Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising
Europe River Cruising 2015
Experience Europe’s breathtaking waterways on board a luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship'. Discover brand new destinations including new Bordeaux river cruising.

Europe River Cruising

europe river cruise

All Inclusive Luxury on Europe's Waterways

The grand waterways of Europe wind their way through wars and triumphs, natural wonders and man-made masterpieces. Linking countries and cultures, they reveal timeless stories right from their banks. Discover the heart of Europe and experience the Scenic Tours signature of all-inclusive luxury river cruising on board a Scenic ‘Space-Ship’.

River cruising in 2015 has been redefined
From Private Butler service, transfers and all tips and gratuities to choice of dining and unlimited complimentary beverages, every guest is treated to the very best in all-inclusive luxury cruising. Our itineraries are designed to give you the freedom and confidence to see Europe your way but to not have to plan a thing. You’ll dine in castles, lunch with locals, and experience living history with those who know it best and at the end of every day, you return to your luxury floating hotel for the ultimate on board service and amenities.

Introducing our 2015 Europe River Cruising Portfolio

We're proud to announce our Europe River Cruising 2015 portfolio including sailings along the Seine in Northern France and the Soane and Rhone rivers in southern France. In 2015 will we introduce Bordeaux river cruising, with its 18th century architecture, gardens and famous vineyards set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrénées mountains.

To accommodate our new sailings we’re very proud to announce the launch of a further two 'new generation' ‘Space-Ships’ in 2015, the Scenic Jasper and Scenic Opal. These are in addition to the two ‘Space-Ships’ the Scenic Gem and Scenic Jade being launched in 2014, making a total fleet of 11 ‘Space-Ships’ sailing the European waterways.


The Scenic Tours Earlybird Philosophy

At Scenic we believe that those who book early should be rewarded. Our philosophy means that our Earlybird deals are the very best deals we will offer, so you can book now with confidence. Earlybird deals are strictly limited so the sooner you book the greater the choice. For those that miss out, you can still benefit from our lesser value Scenic Savings. Contact your Scenic Specialist Agent or call 1300 SCENIC (723 642) to secure your 2015 Europe River Cruise at the very best price.

‘Space-Ship’ inclusions and features

From the moment you step on board a Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ you are entering our world of all-inclusive luxury because we are committed to delivering every guest the ultimate river cruising experience. We are unrivalled in our inclusions and because we have thought of everything you will only need your wallet for personal expenses, because we believe that all-inclusive is exactly that.
  • Choice of up to six dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 24 hour room service
  • Wi-Fi internet to keep you connected whilst cruising including through the TV in your cabin
  • On board entertainment, uncover Europe’s customs and local performances
  • Scenic Cruise Director on hand to assist throughout your cruise
  • Expert local guides bring each town to life uncovering Europe’s history and charm
  • Flexible and independent itinerary options to suit your own interests
  • Scenic Riverview GPS triggered commentary at your fingertips whilst on board
  • L’Occitane amenities in all suites
  • Luxuriously appointed suites; every suite comprises a queen size ‘Scenic Slumber Bed’; pillow menu; personal climate control; hairdryer; safe; robe; slippers and a mini bar
  • Technology at your fingertips with Mac mini infotainment system in all suites and staterooms
  • Fitness Centre, walking track and Nordic walking sticks on board so you can be as active as you like*
  • Wellness Centre, indulge in hair and beauty treatments
  • Airport transfers, regardless of what time you arrive or depart you will be personally met*
More 'Space-Ship' Inclusions and Features
Private Butler for all guests
Be spoilt with the individual service and outstanding hospitality of your Butler. You’ll appreciate the personal attention.

Scenic Tailormade
Enjoy your personal GPS guided tour system. Tailor your experience to what interests you and be as independent as you choose.

River Café
Is open all day for full service casual dining. Enjoy the flexibility of eating when and where it suits you.

Scenic Sundowners
Toast to the day’s end with an exclusive hosted cocktail in some of Europe’s most scenic locations.

Balcony Suites including Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’*
Exclusive full-size outdoor balconies that convert to a Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ at the press of a button.

Scenic FreeChoice
From an active to a relaxed pace choose from a range of included sightseeing activities throughout your cruise.

Our fine dining Italian restaurant, located at the front of the ship and seating only 32 guests, is an evening not to be missed.

Complimentary bicycles are electronically assisted enabling you to explore further.

Complimentary beverages
Not only do we include beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner you can enjoy beverages all day, every day.

Scenic Enrich
A range of unforgettable experiences expertly planned and included exclusively for you.

Table La Rive
Exclusively for guests on the Diamond deck, enjoy a six course dégustation menu including wine pairing specially prepared by our chefs.

