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Breathe in the culture and cuisine of the old continent on a cruise of Europe with Adventure Life. Explore Europe from the unique vantage of a luxurious river cruise down legendary European rivers such as the DanubeRhine, Seine or the Douro as you tour classic European cities like Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague, Paris, Lisbon and Vienna. Discover the Mediterranean on a small boat cruise along the shores of CroatiaGreece, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. Or set sail further north to the British Isles, and into Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, and even to the North Pole on an Arctic expedition cruise of a lifetime. Wherever your destination, Adventure Life's European cruise experts are here to help you craft the perfect trip to Europe for your precise interests, budget and schedule.

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Melodies of the Danube$488913Nov 6, 2020This classic Danube River cruise of Eastern Europe starts with two nights in historic and beautiful Budapest, followed by a 7-night cruise from …
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Captivating Rhine$551914Nov 7, 2020Board the MS Amakristina in Amsterdam for a 14-day cruise of the Rhine River visiting destinations in France and Germany before spending 5 days …
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Enticing Douro$419911Mar 24, 2021Taste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Nov 23, 2020Embark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, exploring the most beloved Christmas markets along the shores of …
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Paris & Normandy$415910Mar 16, 2021Begin your journey with 2 nights in romantic Paris, the “City of Light,” followed by a 7-night roundtrip Paris cruise along the Seine river …
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From the Black Sea to the Blue Danube$398812Jun 29, 2021Explore the enchanting cities of Central Europe aboard the MS Vivaldi on this 12-day Danube River cruise visiting Tulcea, Giurgiu, Belgrade, Novisad, …
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The Seine Valley$13105Apr 5, 2021Board the MS Botticelli in Paris for a roundtrip 5-day Seine River cruise of France, passing through Les Andelys, Rouen, and Honfleur. Though short, …
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The Beautiful Blue Danube$18506May 18, 2021Sail along the beautiful blue Danube and cross four different countries on this 6-day cruise aboard the MS France. Begin your journey in Germany and …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights$579915Jul 20, 2021This 15-day Rhine & Moselle River cruise aboard MS Amaprima takes you from Zurich to Basel to Amsterdam, passing through Germany and France along the …
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Melodies of the Danube - Cruise Only$31998Oct 30, 2020Explore the Danube River on an 8-day cruise from Budapest to Vishofen aboard the MS Amasonata. En route from Hungary to Germany, you will pass …
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10 Best Luxury Small Ship Cruises in Europe

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Gems of Southeast Europe$509914Oct 30, 2020Fall in love with Southeast Europe and the Danube River on this exclusive 14-day adventure. Start with two nights in historic Vienna, followed by a …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Nov 23, 2020Embark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, exploring the most beloved Christmas markets along the shores of …
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Expedition Svalbard: Longyearbyen to Tromsø$1190011Jul 6, 2021Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 11-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, an Arctic territory full of life and color defined by the …
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Northern Europe & British Isles - London to Reykjavik$1100015Jun 14, 2021Discover the natural and pristine beauty of Northern Europe's famous glaciers, fjords, mountain ranges, and forests on this 15-day expedition aboard …
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Edinburgh to Tromso$990013Jul 26, 2021Board the Silver Whisper in Edinburgh and sail all the way across the Arctic to Tromso, Norway. f you have ever wanted to really see the authentic …
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Round-trip Reykjavik$860011Jul 4, 2021Join the Silver Whisper on a splendid 11-day journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on the …
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Reykjavik to Edinburgh$880013Jul 14, 2021Sail the shores of Iceland and experience the country that travel buffs have been trying to keep secret for years. Beginning in Reykjavik, be charmed …
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Northern Europe: Lisbon to London$830013May 5, 2021This 13-Day cruise from Lisbon to London will lead you to one discovery after another while visiting Portugal, Spain, France and finally Britain …
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Sicily & Malta$1377011Sep 16, 2021Savor Sea Cloud’s elegant comfort during afternoons under billowing sails, and enjoy an incomparable Mediterranean adventure that harkens back to …
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Corsica & Sardinia$1377011May 12, 2021Each cruise of the Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among must-see and …
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No matter which part of Europe you want to visit, Adventure Life is ready to help plan your dream vacation with some of the best cruises and expeditions out there. 
The Arctic: Get ready to explore the frigid North in style as you set out through these icy waters to see the fjords of Iceland, Greenland, and the legendary Northeast Passage across the northern coast of Russia, where Aurora Borealis can be seen.

