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Riviera Travel River Cruises

Riviera Travel offers unique five-star river cruising experiences at surprisingly affordable prices. From the moment you step on-board, you’ll fall in love with Riviera Travel’s beautiful ships, with their spacious cabins and suites and well-appointed public areas and sun decks. Each day you’ll enjoy fascinating excursions led by expert local guides, all included in the price. The friendly and welcoming crew will always be on-hand to attend to your every need. With a typical ratio of just four guests per crew member, you can be sure of five-star service at all times.

One of the things that Riviera Travel prides itself on is its passion for creating the ideal package. Since the company launched in 1984, it has constantly worked hard to perfect every individual part of each itinerary, so it’s not just the ship that is unforgettable but the whole experience.

From the moment you leave your front door to the time you arrive back home, your Riviera Travel experience is unforgettable. When it comes to exploring ashore, many of the excursions you will enjoy are walking tours, and they always guarantee that each is run by a knowledgeable guide who speaks English fluently and knows the best tour routes to let you see every major attraction as well as the best of the lesser-known sights.

What's Included

plane Return transport from the UK Return transport from the UK
overseas transfers Overseas transfers Overseas transfers
food All dining on-board All dining on-board
complimentry tea and coffee Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day and facilities in cabin Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day and facilities in cabin
map Shore excursion in every port of call Shore excursion in every port of call
itineraries Premium shore excursion in selected ports of call Optional
wifi Internet access and Wi-Fi Internet access and Wi-Fi
on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment
port charges taxes All port charges and taxes All port charges and taxes


The cabins and suites on-board Riviera river cruise ships are amongst the largest and most comfortable you’ll find on any river ship. Step through the wooden door and you’ll find contemporary design and décor which combine to create the perfect ambience. Whichever cabin type you choose, you’ll be able to sink into a lavish hotel-style bed dressed in fine cotton linens. Every cabin has an en-suite bathroom, a shower with unlimited hot water, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. For your convenience, you’ll also enjoy tea and coffee-making facilities in your room and the water is perfectly safe to drink. You’ll also enjoy individually-controlled air conditioning or heating, a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, safe and telephone.





Outside of your cabin, stylish surroundings are a continuing theme, with elegant public lounge areas offering the perfect atmosphere in which to relax with fellow guests, share a drink or even enjoy a game of bridge or chess. Your ship’s well-stocked bar offers all your favourites and more, as well as stunning panoramic views of the passing scenery. The sun deck is a wonderful place to relax with comfortable chairs and sun loungers.

On-board facilities include:

  • Splash pool
  • Putting green
  • Giant chess board 
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Fitness equipment
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Laundry service
  • Boutique shop 

Exceptional Service

Each Riviera river cruise has an attentive crew who are on-hand 24-hours per day to make sure that your stay in an enjoyable one. With an excellent ratio of crew to guests on every ship, you are guaranteed service and care with a personal touch, from a team of staff who go above and beyond to ensure your every need is met. All staff speak English and their friendly and personable attitudes help to create a family ambience on-board. 


From the moment you arrive in your ship’s dining room, you’ll understand just what an experience dining is with Riviera Travel. Smart, professional and intuitive staff will be waiting to escort you to your table which will be dressed with the finest cutlery and china. Dinner is always a four-course culinary event, and each day your menu offers a tantalising combination of international favourites and dishes reflecting your daily ports of call, created using locally-sourced ingredients. In addition, the Captain’s Gala Dinner will feature six courses of specialities from the countries and regions you’ve visited on the cruise. Each day, you’ll also be able to enjoy a mouth-watering breakfast buffet, a comprehensive lunch buffet and afternoon tea with the chef’s special patisserie.

Special Diets

Special diets including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar and lactose-free diets are catered for on most ships.

Seating Policy

Riviera Travel has a policy of informal free seatings and smaller tables. Tables are set to four or six people and guests are free to dine with whomever they choose. This gives a personal, intimate experience, akin to dining at home with friends.

Drinks Packages

This cruise line doesn't include drinks in the price of their cruises, as they would prefer not to charge you for something which you might not use. Bar prices are very reasonable, at around €2.75 for a small glass of wine and €4 for a pint of local beer. If you prefer to purchase a drinks package in advance, Riviera Travel's package includes unlimited draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red, white and rosé house wines.  

Riviera Travel Itineraries


The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers

1 sailing date October 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg from Cologne

2 sailing dates October 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rhine and Moselle River for Solo from Cologne

2 sailing dates November 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Riviera Travel Ships

One of the great features of any river cruise holiday is the serenity of sailing from port to port in calm waters, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Riviera river cruises offer elegant accommodation and fantastic dining in five-star restaurants, with plenty of space to unwind and soak in the local culture, atmosphere and views. Explore some of the world's most beautiful rivers aboard one of these award-winning ships, with spectacular new scenery guaranteed each day.


There are many ships which set sail along the rivers of Europe, many of which are set to launch in 2020. The current fleet includes MS George Eliot, MS William Wordsworth, MS Robert Burns, MS Douro Splendour, MS Douro Elegance, MS Thomas Hardy, MS Emily Brontë, MS Oscar Wilde, MS Lord Byron, MS Jane Austen, MS Charles Dickens, MS William Shakespeare, MS Swiss Ruby and MS Rossia. In 2020, the MS Geoffrey Chaucer will also be joining the fleet as a state-of-the-art all-suite ship.


Outside of Europe, there is the Yangtze which the RV Century Sun sets sail on, as well as those which meander along the Mekong. These include the RV Mekong Adventurer and the RV Mekong Prestige II.


Riviera Travel also offers sailings along the Nile for the ultimate way to explore ancient Egyptian history. Ships which are situated in Africa for the cruise line include MS Mövenpick Darakum and MS Mövenpick Hamees.

How do Riviera Travel ships compare to others?

On-board Riviera Travel ships you can enjoy a guest-to-crew ratio of just four to one, so you can enjoy first-class service at every moment. Crew members have the time to take care of all the little details, learning passengers’ names and personal preferences. This gives a ‘small ship’ feel which entices passengers to return again and again, as many do.

Riviera Travel ships are also less crowded than some others, carrying up to 50% less than similar-sized ships belonging to other cruise lines, so you’ll find lots of space to relax both inside and out on deck. This is particularly true of the restaurants, where most tables seat just four or six people for an intimate dining experience. The newer vessels such as the Thomas Hardy also have alfresco dining areas.

Riviera Travel Awards

  • Best Escorted Tour Operator 2017
    • The Times Travel Awards
  • Travel Brand of the Year 2017
    • Which? Awards
  • Best City Breaks Operator 2017
    • Best Escorted Touring Operator (Europe and Long-Haul Tours) 2017
  • Best River Cruise Line (Runner-up) 2017
    • Silver Travel Awards

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