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.




Unbeatable Value for Money & Honest Pricing

With 40 years of experience as the UK’s leading escorted tour operator, we can offer remarkable value on our vacations; our scale and the strong relationships we’ve built with our suppliers enables us to negotiate exceptional rates – and we pass those savings straight back to you. Our prices are fair and straightforward, with no hidden extras. Unlike many of our competitors, with us there’s no smoke and mirrors with our pricing and promotions – you’ll never find us inflating our prices just to offer artificially big discounts – we just offer amazing value for money, all the time.


We’ll look after you – no matter what

We’ll always go above and beyond to make sure you can enjoy the vacations you’ve looked forward to. Almost all of our itineraries run without any issues, but occasionally we’ll be impacted by circumstances outside of our control. If this happens, rest assured that our team will take care of it; finding alternative travel options, organising hotels, and keeping you informed. We’re there for you every step of the way – so all you need to worry about is your packing.


Your vacation the Riviera River Cruises way

Three great reasons to choose Riviera River Cruises

Here are a few reasons why you can feel confident when booking a vacation with us


1 icon Handcrafted vacations with authentic experiences

Like you, we love to travel. Our team of experts personally selects every aspect of your vacation so that it is thoughtfully balanced and honed to perfection. Between our exceptional fleet of ships and our handpicked hotels, you can rest assured that you'll be exploring the world in comfort.

While you travel, you're lookied after by our talented team of Tour Managers and Cruise Directors. Together, we ensure that you'll get fascinating perspectives on the culture, history, gastronomy, art and architecture of the places you visit. You'll 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.


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2 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 customise your travel experience. You can add on extras to your trip, such as hotel upgrades, or even extend your getaway with a Tour Extension.

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

3 icon So much included

At Riviera Travel, we include everything you need for an exceptional vacation in the price. All our trips come with the services of an experienced Cruise Director on hand to ensure your getaway runs smoothly and take care of you, and unlike some of our competitors, all the guided tours, visits to attractions and experiences described in the itineraries are fully included. Plus of course, accommodation on luxury ships.


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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.


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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