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The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide

Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value Since 1958

What makes Grand Circle Cruise Line the leader in river cruising?

There’s a world of difference between seeing a place and experiencing a dream travel destination. And while you have many options available to you on Europe’s riverways, only Grand Circle Cruise Line takes you into the cultural heart of this iconic region. Aboard our 46- to 162-passenger river fleet, you’ll embark on the most authentic, discovery-rich European explorations with immersive itineraries designed for American travelers. Accompanied every step of the way by skilled experts ready to share their homeland with you, you’ll see more … learn more … and experience more, all at the best prices in river cruising, guaranteed. See below to learn more about why travelers choose us—and why Condé Nast Traveler readers have named us the #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” for the past five years in a row.


Unsurpassed value—guaranteed

You will always receive a 4-star experience at a 3-star price when you choose Grand Circle Cruise Line. Included in your trip price are all accommodations, most meals (with most beverages included in all onboard lunches and dinners), included tours, our exclusive Discovery Series cultural events, port charges, and included gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers—yet you’ll still enjoy the lowest prices per day. In fact, we guarantee that you won’t find a lower price in cruising, whether you include our international airfare or make your own air arrangements. It is this unrivaled combination of value and experience that has earned us top honors as Condé Nast Traveler readers’ #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” for five consecutive years.

Watch Video: Program Director Tereza Libichova

Meet Tereza Libichova

Get an inside look into Program Director Tereza Libichova's life outside of guiding.

Local Program Directors

We are the only cruise line to provide expert, local Program Directors to you and your group of no more than 47 like-minded American travelers throughout your trip. Experts like Tereza Libichova, seen here, are so much more than the solitary cruise director found on other river ships: They're with you on land and on water, sharing first-hand insights into your destination, from personal recommendations to candid discussions about controversial topics.

Watch Video: The Great Rivers of Europe

Trip Experience: The Great Rivers of Europe

Preview your discoveries in Passau by meeting some of the locals who call this German city home.

Immersive cultural connections

Explore your destination on a deeper, more authentic level, experiencing the hidden gems that other American travelers miss. With our exclusive Discovery Series events, you’ll learn about the local culture from those who work, learn, and live there—from Home-Hosted meals, school visits, and more. Discussions with local residents, like those featured in this video, provide greater understanding of life in your destination, a richer world understanding, and the unrivaled experience that earned us “Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment” accolades in Cruise Critic’s 2015 Editors’ Picks Awards.

Watch Video: Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague

Trip Experience: Essence of the Elbe

Watch travelers discover beautifully restored Dresden and savor a Home-Hosted welcome.

Itineraries designed for American travelers

We cater exclusively to experienced American travelers: English is the only language used during tours and presentations, and your trip is tailored to an American perspective, from experiences—like those seen here—to accommodations to dining (which features a variety of regional delicacies and American favorites).

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Solo Traveler Experience

See why solo travelers choose Grand Circle as their trusted travel partner.

The leader in solo-friendly travel

We believe solo travelers shouldn’t have to pay a heavy premium to explore the world, so we offer low-cost Single Supplements on every cruise vacation and FREE Single Supplements on every trip extension—plus we’ve significantly increased our solo cabin availability aboard our fleet for 2016. And with dedicated Program Directors and regional offices nearby for support, you’ll always feel safe and secure. See how in this special video.

Watch Video: Bruges trip extension

Trip Extension: Bruges

Watch travelers explore Bruges by canal and visit a local lacemaker on their optional extension.

Personalize your trip—make it even more special

We offer a variety of ways for you to create your own unique travel experience. You can “break away” before or after your trip; personalize your flight itinerary; or extend your discoveries, and make the most of your international airfare, with a pre- or post-trip extension, such as the Bruges, Belgium excursion seen here. You can even upgrade your cabin to enjoy a private balcony as you cruise. Just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

NEW Best Price Guarantee
We promise you won’t find a lower price on a comparable trip from another cruise company—even with international airfare included. If you do, we’ll match it. Learn More »

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Industry Accolades
Travelers and industry experts alike consistently rank Grand Circle Cruise Line among the best in river cruising worldwide.
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