National Geographic River Cruises

Discover magnificent destinations with handpicked National Geographic experts, on an all-inclusive luxury river cruise

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We're delighted to announce our new collection of river cruises in partnership with National Geographic. Our National Geographic river cruises combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury experience, with National Geographic’s unique brand of inspiring and educational expert-led travel, that will create memories to last a lifetime.
On our exclusive National Geographic river cruises, you’ll enjoy all of the comfort and 5-star amenities you expect from Scenic, along with the insights of National Geographic’s experts, the powerful perspective of their world-renowned photographers,* and inspiring new excursions on every voyage. Enjoy exclusive access to Vienna’s Natural History Museum, visit a historic fossil site in Germany, or meet conservationists and monks in Myanmar. No matter the journey you choose, you’ll be immersed in splendid landscapes, delve deeper at celebrated sites and share local traditions. As you sail the great waterways of Europe and Asia you’ll also get the chance get up close and personal with our National Geographic experts and photographers whilst you enjoy on board lectures and learn photography hints and tips throughout each voyage.
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Europe River Cruises

Discover magnificent destinations with handpicked National Geographic experts, on an all-inclusive luxury river cruise.

Meet the National Geographic Experts

National Geographic Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark is a freelance journalist and travel writer based in Prague. He has written articles on Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria for National Geographic Traveller magazine. Mark has also authored more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and Central Europe.
National Geographic Susan Eubert

Susan Seubert

Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveller. During your cruise, Susan will share her in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills.
National Geographic Don George

Don George

In August, travel with award-winning travel writer and speaker Don George, an editor at large for National Geographic Traveller. Having written about living in France for over four decades, he is especially passionate about Bordeaux for its wine, cuisine, culture and history.
National Geographic Gianluca Colla

Gianluca Colla

Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon and to the Alps. 
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National Geographic

From the comfortable surrounds of your floating hotel, you can enjoy the culinary delights of France’s Bordeaux region; soak up the history and magic of Europe’s iconic Rhine and Main Rivers; and indulge in the splendours and beauty of the renowned Danube River.
National Geographic Jay Dickman

Jay Dickman

Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics and six Super Bowls.
National Geographic Sisse Brimberg

Sisse Brimberg

Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine. She will share expert tips on taking tricky nighttime shots to bring out the sparkle in your Christmas market pictures.
National Geographic Stephen Alvarez

Stephen Alvarez

Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture, and archaeology. He has published more than a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine. 
National Geographic Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman is Distinguished University Professor in Geosciences and director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Jan has been affiliated with National Geographic for more than 15 years.

Southeast Asia River Cruises

Accompanied by a National Geographic expert, explore the history and culture of Myanmar, a country only few have had the opportunity to visit.

Meet the National Geographic Expert

Paula Swart
Paula Swart is an expert on Asian culture and history with a special interest in Buddhism, and has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. A popular expert on more than 30 expeditions for National Geographic , her travels have taken her to Southeast Asia numerous times. She recently organized the Visions of Enlightenment exhibition on Buddhist art, which featured pieces from Myanmar (Burma). Paula holds degrees in archaeology, Asian art history, and Chinese history. She speaks five languages, including Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula also studied and lectures on artifacts from the wreck of a Dutch East India company ship that was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.
National Geographic Paula Swart

T & Cs: Offers are applicable to new bookings only from 1 January 2019 to 15 February 2019. Savings are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing and are subject to availability. ^Private door-to-door chauffeur transfers are complimentary within 75 miles of an airport where flights are available from or St. Pancras International Train Station and are subject to availability. For guests who live outside of 75 miles, an additional supplement of £2.00 per mile will be charged. Loyalty members who already receive this benefit will receive an additional discount. 

Discounts are valid for new 2019 bookings, made only between 1 January 2019 and 15 February 2018. Total amount of discount will differ per sailing and date. Savings of up to £1250 are available only on Douro River Cruise: Into the Heart of Portugal on 25 May 2019.