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Embark on family river cruises and explore European waterways

Explore On-Board Family River Cruises

The following river cruise lines specialise in family river cruises:

What to expect on a family river cruise

Explore capital cities and quaint villages with your loved ones on a family-friendly river cruise. Sail into the heart of some of the fascinating destinations in the world, on some of the most stunning waterways, from Portugal on the Douro to Vietnam on the Mekong. Enjoy the freedom to explore and, at the end of the day, retire to stunning family-friendly accommodation

AmaWaterways' AmaStella and AmaViola river cruise ships include a collection of specially-designed family staterooms - 12 staterooms that can house up to three family members each; six sets of adjoining cabins that can be connected via an internal doorway, accommodating families of up to five; and four suites with convertible sofa beds that can accommodate families of up to four. Tauck, Uniworld, CroisiEurope and Riviera Travel ships all offer stunning suites that are suitable for families. 

Things to see on a family river cruise

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of ports like Vienna, Budapest and Cologne as you travel on your family river cruise. Visit museums, castles and parks, or even cycle through the centre of each city. In destinations like Siem Reap and Hanoi, introduce younger cruisers to ancient temples and spell-binding exotic landscapes. Wherever you cruise, however, there is a wide range of family-orientated activities to enjoy both ashore and on-board. Try movie nights, cookery lessons, nightly entertainment and more.

Top family river cruises

  • Rhine – this waterways opens the door to famous Christmas markets for festive river cruises
  • Danube – an iconic river home to fairy-tale towns like Vienna and Budapest
  • Seine – explore Paris and visit enchanting sites that inspired Disney classics
  • Rhone – sail through the south of France and enjoy the medieval villages and Roman ruins

When to cruise with your family

Spring and summer are the perfect times to embark on family river cruises, lining up with school holidays and offering warm sunshine to bask under as you explore. For those wanting something a little different, however, a winter river cruise is just as exciting, exploring the many Christmas markets Europe has to offer as snow falls around you.

Scenic river view, Vernon, France
Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
26 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2499 
£2429pp
Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
26 April 2018
10 nights
from  was £4299 
£4119pp
Munich - Early morning aerial view of Feldherrenhalle and Theatinerkirche in Munich, Germany
Popular river!Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
27 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2239 
£2169pp
Vienna at sunset
Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
27 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2439 
£2369pp
A peaceful square in Salamanca
2019 now on SALE - Book now | Award-winning British Cruising | Drinks package from just £59pp on selected sailings*
27 April 2018
7 nights
from
£2449pp
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2019 now on SALE - Book now | Award-winning British Cruising | Drinks package from just £59pp on selected sailings*
27 April 2018
14 nights
from
£2349pp
Splendours of Northern Italy river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
27 April 2018
14 nights
from  was £6499 
£6239pp
Book now for 2018 and secure your stateroom at the best price
27 April 2018
9 nights
from  was £3299 
£3159pp
Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy river cruise with Uniworld
Single traveller river cruises from £5,699
27 April 2018
9 nights
from  was £4639 
£4449pp
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HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
28 April 2018
11 nights
from  was £4299 
£4119pp
Strasbourg - House tanners, Petite France district. Strasbourg, France
Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2239 
£2169pp
Charming architecture in Bruges
2019 now on SALE - Book now | Award-winning British Cruising | Drinks package from just £59pp on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
7 nights
from
£1499pp
One of River Voyages top river cruises! View or call our specialist concierge team today for more details.
29 April 2018
7 nights
from
£5129pp
Paris and Normandy river cruise with Uniworld
Includes HUGE savings of up to 30% | Call to add flights
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £4099 
£3929pp
Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux river cruise with Uniworld
Single Traveller River Cruises from £5,099
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £3699 
£3549pp
Grand China & the Yangtze river cruise with Uniworld
Discover the best of Asia - selling out fast, don't miss out
29 April 2018
17 nights
from  was £6699 
£6429pp
Burgundy and Provence river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £3699 
£2889pp
Castles along the Rhine river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £3299 
£3159pp
A Portrait of Majestic France from Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
14 nights
from  was £6299 
£6039pp
A Portrait of Majestic France from Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
14 nights
from  was £6299 
£6039pp
Ultimate France river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
29 April 2018
21 nights
from  was £9899 
£9499pp
Enchanting Danube river cruise with Uniworld
Includes HUGE savings of up to 30% | Call to add flights
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2899 
£2779pp
One of River Voyages top river cruises! View or call our specialist concierge team today for more details.
29 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £3799 
£3639pp
Strasbourg - House tanners, Petite France district. Strasbourg, France
Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
30 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2239 
£2169pp
Strasbourg - House tanners, Petite France district. Strasbourg, France
Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
30 April 2018
7 nights
from  was £2239 
£2169pp
Legendary Rhine & Moselle river cruise with Uniworld
Single Traveller River Cruises from £7,499
30 April 2018
12 nights
from  was £3799 
£3639pp
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Single Traveller River Cruises from £4,999
01 May 2018
8 nights
from  was £3699 
£3549pp
European Jewels river cruise with Uniworld
HUGE savings of up to 30% | Flights & transfers included on selected sailings*
02 May 2018
15 nights
from  was £6399 
£6139pp
3Paris & Normandy43 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • Paris & Normandy
  • 26 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Paris to Paris
  • Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
4Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley39 sailing dates
5Melodies of the Danube79 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • Melodies of the Danube
  • 27 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen
  • Popular river!Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
6The Romantic Danube85 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • The Romantic Danube
  • 27 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Vilshofen to Budapest, Hungary
  • Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
7The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca82 sailing dates
  • Riviera Travel
  • The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca
  • 27 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal to Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal
  • 2019 now on SALE - Book now | Award-winning British Cruising | Drinks package from just £59pp on selected sailings*
8Budapest To The Black Sea - Gems Of Eastern Europe31 sailing dates
9Splendors of Northern Italy24 sailing dates
10Enchanting Danube & Munich - Munich to Budapest15 sailing dates
11Gems of Northern Italy60 sailing dates
12Splendours of Egypt & the Nile53 sailing dates
13The Enchanting Rhine180 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • The Enchanting Rhine
  • 29 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Amsterdam to Basel
  • Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
14Bruges, Flanders, Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields 11 sailing dates
15The Romantic Rhine4 sailing dates
  • Tauck
  • The Romantic Rhine
  • 29 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Amsterdam to Basel
16Paris and Normandy55 sailing dates
17Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux28 sailing dates
18Grand China & the Yangtze22 sailing dates
19Burgundy & Provence57 sailing dates
20Castles along the Rhine74 sailing dates
21A Portrait of Majestic France49 sailing dates
22A Portrait of Majestic France49 sailing dates
23Ultimate France23 sailing dates
24Enchanting Danube63 sailing dates
25Porto to Porto36 sailing dates
26The Enchanting Rhine180 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • The Enchanting Rhine
  • 30 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Basel to Amsterdam
  • Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
27The Enchanting Rhine180 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • The Enchanting Rhine
  • 30 April 2018 - 7 nights
  • Amsterdam to Basel
  • Bestseller! Book your 2018 cruise now | Limited availability | Great single prices on selected sailings*
28Legendary Rhine & Moselle12 sailing dates
29Amsterdam To Basel8 sailing dates
30European Jewels36 sailing dates

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