5 Remarkable European River Cruises Worth Booking Early

by Emese Graham
brown and white buildings and orange trees line a river bank in europe

It’s important to have something to look forward to. We guess that’s why our Travel Experts have been busier than ever helping Canadians plan their 2022 river cruise holidays!

If you’re already dreaming of next year’s trip, you’re in luck: extra-early birds are getting exceptional value on cruise vacations. With flexible booking conditions, low deposit options, and an Expert beside you every step of the way, it’s the perfect time to plan and save.

But don’t just take our word for it! Have a look at some of the top Europe river cruise deals we’re booking this month.

1. Back-to-Back Danube with AmaWaterways

amawaterways river boat floats along the danube river

Duration: 7 Nights + 7 Nights

Start: Budapest

End: Budapest

Destinations: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Slovakia

Make your way from Budapest to Giurgiu, then double back from Vilshofen to experience a whole new side of the Danube. This Back-to-Back AmaWaterways river cruise experience lets you immerse yourself in Southeast Europe.

Explore medieval towns, sample wine in Roman vineyards, and grab a bicycle and wheel your way through iconic capitals.

Back to Back Sale: For a limited time only, save 10% on back-to-back Europe sailings with AmaWaterways. Conditions apply.*

2. A Taste of the Rhine with Avalon

an avalon river cruise boat floats along the rhine river during sunset

Duration: 4 Nights

Start: Frankfurt

End: Amsterdam

Destinations: Frankfurt, Rüdesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam

Visit three-century-old mechanical instruments at the Siegfried Museum in Rudesheim. Embark on a guided tour of Jewish history in Cologne. Then find yourself cruising the famed canals of Amsterdam (unless of course, you’d rather lace up your shoes and walk from shop to shop).

This sampler river cruise is the perfect treat for travellers who just can’t sit still (after the year we’ve had, who could blame you?). Our Travel Experts can help you bookend this mini-getaway with the perfect European stays and day trips.

$499 Fixed Airfare + Save up to $1,250 Per Person: For a limited time only, book a 2021 or 2022 Avalon river cruise and enjoy fixed airfare prices of $499. Plus, get an instant savings of up to $1,250 per person. Conditions apply.*

3. Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with Scenic

pink yellow and red tulips in winding rows leading towards tall windmills

Duration: 7 Nights

Start: Amsterdam

End: Amsterdam

Destinations: Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem, Hoorn

When you take the Scenic route, you get more out of your journey. This winding river cruise lets you choose how you want to experience Europe.

Guided tour of Rotterdam, pottery tour in Delft, or visit cheese heaven in Gouda? View medieval Ghent, tour the best of Antwerp, or see world-famous Rubens paintings up close?

4. Cruise Burgundy & Provence with Uniworld


a mature man and woman smile from the deck of a uniworld river cruise boat in france

Duration: 7 Nights

Start: Lyon

End: Avignon

Destinations: Lyon, Mâcon, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Tarascon, Avignon

There’s a side of France you can only appreciate from its rivers. Journey beyond the postcards with a delightful Uniworld river cruise.

Explore the Provençal town that inspired Van Gogh. Kayak under a Roman aqueduct in Avignon. Taste your way through France’s gastronomic capital: Lyon.

And yes. There will be lots and lots of wine.

2022 Early Booking Savings: For a limited time, save 12% on all 2022 Uniworld cruises. Conditions apply *


5. Rhine Getaway with Viking

a viking river cruise boat floating past a small village on the rhine river

Duration: 7 Nights

Start: Amsterdam

End: Basel

Destinations: Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz & Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

Ride the Rhine to the most scenic corners of the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Sip and savour a Kölsch and a brauhaus dinner in Cologne. Learn how to make cuckoo clocks and black forest cake in Breisach.

From castles to capitals, windmills to wineries, Viking River Cruises lets you explore in comfort.

Plan Your Voyage Risk-Free: For a limited time, book a Viking River Cruise for free cancellations up to 24 hours prior to departure and get 24 months to select a new cruise date. Conditions apply*.


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