Why choose a river cruise for your next Europe holiday

Why river cruising in Europe has become so popular


Whether it’s your first river cruise or your fifth, here’s why you should choose a river cruise for your next Europe holiday.

Your Go to Guide to River Cruising

5-Star luxury

5 Star luxury

On a European river cruise with Scenic, you can make the most of 5-star all-inclusive luxury. From butler service for all guests to complimentary beverages all day, every day and a wide range of all-inclusive activities to personalise your journey as part of Scenic Freechoice, you can delight in the most indulgent holiday.

Discover the most scenic stretches of river

Scenic Tailormade App
One of the best things about river cruising is being able to feast your eyes on sights you’d never be able to see travelling by land. From medieval castles, to picturesque vineyards and charming towns, every day is different. Use the Scenic Tailormade App as you cruise for on board commentary, covering the key points of interest.

Only unpack once

Only unpack once on a Europe river cruise

Unlike on a bus tour, you only need to unpack once on a European river cruise and our complimentary 1kg per suite, once per cruise laundry service means you can cut down on what you need to bring.

We recommend bringing plenty of layers, comfortable walking shoes and a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain. Wear comfortable clothing during the day, whilst you have the opportunity to dress up in the evenings with shirt and trousers or a dress, skirt and blouse.

Hang up your clothes in the spacious wardrobes and drawers and spend more time enjoying your holiday and seeing the sights of Europe. 

Explore more on the ultimate itinerary

The Ultimate Itinerary

River cruises are as calm as the waters you float on. There's no rush from one port to the next and no jam-packed itineraries.

On the popular Jewels of Europe river cruise, discover the iconic sights and hidden gems over 15 magical days. Explore 15 towns and cities across five countries, from the major cities of Amsterdam, Budapest and Vienna to the smaller, quaint towns and villages of Melk, Dürnstein and Bamberg. 

Our diverse range of Scenic Freechoice activities also allows you to sightsee just the way you want to. If you prefer to explore on your own, take advantage of Scenic's complimentary e-bikes (electric bikes), which are a great and easy way to take in the sights at your leisure. 

Make the most of me time

Salt Therapy Lounge
With days spent sightseeing, it can be easy to forget about making the time to pamper yourself. There's plenty of time for relaxation with our Wellness area, where you enjoy a massage, get your hair cut or catch up on your favourite book over a coffee on the Sun Deck.

On most of our river cruises, you can also relax and enjoy the healing benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge, located on the Jewel Deck.

Make new friends

Scenic Dining
River cruises have a boutique, intimate feel, with a limited number of guests on each ship. Get to know your fellow travellers during a shared Scenic Freechoice activity, sit with someone new at lunch or dinner and catch up on your day over drinks in the Panorama Lounge & Bar.

If you prefer lots of solo time, you can do that too – it’s all up to you.

Want to learn more about Europe river cruising ? Order your free River Cruising Guide today.

Featured Itinerary

15 Day Jewels of Europe

Discover Europe's majestic waterways with an all-inclusive 15 day Jewels of Europe river cruise along the Rhine, Main & Danube. 
 
Starting from wonderful Amsterdam to beautiful Budapest (or vice-versa), cruise through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Solvakia and Hungary. 
 
Highlights include a medieval feast at Marksburg Castle, a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region and a private classical concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart in Vienna.

Who should do a Europe River Cruise?

Australians have a great sense of adventure, curiosity and passion, which are just a few of the key qualities that many of our river cruise guests share. 
You’ll meet a range of like-minded people on board a Scenic cruise; those who are interested in discovering the many artistic, historical, culinary and cultural aspects of our destinations. They enjoy the laid-back pace of river cruising and its appreciation for individual choice and exploration.

A mix of independent travellers, couples and small groups, they are looking for diverse, culturally enriching experiences, and like to take their time exploring each layer of the countries we visit, rather than rushing through a busy itinerary. An appreciation for the finer things in life – great food, music, knowledge and a thirst for new experiences – drives their journey.

With a balance of both working and retired guests, luxury and great service is a must, along with a reassurance that everything is all inclusive, including tipping and gratuities.

You’ll enjoy sharing your experiences with fellow open-minded travellers who appreciate similar things in life, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities to forge new friendships during each cruise.
Who river cruises Europe
First time river cruise guide

Your First Time Wonders River Cruising Guide

If you’re new to river cruising, take a look at our guide which has been tailored to answer all your questions and help you choose a cruise that’s right for you. There are so many reasons to choose a river cruise, the scenery is constantly changing. From villages to castles and there is always something new around the corner. You can also rest assured that you won’t be standing in long queues waiting to get on and off the ship. As we are able to dock in the heart of towns and villages, you can simply walk off the ship right into the centre of beautiful destinations and begin exploring.

Cruise Europe with Scenic and discover a whole new world of wonder.

Why cruise with Scenic?

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours offers 5-star luxury all-inclusive river cruising along the majestic waterways of Europe.
 
With some of the largest suites on the European rivers, and all-inclusive dining & complimentary beverages all day, every day, your Scenic Space-Ship will be your 5-star floating hotel. Discover the wonders of Europe after the gates have closed to the general public with our exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, whilst our wide range of Scenic Freechoice activities caters for all interests, whether you love history, culture, food or art.
 
From timeless towns to iconic landmarks, book your Europe river cruise early to receive the best offers and secure the best cabins.

Thinking about river cruising through Europe?
For more inspiration, read our blog: What to expect on a Europe River Cruise.