ALL Tipping and Gratuities
Absolutely everything is taken care of. There is no additional tipping required on board or on shore excursions, this is all included.
Jamie Durie's Europe River Cruise
Luxury adventurer Jamie Durie recently experienced life on our Jewels of Europe River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.

Jamie experienced the ancient Thermal Baths of Budapest, a Viennese private concert at Palais Lichtenstein, cycling through Dürnstein and the baroque Benedictine monastery and more.

Originally aired on Channel 9's Getaway, you can watch these episodes here.
Ship Deck

The Finest Ships

The beauty of our fleet of Scenic ‘Space-Ships’, is that no matter your itinerary or ship, you will enjoy the same unsurpassed level of on board luxury. From  2015 this includes:
  • Scenic Riverview private commentary on demand
  • New dining experiences including a Teppanyaki barbecue on the Sun Deck and a seafood gala evening
  • The most personalised service

Next generation ‘Space-Ships’
As the leaders in innovation and design, and due to overwhelming demand, in 2015 we are launching two new ships, the Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper sailing  the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Both will boast the largest suites on the  rivers and feature one-bedroom Royal Panorama Suites, a larger gym and wellness area, as well as a Vitality Pool.

Scenic butler academy
Our commitment to 5-star service is unwavering with all of our handpicked butlers receiving training at our new Scenic Butler Academy under the auspice of Head Butler, Peter Wyss, graduate of the International Butler Academy. As a professional sommelier and butler, Peter brings more than 15 years of 5-star service to Scenic Tours and works with all of our butlers to exceed the Scenic standard of excellence.

Discover beautiful Bordeaux on a luxury river cruise

With wide quays curving around Gothic churches, 19th century factories, 18th century mansions and the historic Quartier St Pierre, around half of France’s ‘sleeping beauty’, Bordeaux graces the World Heritage List. Divided into Right and Left Banks, Bordeaux’s three waterways converge where the Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet to form Europe’s largest estuary. The Gironde Estuary is home to calm waters, majestic sunsets, and a medieval citadel, whilst nearby Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe's largest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. With no overnight sailing, this leisurely ten day meander on board Scenic Diamond docks in Cadillac, Libourne, Blaye, Pauillac and of course Bordeaux.

A wine lovers odyssey
Bordeaux is France’s largest controlled wine region with Sauternes, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Médoc and Graves on its route des vins. Your cruise includes guided tours and tastings and a Scenic Enrich highlight dinner at the magnificent Château Giscours estate and winery.

Cruise more of France
Your Bordeaux cruise is perfectly complemented by 10 nights sailing along the Seine from Paris to Honfleur. The cultural north is a showcase of Gothic cathedrals, impressionist scenery and legacies of war on its route through Conflans, Vernon and Rouen including the Normandy beaches, Monet’s Gardens and Somme Battlefields. Or why not combine with a stunning 12 night southbound journey along the Saône and Rhône from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon including Beaune, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lyon, With wide quays curving around Gothic churches, Avignon and the lavender fields of Provence.

Scenic Sundowners - Toast the sunset in magical settings

As part of our commitment to immersing you into the cultural traditions of Europe, we are pleased to introduce a brand new experience in 2015 for guests on all Scenic ‘Space-Ships’. Scenic Sundowners are our exclusive cocktail receptions hosted at some of Europe’s most majestic locations, where you can toast the days’ end and the beauty of the riverside destination.

Wachau Valley Wine Country
Serenade the beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley from the slopes of the Danube where you’ll listen to the music of the masters as you sip the region’s famous wines.

The Romantic Rhine Revealed
Take a cable car ride high above Koblenz to the 19th century Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for breathtaking views over the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers as the sun sets.

The Stories of Serbia
Soak up Serbian culture at Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress and pay homage to Serbian poets, writers and composers at the site where the Sava meets the Danube.

A Masterpiece of France
France’s majestic Tournon Castle towers above the wide tree-lined avenues of the picturesque commune of Tournon and offers panoramic vistas of the Rhône  River from the Castle terrace.

A Magical Night in Moscow
A private sunset cruise and cocktails along the Moskva River near Moscow is the chance to uncover the days of imperial Russia and the intriguing world of the Tsars.
Scenic Sundowners

Majestic Rail Journeys - Enjoy the romance of rail travel

Trains and railways have long provided the backdrop to great novels and epic movies, and also deliver one of the most efficient and charming modes of travel. Europe is filled with intricate train routes weaving through the heart of the continent and many complement our European river cruising experiences. Scenic Tours offers all kinds of rail rendezvous through beautiful landscapes, from authentic historical journeys of the Orient-Express to modern comfort of high speed TGV, seamlessly connecting key destinations.

