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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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10 Best European River Cruises

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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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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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From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River$30079Apr 3, 2021Board the MS Douce France for a 9-day river cruise from Holland to Switzerland. Start your adventure in Amsterdam, the City of Diamonds, and navigate …
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Magna on the Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest$32998Mar 31, 2021Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the MS AmaMagna.
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Cruise on the Marne Canal from Paris to Epernay$34117Apr 9, 2021Board the MS Raymonde for this 7-day Seine River cruise along the famous Champagne route, starting in the magical city of Paris all the way to …
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The Finest and Most Picturesque Ports of Call in the Seine Valley$19366Apr 12, 2021Discover the charm of the Seine Valley on this 6-day river cruise aboard the MS Renoir visiting Honfleur, the Normandy Beaches, Rouen and more. …
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10 Best Luxury Small Ship Cruises in Europe

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Arctic Expedition: Reykjavik to Tromsø$1989014Jun 28, 2022Explore the Arctic from this 14-day cruise aboard Silver Cloud expedition and visit the isolated islands and remote regions of the northernmost part …
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Capri to Croatia: Rome to Dubrovnik$74997Jun 13, 2022Discover the best of Italy and Croatia on this 7-day luxury Mediterranean cruise. From an overnight in legendary Capri off the Amalfi Coast to a …
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London to Lisbon Expedition$909014Sep 29, 2021Travelling from London to Lisbon, this 14-day voyage aboard Silver Wind takes in Europe’s most gastronomic regions, and has a few surprises on the …
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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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The Best of Croatia$42908Jun 4, 2021From Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Le Lyrial. Explore the wild beauty and …
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Hamburg to London (Greenwich)$765015Jun 1, 2022Accompany the Silver Whisper on this 15-day expedition through Northern Europe that begins in Hamburg and disembarks in London. Discover the rich …
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The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures: Athens to Istanbul$45908Jul 23, 2021Fall under the spell of the Mediterranean’s key sites during an 8-day cruise. With Athens as the departure point, board Le Lyrial for an …
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Secrets of the Greek islands$39009Aug 6, 2021Sail the Aegean Sea and set off to discover Greece and its famous islands: the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands. Enjoy the Mycenae ruins and the …
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Arctic Expedition: Tromso to Longyearbyen$1026010Jun 14, 2022Explore the Arctic from this 10-day cruise aboard Silver Cloud expedition and visit the isolated islands and remote regions that will surely made …
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The Best of Europe
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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