European River Cruises

Discover the hidden gems of Europe and experience moments that recreate the wonder of years past.

Join us on our European river cruises for a truly all-inclusive journey along some of the world's most historic waterways.

Take in some of the world's most famous waterways on our all-inclusive European river cruises. During a Scenic European river cruise, journey along the exquisite waterways which stretch across different countries with spectacular scenery revealing the hidden beauty of Europe. From breathtaking snow-capped mountains to lush valleys filled with vineyards, timeless villages and architectural treasures. 

Plan your next river cruise with confidence. Book now to secure Earlybird Offers with Economy Class flights included* on many of our most popular cruises. For extra peace of mind, take advantage of our reduced deposit payment and included Deposit Protection Plan^.

With a wide range of destinations and itineraries to choose from, now is the time to book your European luxury river cruise to secure your preferred suite, dates and itinerary at Earlybird prices. This special offer is only available on selected European River Cruises until 31 March 2021, unless sold out prior.

 

Why cruise with Scenic?

From the moment you step on board a Scenic Space-Ship, you will enjoy the ultimate in truly all-inclusive luxury, every moment of each day on your cruise.

Wonderfully spacious and equipped with every amenity you could conceive of, Scenic takes luxury river cruising to a new level with ships that are like a 5-star floating hotel. Our Cruise Directors, Butlers, and every member of our hospitable onboard team, are on hand to ensure that all your needs are met. We've thought about every single detail of your European river cruise including all tips and gratuities, airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides.

Peace of mind means that you can safely lock away your wallet and immerse yourself in the truly all-inclusive luxury experience. 

With a variety of on board and onshore wellness options, you will have the most relaxing and soothing holiday. From the fresh air flowing through the Scenic Sun Lounge of your spacious 5-star luxury suite with balcony, to the therapeutic salt infused microclimate of the on board Salt Therapy Lounge*, your well-being is our priority. 
  • Luxuriously Appointed Suites
    Spacious suites with queen-size Scenic Slumber bed, pillow menu, luxurious bath products, Wi-Fi and Mac mini infotainment system.
  • Scenic Sun Lounges
    Enjoy the fresh river breeze while drinking in the scenery through the in-built Scenic Sun Lounges in all Balcony Suites and above.
  • Wellness your Way
    Tailor your wellness with an onboard gym, Salt Therapy Lounge*, yoga and meditation sessions, spa and hair salon^, e-Bikes and a range of Scenic Freechoice activities for various fitness levels.
  • Up to Five Dining Options
    From casual dining to a six-course dégustation menu, enjoy up a wide variety of dining options, along with customised meals as per your dietary needs.
  • Unlimited Complimentary Beverages#
    Choose from our extensive bar menu with premium drinks for every occasion. Your complimentary in-suite mini bar will also be restocked with your favourite drinks every day.
  • Butler Service
    Enjoy a nightly turndown service, morning tea, shoe-shining, laundry service, and a range of other services from your butler, every day.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about every detail, so that you don't have to, including airport transfers, luxury transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are also included.
*Not available on all ships. #All beverages are included except a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits. ^Massage and hair salon at additional cost.

How to pick a river cruise company

Before you choose a river cruise company, we recommend doing some research on the ships, features and inclusions.
Q. Does the ship have a choice of dining venues?
A. On board your Scenic Space-Ship, you can choose 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 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 beverages all day, every day. All beverages are included except for a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits.
Q. Do I have a choice of which wine, beer or spirits I drink, or is it house wine only?
A. 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. 
Q. Are cocktails included?
A. Yes, cocktails are included. Look out for our cocktail of the day. 
Q. Is my mini-bar and in-suite dining included?
A. The mini-bar in your suite will be restocked daily will 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 are our handcrafted, exclusive experiences to immerse you in the local culture, whilst Scenic Freechoice are all-inclusive activities to personalise your journey at a pace that suits you.
Q. Are there a range of touring options to choose from each day based on my interests and desired activity levels?
A. Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing, activities and dining for you to choose from. And of course, they’re all included. Enjoy a guided e-bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk, relax in the thermal baths in Budapest or journey along the Romantic road to Rothenburg, Germany.
Q. Are there options for self-guided touring and are e-bikes included at no charge?
A. Enjoy self-guided touring with our exclusive 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.)

Highlights for 2021 Rhine, Main & Danube

Included Scenic Freechoice activities allow our guests to personalise their touring, with nothing more to pay. We appreciate everyone has different interests, and so we are thrilled to add new activities to the range.
Scenic Freechoice: Strasbourg River Cruise, France

Canal Cruise in Strasbourg

The city in France is over 2,000 years old and shares a border with Germany. You will see here however, that the food, language and culture are neither French nor German. They are truly Alsatian, a culture of their own.

Get up-close with this picturesque city during a canal cruise. Pass the European Parliament, Imperial Quarter and the famous district known as "Le Petite France" and learn more about the unique Alsatian culture.