Black Forest Steam Train
Experience the Black Forest, the famous wooded mountain range in south western Germany, on a steam train journey sharing the nostalgia of yesteryear. After a scenic drive from Breisach to Kandern, board a historic German steam tank locomotive for a journey through the stunning Kander Valley.

Great Continental Train Journey
The House of Habsburg was one of the most important royal houses of Europe for more than five centuries, and their domain included the once great Austro-Hungarian Empire. Discover the magnificent countryside once under their rule on an Scenic FreeChoice rail experience from Austria’s ‘city of music’, Vienna to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, which has emerged from behind the Iron Curtain as a thriving city. Bratislava is the only national capital that borders two countries and your guided tour will unveil a city strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions.

Soaring the Swiss Alps
One of the most famous railway journeys in the world, the Glacier Express travels through the Swiss Alps connecting the two world famous resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt. Our incredible journey carries us from St. Moritz to Andermatt through untouched alpine landscapes of soaring mountains, deep gorges and breathtaking valleys.

A Europe River Cruise is a truly unforgettable experience and with us you will cruise along Europe's most famous and visually stunning rivers and waterways.

Scenic Riverview - Learn the story behind the scenery

Your custom GPS device is also the perfect guide as you watch the scenery and history float by whilst on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. It activates the commentary for the points of interest you are passing and can be tailored to your personal areas of interest.

Listen at your leisure
Scenic Riverview uses the same Scenic Tailormade GPS device on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. Wherever you are your personal GPS locator triggers commentary at your request on each place of interest. Perhaps discover the ecology of the Rhine between Cologne and Marksburg or hear about Beethoven in Bonn. You can switch it on any time you like.

Your personal tour guide
With Scenic Riverview you can choose when and where you would like to listen to the commentary meaning your tour guide comes with you. Over drinks in the Panorama Lounge, from the privacy of your Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ or from the Sun Deck over a morning coffee, you can learn of the history, triumphs, people and places that make the grand waterways of Europe so extraordinary.

Discover hundreds of stories
Scenic Riverview boasts more than seven hundred points of interest and you can tailor your device to your area of interest or simply activate as something peaks your fascination. From the legend of Lorelei, a woman of such beauty that she would cause sailors to wreck their ships as they sailed the dangerous currents along the river’s jagged shorelines in the narrowest and deepest point of the Rhine, to the events that inspired the extraordinary engineering feat, the Delta Works, these banks curate an incredible living museum.
Rhine River

One of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, the Rhine flows from the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast of The Netherlands and its many medieval buildings and prehistoric fortifications testify to its importance as a waterway. In particular, the Middle Rhine flowing through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge is known as the ‘Romantic Rhine’ and also famed for its castles, vineyards and quaint villages.

Featured Rhine River Tours

Main River

Germany’s Main River is the most significant right tributary of the Rhine flowing through the states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse, and since 1992, it has been connected to the Danube River via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Idyllic vineyards and impressive architecture and the charms of the famous ‘Romantic Road’ are all waiting to be discovered along the banks of the Main.

Featured tours on the Main River


Danube River

Inspiring many artistic and musical works, the blue waters of the international waterway, the Danube begin in Germany’s Black Forest. It flows south-east before emptying into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine. Austria’s picturesque Wachau Valley and the spectacular Iron Gate between Serbia and Romania are just two of the highlights to be found through the ten countries who claim the Danube.

Featured Danube River tours

Moselle River

The stunning Moselle River is a left tributary of the Rhine, which joins in Germany at Koblenz, and also flows through Luxembourg and the Lorraine region of France. The Moselle Valley is famous for its incredible scenery and its world-class wines, most notably those from the German Mosel wine region. Medieval castles also grace the banks of this river, named for the Latin Mosella, meaning Little Meuse (another European river).

Featured Moselle River Cruises

The Black Sea

A busy waterway on the crossroads of the ancient world, today the inland Black Sea is the gateway from the Danube to the resorts of Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia. It began life as a fresh water lake about 22 thousand years ago before global warming melted glaciers and the polar ice-caps, causing the Mediterranean to overflow through the Bosporus, turning the lake into the Black Sea.

Featured Black Sea River Cruises


Authentic entertainment - Soak up the rich European culture

The experience of all-inclusive luxury extends to our extraordinary on board cultural and entertainment highlights. From colourful traditional musical performances to fascinating natural history presentations there is something for everyone.

A showcase of tradition
Europe is a cultural hub of artists and artisans and as an exclusive highlight on your cruise, you can enjoy the creativity of German flame worker Hans-Joachim Ittig as he demonstrates the intricacies of glass blowing, and be entertained by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble with their authentic blend of folk music, dance and dramatic plays showcasing dance-house traditions. The on shore cultural interaction is just as incredible. You will be invited into the home of a Croatian family for a traditional home-cooked lunch and learn of their folklore, and in Wertheim you can experience European village life with a German family.

