A Photo Tour of the World's Best River Cruises With bookings up over 200 percent in the past decade, river cruising has never been bigger, especially along the old-country routes of Europe. Here's a look at the most popular routes. Budget Travel Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, 10:00 AM The Rhine River: Fairy-tale castles, picturesque towns (like Germany's Bacharach, above), and a Black Forest setting straight out of the Brothers Grimm. (Jenifoto406/Dreamstime.com) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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A Photo Tour of the World's Best River Cruises

With bookings up over 200 percent in the past decade, river cruising has never been bigger, especially along the old-country routes of Europe. Here's a look at the most popular routes.

  • rhine river
  • Rhine River
  • Elbe River
  • Elbe River
  • Volga River
  • Volga River
  • Dnieper River
  • Dnieper River
  • danube River
  • Danube River
  • Rhone River
  • Rhone River
  • Douro River
  • Douro River
  • Seine River
  • Seine River

The Rhine River: Fairy-tale castles, picturesque towns (like Germany's Bacharach, above), and a Black Forest setting straight out of the Brothers Grimm.

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The Rhine River: The source of the river, Tomasee lake, in Grisons, Switzerland.

(Courtesy Capricorn4049/Wikimedia Commons)

The Elbe River: Rugged cliffs and sandstone formations, flecked with baroque cities and wine villages.

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The Elbe River: The fortress Königstein in Saxony.

(Maria Teresa Weinmann/Dreamstime.com)

The Volga River: Multicolored, onion-dome cathedrals (like this temple in the city of Uglich) and ornate palaces fit for a czar.

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The Volga River: A flooded bell tower in Kalyazin, Russia.

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The Dnieper River: Tranquil Ukrainian countryside, dotted with birch and pine forests, that gives way to the elegant gold domes of Kiev (above).

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The Dnieper River: Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

(Courtesy Dmitry A. Mottl/Wikimedia Commons)

The Danube River: Stretching from the BlackForest to the Black Sea, it's the grande dame of rivers, seen here at the Iron Gates gorge between Romania and Serbia.

(Courtesy Cornelius Bechtler/Wikimedia Commons)

The Danube River: The Chain Bridge in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

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The Rhone River: Food lovers’ territory, through the wine regions of Burgundy, the lavender fields of Provence, and the culinary capital of Lyon.

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The Rhone River: Lavender fields and vineyards in France's Rhone-Alpes region.

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The Douro River: The terraced vineyards of the world's oldest demarcated wine country (above), where Portugal's sweet, sticky port is made.

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The Douro River: Port wine vineyards in Portugal's Douro region.

(António Jorge Da Silva Nunes/Dreamstime.com)

The Seine River: The City of Light (above, as viewed from the Eiffel Tower) and the serene Normandy landscapes that inspired Monet.

(Alex Zarubin/Dreamstime.com)

The Seine River: The riverside town of Samois-sur-Seine, France.

(Courtesy Myrabella/Wikimedia Commons)
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