Why River Cruising?

Get closer to spectacular cityscapes, and cruise through canals and rivers with more time in port. As you journey between destinations gaze out on fabled landscapes dotted with castles, villages, and vineyards. Step ashore in fairy-tale towns and major European capitals. Immerse yourself in Europe’s contemporary culture in a way you can’t when traveling on an ocean liner.

A selection of our favorite itineraries is highlighted below. If you have something else in mind, tell your AAA travel agent and we’ll share all of the possibilities! AAA Travel is proud to partner with a number of river cruise lines to offer a river cruising experience that meets your unique needs.

River cruising is one of the fastest growing segments of the cruising industry.  If you have ever wondered about taking a river cruise but want to know more, you've come to the right place!

Peaceful and scenic, river cruising offers a gentle ride along the world’s most beautiful and fascinating rivers. Unparalleled comfort and unique conveniences make river cruising an amazing way to experience magnificent cities, historic villages and little-seen locales. Even from your ship, spectacular natural beauty combines with evolving views of the colorful local scenery. Sites you'll love seeing tower on both sides, as if you could reach out and touch them. Unlike ocean cruising, ships dock right in the heart of town, allowing you to stroll ashore for guided excursions or to set off to explore on a complimentary bicycle. Unpack just once then settle in as each destination comes to you. 

Unpack Once
Visit different places while your luxury hotel travels with you! A river cruise offers the amenities of a first-class hotel without the challenge of packing and re-packing as your vacation proceeds. Discover local delights on shore then return to your floating home away from home. Relaxation comes easy, especially when you're enjoying the scenery slipping by from your balcony as you leisurely sail to your next destination.

Be Right in the Heart of Things 
How would you like to wake up in a new town, docked just steps from markets, museums and landmarks?  That's what you'll experience on a river cruise. Ships are able to stop close to the town center so you can easily experience each destination. Simply walk off the ship and into the heart of the city. Take a guided excursion or experience local life all on your own...or do both!

It's all about the World’s Most Scenic Waterways
The choices are endless...cruise through some of Europe’s oldest cities or on the world’s most scenic waterways. Since, these were the original "highways" between great cities, the history and experiences are incredible. Over the course of your adventure, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the extraordinary...rolling countryside, breathtaking sites, beautiful vineyards, and so much more. Get up close and personal.

A More Intimate Environment
You'll find an intimate environment on a river cruise ship, and you will never wait in a long line to board or disembark. With only a couple of hundred passengers instead of a couple of thousand, you'll have more opportunity to connect with your fellow sojourners.  You'll find warm, personal touches that make your adventure even more incredible.  

It's All about Getting More
Many of the extras that are optional on an ocean cruise are more than likely included on a river cruise.  Guided shore excursions are part of the cruise fare as are onboard dining and unlimited wine and beer.  Bicycles are available for local exploration as well as the option to bike from one port to the next.  Recommended hikes are available to encourage active exploration.  With fewer passengers, more staff is available to assist you with all your needs and there is more space in staterooms, in common areas and on deck.  

Themed Cruises
Indulge your interests with a variety of themed cruises.  Love the Holidays?  Get into the spirit on a Holiday Market cruise that will definitely delight you.  Are you a wine lover?  Wine themed cruises will take you right to the heart of some of the world's best vineyards and wineries.  Love art?  Discover your inner artist on a special sailing.  

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American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company

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Time stands still as our authentic collection of paddle wheelers take you on voyages through peaceful waters and carry you to thrilling destinations along the way. Experience an all-inclusive river cruise in North America. Choose from the mighty Mississippi River to the picturesque towns along the Ohio and Tennessee River to dramatic scenery on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. These river cruises are for history buffs as well as those looking for a unique-themed river cruise.

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