Luxury small ship specialist, Scenic will introduce guests to a host of new experiences along Europe’s rivers in 2022. From guided tours through 16th century palaces to meeting a local cheese producer in the Netherlands and kayaking excursions along the Danube River, Scenic’s 2022 river cruise programme has something for everyone. 

There are several exciting landmarks that newly feature on Scenic’s Europe river cruises for next year, giving guests a deeper and richer understanding of the culture and history of the regions in which they find themselves.

Explore the ornately decorated palace of Schloss Weikersheim in Miltenberg, Germany, including the well-preserved Knights Hall that dates back to the 1600s, as well as its beautiful Baroque gardens, on the 15-day Jewels of Europe river cruise. 

Or on the eight-day Rhine Highlights itinerary, enjoy a guided tour of Marksburg Castle in Koblenz, Germany, perched high above the Rhine, and one of the few castles in its particular stretch of the river that has escaped destruction. Be shown around Bunker 42 by a local guide, in what was a Cold War citadel underneath the streets of Moscow, designed as a safehold for Stalin and top government officials in case of a nuclear attack, with Scenic’s 15-day Imperial Russia itinerary.

And perhaps most excitingly of all, guests sailing the Bordeaux region with Scenic will be enthralled with an exclusive visit to Bassins de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence, a former World War II submarine shelter that has been repurposed into an incredibly digital art installation, with art that reflects off of the water, creating a unique, immersive effect. There is no shortage of chances to sample the best local food and drink on Scenic’s 2022 Europe river cruise itineraries.

Taste delicious cheeses made at Veldzicht Hoeve in Hoorn, the Netherlands, a sustainable, family-run cheese producer, during Scenic’s eight-day Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights river cruise. Meet the family themselves and learn about the day-to-day running of an environmentally conscious and energy-neutral dairy farm. 

Alternatively, try the cheese and calvados at Honfleur, a commune in Normandy, a crucial aspect of the region’s cultural heritage, on the 11-day Normandy and Gems of the Seine river cruise. Indulge in a tipple at Kuchibauer’s World of Beer in Regensburg, Germany, an aesthetically unique brewery designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, or at a microbrewery in Düsseldorf for some delicious Altbier with the eight-day Gems of the Danube itinerary.

Alternatively, along the way to Fruška Gora National Park in Serbia on the nine-day Black Sea Explorer river cruise, recharge with a wine tasting at a local, centuries-old monastery. For those who are looking to reinvigorate themselves through more exertive excursions, Scenic’s on board fleet of e-bikes provides the perfect solution for a more active, in-depth exploration.

Cycle along the Gironde River to Château de Benauge in Cadillac, taking in the stunning surrounding landscape along the way during Scenic’s 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux itinerary. Alternatively, keep both feet on the ground and soldier up to centuries-old Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia on an active guided hike which forms part of the 16-day Danube Delta Discovery itinerary. 

Take to the water and kayak on the Danube River in Belgrade on the same itinerary, or embark on Scenic’s eight-day Idyllic Rhône itinerary for the opportunity to kayak down the Gardon towards the Pont du Gard aqueduct in Avignon, built by the Romans centuries ago. Those booking a 2022 Europe river cruise by 18 February 2022 can save up to £2,400 per couple, and will enjoy free private door-to-door transfers. 

In addition, save £200 per person with Scenic’s Early Payment Discount which applies to those paying in full by 18 February 2022 or 120 days prior to the date of departure, whichever is soonest. All new bookings are covered by Scenic’s Flexible Booking Policy, enabling guests to defer their cruise to another travel date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure and include Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan.