The River Cruise Line

We are The River Cruise Line; proud members of the Arena Travel group, offering relaxing river cruises in Europe and the UK. With 31 itineraries to 18 different countries, 13 waterways on 10 different ships and flexible travel options by air, rail or coach – The River Cruise Line pride ourselves on providing top quality…

Arena Rail Holidays

We are Arena Rail Holidays, proud members of the Arena Travel group, offering a wide selection of quality holidays by rail. Our experienced Tour Managers will guide you as much or as little as you’d like, whilst you enjoy unique itineraries, quality hotels and spectacular destinations. We offer classic tours and resort-based explorers or short…

My journey on the MS Serenity

The MS Serenity has been our most popular ship for as long as I can remember – especially for those new to river cruising. I was given the opportunity to test it out, and I simply couldn’t resist! I travelled on our Strasbourg Christmas markets cruise – the itinerary I was lucky enough to go…

My River Cruise checklist

MS Serenity ✔ All cabins have River views, a TV, air conditioning/ heating, an en-suite with LC, hairdryer & safe, dressing table with chair along with 2 small wardrobes and drawer space… There is also storage under the sink in the bathroom Towels are provided together with soap and shower gel in the bathrooms Each cabin has…

A Budapest breakdown

If you’re travelling to Budapest, you’re probably a little Hungary for the experiences that such a fabulous city has to offer! We’ve provided you with a breakdown, or a to-do list if you like, of the best things to see if you’ve got a free time to explore your surroundings. Take a look through the…

Inspire my Bucket List!

“Bucket List – A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.” We decided we wanted to make our own, and we’re sure you’ll want to as well after looking at the breathtaking views of our top ten destinations! We’ve added information about each place and the holiday they…

What do I need to pack for my stay aboard the African Queen?

What’s in my cabin? All Cabins have heating ( radiator) Small dressing table area (shelf & mirror) Hairdryers which are available on board Small windows which open – these are above head height and allow natural light (well above the water line) Electrically heated Towel rails (in the cabin ) Small shower & WC rooms…

Mamma Mia!

      What are the best things to do and places to see In Italy? 1. Sightseeing As pictured below, there are ample opportunities to see gorgeous landscapes and cultural buildings to heighten your knowledge on this holiday – think architecture, lakes, mountains and coastal views. From the hilltop village of Dolceaqua to the…

What do I need to pack for my stay aboard MV Dream?

What’s in my cabin? All cabins are of the same standard and well equipped with a desk, safe, hairdryer and an en-suite with a shower and WC All cabins on the main and upper deck have a picture view window, whilst those on the lower deck offer a porthole, you will not be spending much…

A postcard from Norfolk

Having recently travelled on what has been one of our most popular tours to date, Yvonne, our Product manager, put together a little something to give all of our lovely readers some insight into our tours. Have a read to find out what she thought of one of our favourite holidays.     LITTLE TRAINS…

What currency do I need to take on my holiday?

Going on holiday is an exciting time but we understand it can occasionally get a little stressful on the buildup – having to pack, organise yourself, and sometimes your significant other too… All whilst keeping an eye on those exchange rates and rushing around trying to change your currency before you go. So, to make…

What do our customers think?

Dalmatian Coastal Cruise    Thanks to its hundreds of islands, reefs and islets, Croatia has long been popular with the sailing elite; but in recent years it has blossomed into one of Europe’s top destinations, attracting people from all walks of life who choose to come here on holiday. Whether it’s to discover a different…

A chat with an expert – The Rhine in Flames

One of our Group Leaders, Gerry Johnson, has been organising group holidays for clients from the Chesterfield area for 33 years and is passionate about taking like-minded individuals on interesting trips across the UK and Europe. He first travelled with The River Cruise Line on a cruise along the Rhine aboard the MPS Lady Anne…

Our most popular tours

We know it can sometimes be a little tricky to pick exactly what itinerary you want to go on, especially when all of those on offer are so intriguing! Because of this, we thought we’d put together a small collection of our top picks to help you on your search for the dream break –…

Who are we?

Arena Travel The Arena Travel proudly owns The River Cruise Line and Arena Rail Holidays – two leaders in their own field. We pride ourselves on offering quality holidays around the UK, Europe beyond. With years of experience under our belt, we know our holidays like the back of our hand, and we’re always happy…

Meet the Team

Here at Arena Travel, we’re all incredibly dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is the best it can be. Across the country, we have three teams all specialising in their own expertise brands, from Buckingham to Ipswich and all the way to Market Harborough – we cover a range of holidays to suit your…

Why rail holidays and river cruises?

River cruises and escorted rail tours are a niche kind of holiday, we know. So ‘why should I book one?’, you ask. River and rail holidays offer the perfect combination of exploring and relaxing, jam-packed with incredible, everchanging views that you wouldn’t get the chance to see from a static hotel. With experienced tour or…