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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, Siene 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 hand craft the perfect trip to Europe for your precise interests, budget and schedule.

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Magical Christmas Markets - Cruise Only$30997Nov 24, 2019Enjoy a 7-day cruise of the traditional Christmas markets of the Danube River aboard the top-ranked MS Amacerto. Depart from Nuremburg and visit …
Captivating Rhine (Wine Cruise)$519914Apr 27, 2019Board the MS Amakristina in Amsterdam for a 14-day cruise of the Rhine River visiting destinations in France and Germany before spending 5 days …
Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)$393911Apr 3, 2019Taste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
Classic Cruise - Belgium to Paris$820012May 19, 2019Join an exciting yet relaxing 12-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Bruges to Paris for a tour that will introduce you to the …
Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Nov 25, 2019Embark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, exploring the most beloved Christmas markets along the shores of …
Paris & Normandy (Wine Cruise)$369910Mar 19, 2019Begin your journey with 2 nights in romantic Paris, the “City of Light,” followed by a 7-night roundtrip Paris cruise along the Seine river …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed)$490914Apr 13, 2019After a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Romantic Danube$343911Mar 19, 2019This 11-day Danube River cruise starts with 3 nights in Prague, followed by a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the MS Amalea. Along …
The Pearls of the Danube$21507Jun 4, 2019On this 7-day Danube River cruise from Linz Austria, board MS Modigliani to discover Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Melk. This Danube River cruise …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$16596Jul 4, 2019Discover the "Porto wine road" as you sail along the Douro River on this 6-day cruise aboard the MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Nature and architecture are …

10 Best Luxury Small Ship Cruises in Europe

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
The Legendary Danube$423911May 9, 2019Begin your Danube River exploration with 3 nights in historic Prague, followed by an 8-day cruise aboard the MS Amacerto from Nuremberg to Budapest, …
Gems of Southeast Europe$459914May 17, 2019Fall 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 …
Tulip Time Cruise$343910Mar 30, 2019Join the MS Amakristina on this wonderful adventure sailing across some of Europe's most magical landscapes. Explore the historical city of Amsterdam …
Mediterranean: Venice to Dubrovnik$53958Jul 8, 2019From Venice to Dubrovnik, this 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard the Sea Cloud mixes adventure and relaxation delightfully, with various stops in …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only$31998Apr 16, 2019Embark the luxurious MS Amavida for an 8-day wine-themed cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, enjoying wine tastings and …
The Legendary Danube - Cruise Only$33998May 12, 2019Embark the luxury river cruise ship MS Amacerto for a fascinating 8-day journey along the Danube River from Nuremberg to Budapest.
Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Nov 25, 2019Embark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, exploring the most beloved Christmas markets along the shores of …
Iceland Round-trip$1570010Aug 5, 2019Join the Silver Cloud Expedition on a splendid 10-day journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on …
Arctic Expedition: Reykjavik to Longyearbyen$1296012Jun 10, 2020Explore the Arctic from this 12-day cruise aboard Silver Cloud expedition and visit the isolated islands and remote regions that will surely made …
Expedition Svalbard: Longyearbyen to Tromsø$900010Jun 21, 2020Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 10-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, a beautiful territory full of life and color defined by the …

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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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