The Big Three: European river cruises for solo travellers

The Big Three: European river cruises for solo travellers

Think that Europe’s rivers are just for couples and groups? Think again. River cruise lines are offering single cabins and reduced single supplements. You just have to do a bit of digging and soon your client could be winding their way up the Danube, Rhine or Seine and enjoying their time as a solo traveller.

We’ve highlighted three cruises that take in the entire spectrum of the European river industry.

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s River 2015-16 guide, each week we will be running our Big Three feature, which gives you a trio of cruise options to choose from. This week it’s European river cruises for solo travellers.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s River guide email: or click here to read the digital version. Our Family guide is out in May.


Line: CMV Signature
River: Rhine and Moselle
Departure port: Dusseldorf
Duration: Seven nights
Date: July 19, 2015
Price: £2,297

This cruise, on CMV Signature’s Bellejour, starts in Dusseldof and winds its way through some of the rich and luscious Rhine region. Calls include visits to fairytale castles and gothic cathedrals. There will also be ample opportunity to taste some of that famous Moselle wine.


Line: Scenic
River: Garonne
Departure port: Bordeaux
Duration: 11 nights
Date: October 5, 2015
Price: £4,808


This itinerary with luxury operator Scenic is tailor-made for the most accomplished and seasoned traveller. Taking passengers through some  of the most renowned wine country in the world, all in the absolute lap of luxury.


Line: Shearings
River: Danube
Departure port: Passau
Duration: Seven nights
Date: July 29, 2015
Price: £1,049


Shearing’s tour takes guests through south Germany and into Austria’s medieval cities – falling into not just wine but beer country, too. Calling points include Wurzberg’s palace and the remarkable 16 locks of the Danube-Main canal.

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