A Guide to River Cruising

Most of Europe and Asia’s spectacular cities were born on the rivers, the original trade routes used by civilizations years before cars and airplanes. Thanks to the rise in river cruising, it is now easier than ever to experience the capitals and villages that have shaped world history and culture.

River and canal voyages are a booming industry, with dozens of new itineraries and ships launching every year. So what’s all the hype about? Why take a river cruise? Climb aboard and see what river cruising can offer.

Cultural Immersion


These smaller ships make their way up grand waterways and dock in the heart of a city. From there, you can take an organized tour with local guides to get the inside scoop on the sights, sounds and tastes of the region. Since most ships stay docked for longer—or even overnight—you get the chance to really experience the local culture.

Ease of Travel

Even though you will be visiting multiple countries on your cruise, you’ll be staying in the same room every night, so no more packing and unpacking! This leaves more time to truly enjoy all the activities and sightseeing available on a river cruise. In addition, the leisurely pace of the boats allows you to relax and take in the views of passing cities, vineyards, castles, forests, mountain ranges and quaint small towns from the comfort of your room.

Intimate Luxury Accommodations


River cruise ships are designed to be contemporary, stylish and intimate. Since they must be small enough to pass through locks and under bridges, most ships carry fewer than 200 passengers; however, they still offer high-end amenities for you to enjoy, including spacious upper decks and pools, acclaimed dining facilities, spas and fitness rooms. Most suites also feature balconies so you can enjoy the sights from the comfort of your own room.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Europe or Asia, consider traveling by river. Your AAA Travel Agent can help you book your dream river cruise—and ensure you receive exclusive AAA Member Benefits, such as onboard credits, discounted prices and complimentary hotel stays before embarkation.

Visit your local AAA Travel Agent today or inquire online.