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Destination : Europe

River cruises in Europe

Discover the Scenic heart of Europe. Our all-inclusive luxury Europe river cruises transport you along majestic waterways that wind their way through living history—linking great nations, spectacular natural vistas, and some of civilization’s most precious cultural treasures and architectural masterpieces.

Experience Europe’s wonders from the onboard luxury of one of our boutique 5-star state-of-the-art Space-Ships, and onshore through our authentic, exclusively curated Scenic Enrich, Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Tailormade itineraries.

The Scenic Route through Europe

Europe River Cruising

Europe River Cruises

You’re in the lap of Scenic luxury, from the moment you step onto our luxurious river cruise ship. Embark on a wondrous journey with us, as you sail through remarkable historic wonders on your Europe River Cruise. Be moved by the scenic landscapes and the deep, myriad passions of Teutonic Europe—from the majestic waters of the Rhine, Moselle and Danube, to the Black Sea; and the lush canals of The Netherlands and Belgium. 

Europe. A continent full of history, breathtaking landscapes, and a vast blend of cultures, languages, and people. Whether you want to visit the sites of groundbreaking moments in history or appreciate the stunning architecture of centuries past, Europe offers an amazing experience for everyone.

There are many ways to journey through Europe, but only river cruises offer the chance to experience the rich sights and destinations from the water.

As you plan your Europe river cruise adventure, you’ll quickly learn that there are several itinerary options. Do you want to visit Germany, Austria, and Hungary on a cruise through the Danube? Or perhaps you’d rather sail through France on the Rhône? 

Each trip offers its own travel opportunities and sights, so how do you choose the Europe river cruise that’s right for you?

We know how important it is to select the experience that is best suited for your needs and desires, so we have created this guide to help you find the perfect option as you book your Europe river cruise.

The Rivers of Europe

Flowing majestically through Continental Europe, the stately Rhine, Main and Danube connect Europe’s cultural heart by the legendary namesake canal. The stunningly scenic Moselle River is a tributary of the Rhine, and the legendary inland Black Sea is the gateway from the Danube to the resorts of Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

The Rivers of France

Europe’s romantic muses, the French Seine, Saône and Rhône, connect some of the continent’s most breathtaking vistas, artistic and historic treasures, and exquisite Gallic culinary and vintner delights.

Russia River Cruise

The rich cultural secrets of Europe’s eastern marches are revealed along the banks of the Russian Volga and Neva rivers, the serenely beautiful Lake Lagoda, and the vital grand canals that connect the legendary imperial decadence of St. Petersburg with Moscow’s historical splendour.

River Cruising through Europe

Scenic Jasper with Catriona Rowntree


Explore the latest Scenic Space-ship, Scenic Jasper with Catriona Rowntree as she discovers the experiences on board.

All-inclusive Scenic FreeChoice

gives you the freedom to explore
We believe our guests should enjoy the freedom and flexibility to do as they please. That’s why we invented Scenic Freechoice. This diverse collection of activities, excursions and experiences is included in the price of your cruise, and gives you the privilege to pick and choose how you spend your time ashore. The pace ranges from relaxed to active, so there’s always something for everyone.
Shopping with the ships' chef in a French market

Shopping with the ships' chef in a French market

Ever wonder where our chefs get their ideas and shop for their local ingredients? Treat yourself to some of the unique tastes of the region by joining your Scenic Chef and a local culinary specialist on a guided tour to a local food market. Your onboard Scenic culinary team will create delicious regional dishes for the enjoyment of all guests onboard, prepared with the ingredients from your local market visit.

Zollverein Coal Mine, Essen, Germany

A Must See Mine

Visit an essential part of Europe’s industrial history, and a designated World Heritage Site. Shaft 12 at the former Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen, Germany is built in the Bauhaus style and is considered an architectural and technical masterpiece.

Weltenburg Abbey, Regensburg

Weltenburg Abbey, Regensburg

One of the Danube’s most spectacular fjord-like vistas unfolds on a river excursion to the “Weltenburg Narrows” by the venerable Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria that is, incidentally, among the world’s oldest monastic breweries.

Our Scenic Enrich encounters take you behind the scenes

to experience moments inaccessible to the ordinary traveller
All-inclusive, exclusive and unique - our signature Scenic Enrich experiences grant you access to exquisite multi-sensory moments that you'll treasure for years to come. From mouth-watering meals in a private castle to exclusive concerts tucked away in the secret room of an ornate palace, these diverse and enchanting handpicked experiences will be amongst the highlights of your cruise.
Unique Cultural Experiences

Unforgettable Cultural Experience

Immerse yourself in rich, unforgettable, exclusive Scenic cultural experiences—historic castles; intimate, private classical concerts; traditional dances and entertainment; architecturally stunning palaces.

Europe Fine Foods

An appetite for a gastronomical experience

Indulge and imbibe Europe’s gastronomic delights—elegant dining in opulent ballrooms; sumptuous medieval banquets; boutique wine tastings; local specialties.

Exceptional Local experiences

A traditional experience to remember

European traditions, customs and hospitality await your discovery—coffee and cake in a private Bavarian home; traditional foundries, distilleries and crafts; a local, traditional village meal.

Leave your wallet in your suite

and experience all-inclusive
From top-shelf spirits and cocktails, to branded beers and hand-picked wines, you’ll enjoy unlimited complimentary drinks throughout your cruise. We’ll also treat you to a feast of diverse dining experiences, ranging from the Italian-themed cuisine of Portobellos and the elegant Crystal Dining, to the casual, all-day fare of the River Café. Other all-inclusive features are:
butler service

Private Butler

From the moment you step onboard your Scenic luxury cruise, from nightly turndown to laundry concierge service, and all the deft touches in between that ensure your personal preferences are looked after—your specially trained butler is there to make your all-inclusive Scenic experience, extra special.

luxurious cruise suites

Cruise in Luxurious Comfort

Our spacious, exceptionally appointed suites, personalized service and luxurious touches are second to none on the world’s rivers; technology and innovation meet to provide you with your very own Scenic Sun Lounge, giving you a private balcony at the touch of a button from which to enjoy the region’s natural wonders. From a standard stateroom to the largest suites on any river cruise ship find your choice of the ultimate experience in luxury cruising.

Personalized GPS Guided Tours

Create your own personalized tour

The unique Scenic Tailormade program means you can “take the road less travelled,” at your own pace with a great sense of confidence when it comes to navigating a major city or small town. Our exclusive GPS devices share insights behind every place of interest along all our river cruise itineraries, and conveniently clip onto our complimentary electric bicycles, available onboard your select cruise itinerary. Your chosen Tailormade GPS guided tour starts and returns at your ship location, ensuring you’re never lost on your independent Scenic onshore route.