Nicko Cruises – European Rivers – Cruise Traveller

European River Cruises 2022 & 2023

Europe by Europeans

nicko cruises are celebrating 30 years of cruising in 2022! They are one of the leading suppliers of River cruises in Europe. The German-based company hosts a fleet of three to five star river cruise vessels.

Visit more of Europe from the Douro Valley in the far west of Portugal, the waterways of Russia in the north, the pretty vistas of the South of France all the way to the far eastern end of the Danube.

Once nicko only catered to it’s German clientele. Now, a range of departure dates and cruises have bi-lingual English and German speaking operations – which is the focus here and on our site.

nicko cruises offer great value, award-winning service and interesting itineraries to their guests, showing you Europe, as only a European knows how…


Eat Your Fill

You can expect a fine selection of meals onboard your next nicko river cruise. Start the day with a substantial buffet-style breakfast while lunch and dinner have a wide variety of a la carte courses. Occasionally, a theme buffet will dominate dinner with great value focused on your health and well-being.

A mix of international dishes and local specialties are served in the Panorama Restaurants onboard. Dress is smart casual except at your Gala Dinner, where dressing up is appreciated.


Ways to Save with nicko cruises

Book Early!

Ask the friendly team at Cruise Traveller about current early booking savings on your chosen fare. The earlier you book, the greater your savings.

Book in Multiples!

When you book two consecutive cruises on the same ship, you can save up to 10% on your second cruise fare.*


Affordable Shore Excursions

On nicko cruises river cruise, you may choose to pre-purchase a shore excursion bundle. By pre-booking, you receive a discounted price and greater peace of mind as your place on an English speaking excursion is guaranteed.

For this reason, we include this shore excursion package in the prices you will see here on Cruise Traveller’s website.

If you don’t wish to pre-book your excursions, then that’s no problem, simply deduct the shore excursion price from your rate!

Easy Listening:

On all excursions nicko cruises provides high-quality headsets free of charge. With excellent sound quality, they are compatible with normal hearing aids.

Low Prices:

Your nicko river cruise shore excursion package can include between two to six tours and range in price from EUR 140 – 330 per person. These packages are included in the cruise fares listed on this site.

Prefer to do your own thing?

That’s no problem. Just let us know and we will remove your shore excursions package from the fares listed on this site for nicko cruises.


Add on a Drink or Two

nicko cruises’ River Cruises are so affordable! You may choose to add on a River Cruise Beverage Package, priced from EUR 190 per person on a 7 night cruise, which includes:


• House wine by the glass (white, rose and red)
• Sparkling house wine by the glass
• Draft and bottled beers, non-alcoholic beer
• Cocktails and long drinks
• All non-alcoholic house beverages
• Water provided in the cabins and on daily excursions
• All coffee specialties (alcohol-free)
• Hot chocolate and tea



The Rhine River

Encompassing six countries, the Rhine River is an ancient highway through central Europe. Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Liechtenstein and Austria all grace it’s shores on a 1230km long trek. Pretty gothic towns and modern cities all straddle it’s shores with farming and industrial land patch-working the scenery in between….


A Sample of Nicko’s Rhine River Cruises

The Full Length of the Rhine

Cologne to Basel (v.v)

7 Nights Cruise Only

May – November

Fares start from

EU 1028*pp

Castles shrouded in legend, bustling metropolises and romantic wine regions. From the Rhine Knee near Basel through the Upper Rhine lowlands and the impressive breakthrough through the Rhenish slate mountains to the delta in the Netherlands, this Central European river shows off its full beauty in its diverse countryside. You`ll visit the most interesting cities in four countries, with impressive monuments, vineyards, castles and ruins as far as the eye can see – a week full of experiences.

Skyscrapers & World Heritage

Frankfurt to Frankfurt

7 Nights Cruise Only

June – October

Fares start from

EU 1079*pp

Go on a journey through time through European history. Explore the Main, Rhine and Moselle on the innovative nickoSPIRIT with every modern comfort. Admire the impressive Eltz Castle and amble through the lanes of Heidelberg`s romantic old town. Amazing countryside and fine wines await you on the Moselle. In Strasbourg, you can explore one of the power houses of Europe in one of the most beautiful old towns on the continent. An exciting contrast awaits in Frankfurt – `Mainhatten` with its mirrored skyscrapers. Come on board and travel with Nicko Cruises through the centuries!

Advent Season on the Rhine

Cologne to Cologne

3 Nights Cruise Only

November – December

Fares start from

EU 363*pp

Amidst old half-timbered buildings and legendary castles – a postcard idyll and homely comfort will greet you on this short pre-Christmas cruise. A leisurely atmosphere and good company awaits aboard a nicko cruises modern ship. You`ll find tranquillity and serenity in a stylishly furnished cabin as the winter riverside landscape passes you by.



