European River Cruises

Explore the historic and enchanting waterways of Europe in truly all-inclusive luxury with the experts who know and love every town and port.

Discover Europe in luxury with Scenic

Join us on our European river cruises for a truly all-inclusive journey along some of the world's most fascinating waterways.
Fall in love on a romantic river cruise past castles that resemble the pages fairytales and picture-postcard villages on a discovery of the alluring Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers.

Each dawn presents an opportunity to learn new stories and wonders to explore. From breathtaking vistas to lush valleys lined with vineyards, timeless villages and architectural treasures; it’s more than just Europe, it’s Europe the Scenic way.
 

Why visit Europe...

  • Cuisine
    Visit Veldzicht Hoeve, a sustainable, family-run cheese producer in Hoorn. Sample Schnapps in Miltenberg. Tour Hungary's top wine region during an excursion to Villány. Taste local Altbier in Düsseldorf. Europe's gourmet wonders are countless.
  • Culture
    Admire the opulence and grandeur of Palais Liechtenstein and enjoy a private concert. See the Baroque architecture of Würzburg. Meet the current owners of Artstetten Castle and hear family tales of the historic castle's prominent former residents.
  • History
    Explore historic WWII locations in Nuremberg. Discover the Jewish heritage of Budapest. Wander among the castle ruins of Heidelberg. There is a wealth of significant sites to discover along Europe’s waterways to satisfy the most curious of guests.
  • Sightseeing
    See picturesque towns and splendorous castles as you travel down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Explore the setting of 'The Sound of Music' in Salzburg, Austria. Enjoy the quaint canals of Amsterdam. A picturesque opportunity awaits around every corner in Europe.

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Why travel to Europe with Scenic?

With Scenic, it’s more than a five-star river cruise... it’s truly all-inclusive luxury in a class of its own.
Scenic river cruise itineraries are meticulously designed, Scenic Space-Ships immaculately presented, and the experience is one of unmatched refinement. Peerless from start to finish, our finely crafted holidays offer premium experiences, blending the alluring European countryside with signature on board luxury and a truly all-inclusive philosophy.
  • Best in small ship cruising
    Savour the small-ship experience on board the luxurious Scenic Space-Ships in Europe. With no more than 163 guests, you can leisurely enjoy the unrivalled amenities on board.
  • Luxurious Suites
    Opulently appointed, our suites are among the largest on Europe’s waterways. Each suite is finished with elegant furnishings, spacious bathrooms, Wi-Fi, queen-size Scenic Slumber beds, a pillow menu and luxurious bath products.
  • Scenic Sun Lounges
    At the press of a button, the glass of your window glides down and converts your private balcony into your exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge. Take in the resplendent views in full, wide-angle splendour.
  • Wellness your Way
    Scenic elevates wellbeing to a higher plane. You can customise your journey with your choice of healthy meals, yoga classes, Salt Therapy Lounges* and e-bikes*. Your health is our priority.
  • A choice of dining venues and beverages
    On board you will find an impressive selection of up to five dining venues, from casual to fine dining. Your premium beverages^ – wine, beer, cocktails, spirits – are included and available all day and not just at mealtimes.
  • Exclusive and personalised experiences
    All sightseeing is included. Scenic Enrich experiences offer a deeper cultural immersion and you can tailor your days with a range of included Scenic Freechoice activities.
  • Our Dedicated Team
    Our Captains, Hotel Managers, Cruise Directors, Enrichment Managers, Wellness Coach, Butlers (and their teams) deliver a first-class level of service.
  • The Nth Degree
    With Scenic, truly all-inclusive luxury means all details have been taken of for you. Arrangements such as your airport transfers, luxury transport and local guides, tips and gratuities are all handled and included in your Scenic journey.
*Not available on all ships. ^All beverages are included except for a small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits.

Your peace of mind

For over 35 years, Scenic’s award-winning reputation, state-of-the-art ships and best-in-class crew have made us the number one choice for small-ship luxury river cruising in Europe. Our highest priority is the commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of guests and crew.

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Flexible Booking - Peace of Mind

Flexible Booking

Defer or cancel your travel plans up to 60 days prior to departure with our Flexible Booking Policy available on 2022 river and ocean cruising. Conditions apply.

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Travel with Confidence

Our commitment to each guest and crew’s health, safety and well-being remains our key priority.

Book with confidence

  • Deposit Protection Plan^
    Complimentary Standard Deposit Protection Plan^ valued at $125pp has been included for new 2022 Europe River Cruise bookings made before 31 May 2021. Excludes Russia.
  • Flexible Booking Policy‡
    With our Flexible Booking Policy‡, for new 2022 Europe River Cruise bookings, you can defer your travel plans by transferring to an alternate departure date or itinerary or cancel up to 60 days prior to your cruise commencing with no Scenic fees (third party fees may apply). For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Credit (FTC) which is valid for 24 months. This flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand land touring.

