Some options for European river cruises include Viking River Cruises' Grand European Tour, a Rhine cruise from Amadeus River Cruises, Shearings' joint rail and boat tours down the Danube, and Uniworld's Jewels of Spain, Portugal and Douro cruise. There are some smaller paddlewheel boat cruises along the Loire River and barge cruises along canals and smaller waterways.
Viking River Cruises offers a large range of European voyages from the 15-day Grand European Tour that starts on the Rhine in Netherlands and continues on the Main and Danube rivers through Germany, Austria and Hungary to the seven-day Heart of Germany trip along the Main River.
Cruise companies including Uniworld and ACE Cultural Tours focus on lesser-known rivers such as the Douro and the Thames. Uniworld features cruises down well-known rivers such as the Rivers Seine and Rhine as well as some smaller rivers, including the Garonne River, Douro River and Dordogne River. The Dordogne River, which flows through southern France, offers passengers a scenic ride along pastoral France. The Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux cruise is a six-day journey down the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The Ultimate France voyage travels down the Seine, Garonne, Saone and Dordogne rivers over a 21-night period, featuring access to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 18-day excursions.