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River cruises

Our verdict:

River cruising is one of the most elegant and relaxed ways to explore Europe. With Just You's specialist solo cruises, there’s the option to be social with a group or enjoy exploring alone. With cabins for solo occupancy and river cruises from the Danube to the Volga, it’s popular with travellers aged 50+.

Recommended tour operator: Just You

Just You says

As you might have guessed from our name, we specialise in holidays for solo travellers only – insightful, fun and award-winning tours and cruises across the globe.

  • your own cabin
  • fascinating itineraries
  • all-inclusive on board
  • outstanding cuisine

River cruising is increasingly popular, not only because it is such a uniquely relaxing way to explore Europe but also because the quality of ships, cuisine and hospitality is exceptional. It offers tremendous value for money and, with Just You, solo occupancy of a double or twin cabin is standard.

We have hand-picked our favourite river cruises in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Russia – from the Danube to the Volga.

On every river cruise, you will be greeted on arrival by our own tour manager who will be on hand throughout your holiday. Our guests tend to dine together but it’s by no means compulsory – you can be as sociable as you choose each day.

Explore Venice and the River Po on our five-night cruise which takes in the Venetian Lagoon itself, including visits to Murano and Burano plus a walking tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara – with optional excursions to Padua and Verona.

Head to Andalucía for a week in Seville, Cadiz, Jerez, the Alhambra Palace and Cordoba with experiences from sherry-tasting to an Andalucian horse show – all included in the price.

Our five-night Douro River cruise includes plenty of time to discover the beauty of Oporto – and the Port wine for which it’s so famous – as well as optional excursions from the 18th century home of Mateus rosé to historic Guimares.

Hop across the channel for our four night cruise on the River Seine, travelling from Honfleur to Paris. Optional excursions include Calvados tasting in Deauville and a tour of the Palace of Versailles.

As on all our holidays, our river cruises attract all ages with a mix of first-timers and regular Just You travellers. Whilst our customers are aged between 18 and 80, most on our river cruises are aged 50 years plus. Not all are single – many have partners at home with different interests.

All our prices represent outstanding value for money and it’s always worth checking our last minute deals.

If you’re considering travelling on your own for the first time, you couldn’t be in better hands. Read through some of our customers’ own stories here for an idea of what to expect. Talk to our friendly team to discuss any questions or concerns.

Explore our full range of river cruises for solo travellers.

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