Riviera Travel have been operating Escorted tours for 30 years and in addition to that, European River Cruises for almost 6 years. We truly focus on the customer experience, in terms of quality, accommodation and sightseeing excursions. Our river cruises are carefully tailored towards our customers, resulting in a comfortable, relaxed and sociable onboard experience.

We tailor our river cruises to the UK market with tea and coffee making facility’s in the cabins* and English being the only language spoken on-board. Riviera Travel likes to give clients the freedom to choose, with all tours included but if you wish to give them a miss then that’s fine too. Our river cruises give you plenty of opportunity to explore at your own pace with free time built in to our itineraries.

Riviera travel offers Europe’s finest Five-star luxury river cruises. With a selection of elegant vessels including the William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the new Charles Dickens, these luxury river cruises all offer superb service, comfortable surroundings and extraordinary cuisine. Travelling some of the most beautiful rivers in Europe including the River Rhine, you will experience truly unique cruises. Perfectly balanced itineraries are available, all escorted by an experienced cruise director and the opportunities are endless.


Ms Lord Byron

Purposely built for Riviera Travel in 2013 the five-star Lord Byron is built to the highest possible specifications and to our own exacting specifications. Sailing a verity of itineraries throughout the year from four to thirteen day.

Ms Jane Austen

Brand-new of 2015 the five-star Jane Austen is the sister ship to the Lord Byron, with virtually no expenses spared in building this ship to our own exacting specifications.

Ms William Shakespeare

Launched in 2014 the Ms William Shakespeare carrying just 140 passengers with a ratio of 4 passengers to every crew member you will be assured excellent service.

MS Charles Dickens

Brand-new for 2015 the MS Charles Dickens is the sister ship of the William Shakespeare. The finest materials have been used with virtually no expenses spared ensures this is one of the finest ships you can sail on Europe’s waterways

Ms Swiss Corona

The five-star Swiss Corona, carries just 140 passengers over its three decks sailing on our Burgundy, River Rhone & Provence tour, you can be assured you sail in absolute luxury.

Ms Swiss Tiara

The five-star sister ship to the Swiss Corona with a ratio of four passengers to every crew member you can be assured an excellent level of service and a more personal touch

Ms Swiss Ruby

The Luxurious Swiss Ruby is a specifically designed for the continents small rivers like the Elbe. With just 88 guests on-board you will never feel crowded.

Ms Swiss Sapphire

Launched in 2008 is another of our Swiss-managed ships, a true embodiment of luxurious river cruising. Accommodating just 120 guests you are assured the personal touch and a spacious atmosphere in both the cabins and public areas.

Ms Douro Spirit

Launched in 2011 and purpose built for its home river the MS Douro Spirit accommodates just 128 guests in stylish surroundings befitting of a top quality hotel.  The excellent ratio of just four guests per crew member ensures first class service and cuisine.


View itineraries

Where they sail

Danube Douro Dutch and Belgium Waterways Elbe Main Mekong Moselle Rhine Rhone Soane


Video Gallery