Find this in our Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise.

Scenic Freechoice: Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany

Gutenberg Museum

The museum, founded in 1900, is one of the oldest museums showcasing printing in the world. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing from movable metal type in Western Europe.

See printing presses from all eras, learn about printing techniques and find out how books were produced in the past. The museum also explores the history of paper and writing.

Find this in our Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise.

Scenic Freechoice: Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Ypres & Passchendaele

The towns of Passchendaele and Ypres are historic and sacred World War I battle sites. Visit memorials dedicated to the 325,000 Allied troops who perished there and learn more about the operations and strategies in this area.

Find this in our Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise.

Scenic Freechoice: Artstetten Castle Visit

Artstetten Castle

With a history dating back to the 13th century and famous residents such as Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Artstetten Castle is a historic site worth exploring.

See the family crypt, the onsite museum and hear age-old tales directly from the current owners of Artstetten Castle when you meet.

Find this in our Gems of the Danube river cruise.

Scenic Enrich: Ancestry of the Kitchen

Ancestry of the Kitchen

Look out for our new "Ancestry of the Kitchen" cooking experiences featured in a number of itineraries.

Learn the family secrets of regional recipes including Dutch Apple Pie in Hoorn, Banica in Vidin and fish stew in Osijek.

Most popular European river cruises

Cruise the Rhine River, Main & Upper Danube River

Our luxury cruise along the Rhine, Main and Upper Danube rivers gives you all the best Europe has to offer. Steeped in rich history our Europe River cruises follow ancient trade routes. From Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine River and Danube River, you will cruise past idyllic vineyards, charming villages and forested hillsides. Steeped in history, this European River Cruise journeys through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. 

One of the finest Baroque buildings in the world can be found sitting majestically on a hill in Austria, overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River. A jewel in the surrounding area, Melk Abbey has served as a spiritual and cultural centre for many years.

Savour the fascinating landscapes and diverse cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Vienna and Budapest. Embrace the wine-growing districts of Rheinhessen, Rheingau and the Wachau Valley with shore excursions and culinary highlights like the Wiener Schnitzel and spicy Hungarian goulash. This is just the tip of several gastronomic traditions waiting to be explored. 

One of the highlights of your cruise will be the Middle Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Rüdesheim. With charming landscapes brimming with ruined castles, quaint villages, rugged fortresses and steep vineyards this luxury cruise with your own local guide takes sightseeing to another level.

Europe’s main river and waterways have varying water levels. During your 170km journey along the Main-Danube Canal, your cruise line will pass through 16 locks, some as high as 25 metres. As your Captain expertly manoeuvres your Scenic Space-Ship through the narrow canals, you will be greeted by the next iconic part of your journey.

Cruise the beautiful Rhine River & Moselle River

Join our 15-day Romantic Rhine & Moselle luxury river cruise and travel from Basel to Amsterdam. With medieval towns and picturesque sights, our spectacular luxury river cruise takes in the cities of Strasbourg, Mannheim, Cochem, Bernkastel and Antwerp.

The Rhine River is one of the longest rivers in Europe (1,232 km) with its source in the Swiss Alps. The Rhine River winds through the Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands before reaching the North Sea at Rotterdam. 

Scenic all-inclusive luxury Rhine River cruise journeys through the grandiose Rhine Gorge, a steep gorge highlighted by sensational vineyards and ancient castles. Cruising through the Middle Rhine Valley you'll be captivated by quaint villages, be in awe of rugged fortresses, and marvel at the remote chapels and craggy, steep vineyards.

The Moselle River is 547 kilometres long and is a main tributary of the romantic Rhine. It peacefully winds its way along one of Germany's most delightful river valleys between Trier and Koblenz. This fairy-tale Scenic luxury river cruise flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany where you will see beautiful river valleys, flourishing wine vineyards, medieval architecture and towns. The Moselle River is a stunning jewel in the European river cruising region as well as an important industrial waterway.

Famed for the wines and liquors produced in the valleys along the river, Moselle’s characteristic drop is the Riesling. The Moselle Valley Riesling grape is influenced by the terrain of the region and is considered to be the best in Europe.

Lower Danube, The Black Sea & Danube Delta

Scenic’s all-inclusive, 5-star luxury river cruises are the best way to immerse yourself in the delights of Eastern Europe. Cruising down the romantic Danube River, you'll be in awe as you pass through the magnificent Iron Gates and admire the astounding rock sculpture at Decebalus. As your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship journeys towards the Black Sea and the breathtaking Danube Delta, you'll delight in the variety of birdlife and the spectacular natural beauty.

Our Eastern Europe river cruises take you to lesser-known towns and river tributaries including Vidin on the southern bank of the Danube River in north-western Bulgaria and Sava River, a tributary of the Danube River that discharges into the Danube in Belgrade. Your picture postcard Eastern Europe river cruise also journeys through spectacular landscapes of countries including Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania and Passau in Lower Bavaria.
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