6 Of The Best Short Break River Cruise Holidays in 2021

Fancy a river cruise but you're not sure where to start? Can't settle on a location or a cruise line? Well, you're in the right place!

River cruising is the perfect getaway for anyone who loves exploring, relaxing and a great value for money holiday. These fantastic short break river cruises are the perfect little tasters to let you dip your toes into the world of river cruising.

Or, maybe you're actually a river cruising novice and you're looking for a different kind of adventure! 

Below we've selected the top 6 short break river cruise holidays for 2021, that will take you to some of the best ports in Europe.

TUI - Three Grand Capitals River Cruise

TUI Vienna

4 Days | April - October 2021

Budapest > Bratislava > Vienna  

From Budapest’s bathhouses to Vienna’s palaces, this itinerary dances you along the Danube, stopping at must-see cities. Sliced in half by the Danube, Budapest is like two cities in one. Hilly Buda sits to the west of the river, crowned by a vast 18th-century castle and the turreted Fisherman’s Bastion. To the east, you’ve got Pest, which is home to one of the grandest parliament buildings in the world. The Slovakian capital of Bratislava spans the centuries with its old-and-new appeal. Bratislava Castle’s the standout site – you can see it from practically anywhere in the city, thanks to its hilltop spot beside the Danube River. Classical music, palatial architecture and priceless works of art are just a flavour of Vienna’s social standing. It’s Austria’s capital, and sits on the west bank of the Danube River. And, if you take a stroll to the southern reaches, you’ll find Baroque palaces and grand concert halls.

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Saga - Springtime in the Netherlands River Cruise

Saga Amsterdam6 Days | April 2021

Amsterdam > Beverwijk > Zaandam > Enkhuizen > Hoorn > Amsterdam

Discover brilliant blooms on a cruise of the waterways of the Netherlands. Discover the contrasting highlights of the Netherlands at their most colourful, on this five-night springtime cruise aboard the popular Rex Rheni. Look forward to an included visit to the sprawling Keukenhof Gardens along with plenty of time to wander the quirky streets of Amsterdam.

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Avalon Waterways - A Taste of the Danube River Cruise

Avalon Budapest4 Days | April - August 2021

Budapest > Bratislava > Melk > Wachau Valley > Durnstein > Vienna  

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest and cruise through the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, past quaint towns and villages—and stops in charming towns and cities of Slovakia and Austria along the way. Sail between two countries on a 58-mile stretch of the Danube that’s shared by Hungary and Slovakia. Explore Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a dynamic city at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, which served as Hungary’s coronation church during the 16th to 19th centuries. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, where Benedictine monks still stroll within the sacred walls. Sitting high on a bluff, it offers the most breathtaking views of the city, the Danube River, and the Austrian countryside all at once. Conclude your beautiful Danube River cruise in Vienna, Austria.

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Amadeus - Interlude on the Danube River Cruise

Amadeus Passau4 Days | August 2021

Passau > Vienna > Durnstein > Emmersdorf / Melk > Passau 

Journey through the heart of Europe, along the most beautiful stretches of the Danube. See the "Great Loop" - one of the most original sectors of the Danube, where the river, unable to erode the hard, volcanic granite, has created a meander-formed river bed.
Discover Vienna with its baroque buildings and in the evening, let the waltz begin in the “city of waltzes”! Admire the majestic Melk Abbey and taste the regional wines of the Wachau Valley.

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Riviera Travel - Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

Riviera Amsterdam5 Days | April 2021

Amsterdam > Enkuizen > Rotterdam > Kinderdijk > Keukenhof > Amsterdam

Experience historic maritime cities, where innovation meets the traditions of the past. Witness a truly iconic polder scene – a series of 19 authentic windmills lining the canal banks, set against a starkly beautiful backdrop of pancake-flat marshland. Windmills are symbolic of Dutch history and the never-ending battle with the sea, and visiting these beautifully preserved structures is like stepping back in time. 

Drive through the scenic bulb fields to Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden, covering nearly 80 acres. Nothing prepares you for the dazzling carpet of colours created by the seven million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other blooms arranged in rows, swirls and every other imaginable shape. The art of flower planting reaches breathtaking heights in Keukenhof’s themed areas, and wandering among this dramatic pageant of hues set in a landscape of lakes, trees, pavilions and water features is magical.

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Avalon | Waterways A Taste of the Rhine River Cruise

Riviera Amsterdam5 Days | May - July 2021

Frankfurt > Rudesheim > Koblenz > Cologne > Amsterdam

Get the perfect view of Germany’s Rhine River with a sample of its charms from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. Sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim—the Rhine Valley’s wonderful wine country. Hear the sounds of oom-pah-pah of a Mechanical Music Museum like no other! Soak in Boppard’s forest views after a cup of authentic German coffee. You’ll explore the historic city of Cologne and see its grand gothic cathedral with the soaring twin steeples. You may choose to join a guided walking tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites. Enjoy a classic Kölsch lager to toast your Rhine River cruise! Next, you’ll arrive in colorful Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the city’s iconic waterways of the Golden Age.

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