One of the most frequent questions we are asked from prospective guests for river cruises in Europe, especially those that may have experienced ocean cruising before, is what is the best time of year to enjoy a European River Cruise?

Generally, the European river cruising season runs between March and December. The most popular times (and most seasonally enjoyable) in Europe will be during late spring (April through to May) and early Autumn (September through to October), similar to popular Mediterranean ocean cruising dates.


Cologne in Germany is a popular port City on our river cruises


Europe is home to some of the most beautiful, historic and popular rivers in the world. These include the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Rhone and stunning Douro in Portugal. There is simply so much rich culture and scenery to savour and discover, perhaps why European river cruising has seen such a huge rise in popularity for UK travellers in recent years. Typically, a European river cruise will have a duration of around 8 days and you can travel to your river ship by plane or train (if you prefer not to fly).

Spotlight on Springtime on the waterways

In this post we look at Spring. If you are looking to book a cruise on the Rhine, Main, Seine or Seine rivers, Springtime is certainly a great time to travel. These rivers will include destinations like Netherlands, Germany, Austria and northern France. The popular cruising months of March, April and May are reflected with rising temperatures and longer days which are ideal for sightseeing (Excursions are also included in your fare on a Nicko Cruises UK packages). This is also a time when the bustling Cities and café culture will be thriving of course, and the climate will give you the chance to take advantage of the spacious deck area of your river ship.

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world’s largest flower garden and popular on our cruises.


Nicko Tip: April is the best time to visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens. This is the Netherlands’ world-famous floral showcase, which is at its best in early spring and features millions of colourful tulips and wonderful blooms to enjoy.

There are many river cruise companies to choose from, but we are confident the Nicko experience and our inclusive UK packages offer an exceptional way to explore and discover these wonderful regions. Our video below offers a preview of just what to expect on a Nicko river cruise.


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