vineyards and church at Merl, Germany, in autumn

2022 river cruises

It's not hard to see why river cruises are so popular. After all, what better way to experience a region than by slowly meandering through by boat, admiring the ever-changing scenery and cruising right into the heart of towns and cities?

On our river cruises, wake up to a different view each morning (a hillside vineyard one day, a cathedral-crowned town the next) or sit up on deck as you round a river bend to reveal a fairytale castle. The best river cruises moor up in or close to the centre of towns, so that’s exactly what we aim to do on ours. It means you’ll enjoy more time exploring and less time travelling to and from the ship. 

You'll also experience the very best of each season on our sailings. For instance, in spring, you'll get the chance to see the breathtaking colours of the flowers blooming in Keukenhof. In autumn, expect to see the landscapes awash with stunning reds and gold, less crowds at attractions, and pleasant temperatures as the heat of the summer begins to ebb away.

We include all transport from your front door to your cabin, transfers throughout and a selection of handpicked shore excursions. And with excellent dining onboard (with wine and beer included with each meal if you’re on MS Serenade 1 or MS River Discovery II), spacious cabins, and entertainment including cooking demonstrations and live music, our river cruises really are a fantastic way to travel. 

Our river cruises 2022

Alongside our popular European river cruises down some of Europe’s most magical waterways, we have several new 2022 river cruises that really get to the heart of Germany, Bavaria and beyond. Discover our exciting new itineraries that take in the cultural delights along the Danube and the Rhine.

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We offer ships and cruise styles to suit all tastes, from traditional paddle-wheel steamboats to luxurious converted canal barges. Our two exclusive river cruise ships, MS River Discovery II and MS Serenade 1, allow you to take in the Rhine, Danube and Dutch Waterways. By chartering sailings on these ships just for our customers, we’re able to tailor every aspect to ensure you have a seamless holiday experience from start to finish. Some of these cruises add a city break to the holiday, so you could enjoy a couple of nights in Prague or a stay in Switzerland with a trip on the world-famous Glacier Express.

We offer cruises along a dozen different rivers, so you could sail along the scenic waterways of the Rhine or Danube, explore the beauty of Portugal’s Douro, or perhaps venture a little further afield with an unforgettable Nile cruise or voyage along the USA’s mighty Mississippi River.

Firstly, we’re the specialists in escorted holidays. We’ve been taking our customers across the world on escorted tours for more than 40 years, and used that wealth of knowledge when we started our river cruises more than 10 years ago. By booking with us, you’ll benefit from decades of expertise and award-winning customer service.

On many river cruises (and all of our exclusive sailings on MS Serenade 1 and MS River Discovery II), our tour managers will join you on board to make sure you have a truly memorable experience. They’re there to make sure everything is safe and running smoothly. And, as they’re a well-travelled bunch, they can give you a few expert tips to help you make the most of your trip.

On excursions, you’ll often be joined by a local guide, who’ll be able to share detailed insight into particular locations and attractions. On our exclusive Titan cruises, you’ll be provided with Quietvox headsets, which enable you to block out all other noise to clearly hear what your tour guide is saying as you explore.

Finally, all of our river cruises include our VIP door-to-door travel service as standard, meaning your holiday starts the moment you step out of your front door. 

Our river cruises are also an excellent choice for solo travellers. Not only are they excellent value from just £200 supplement, which includes all meals and drinks with lunch and dinner, entertainment and excursions, it’s a really informal and sociable experience. Open seating means you can choose who to sit with when you dine, and our smaller sized river cruise ships make it easy to get to know everyone on board.

It all depends on what you’re interested in. In Europe, springtime is wonderful for enjoying the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens or visiting the Floriade flower festival, and cooler temperatures make exploring easier. Summer means you can soak up the sunshine on deck and take advantage of al fresco dining in ports. And autumn offers the chance to admire the changing colours along the riverbanks – particularly beautiful along the Rhine – and get a glimpse of the wine harvest.

Interested by the idea of river cruising but not sure if it’ll be your cup of tea? Have a watch of our top tips video or take a look at our comparison of river and ocean cruises. You could also watch our interviews with a group of first-time river cruisers sailing the Rhine and Dutch Waterways.

Whilst our Protection Promise extends to all Titan holidays, we want to make sure our river cruise passengers will know what to expect. As an industry, river cruising has created specific protocols to help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday. Our carefully selected cruise partners will adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines. From temperature checks and deep-cleaning to assigned seating at meal times. We will also have social distancing in place in communal areas. For a full list of all our safety measures, please read our Protection Promise checklist.

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