Discover Europe’s most beautiful rivers | Feenstra river cruises

Discover Europe’s most beautiful rivers

Discover the most beautiful rivers in Europe with Feenstra Rhine Line. And we really mean discover, because only from the water can you experience a river in its full glory.

Waterways in the Low Countries

A river cruise is the ideal way to see the Netherlands and Belgium from a different angle. From picturesque Oudeschild on the island of Texel and sailing through the Haarlemmermeer polder to the River Meuse and stately Antwerp; you’ll be amazed by the variety.

The Belgian Meuse

The Meuse flows through Liége and Namur, two regions each with its own character. North of the river is filled with vast cornfields while to the south the hills with pastures and woods indicate its transition into the Ardennes. The Maas Valley is somewhat narrower beyond Liége, with occasional steep rocky cliffs on both sides. The Maas Valley takes on a touch of romanticism close to Namur and Dinant. Wonderful to sail along in tranquillity.

The majestic Rhine

Many of our river cruises sail along the majestic Rhine, one of Europe’s most important waterways. The Rhine connects the Alps to the North Sea and along its course the river sometimes forms the border between countries. Beyond the famous waterfall at Schaffhausen the river flows towards Basel. Part of the original Upper Rhine is not navigable. Shipping here must divert to the Grand Canal d’Alsace. The vegetation on the banks of the Upper Rhine is lush. The stretch between Mainz and Koblenz is also known as the Romantic Rhine, due to the large number of castles and the steep mountains on either side. More than 50 fortifications were built by the Romans. Towns such as Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf have moved with the times and developed into modern imposing cities. Even the industry in the Ruhrgebied area is impressive.

The whimsical Moselle

The source of the Moselle is in the Vosges in France, but once over the border it flows through Germany’s most famous wine district. Here it is rich in romantic and historical sights. In 1963 Adenauer and De Gaulle announced the canalisation of the Moselle. That resulted in a cascade of 14 locks and dams. A height difference of 120 metres had to be overcome between Trier and Koblenz alone. Thankfully none of that had any effect on the beauty of the Moselle. The rugged hillsides along the winding river are densely planted with grapevines. With lively towns such as Cochem and Trier - Germany’s oldest town - the Moselle valley is the perfect area for your holiday.

Krov Moselschleife

The narrow Saar

Feenstra Rhine Line is one of the few tour operators to sail along the narrow River Saar. Among the landmarks are the Saarschleife, a narrow passage where the rocks soar up into the sky, and the towns of Saarlouis and Saarburg, often known as the Venice of the North.

The magnificent Seine

The Seine basin leads past chic and stylish cities, beautiful Impressionist landscapes, royal castles and authentic fishing villages. At 776 kilometers long, the Seine is not the longest but probably the most famous waterway in France and has an undeniably romantic atmosphere. The Seine has its source just north of Dijon on the Langres plateau. From there the river flows northwest. After the French Troyes, several tributaries flow into the Seine. Just before the river flows into Paris, the Marne joins her. The Seine divides Paris into two parts: the rive gauche (left bank), where the artistic and scientific life is reflected, and the rive droite (right bank), the more chic and commercial side of Paris. The section of the Seine and the quays between the Pont de Sully and the Pont d'Iéna has even been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.Leaving Paris, the river starts to meander strongly and finally flows into the English Channel at Le Havre.

The attractive Main

The Main winds from east to west through the atmospheric and varied North Bavarian landscape and the Rhine-Main area. The area has beautiful views and offers many attractions in cities such as Miltenberg, Aschaffenburg and Würzburg. At Bamberg the Main-Danube Canal starts, an artificial connection through which the Main and the Danube have been connected since 1992


The impressive Danube

Tourism to the lovely Blue Danube has been greatly increased by the Main-Danube Canal. For a good reason. The Danube rises in the Donaueschingen in the Black Forest and continues for more than 2850 beautiful kilometres to the Black Sea, passing on its way interesting towns with plenty of historical importance. How about a lovely voyage past Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest? You will discover great differences in culture, impressive countryside and very friendly people.