The Danube River

The Danube is arguably the most famous European River and it’s second longest. The river starts in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows for about 2850km to it’s mouth on the Black Sea. Ten Countries weave along it’s banks – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova & Ukraine.


A Sample of nicko’s Danube River Cruises

Bright Lights & Christmas Markets

Passau to Passau

4 Nights Cruise Only

November – December

Fares start from

EU 479*pp

With a short trip in the pre-Christmas period, you can properly relax and unwind before the excitement and commotion of the special days of the festive holidays hits you.

Enjoy the splendour of the Austrian cities of Vienna and Linz at this quite special time of year and stroll through the festive Christmas markets.

Spectacular Metropolises

Passau to Passau

7 Nights Cruise Only

April – October

Fares start from

EU 1039*pp

Bustling metropolises, beautiful countryside and a completely new river experience!

On this cruise you’ll experience the popular Danube cities with all the modern comforts and refined elegance. Between the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau and the Hungarian capital Budapest, a journey full of cultural highlights awaits you.

Experience the Natural Harmony of the Danube Delta

Passau to Passau

14 Nights Cruise Only

March – October

Fares start from

EU 2009*pp

There is probably no more convenient way of travelling to eight countries in just two weeks than this cruise.

Alternate visits to the metropolises of Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest with relaxed days on the river and hours relaxing on the sun deck. Ultimately, natural harmony welcomes you at the place where nature is still in equilibrium: the Danube Delta is home to pelicans, egrets, otters and numerous species of fish.



The Douro River

Portugal’s Douro River is considered one of the prettiest in Europe. Beginning in central Spain, the Douro turns south and then heads west into Northern Portugal before emptying into it’s mouth at Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.


A Sample of nicko’s Douro River Cruises

Experience the Wonderful Douro

Porto to Porto

7 Nights Cruise-Only

March – November

Fares start from

EU 993*pp

The Douro Valley is characterised by it’s steep slopes and stunning wine terraces.

With good reason, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this cruise, you can explore the beauty of Porto`s architecture and travel back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland. The Spanish city of Salamanca is a living museum where you can practically touch history in the form of centuries-old buildings.

Important Pilgrimage Routes & Picturesque Towns

Porto to Porto

7 Nights Cruise-Only

March – November

Fares start from

EU 1113*pp

Enjoy a noble ambience in one of the most impressive river landscapes in Europe – the unique Douro Valley.

Walk through the “cradle of Portugal” in Guimaraes or discover the magnificent pilgrimage town of Lamego with its Gothic cathedral and imposing staircase. A special attraction of this route is the subsequent short trip to the northwest of Spain, where you walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims.



France: The Seine, Loire, Rhone & Saone Rivers

France’s Seine River is the jewel in Paris’ crown, but more than that, she is a 775km highway. From Source-Seine in the northeast, via Paris, to her end point at Le Havre (Honfleur), this river is even navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Rouen. The Rhone & Saone Rivers in France’s South travel through the ‘food basket’ of Europe, with fields of flowers, rolling vineyards and delicious fresh local produce to sample on the way.


A Sample of nicko’s French River Cruises

Romantic River Experience on the Seine

Paris to Paris

7 Nights Cruise-Only

March – October

Fares start from

EU 1073*pp

The Impressionists already knew it: this region of France is unique and unmistakable.

A real muse for great works. On this diverse cruise, you can expect an intensive impression of French life and culture, paired with scenic beauty. Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of delightful little towns and admire the imposing Chalk Cliffs on the Alabaster Coast. Here, you can relax on a stroll through the small seafaring and artist town of Honfleur. Paris forms the crowning finale of your cruise.

Provence, Camargue & Burgundy

Lyon to Lyon

7 Nights Cruise-Only

March – November

Fares start from

EU 1109*pp

This trip reveals the colourful landscapes of southern France and the beauty of its historic cities.

It leads to the famous Ardeche Gorge as well as to Provence and the Camargue with its incomparable atmosphere, which inspired van Gogh to create wonderful pictures. From Lyon it goes north on the Saone to Chalon-sur-Saone with excursions to Burgundy and then on the Rhône towards the Mediterranean. In cities like Macon and Arles, you can feel why the Romans felt so comfortable here. In Avignon you can expect magnificent buildings such as the Papal Palace



The Netherlands

A encompassing parts of the Rhine River and many tributaries, Netherlands river cruises deserve their own special mention. With canal-riddled cities like Amsterdam to beautiful harbour cities, the floral displays each spring in this region are a must!


