History river cruises

Revisit the dramatic history of WWII on our Seine river cruises, accompanied by expert guides, as you uncover the stories behind poignant sites such as the Normandy Landing Beaches. Discover the legacy of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria and Hungary and visit the Danube's architectural gems such as Schonbrunn Palace. Or delve into Europe's history from Amsterdam - Budapest, with insights from local historians, diplomacy experts, and journalists.
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Paris to Normandy

Most popular

from £2,873 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 28 May 19
  • 1 date available

This fabulous river cruise combines romantic Paris, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and the picturesque and historic region of Normandy. Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, and witness the D-Day 75th Commemoration Ceremony at Juno Beach. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. Alternatively, you may visit the battlefields of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, join an excursion to the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—an inspiration for famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh. You may otherwise visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, enjoy enlightening and inspirational lectures by an onboard expert travelling with you, and see the charming and historic sites along the Seine River. Your Seine river cruise returns to the “City of Lights” to see Paris’ famous sites, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Take a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides. This inspiring French river cruise on the Seine invites you to walk in the footsteps of master artists, medieval architects, and magnificent heroes in remembrance of the history of World War II.

Danube Dreams - Budapest to Prague

from £3,335 per person

  • 10 days
  • Price based on 11 Jul 19
  • 1 date available

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. See Heroes’ Square, and all the famous sights that make this city come to life! Take a visit to Gödöllö royal palace, beloved by Sissi. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, once centre of the Habsburg Empire, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Wachau Valley wine region, visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and sample local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the centre of the city or take an excursion to the Austrian lake region where the Habsburg family members used to go. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Côte d'Azur

from £6,112 per person

  • 17 days
  • Price based on 23 Jul 19
  • 1 date available

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent river cruise begins in Amsterdam, Holland, with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes of the city’s “Golden Age” and ending in Amsterdam’s historic Jewish Quarter for a visit to the Portuguese Synagogue. Your stay in Amsterdam includes the possibility of joining a guided tour to the Anne Frank house. Your Rhine and Rhône River cruise with Jewish Heritage sites continues to Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll learn about the Jewish history of this city, and take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. You can alternatively choose to visit Worms, with its incredible Jewish history. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, fascinating astronomical clock and by the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivalled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.” Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

From the Danube Delta to Prague

from £6,652 per person

  • 19 days
  • Price based on 02 Jul 19
  • 1 date available

From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history. You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Sail through the Balkans to Budapest, headed to Prague. Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. See Heroes’ Square, and all the famous sights that make this city come to life, then sail to Bratislava, Slovakia for guided sightseeing of the capital. Vienna, Austria, once centre of the Habsburg Empire, is home to the lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Wachau Valley wine region, visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and sample local wines. In Linz, stroll through the Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square. You may choose to take an excursion to the Austrian lake region, historically frequented by the Habsburg family. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany’s narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.