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European River Cruising

There is no shortage of experiences to be had on an all inclusive river cruise through Europe. Many seasoned river cruisers can attest that once you see the jewels of Europe from a luxury cruise ship floating down one of the continent’s rivers, you’ll find that there is simply no better way to travel.
With meticulously planned itineraries, unforgettable onshore excursions and all drinks and dining included in the price of your cruise, there really is no better way to experience the rivers of Europe and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines its banks.
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Why European River Cruising?

You don’t need a multitude of statistics to know that Europe is one of the—if not the most visited continent on the planet. The stats, and the popularity of European river cruises, only further supports that belief. According to the European Travel Commission (ETC), international tourism rates in Europe increased by 5 percent in 2015, peaking at 609 million arrivals. That marks the sixth consecutive year that the region has experienced growth in international tourism. In fact, the ETC anticipates another 3.5- to 4.5-percent increase in those numbers for 2016, and river cruises in Europe with Scenic are no exception, as demand for all-inclusive luxury experiences continues to increase every year.

While plenty of travelers will fly to—and stay exclusively at specific metropolitan areas in Europe, and despite the fact that many others will hop from city to city and from country to country via Europe’s vast network of railways, more and more experienced international travelers are recognizing that European river cruises provide a unique and authentic way to be immersed in local culture. After all, the rivers that snake through Europe are the same waterways that were instrumental in shaping and cultivating western civilization.

Eastern and Central Europe

On the waterways that flow through the eastern and central portions of Europe, travelers can sail down the Danube River and trace the lives of the world’s most revered classical composers in Vienna. They can explore the Black Forest and the canals of Amsterdam while cruising down the Rhine. They can also marvel at the modern-day engineering accomplishments of the Main River as they float through its series of locks. In fact, travelers who simply cannot choose between the Rhine and the Danube River's can experience both on a combination of two Scenic river cruises thanks to the Main River’s canals, which connect these two major rivers.

French River Cruises

In France, travelers can float down the Seine River, passing under Paris’s many bridges, stopping in the pastoral villages that inspired the world’s most famous Impressionist painters, and exploring the Normandy coast. They can indulge on a châteaux-centric tour through Bordeaux on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. Or they can feast their way through Lyon and sip their way through the Rhône River’s  various wine regions.

Portugal River Cruises

In Portugal, travelers can sail down the Douro River, basking in the country’s sunshine; learning about the region’s most famous delicacy, Port wine; and exploring the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca, which was constructed entirely of golden sandstone and features a university that welcomed Christopher Columbus and now preserves hundreds of Renaissance manuscripts.

Rhine River Cruises

Since Roman times, the Rhine River has linked northern and central Europe, and it’s now one of the most well-renowned attractions in Europe. Journey from the majestic Alps of Switzerland all the way to the famous and romantic canals of Amsterdam on one of our many Rhine river cruises. 

Main River Cruises

From its origin in the Upper Franconia region of Germany, the Main River flows in a westerly direction for 330 miles, meandering through both major cities and the Bavarian countryside. Dramatic restored castles and romantic ruins are just some of the attractions to enjoy along the picturesque Main River. 

Danube River Cruises

From Budapest to Vienna, the Danube offers guests the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places that Germany, Austria and Hungary have to offer. Find out for yourself why the Danube is one of the most well-known rivers in all of Europe.

Moselle River Cruises

While it might not be as well-known as the Rhine or the Danube, the Moselle River is replete with hidden gems. From the sleepy villages of France to the bustling streets of Luxembourg, a Moselle river cruise is perfect for exploration and immersion.

Rhone River Cruises

Foodies and wine-lovers alike are sure to fall in love with the Rhone River, but this romantic region offers something for everyone. Explore some of the world’s most iconic culinary, artistic and cultural movements during your Rhone river cruise.

Seine River Cruises

Foodies and wine-lovers alike are sure to fall in love with the Rhone River, but this romantic region offers something for everyone. Explore some of the world’s most iconic culinary, artistic and cultural movements during your Rhone river cruise.

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