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Photos: 6 Best River Cruise Lines

With bookings up over 200 percent in the past decade, river cruising has never been bigger, especially along the old-country routes of Europe. Click through our slideshow to see the most popular routes.

By , Monday, Dec 5, 2011, 4:00 AM

Source Article: Photos: 6 Best River Cruise Lines

rhine river

The Rhine River: Fairy-tale castles, picturesque towns (like Germany's Bacharach, above), and a Black Forest setting straight out of the Brothers Grimm.

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Rhine River

The Rhine River: The source of the river, Tomasee lake, in Grisons, Switzerland.

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Elbe River

The Elbe River: Rugged cliffs and sandstone formations, flecked with baroque cities and wine villages.

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Elbe River

The Elbe River: The fortress Königstein in Saxony.

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Volga River

The Volga River: Multicolored, onion-dome cathedrals (like this temple in the city of Uglich) and ornate palaces fit for a czar.

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Volga River

The Volga River: A flooded bell tower in Kalyazin, Russia.

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Dnieper River

The Dnieper River: Tranquil Ukrainian countryside, dotted with birch and pine forests, that gives way to the elegant gold domes of Kiev (above).

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Dnieper River

The Dnieper River: Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

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danube River

The Danube River: Stretching from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, it's the grande dame of rivers, seen here at the Iron Gates gorge between Romania and Serbia.

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Danube River

The Danube River: The Chain Bridge in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

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Rhone River

The Rhone River: Food lovers’ territory, through the wine regions of Burgundy, the lavender fields of Provence, and the culinary capital of Lyon.

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Rhone River

The Rhone River: Lavender fields and vineyards in France's Rhone-Alpes region.

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Douro River

The Douro River: The terraced vineyards of the world's oldest demarcated wine country (above), where Portugal's sweet, sticky port is made.

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Douro River

The Douro River: Port wine vineyards in Portugal's Douro region.

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Seine River

The Seine River: The City of Light (above, as viewed from the Eiffel Tower) and the serene Normandy landscapes that inspired Monet.

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Seine River

The Seine River: The riverside town of Samois-sur-Seine, France.

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