A Sample of nicko’s Netherlands Cruises

A Sea of Flowers for the Senses

Cologne to Cologne

5 Nights Cruise-Only

March – April

Fares start from

EU 843*pp

Tulips? Think Holland! Come with Nicko Cruises and see for yourself: spring in the Keukenhof flower park – it’s when the flowers blossom and grow in all shapes and colours.

A visit to Amsterdam is, of course, part of the programme, with a round trip along the famous canals past the traditional town houses. This region of Northern Holland is principally known for its idyllic nature and is home to the typical windmills. The large expanse of inland water at Markermeer and Lake Ijssel will be a great addition to your cruise experience.

Spring in Bloom

Frankfurt to Frankfurt

5 Nights Cruise-Only

March – April

Fares start from

EU 1073*pp

Experience a sea of a thousand tulips on a day trip to the famous Keukenhof.

Meanwhile in Bonn, pink blossoming cherry trees attract visitors from all over the world to this former German capital city. In springtime, the big cities along the route radiate a whole other charm: the fashionable Düsseldorf between the old town and the modern media harbour (Medienhafen), Amsterdam with winding canals and countless bicycles, Rotterdam with one of the largest seaports in the world and an imposing market hall reminiscent of a positioned horseshoe.

A Warm Welcome to the Netherlands

Frankfurt to Frankfurt

7 Nights Cruise-Only

June – October

Fares start from

EU 1209*pp

Vast plains, lots of water, warm-hearted people – immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Netherlands on this cruise.

Enjoy the busy life of the metropolis of Amsterdam. On the nickoSPIRIT, glide along through the vast polder landscapes, enjoying a high level of comfort. Thanks to its innovative design, this new ship is perfect for smaller ports that are not navigable by other ships. Of course, you’ll find the typical Dutch windmills on the banks, the ideal subject matter for your photo motif.



Christmas in Europe River Cruises

With the scent of mulled-wine and cinnamon in the air, there’s nothing quite like a European Christmas Market. Warm your fingers on a mug full of happiness and you stroll the brightly lit corridors of the cities and towns along the Rhine and Danube.


A Sample of nicko’s Christmas Cruises

Advent Highlights on the Main-Danube Canal

Nuremberg to Nuremberg

4 Nights Cruise-Only

December

Fares start from

EU 459*pp

In the Advent season, visitors young and old can enjoy the famous Christmas market.

Weltenburg Abbey is one of the oldest monasteries in Bavaria and stands out due to its unique location. Bring the trip in the `Christkindl` city of Nuremberg to a close with a sightseeing tour, followed by a visit to its world-famous Christmas market.

Advent Season on the Rhine

Cologne to Cologne

3 Nights Cruise-Only

November to December

Fares start from

EU 363*pp

Amidst old half-timbered buildings and legendary castles – a postcard idyll and homely comfort will greet you on this short pre-Christmas cruise. A leisurely atmosphere and good company awaits aboard a nicko cruises modern ship. You`ll find tranquillity and serenity in a stylishly furnished cabin as the winter riverside landscape passes you by.

Advent Season on the Danube River

Passau to Passau

4 Nights Cruise-Only

December

Fares start from

EU 529*pp

With a short trip in the pre-Christmas period, you can properly relax and unwind before the excitement and commotion of the special days of the festive holidays hits you. Enjoy the splendour of the Austrian cities of Vienna and Linz at this quite special time of year and stroll through the festive Christmas markets. Another highlight of this trip is the visit to the `Christkindl` town Steyr, which will enchant you with its pre-Christmas splendour.



The nicko River Cruise Fleet

MS BELVEDERE

Four Star

176 Guests

MS BELVEDERE Deck Plan – click for a larger image

MS BIJOU DU RHONE

Four Star

150 Guests

MS BIJOU DU RHONE Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS BOLERO

Four Star

180 Guests

MS BOLERO Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS DOURO QUEEN

Four Star

130 Guests

MS DOURO QUEEN Deck Plan – click for a larger image

MS DOURO SERENITY

Five Star

126 Guests

MS DUORO SERENITY Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS FEDIN

Three Star

212 Guests

MS FEDIN Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS HEIDELBERG

Five Star

124 Guests

MS HEIDELBERG Deck Plan – click for a larger image

MS MAXIMA

Four Star

180 Guests

MS MAXIMA Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS NICKOSPIRIT

Five Star

170 Guests

MS NICKOSPIRIT Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS NICKOVISION

Five Star

220 Guests

MS NICKOVISION Deck Plan – click for a larger image

MS RHEIN MELODIE

Four Star

196 Guests

MS RHEIN MELODIE Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

Four Star

196 Guests

MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE Deck Plan – click for larger image

MS SEINE COMTESSE

Four Star

150 Guests

MS SEINE COMTESSE Deck Plan – click for a larger image

MS VIKTORIA

Four Star

180 Guests

MS VIKTORIA Deck Plan – click for larger image


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