Scandinavia: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark comprise this northerly region of Europe, where Arctic wildlife like polar bears, seals, and whales swim in these remote waters.

The British Isles: Take a walk into Europe's medieval past as you explore the hauntingly beautiful castles that dot the rolling hills and highlands of Scotland & England; stroll along the quiet beaches of Wales; Get a taste for authentic Gaelic culture in Belfast, Northern Ireland; or experience the "luck of the Irish" in the green pastures of Ireland itself.

Western Europe: Breathe in the fresh Paris air as you tour this enchanting French city, or see the harrowing beaches of Normandy and the French Riviera at Nice. In Germany, the Rhine River will take you through the towns of yore, adorned by ornate castles & impressive cathedrals. A tour of the Iberian Peninsula will acquaint you with the world-renowned art and architecture that characterizes Spain & Portugal.

Eastern Europe: For half of the 20th century, a wall hid these bewitching countries from the Western world, but now you can experience all Eastern Europe has to offer as you explore the unique cultures that surround the Black Sea, like Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovakia, the Ukraine, and other hidden gems of this part of Europe. The melodies of the Danube River will delight you as you navigate deeper into the heart of Europe's lesser known sites & attractions.

The Mediterranean: This expansive sea borders the southern coasts of Europe and the northern tip of Africa and is known for its temperate climate, delicious food, and excellent beaches. Visit the heart of the ancient Roman empire as you explore Italy, or see the ruins of the myth-ridden Greek empire as you cruise the Greek Isles. From Sicily to the Dalmatian Coast, a Mediterranean cruise is a mix of pure relaxation, fascinating arhaeological sites, and some of the best cuisine you'll ever taste.

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Amsterdam - The beginning of legendary cruises up the Rhine River, or explore the canals of Holland & Belgium.

Budapest - Is Hungary's capital on the Danube River known for its striking architecture & hot baths. 

Vienna - Home of legendary musicians whom leave their mark on Viennese culture to this day.

Frankfurt - Home to one of Europe's major airports, many fly into Frankfurt then cruise on the Rhine.

Porto - Portugal's namesake is at the mouth of the Douro River and famous for Port wine.

Paris - Sail northwest on the Seine River or fly into Paris to access the Rhone River, Burgundy, Loire Valley and Strasbourg - gateway to the Rhine.

Berlin - Is visited on cruise to the nearby and lesser known Elbe River, Berlin is an extension for many cruises to Prague, Amsterdam and The Baltic Sea.

Strasbourg - Is the crossroads of French and German cultures and starting or finishing point for many cruises on the Rhine River.

Basel - cruise the length of the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam in 

Prague
 

What kinds of European cruises are there?

River Cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to explore Europe's ancient and historic interior. Along the Rhine, you'll visit the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France. The beautiful blue Danube takes you through the countries of Central and even Eastern Europe. The Seine & Rhone Rivers highlight the best that France has to offer. And the Douro takes you along one of the Iberian Peninsula's main arteries through Spain and Portugal.

Mediterranean cruise - aboard a classic sailing schooner or a luxurious yacht - makes for a great way to relax among the sun-kissed isles of the Cyclades, explore the ruins of Greece, visit Croatia, or see all that Italy, Monaco, and Mediterranean France have to offer. 

Arctic Expedition Cruise, visiting the northern tip of Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and even the Arctic fjords of Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Several of these cruises even cruise right across the Arctic Circle to the frigid waters of the Northwest Passage and Baffin Bay on the north continental Canada.

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