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4 Great Reasons to Book Your Holiday Early 

Everyone knows that a superb holiday provides the ultimate stress relief, but did you know that planning a holiday can make you happier even before the trip has begun? Never let it be said that we don’t think spontaneity is fun; an impulse getaway is always exciting but booking a cruise or tour early can benefit you in more ways than you might think if you know exactly where you ...


A Spotlight on Split

Steeped in history and old world charm, cobbled streets and coastal views combine in Dalmatia’s largest city, Split. With turquoise waters, and leafy palms lining the peninsula, and with a warm Adriatic breeze in the air, walk a few minutes inland to find a blend of ancient Roman ruins, sand-coloured architecture and authentic restaurants in traditional squares serving up catch of the day.   Split ...


Celebrating 37 Years of Riviera: Where It All Began

This year, Riviera turned 37. In these extraordinary times for the travel industry that’s definitely something to be celebrated and since we’re all feeling a bit reflective, we wanted to share some of our special memories, as penned by Amy, who has been with us for over 25 years. We’re extraordinarily proud of our heritage; from ...


6 Reasons to Make the Douro Your Next River Cruise

One of Europe’s best kept secrets in one of its most undiscovered corners, explore the sleepy villages and medieval towns unchanged for centuries, amongst the breathtaking rolling hills and terraced vineyard slopes of the stunning Douro Valley. Leaving behind the Atlantic influenced greenery of the coast, on our unforgettable Douro cruise, you are soon immersed ...


Why Book a ‘Seacation’ with Riviera?

When it comes to cruising, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. In fact, small ship cruises offer a much more immersive and exclusive experience, and cost less than you might think – with so much more included. With many missing the cruise experience, Seacations are the hottest summer travel trend for 2021. You can drive or travel by train to your departure port, and there’s no ...


Useful Tips for Life On Board a River Cruise Ship

If you’re seriously contemplating a river cruise - and even if you’re just browsing our website or brochures for ideas, we’d like to think our varied and wonderful itineraries and glossy images of our elegant fleet of vessels provide plenty of inspiration for the most superb holiday along Europe’s most iconic rivers. There’s no doubt ...


Iconic Rail Journeys of the British Isles

The sound of your ticket being punched by an inspector, the clickety-click of the tracks, the smell of a traditional steam engine chugging along, and the anticipation which builds as your destination comes into view through the sparkling carriage windows. There’s something undeniably nostalgic about travelling by rail. Even in the British Isles, with its unspoilt landscapes, verdant hillsides, and dramatically beautiful coastlines, there are some of ...


24 Hours in Cape Town

A beautiful mix of British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, Cape Town brings together an array of eclectic inspiration under a backdrop of stunning blue skies and the iconic Table Mountain. Fringed with white sand beaches and the nearby seemingly never-ending valleys of the Winelands, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, was the first settlement founded by ...


Our Top First Time Holidays

Whether you’re new to Riviera, or just haven’t yet tried a particular type of holiday with us yet, over the years we’ve found there are certain tours, river cruises and city breaks within our carefully crafted collections that lend themselves perfectly as the ideal ‘first-timer’ holiday. If you’re contemplating a European river cruise for example, ...


Celebrating International Women’s Day with Our Incredible Riviera Tour Managers

Today marks International Women’s Day, a celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, an annual event since 1911. At Riviera, we are marking the day by celebrating women at Riviera who inspire us, as well as hosting workshops and shining a light on women who are “amazing just for being themselves”. ...