Add Risk-Free Platinum Protection Plan

  • Platinum Protection Plan†
    Take advantage of our Platinum Protection Plan (“PPP”) for $395pp for 2022 river cruising. By adding this plan, you are covered if you unable to travel due to health reasons, or your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost), or a 70% refund between 15 and 30 days prior to departure (less PPP cost).

For more information about our Cruise with Confidence and health and safety policies visit scenicnz.com/assurance and for details on the Platinum Protection Plan visit scenicnz.com/ppp

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Scenic Space-Ships

It’s more than just a river cruise ship... it’s a custom-designed, 5-star Space-Ship and your home away from home where you can relax and unwind during your truly all-inclusive river cruise.
When you board your 135-metre length Space-Ship, unpack your bags just once and settle into your spacious, luxurious suite. With no more than 163 guests on board and a variety of dining, wellness and relaxation areas, there's ample space to relax, explore, indulge and dream as you float by the European landscapes.

Through continuous innovation, we ensure optimal comfort for you on board your Space-Ship. Every thoughtful detail of our state-of-the art, intimate ships has been developed with the goal of delivering world-class, truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experiences that are second to none. It’s more than just taking care of you. It’s ensuring your entire cruise is truly carefree by tending to every little detail, from your morning skim latte to your evening nightcap.

Discover Europe in video

We strive to give you a deeper understanding of all the ‘must-see’ sights, along with the right amount of flexibility to explore at your own pace. 
Our passionate Journey Designers curate experiences that take our guests beyond the ordinary, revealing hidden gems away from the busy tourist trails. Our expert Cruise and Tour Directors are skilled storytellers and trained to anticipate your needs, so you can rest assured that you will always be well cared for.

Browse our collection of videos to see for yourself the delights that await on a European River Cruise with Scenic.

Where we travel in Europe

A new world of enriching, enlightening and invigorating experiences await along the picturesque river passages of Europe.
Under its historic bridges, along its iconic canals around its fabled vineyards, and within its noble palaces, you will fall in love with Europe's infinite wealth of wonders.

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Countries

Netherlands
Cruise the iconic canals of Amsterdam or explore the village of Schermerhorn, home to authentic 16th century windmills. Sail out of Hoorn on board a tall ship. Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum or visit Aschen, a captivating city that borders three countries. 
Belgium
Explore the beautifully preserved medieval, Bruges. Meander through the cobbled laneways that reveal charming town squares. Take a guided walking tour of Antwerp or learn about the World War I battle of Passchendaele.
Switzerland
Extend your river cruise with a land journey to explore more of Switzerland, from the Swiss Alps to beautiful Lake Geneva. Visit impressive mountain panoramas or try local delicacies during a cheese-making demonstration. 
Germany
Sample beer brewed in a monastery in Miltenberg. Discover splendid Drachenburg Castle or stroll through Cologne and get up-close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.
Austria
Tour magnificent Schönbrunn Palace or learn about the history of Viennese coffee culture in Vienna. Journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.
Slovakia
Visit the home of a local family to gain an insight into the everyday lives of Slovaks, while enjoying delicious coffee and cake. Journey behind the iron curtain and discover Bratislava’s communist-era history during a guided tour.
Hungary
Discover the highlights of both Buda and Pest including a piano recital or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, or if you’re feeling more active, you may choose to join a hike to Buda Hill. 
Croatia
Gain a glimpse into daily Croatian life, as a local family welcomes you into their home for a meal in Osijek. Explore Osijek on a city tour or take a bike ride through the surrounding countryside.
Serbia
A Scenic Enrich concert awaits you in the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, in Belgrade. Journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.
Romania
The breathtaking Iron Gates signal your arrival into Romania. Tour the historic port city of Silistra, before seeing the best of the capital, Bucharest, during an overnight stay in a premium hotel.
Bulgaria
Discover Silistra Fort during an active walking tour or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and a local school and learn about life in Bulgaria.
Czech Republic
Wander the historic Old Town of Prague with its cobblestoned streets and medieval church spires. Enjoy a full-day excursion to World Heritage-listed Site Cesky Krumlov on the Vltava River, once an important trade route.

