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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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Danube Serenade$409913RelaxedEmbark on a fascinating 13-day adventure on the MS Amacerto, starting with 3 nights in Prague followed by a 7-day cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna and …
Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine$77007RelaxedJoin an exciting 7-day tour aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it cruises through Alsace & Lorraine to visit and explore some of the historical locations …
Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)$393911RelaxedTaste wines from historic wineries on this 11-day adventure aboard the MS Amadouro. Start by spending 3 nights in Lisbon, followed by a 7-night …
Classic Cruise - Belgium to Paris$820012RelaxedJoin an exciting yet relaxing 12-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Belgium to Paris for a tour that will introduce you to the …
Paris & Normandy (Wine Cruise)$369910RelaxedBegin 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)$490914RelaxedAfter a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's journey along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Cruising the Marne-Rhine Canal$30247RelaxedJoin the Madeleine on a exceptional 7-day journey between Alsace and Lorraine. River cruise through the crossroads of many cultures, combining …
Christmas Markets in Alsace: The Sweet Atmosphere of a Traditional Christmas Season$9514RelaxedJoin Madeleine, a river cruise ship, on a 4-day magical cruise and see beautiful places as you go along the trip. Enjoy the festive and magical vibe …
The Former Austro-Hungarian Empire (Hiking Cruise)$24308RelaxedHike the enchanting Carpathian Mountains around Bratislava, Budapest, and Vienna on this incredible 8-day hiking cruise on the MS Beethoven. Explore …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$16876RelaxedDiscover 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 NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Melodies of the Danube$445913RelaxedJoin the MS Amasonata on a fascinating 13-day cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen. Conclude your Danube River adventure with a 3-night stay in Prague.
Enticing Douro (Wine Themed)$387911RelaxedThis 11-day Portugal cruise of the Douro River aboard the MS Amavida is book-ended by several days in modern Lisbon and traditional Porto, featuring …
Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast$1599016RelaxedFlying from Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard you'll board the luxurious National Geographic Explorer for a 16-day cruise of the archipelago's …
Iceland Round-trip$740010RelaxedJoin 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 …
The Best of Spitsbergen$75708RelaxedDiscover the natural colors of the polar region on this 8-day cruise aboard the intimate and luxurious Le Boreal. Sail in the world’s most …
Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea$62909RelaxedFrom Copenhagen, board Le Dumont-d’Urville for a spectacular 9-day cruise, including 3 exceptional days in the former capital of the Tsars that …
The Best of Croatia$51508RelaxedFrom Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day voyage. Explore the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic: ancient …
Treasures of the Mediterranean World: A Family Learning Adventure$56909RelaxedJoin Le Lyrial on its 8-day sailing adventure that travels from Civitavecchia. Roma to Athens, Greece. Be amazed by how abundant history, literature, …
Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus$500010RelaxedJoin the L'Austral on a unique adventure, sailing from Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal to the charming city of Portsmouth during this 10-day …
Icelandic Mosaic$45908RelaxedDiscover Iceland and the incredible wonders of the Arctic Circle on this unique 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain. Board in Reykjavik, boasting …

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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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