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Our River Cruise Calendar

Discover the charm of every river through the seasons

Unlike your typical beach break, a luxury river cruise can be enjoyed throughout the year, so there’s no need to anxiously check the weather for signs of sun in the weeks leading up to your departure. Floating the world’s waterways is bliss no matter what the date of travel — be it spring, summer, autumn or winter — and each season affords its own charm and personality.


Because our luxury river cruises can be enjoyed on a year round basis, the time of year you choose hinges on your individual travel preferences. Do you long for warm, sunlit days spent in the great outdoors? Or is the charm and cosiness of winter worth braving the cold?


To help you decide when and where to book your luxury Scenic river cruise, we’ve put together a river cruise calendar brimming with tips and advice. The guide is broken down by season, and features suggested destinations and rivers that would be perfect for that time of year


The spring months of March, April and May offer a welcome respite from winter’s chill, and depending on where you travel, plenty of warm sunshine to boot. Plus, spring is the perfect time to take advantage of our last minute cruise deals and pick up the remaining cabins on our European cruise itineraries, so you can enjoy a luxury Scenic river cruise for less.


To inspire you to book a river cruise in spring, here are two rivers perfect for touring during the fresh climes of the season.






Springing forth from a glacier in the Swiss Alps, the Rhone rolls through the heart of French wine country before emptying into the Mediterranean, near Marseilles. During the summer months, the banks of the Rhone bake under long hours of sunshine, while spring delivers the perfect blend of freshness, sunshine and seasonal warmth.


The temperate spring days of the Rhone Valley are ideal for those keen to sample the region’s viticulture, and thanks to our Freechoice experiences, you can do so in style amid the beautiful village of Oignt.




Passing through a number of countries, including Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, en-route to the North Sea; the Rhine offers a truly majestic river cruise experience, and the very best of town and country.


During the months of spring, one of the highlights of a Rhine river cruise is a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens of the Netherlands, available to you free of charge as a Scenic guest. Home to over seven million flower bulbs, the so-called ‘Garden of Europe’ is a truly enchanting sight at this time of year.


Balmy temperatures and long sunlight hours make the summer months of June, July and August the ideal time to visit a number of destinations across Europe. When travelling aboard our 5-star luxury Space-Ships during the summer, it’s easy to keep cool thanks to our Vitality Pools, as well as our spacious, air-conditioned cabins — helping you make the most of the summer sun whilst remaining perfectly cool and comfortable.


Here are two rivers that are prime for cruising during the sun-kissed summer.



If you love to feel the summer sunshine on your skin, a luxury Danube river cruise ought to be at the top of your wish list. Temperatures along the length of this mighty waterway regularly hit highs of 25°C in summer, and light evenings ensure you won’t miss any of the exquisite sights which lie on the river’s banks.


Heat isn’t the only thing on offer on the Danube, either. Major destinations like Vienna, Budapest and Nuremburg host an abundance of outdoor festivals and events throughout the summer, adding colour, vibrancy and fun to your voyage.



A cruise on the Seine is one of the world’s greatest travel experiences, and can be enjoyed throughout the year. During the summer months the scenic banks of this 480-mile French waterway take on a whole new beauty, making it the perfect time to sail the river from source to sea.


Without question the most eagerly anticipated call on any Seine river cruise is in the country’s magnificent capital, Paris. August is a particularly good time to visit the City of Light, with the long sunlit days perfectly suited to exploring the city’s leafy boulevards and exquisite parks, such as the preeminent Jardin du Luxembourg.


As temperatures begin to drop across Europe, now’s the perfect time to relinquish the sunglasses and explore the continent’s countless cultural sights and indoor attractions. Like spring, we offer some truly excellent last minute deals during the autumn, with savings to be had on exclusive itineraries across Europe.


Here are two rivers that are particularly pleasant to cruise on throughout autumn.




Having cruised Europe’s major waterways, Main ought to be the next stop on your river cruise wish list. Twisting for 330-miles through the German Highlands before dropping into the beautiful hinterland of Bavaria, this confluence delivers beauty and intrigue that is distinctly German.


One of the most popular destinations on the Main; Frankfurt enjoys mild temperatures in autumn, and hosts an international book fair in October, so it’s sure to appeal to those seeking a little German culture.



Stretching across the Iberian Peninsula from western Spain to the mouth of the Atlantic in the historic Portuguese city of Porto; the Douro enjoys a long, dry cruise season which begins in mid-March and extends well into November — making it the perfect choice for those looking for late autumn sun.


Though largely pastoral, the banks of the Douro boast unrivalled natural wonders, as well as a host of urban treasures including Salamanca, easily one of Spain’s most exquisite cities. This combination gives the Douro a relaxed, lazy appeal that’s sure to appeal to those in need of a retreat from the daily grind.



Provided you wrap up warm and pack an extra layer or two in your suitcase, winter is one of the best times of year to enjoy a luxury river cruise. Riverbanks are transformed by hard frosts, and cities take on a character and charm that’s difficult not to fall for. Of course, we couldn’t mention winter without showcasing our raft of enchanting Christmas market river cruises, which are available to book on selected routes throughout November and December.


Here are two rivers which are particularly well-placed for winter cruising.



Don’t let the cold temperatures of northern Europe stop you from enjoying a luxury cruise on one of the continent’s pre-eminent waterways. The Rhine and its banks come alive during the winter months, as locals and tourists alike revel in the upcoming festive season.


Naturally, one of the main draws of the Rhine during the winter months are the Christmas markets which line its banks from early December. Destinations along the river which best embrace the festive season include Bamberg, Freudenberg, Cologne and Amsterdam.



Weaving through western France, the Garonne is an ancient waterway lined with innumerable cultural sights and, of course, many of the country’s most revered vineyards and wineries.


During the winter months the Garonne’s mainstay destination, Bordeaux, is lit up with an enchanting raft of festive illuminations, lending an extra degree of magic to this charming French city. During the countdown to Christmas, Bordeaux hosts the famous Marché de Noël — easily one of France’s best Christmas markets. 


Spring, summer, autumn or winter — whatever the season, a luxury river cruise or escorted tour from Scenic affords a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To browse our latest river cruises and escorted tours, visit the homepage or call us on 0808 252 5111. 


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