Uncover regional secrets
From an exclusive presentation uncovering the intricacies of the nique river locks system, which reveals the journey of your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ to a lecture that highlights the development of the European Union and modern Europe against its more famous backdrop, our series of special lectures will tell you the  stories behind your destinations. Our bespoke cooking classes, tastings and culinary demonstrations showcase some of the continent’s most unique dishes and local tipples from bratwurst and strudel to Bavarian beer and Rhine Riesling.

Scenic FreeChoice - Choose from our range of included activities

In addition to the generous included sightseeing and special attractions, Scenic FreeChoice includes a diverse selection of exciting activities in the key cities and regions of Europe allowing you to enjoy the pursuits that interest at an active or relaxed pace. For example from Passau you can visit the home of Mozart, strudel and The Sound of Music – Salzburg, or take a trip to the fairytale medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov.

Shop with a chef
On every cruise you can choose to join your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ Chef and a local culinary specialist on a guided tour of a gourmet food market. Imagine discovering the delicacies of Vienna, Strasbourg or Belgrade before returning to the ship where our culinary team will create regional dishes prepared with ingredients purchased from that market. All guests will then be able to indulge in these flavours and treats as a special of the day in the ‘regional corner’ of Crystal Dining.

The world’s most exceptional mine
The former Zollverein coal mine is a large industrial site in Essen, nmear Düsseldorf. It is inscribed into the list of World Heritage Sites and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The first coal mine on the premises was founded in 1847 and Shaft 12, built in Bauhaus style, was opened in 1932 and is considered an architectural and technical masterpiece of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.

Cruise the Danube Gorge
Weltenburg Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Weltenburg near Kelheim on the Danube in Bavaria. A majestic cruise from Regensburg to the abbey, which is situated on a peninsula in the Danube, reveals the ‘Weltenburg Narrows’ (Danube Gorge), which is only available for small ships to traverse and is one of the most scenic sections of the Danube River. The abbey also has its own brewery, considered to be one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.
Scenic Tailormade
ERC Tailormade

As you dock in the beautiful cities and villages along urope’s grand waterways, you have the choice to take a self-guided walk or cycling tour. Scenic Tailormade is our independent touring system with over 100 sightseeing touring options enhanced by GPS-activated directions and commentary giving you the freedom to plan your experience your way. Your pre-loaded GPS device will be in your suite upon your arrival.

Here is a selection of some of the new Scenic Tailormade tours:

  • Join Empress Sissi of Austria and Mozart for a historic walk through Vienna’s alleys
  • Walk on the dark side of Würzburg on a unique witch tour
  • Enjoy days of wine and roses in Colmar on the Alsatian Wine Route and in picturesque Kehl’s famous fortress and rose garden
  • Take our unique electrical-assist bicycles through the orchards, meadows and the famous lavender fields of Provence
  • Enveil the artistry of Europe on the ‘Van Gogh and Arts Trail’ through Arles and the ‘Rembrandt Tour’ through 17th century Amsterdam

*Not available in Russia

Scenic Enrich
ERC Enrich

Scenic Enrich is our exclusive program of truly exceptional activities, allowing you to be immersed in local European cultures. Every Scenic Enrich event adds to the experience of the region you are visiting, whether dining at the towering spectacle that is Marksburg Castle, enjoying a private Viennese concert at Palais Lichtenstein or visiting the homes of local European villagers for the day, your Scenic Enrich excursions will ensure your European adventure is unforgettable.


The Scenic Tours Earlybird Philosophy

At Scenic we believe that those who book early should be rewarded. Our philosophy means that our Earlybird deals are the very best deals we will offer, so you can book now with confidence. Earlybird deals are strictly limited so the sooner you book the greater the choice. For those that miss out, you can still benefit from our lesser value Scenic Savings.

FLY FREE - Save up to $5,560 per couple*
Book any stateroom or suite on selected cruises departing in March and October to December. Alternatively, travel from March to December on a cruise of 11 days or more in a standard stateroom and you will Fly Free return to Europe including air taxes up to $950 per person.

PARTNER FLY FREE - Save up to $2,780 per couple*
Book selected cruises throughout Europe or combine selected European tours with a river cruise and you can buy one airfare and receive one free, including air taxes up to $950.

EARLYBIRD SAVINGS - Save up to $1,600 per couple*
Book any specified cruise, or cruise and tour, and receive a discount up to $1,600 per couple.

Book ANY cabin on selected cruises departing in March, October and November and Fly to Europe in Business Class from only $5,495 per person including taxes of $1,500 per person. Book a Balcony Suite on Jewels of Europe River Cruise departing from May to September and Fly to Europe in Business Class from only $6,995 per person including taxes of $1,500 per person.

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