Lisbon and the chance to observe the city lit up after dark.

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