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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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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Melodies of the Danube$448913Mar 27, 2020This classic Danube River cruise of Eastern Europe starts with two nights in historic and beautiful Budapest, followed by a 7-night cruise from …
Captivating Rhine$551914May 9, 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 …
Classic Cruise - Belgium to Paris$1440012May 24, 2020Join 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 …
The Pearls of the Danube$21957May 9, 2020On this 7-day Danube River cruise from Linz Austria, board MS Modigliani to discover Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Melk. This Danube River cruise …
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 …
Rhine & Moselle Splendors - Cruise Only$33998Apr 30, 2020Starting in the tiny country of Luxembourg, this 8-day river cruise aboard the MS Amadante takes you through Germany, France, and Switzerland along …
From the Black Sea to the Blue Danube$401012May 5, 2020Explore the enchanting cities of Central Europe aboard the MS Vivaldi on this 12-day Danube River cruise visiting Tulcea, Giurgiu, Belgrade, Novisad, …
The Seine Valley and its must-see calls$15595May 12, 2020Board the MS Botticelli in Paris for a roundtrip 5-day Seine River cruise of France, passing through Les Andelys, Rouen, and Honfleur. Though short, …
The Beautiful Blue Danube$18786May 25, 2020Sail 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 …
Two-River Cruise The Romance of the Moselle and Rhine$14195Jul 19, 2020Join the MS Monet on a spectacular 5-day cruise of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. En route from Trier to Strasbourg, visit Cochem, Koblenz and Mainz, …

10 Best Luxury Small Ship Cruises in Europe

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Gems of Southeast Europe$459914Mar 20, 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 …
Tulip Time Cruise$345910Mar 21, 2020Join 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$53958Aug 3, 2020From Venice to Dubrovnik, this 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard the Sea Cloud mixes adventure and relaxation delightfully, with various stops in …
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 …
Dazzling Danube Holiday: Budapest to Regensburg$1329812Dec 22, 2021Decking the Danube with the joys of the season, the riverside towns of Hungary, Austria and Germany shine on this 12-day journey that features …
Yachting Harbors of Croatia: Venice to Dubrovnik$124988May 17, 2020Discover the Dalmatian Coast, where majestic mountains meet a crystalline sea and archaeological treasures abound, from UNESCO sites in Sibenik and …
Tulips & Windmills: Amsterdam Roundtrip$79988Mar 27, 2020Cruise the inland waters of the Netherlands and Belgium to discover the land of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes; marvel at the spectacular modern …
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 …
Italy & The French Riviera: Rome to Nice$180988May 30, 2022From Cinque Terre to Monaco and the Côte d’Azur – all explored on overnights – journey into the heart of legendary yachting ports. Relish the …
The Cote D'Azur & Corsica: Nice to Rome$180988Jun 6, 2022Crystal Esprit was made to explore the French Riviera, where the Maritime Alps tumble to the sea. Enjoy overnights in Nice and St-Tropez and a day in …

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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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Europe's Top River Port Cities

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 


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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