Cruise maps are very useful in planning a European river cruise. As Europe was settled, cities and towns were built along the rivers, and today's river cruises enable travelers to see some of the great capitals of Europe, including: Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Moscow, and Bucharest. In addition to the European capitals, river cruises stopover in medieval villages and fascinating towns along the way.
River cruise itineraries cross Europe between the Black Sea and the North Sea, using the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers or portions of these rivers. Other river ships sail either the Seine or the Rhone and Saone rivers in France, the Moselle and Elbe rivers in Germany, the Douro river in Portugal, the Po river in Italy or the Vistula or Oder river of Poland. Spring river cruises feature the tulips of the Netherlands and Belgium. Moreover, river ships sail between St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Black Sea on the rivers and waterways of Russia.