Inspiring River Cruise Destinations with Scenic in 2022

We all love to explore and share unique moments with friends and family. And truly, part of the excitement of a holiday is the wanderlust that drives our desire to travel. After more than a year of uncertainty, we’re seeing the world opening up and with that, the chance to travel once again. Research has shown that planning a holiday and having something exciting to look forward to is beneficial for your wellbeing, so, let Scenic help you plan and create your next journey into wonder. 
Our team looked at the current trends here at Scenic and it appears that many of our guests are planning to join us on our 2022 Europe river cruise itineraries. With that in mind, we’d like to share the destinations and itineraries that have piqued our guests' interests the most, and what you can look forward to across our collection of irresistible river cruises. From historic food and wine destinations in France and Germany to fairytale Christmas markets, classic castles, onne-of-a-kind events, medieval towns and villages, and immersive cultural experiences, we hope you can be truly inspired. 

Craving diverse cuisine in France

Food and cooking have been the focal point of many of our home lives of late, so it’s not surprising there has been a strong interest in our new France Culinary Cruises, as Scenic guests crave indulgent flavours and food experiences. Summer in the south of France or Bordeaux is the perfect opportunity to discover the tastes of this famously gastronomically-focused country. Just imagine relaxing on the Sun Deck with a crisp white wine, or indulging your sweet tooth with the finest chocolate in the world. Europe river cruising Journey Designer Janelle Maher says, “We have definitely seen a shift towards the culinary cruises in France for 2022. It seems Scenic guests have a thirst for world-class wines in grand châteaux, and a hunger for the freshest ingredients and delicious cuisine. In the South of France, the lavender fields are in full bloom in July, and this is one of the reasons we see guests booking to travel to the south of France at that time.” With summer in full swing, July is a great month to shop with a Chef in the outdoor markets, as they are stocked with seasonal produce and fresh cheeses. 

Top Itineraries to book:

11-Day Tastes of Southern France, Lyon > Lyon 

11-Day Flavours of Bordeaux, Bordeaux > Bordeaux


Celebrating the Festive Season in Europe

Germany Regensburg Christmas
Delight in the magic of a classic European Christmas away from home on a river cruise along the historic waterways through central Europe. The atmosphere at this time of year is simply enchanting and you will feel as though your childhood storybooks have come to life. 

Wander under the twinkling lights through the hustle and bustle of Christmas market stalls, sample freshly baked gingerbread, delicious roasted chestnuts and of course, mulled wine. Why not finish 2022 on a high with our 15-Day Christmas & New Year river cruise, and ring in the New Year with stunning Budapest as the backdrop? “The festive season is a wonderful time to experience Europe, the history and traditions of the places we visit are amplified with glorious Christmas markets, some with a tradition dating back centuries. All this topped off with New Year's celebrations in an incredibly beautiful city makes for a once in a lifetime experience,” says Janelle Maher, Scenic expert Journey Designer.

Top Itineraries to book:

Christmas Markets, 15 days, Budapest > Amsterdam 

Christmas & New Year, 15 days, Amsterdam > Budapest 

A desire to walk in the locations of historic moments

A river cruise through Europe is the perfect way to step back in time and walk in the locations of key moments in European and world history. That is really one of the unique features of river cruises in Europe – they can make you feel like you’re in the footsteps of history, because much of European life in this region progressed on or near the waterways. From the mid 20th century, they were the financial, cultural and commercial centres of Europe. Scenic Space-Ships dock right in the heart of the towns and villages, placing you a short stroll from both ancient and modern history. Proving to be immensely popular for 2022 are our 8-Day Gems of the Danube, 15-Day Jewels of Europe and 8-Day Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights. From witnessing historic canals and enchanting castles to half-timbered chocolate box houses, these itineraries offer a diverse realm of opportunity to explore. You can even indulge in some recent history on our Jewels of Europe itinerary, with a visit to Motorworld as part of our Scenic Enrich program, and witness Michael Schumacher’s private collection of F1 cars. 

Top Itineraries to book:

8-Day Gems of the Danube 

15-Day Jewels of Europe

8-Day Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights

Destinations with a difference – the lower Danube

Scenic guests are also looking for some destinations with a difference such as those along the lower Danube. The Danube holds the relics of centuries of history that have occurred along its banks, making for an incredibly fascinating history lesson. Mid 2022 have been incredibly popular times for bookings along the lower Danube and Black Sea. Would you like to find yourself walking the cobblestone streets of places such as Osijek in Croatia or Silistra in Bulgaria in 2022, and experiencing home-cooked cuisine and activities steeped in tradition, such as the Puszta Horse Show? This fascinating lesser-travelled stretch of the river promises diverse experiences and sights, including the majestic Iron Gates, which you will cruise through on board your Scenic Space-Ship. 

Top Itineraries to book:

16-Day Danube Delta Discovery, Vienna > Bucharest

9-Day Black Sea Explorer, Budapest > Bucharest 

Even more intimate cruising in France and Portugal

Scenic Space-Ships have a maximum 163 guests on board, creating a spacious river cruise experience. However, if you’re looking for the luxury of an even more intimate environment, did you know that two of our Space-Ships have even smaller guest numbers? The award-winning Scenic Gem on the River Seine in northern France holds just 124 guests, while Scenic Azure, our Space-Ship which cruises Portugal’s Douro River holds only 96 guests. Janelle Maher, Journey Designer for Scenic shares, “Travelling by small ship is the perfect way to see the Douro and Seine rivers. You can dock in small towns and villages and get up close and experience local culture just moments after disembarking each day. In fact, Scenic Gem was designed to access a special part of the Seine in Honfleur, a location many other vessels are unable to reach.” We have seen many savvy Scenic guests naturally drawn to the “small ship experience” for 2022 with bookings popular for Portugal in July, August and November and along the historic Seine in July and August. Given the smaller number of suites available, if these wonderful destinations are on your travel list for 2022 book now to ensure you secure your perfect itinerary. 

Top Itineraries to book:

11-Day Unforgettable Douro, Porto > Porto 

11- Day Normandy & Gems of the Seine, Paris > Paris 

Don’t miss out on your preferred 2022 itinerary 

With Scenic Space-Ships welcoming a maximum of 163 guests, 2022 sailings are booking up fast. Secure your preferred suite and itinerary for 2022 as soon as possible. For your peace of mind, we’ve introduced a Flexible Booking Policy and Deposit Protection Plan, so if anything changes, your money and holiday is protected. Find out more here.

We hope you feel inspired and ready to start planning your 2022 Europe river cruise with Scenic, and for you to experience the joys of wanderlust once again.  


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