Uncover another side of Europe by exploring it the way people have for centuries – via the waterways.

When we daydream about a European adventure, the word cruise doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. Perhaps it’s that idea of the backpacker’s rail-riding odyssey, the rite of passage that so many of our cultures associate with the continent. But historically, cities were built along the rivers that slice through Europe, making important transport routes. These waterways can deliver us right into the action, to Paris or Athens, to medieval villages, small port towns and the incredible natural attractions overlooked by the land-goers. Our small cruise ships can drop anchor basically anywhere, so local interaction and truly authentic food is never far away. Trade that backpack for a swimsuit and get ready to see Europe through new eyes.

Adventure Cruises in Europe

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Highlights of European Cruising

A woman smiling at the camera from Krka National park in Croatia

Explore Croatia’s Krka National Park

A stone’s throw from historic Split is Krka National Park, a wonderland of waterfalls, gorges and lush forest. Hike the winding trails that zig-zag past plunging waterfalls and swimming spots, or, better yet, hop on a small boat to access hidden footpaths and secluded pools.

Santorini the Greece Blue and white combination

Get off the beaten track in Santorini

The view is instantly recognisable. Gorgeous white and blue domed houses carved into rugged hills that drop into a glittering blue sea… Santorini is iconic and then some. Check out Minoan Bronze Age relics and escape the hustle and bustle by visiting gorgeous remote beaches. Don’t miss that famous sunset, so spectacular it regularly generates applause.

Snow and Ice mountains in Iceland

Tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

There’s no better sample of Iceland’s incredible scenery than the 90 kilometre (56 mile) long Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ because of its incredible natural diversity, find dramatic basalt columns, gorges, waterfalls, mountains, lava fields and the ice-capped volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s classic novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Seville the historical architecture in Spain

Marvel at Seville’s extravagant architecture

Calmer than Barcelona and less brooding than Granada, Seville is an alluring mix of architectural marvels, tapas bars and flamenco. Its varied history seeps from its Mudejar palaces, Baroque churches and medieval streets. The sprawling Royal Alcazar and Plaza de Espana will take your breath away. To top it off, the tapas is fantastic, and it’s (almost) always sunny in the Andalusian capital.

Beautiful beach side of Algarve Coast in Portugal

Outdoor adventure on the Algarve Coast

While beautiful beaches and excellent surfing are reason enough to visit Portugal’s sun-kissed south, the Algarve offers a slew of other attractions. Explore the awesome caves and grottos carved into towering cliffs just off the coast, or move beyond the beach to find rustic countryside, historic villages, castles and the gorgeous Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Gateway to Africa the Tangier's Kasbah

Get lost in Tangier’s Kasbah

Gateway to Africa and a former haunt of artists, spies and international eccentrics, Tangier has been going through a renaissance of sorts thanks to its newest monarch. The bohemian cafes and winding streets of the Kasbah that attracted writers like Jack Kerouac remain, but Tangier now boasts a cleaned-up beach promenade and better food options than ever.

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