Cities

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Most Commonly Asked Questions
Q. Do European River Cruises Travel at Night?
A. Our river cruises will often travel between destinations at night so you can make the most of your destinations in the daylight. However, they occasionally travel during the day so you can experience the sights and sounds of the river as the world passes by.
Q. Which European River Cruise is the most scenic?
A. We carefully curate our river cruises and itineraries, so each offers incredible vistas and is rich with architecture, history, food, wine and culture ready for you to explore. To find out which are most suited to your tastes, be sure to read our city guides for inspiration.
Q. How much does a European River Cruise cost?
A. Prices vary depending on destinations, number of days cruising, suite type and time of year, but with Scenic you can expect all our European river cruises to come with 5-star luxury as standard with a truly all-inclusive experience so what you pay is all you pay.
Q. Are European River Cruises wheelchair accessible?
A. We welcome guests with mobility issues but please be aware that limitations could exist on board and during shore excursions. Our lifts service three out of the four decks, with access to the Sun Deck only possible using stairs. Under appropriate circumstances, guests are allowed to use a collapsible wheelchair on board. You must be able to climb up and down the stairs on coaches and some shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs. Guests with limited mobility will require the services of a companion since the crew’s availability to do so may be limited. On occasions, we may have to dock alongside other ships, which means accessing the shore via the Sun Deck. For further information, please contact one of our Travel Advisors.
Q. What is a European River Cruise like?
A.

Europe’s rivers are steeped in history, having been one of the main methods of transporting goods and people for centuries, and therefore you can expect to be immersed in a world rich with heritage and culture, transported by an innovative  Scenic Shape-Ship.

To found out more on what to expect from a European River Cruise, be sure to read our Essential Guide to River Cruising and watch the wealth of video content above.

Q. How safe are European River Cruises?
A. Your health and safety are our number one priority, and you can rest assured knowing you’re in safe hands from the moment you book with us and step on board. You can find more details on our Health and Safety commitments and cruise with confidence procedures here.
Q. How do I know which European river cruise is right for me?
A. With so many destinations and itineraries available to choose from, it can be confusing to find the best European river cruise for you, that’s why it’s important to narrow your search down by asking yourself the following questions.

Where do you want to Cruise?
Be sure to read the summary of each country, river and city we’ve outlined here to give you an insight to what to expect from each destination and which spark your love to travel.

When do you want to travel?
Our river cruise season starts in the spring season or March, through to the winter Christmas wonderlands of December, so choose a month which reflects the weather of the season you enjoy the most or when particular experiences, such as Christmas markets, may take place.

How much do you want to spend?
Prices vary depending on number of days cruising, time of year, suite type and destinations, but one thing you can expect with a Scenic river cruise is a truly all-inclusive experience, so you don’t have to spend any more than the price paid.
Q. What do guests wear on a European river cruise?
A. We have a relaxed dress code at Scenic and encourage our guests to bring and wear clothes that will help them enjoy their river cruise in comfort. Guests will often prepare an outfit for the day and one for the evening.
Q. Does the ship have a choice of dining venues?
A. On board your Scenic Space-Ship, you can choose from up to five dining options. Whether you prefer a luxurious fine dining venue, a relaxed café setting, or even choose to dine in the privacy of your suite, you will find a dining experience to suit your mood and tastes.
Q. Are all my meals included on board and during shore excursions?
A. Yes, all meals are included throughout your cruise. This includes breakfast, lunch and a 5-course dinner.
Q. Are all my drinks included all day, every day or just during lunch and dinner?
A. Guests can enjoy complimentary premium beverages all day, every day. All beverages are included except for a small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits. You can choose from a wide selection of wine, beer or spirits. Our wines are hand selected by our sommelier from the finest regional varieties. Mocktails and cocktails are also included as are soft drinks, coffee and a wide selection of teas.
Q. Is my mini-bar and in-suite dining included?
A. The mini-bar in your suite will be restocked daily with all your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, customisable to your taste.
Q. Do all suite types have included butler service?
A. All guests can enjoy butler service, whether you need your shoes shined, laundry concierge service or a hair appointment booked. Our butlers will ensure you have everything you need for a relaxing holiday.
Q. Are my transfers included to and from the ship?
A. We offer return airport transfers for our guests. Conditions apply.
Q. Are all tips and gratuities included?
A. We’ve included all your tipping and gratuities for the entire cruise so you can lock away your wallet and simply enjoy the truly all-inclusive experience.
Q. Are all shore excursions included with nothing to pay once on board?
A. Scenic guests can enjoy all-inclusive experiences throughout their cruise. Scenic Enrich experiences are our handcrafted, exclusive moments that will immerse you in the local culture. Whether you want a relaxed pace or want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice activities offer a diverse range of sightseeing for you to choose from. And of course, they’re all included.
Q. Are there options for self-guided touring and are e-bikes included at no charge?
A. Enjoy self-guided touring with our exclusive Scenic Tailormade App. You also have the freedom of exploring European cities and villages with our e-bikes. (Not available on all ships and features may vary.)

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