Why Riviera

Why Book With Riviera River Cruises?

Our outstanding cruise directors and local guides, meticulously crafted itineraries, award-winning reputation, personalised experiences, luxury ships and first-class service are all reasons to book with Riviera River Cruises. Read more below.


Our Cruise Directors

Our cruise directors are the best you’ll find on any river cruise. Some have been with us for a staggering twenty years! So it goes without saying they are passionate about travel. Get to know some of our cruise directors here.

Awards and accolades

We’ve been delighting customers for 37 years and have been consistently recognised for exceptional customer service and first-class products. Read more about the awards we’ve won here.

Five-star ships

Take a look at our fleet of luxurious five-star ships. Explore the cabins, suites and facilities and discover what life is like on board one of our river cruise vessels. View the full fleet here.


Your vacation the Riviera River Cruises way

Five great reasons to choose Riviera River Cruises



1 icon The very best hand-crafted vacations

More people recommend Riviera River Cruises than any other operator.

For 37 years our experts have been bringing to life the world’s most fascinating destinations. Like you, we love to travel and we are passionate about what we do. We personally select every aspect of your vacation and we are dedicated to ensuring that the content and detail of each itinerary is thoughtfully balanced, so there’s time for you to explore at a relaxing pace.

We offer you a superb choice of cruises but we also ensure each of these has been honed to perfection. Our focus is on quality not quantity.

Bamberg town hall

Tour manager with a small group in Budapest


2 icon Truly authentic travel experiences

An independent survey rated Riviera River Cruises concierges and cruise directors as the best in the business.

These talented individuals are chosen not only for their experience and wealth of knowledge but also for their flair for engaging audiences and sharing special insights.

We’ll take you to the heart of a region and our cruise directors will provide fascinating perspectives on the culture, history, gastronomy, art and architecture of the places you visit. You’ll also step off the tourist trail and beyond the pages of a guide book, discovering hidden gems, mingling with the locals and exploring lesser known but equally beautiful places.


3 icon Proud to be the UK’s market leader in river cruising

Since our inception in 1984, we have been consistently recognized for outstanding service, value and quality.

We genuinely care about making your vacation the best it can be and an obsession for the very best customer service is in our DNA. Our friendly and experienced cruise directors, cruise concierges and crew make every effort to get to know you by name and your preferences by heart. Whilst on board, our professional, English-speaking cruise team and crew are on hand to make your river cruise a vacation to remember.

Woman at reception desk onboard a river cruise ship

Wine tasting


4 icon Your vacation – your way

We give you the flexibility and choice to enhance your vacation and make it your own.

Everyone’s idea of the perfect vacation is different and we like to give you the freedom to customize your travel experience.

On many of our vacation we also offer thoughtfully crafted itinerary choices and you may wish to personalize your vacation further with one of these fascinating experiences. Just get in touch with our friendly reservations team for more information.


5 icon Value for money guaranteed

If you find the same vacation at a lower price we guarantee we’ll refund the difference.

Our mission is to make discovery affordable and accessible. We are passionate about quality and we also recognize that every moment of your vacation is precious – that’s why Riviera River Cruises offers unbeatable value. Compare the quality and prices of everything we offer – so much is included and you won’t find better for less.

No hidden extras
Our vacation prices are clear and transparent and we never compromise on quality. There are no hidden extras. The price you see is the price you’ll pay.

Couple watching sunset in Budapest


Frequently asked questions



How do I make a booking?

You can make a booking on our website – simply select the cruise you wish to book and click 'Book Now'. We will send you confirmation once this has been done. Alternatively, simply telephone our Reservations Team on 888-838-8820 - view our opening hours on our contact page. Our river cruises don't include flights, but please call and speak to a member of our team who can help with arranging travel.

Is my money protected?

We are fully bonded with the CLIA, ASTA and IATA so you can rest assured that your money is safe in any eventuality.

What’s included on my vacation?

Our fully comprehensive itineraries include all of the ‘must see’ sights and experiences your selected destination offers. Many operators sell these as ‘options’ – but on a Riviera river cruise you will miss nothing of importance. We do not sell you lots of additional excursions that just add to your overall costs. For specific details of what's included, please see the relevant tour page.

Happy in every sense or your money back - details

To qualify you must raise your concerns with the Riviera River Cruises cruise director and state your intention to take advantage of this guarantee within the first 24 hours of your cruise, and they will endeavour to resolve any issues. If by the end of Day Two a solution cannot be reached, Riviera River Cruises will arrange and cover the cost for you to return to the embarkation port from the next available location. We will also refund the total cost of your Riviera River Cruises vacation, although no refunds will be made for any additional costs incurred such as overnight hotels, airport travel, insurance etc.

The guarantee does not affect standard booking conditions or pre-departure cancelation policy and is superseded by our European River Cruise Assurance where relevant. Valid on cruises of 8 days or more. Further terms and conditions may apply.

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