European River Cruises

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

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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 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. 

Why visit Europe...

  • Cuisine
    Partake in a magnificent medieval feast at Marksburgh Castle. Shop with a Chef in Belgrade. Tour Hungary's top wine region on an excursion to Villány. Taste local Altbier in Düsseldorf. Europe's culinary delights are unending.
  • Culture
    Admire the opulence and luxury 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 castles famous former residents.
  • History
    Journey through Nuremberg's WWII historic sites. Discover the Jewish heritage of Budapest. Explore the castle ruins of Heidelburg. There is a wealth of choice across all locations to satisfy even the most curious of guests.
  • Sightseeing
    See picturesque towns and fairytale castles as you travel down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Explore the setting of 'The Sound of Music', Saltzburg. Enjoy the quaint canals of Amsterdam. A picturesque delight awaits around every corner in Europe.

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Why travel to Europe with Scenic?

From the moment you step on board you'll be spoilt for choice. You'll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury every moment of the day.
  • 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.

Your peace of mind

Small Ship Experience River Cruise

Small Ship Experience

Experience the benefits of small ship river cruising and ocean discovery voyages

Flexible Booking - Peace of Mind

Flexible Booking

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

Health & Safety

Travel with Confidence

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

Book with confidence

  • Flexible Booking Policy
    With our Flexible Booking Policy‡, for new 2022 Europe River Cruise (or 2022/2023 ocean 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 Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months. This flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia, South America, Australia and New Zealand land touring.
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
    As members of ABTA and ATOL we are committed to delivering the highest standards for our guests and ensuring you are financially protected in the event of any unforeseen circumstances.

Scenic Space-Ships

With no more than 163 travellers onboard and a variety of dining, wellness and relaxation areas. There's space to relax, explore, to indulge and to dream as the European landscape float by.
Every element of the Scenic Space-Ship has been carefully designed with you in mind. With spacious, well-appointed suites, expert butler service and exclusive Scenic Slumber Beds your suite will be one of the most luxurious accommodations you’ve ever experienced.

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 in good hands.

Through continuous innovation, we ensure the optimal comfort for you on board our Scenic Space-Ships. Every thoughtful detail of our state-of-the art, intimate Scenic Space-Ships have been developed with the objective of delivering world-class, all-inclusive luxury river cruise experiences that are second to none.

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 waterways 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.



Cruise the iconic canals of Amsterdam or take a guided cycling tour of the city. Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum or visit Aschen and learn the tale of the city that borders three countries. 
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.
Explore the highlights of Switzerland from the soaring Swiss Alps to beautiful Lake Geneva. Visit impressive mountain panoramas, or try local delicacies during a cheese-making demonstration. 
Enjoy a true Bavarian experience with beer tasting in Nurembeur. Discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.
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’
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.
Make the most of Budapest including a piano concert, 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. 
Venture to Kopacki Rit Nature Park, one of the largest wetlands in Europe. Home to a rich variety of birds species and aquatic plants. Enjoy a glimpse into daily Croatian life, as a local family welcome you into their home for a meal in Osijeck.
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.
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 luxurious hotel.
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 medieval church spires. Enjoy a full-day excursion to World Heritage-listed Site Cesky Krumlov on the Vltava River, once an important trade route.


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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 our destinations on foot 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 you by.
Q. Which European River Cruise is the most scenic?
A. We carefully curate our cruises and itineraries so each 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, cabin grade 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 all 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 reasonable companion, since the crew is limited. On occasions, we may be required 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?

Europe’s rivers are steeped in history, having been one of the main method of transportation of goods and people for many years, and therefore you can expect to be immersed in a world rich in heritage and culture aboard 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 wealth of video content below.

Q. How safe are European River Cruises?
A. Your health and safety is 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 to choose the best European River Cruise
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 wonderlands of December so choose a month which reflects the colours and weather of the season you enjoy the most

How much do you want to spend?
Prices vary depending on number of days cruising, time of year, cabin 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 to 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 European River Cruise in comfort. Guests will often prepare an outfit for the day and one for the evening.

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