Why Riviera Travel

Why Choose Riviera Travel

Experience a holiday with a difference whenever you travel with us. Choose an itinerary from our wide range of luxurious river cruise holidays across Europe.


Our Tour Managers

Our cruise directors are the best you’ll find on any river cruise. Some have been with us for a staggering twenty years! So it goes without saying they are passionate about travel. Get to know some of our cruise directors here.


Awards & Accolades

We’ve been delighting customers for 37 years and have been consistently recognised for exceptional customer service and first-class products. Read more about the awards we’ve won here.


What Our Customers Say

Take a look at our testimonials to see what our customers say about taking a river cruise with Riviera Travel. From itinerary highlights to charming cruise directors and ship comforts.


Your holiday the Riviera Travel way

Five great reasons to Choose Riviera Travel


1 icon The very best hand-crafted holidays

More people recommend Riviera Travel than any other operator.

For 36 years our experts have been bringing to life the world’s most fascinating destinations. Like you, we love to travel and we are passionate about what we do. We personally select every aspect of your holiday and we are dedicated to ensuring that the content and detail of each itinerary is thoughtfully balanced, so there’s time for you to explore at a relaxing pace.

We offer you a superb choice of holidays but we also ensure each of these has been honed to perfection. Our focus is on quality not quantity.

Bamberg town hall

Tour manager with a small group in Budapest


2 icon Truly authentic travel experiences

An independent survey rated Riviera Travel concierges and cruise directors as the best in the business.

These talented individuals are chosen not only for their experience and wealth of knowledge but also for their flair for engaging audiences and sharing special insights.

We’ll take you to the heart of a region and our tour managers will provide fascinating perspectives on the culture, history, gastronomy, art and architecture of the places you visit. You’ll also step off the tourist trail and beyond the pages of a guide book, discovering hidden gems, mingling with the locals and exploring lesser known but equally beautiful places.


3 icon Proud to be the UK’s market leader in river cruising

Since our inception in 1984, we have been consistently recognized for outstanding service, value and quality. We genuinely care about making your holiday the best it can be and an obsession for the very best customer service is in our DNA.

Our friendly and experienced cruise directors, cruise concierges and crew make every effort to get to know you by name and your preferences by heart. Whilst on board, our professional, English-speaking cruise team and crew are on hand to make your river cruise a holiday to remember.

Woman at reception desk onboard a river cruise ship

Wine tasting


4 icon Your holiday – your way

We give you the flexibility and choice to enhance your holiday and make it your own.

Everyone’s idea of the perfect holiday is different and we like to give you the freedom to customise your travel experience. Enjoy the convenience of door-to-door service to your choice of regional airport, for extra comfort and a touch of luxury upgrade your flight or accommodation or perhaps take advantage of our range of dining options.

On many of our holidays we also offer thoughtfully crafted itinerary choices and you may wish to personalise your holiday further with one of these fascinating experiences. Just get in touch with our friendly reservations team for more information.


5 icon Value for money guaranteed

If you find the same holiday at a lower price we guarantee we’ll refund the difference.

Our mission is to make discovery affordable and accessible. We are passionate about quality and we also recognise that every moment of your holiday is precious – that’s why Riviera Travel offers unbeatable value. Compare the quality and prices of everything we offer – so much is included and you won’t find better for less.

Price protection
When you book early, you’re guaranteed the very best prices and availability. Should the cost of your holiday go down after you’ve booked, rest assured we’ll always pass the benefit on to you.

No hidden extras
Our holiday prices are clear and transparent and we never compromise on quality. There are no hidden extras. The price you see is the price you’ll pay.

Couple watching sunset in Budapest


Frequently asked questions



How do I make a booking?

To confirm a booking please contact Travel the World on 1 300 857 437.

What’s included on my holiday?

Our fully comprehensive itineraries include all of the ‘must see’ sights and experiences your selected destination offers. Many operators sell these as ‘options’ – but on a Riviera Travel holiday you will miss nothing of importance. We do not sell you lots of additional excursions that just add to your overall costs. For specific details of what is included, please see the relevant cruise page.

Is there a daily programme of activities?

A daily programme is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening, detailing the following day’s activities.

Who is the cruise director?

On board, our cruise director will look after you and advise on food and drink, local customs and events and any other information concerning your holiday.


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