Since launching our first-ever European river cruise in 1992… long before river cruising emerged as the hottest way to travel… Tauck has become a leading expert on the continent’s storied waterways. We know the destinations dotting the river banks and those off the beaten path that deliver authentic experiences. And, of course, we know the rivers… not just the basic facts, but how they impacted the history and culture of the destinations they flow through.
Flowing through 10 countries and past four national capitals, the Danube is the longest river in the European Union. Learn about its importance in history… from an era pre-dating the Roman empire right up through today. Discover the dramatic role it has long played in culture, art, music, literature, food and wine, commerce and politics.Danube River Facts
The third-longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro (whose name many believe is derived from the Portuguese for “golden”) flows westward from its origins in north-central Spain, forms part of the border between Spain and Portugal, then cuts across northern Portugal all the way to the Atlantic coast, where it empties into the Atlantic at Porto. Find out about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region and learn about the architecture and wineries along the Douro’s banksDouro River Facts
Since Roman times, the Rhine River has served as a crucial link between southern and northern Europe on its journey from high in the Swiss Alps all the way to the North Sea. Find out about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region. And learn about the architecture and wineries along the Rhine’s banks as well as literature, music and folklore inspired by the river.Rhine River Facts
Originating from the Rhône Glacier in the Swiss Alps and meandering through Switzerland and France before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea, the Rhône River is home to one of the most renowned wine-growing regions in the world thanks to an enviable climate that boasts 200 days of sunshine. It’s also home to Lyon, long considered to be the culinary capital of France.Rhône River Facts
Most notable for bisecting Paris, the Seine River actually originates in the Burgundy wine region of France and travels all the way to the English Channel at the coast of Normandy, with its poignant D-Day Beaches. The history of this renowned waterway is long and rich… with Julius Caesar, Vikings, Napoleon and numerous French monarchs playing a part.Seine River Facts