There is something endearingly tranquil about a river cruise. Civilization developed along the European rivers, so there’s no better route along which to explore cities, and communities, castles and fortifications, local traditions and natural beauty spots. A strong sense of history emerges along these waterways that have been major routes of communication for thousand of years.
Voyages aboard our own private and privately chartered fleet span the entire continent. Our tantalizing array of itineraries reveals castles out of story books, half-timbered villages, medieval town squares, rolling vineyards and lofty mountains.
On our River Cruises it is easy to form special bonds with new people while you are sharing memorable discoveries, and indeed, many of our travelers have made lifelong friendships on our trips. Hoist a pint on a Dublin pub crawl. Share travel dreams at a “Where to Next?” party. Compare notes at a cooking class. Or compare culinary cultures at a Home Hosted dinner with a local family.
Deluxe accommodation is the hallmark of every Vantage tour.
Our travelers benefit from an entirely revamped fleet for our signature European river cruises.
- ms River Discovery II launched in 2012
- River Splendor launched in Spring 2013
- ms River Venture launched in Spring 2013
- ms River Navigator refurbishment to be completed in late 2013
All these vessels are state-of-the-art, with luxurious touches such as free Wi-Fi throughout, a rear-facing Captain’s lounge with retractable roof, and French balconies that allow you to enjoy the fresh air without compromising on cabin space, to name but a few. Our fleet is also eco-friendly, with quieter, more efficient engines, energy efficient hull design, water and energy saving features, and more.
Our Exclusive Cultural Connections Immerse You in the Culture
Our tours are perfectly paced because you can control the level of activity that is right for you
Vantage travelers have long loved our exclusive events that help connect with the local cultures. Each Memorable Journey immerses the traveler in the culture of the destination with experiences we call Cultural Connections and Learning Discoveries, such as home-hosted meals, insightful lectures, and private performances. We call them “Cultural Connections,” and that’s what brings you closer to the people who make your destination unique.
A Culinary Experience
All our shipboard chefs have been trained in Europe’s best culinary schools. You can look forward to gourmet cuisine based on classic European and American favourites, accompanied by regional fare and healthy choices at every meal. Dinners on our European ships are single-seating dining with no seating plan, so you can dine with whomever you choose. In a refined and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll find crisp white table linens, fine crystal, Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and silverware, fresh flowers, and attentive service.
The Best Cruise Value & Service
Vantage is confident that we will meet, if not exceed your expectations of quality and value.
For every journey there is a local Program Manager or Discovery Leader, whose insider’s knowledge is invaluable, from, say, how long it took to build the Main-Danube Canal to how long it will take to stroll from the hotel to a popular restaurant.
Enjoy on all Our River Cruises
- A Complete Travel Package
For one very reasonable price, just about everything is included – accommodation, sightseeing tours in every port, most meals (all meals aboard ship), our exclusive Cultural Connections, transfers, baggage handling, and more.
- Complimentary Headsets
Every included tour features a state-of-the-art audio headset so that you don’t miss the many interesting facts, customs, and legends recounted by your English-speaking guides, even if you linger behind or walk ahead.
- Experts to serve you, ship to to shore
Your Vantage cruise team has you covered, whether it’s a personal request for an evening in town or getting the low down during a city tour, thanks to Vantage’s Cruise Director, Deluxe Concierge Service, and expert local guides.
- Solo Travellers
- Roommate Matching
Solo Travelers Welcome: Reserve a Single Stateroom or pay a low Single Supplement to get a full-size stateroom to yourself. On selected departures, you can save up to 50% off Single Supplements with our exclusive Roommate Matching Service, or avoid supplements completely with our Guaranteed Share program. (Not available on optional extensions.)
Unpack Once and Let Europe Come to You
And because your river ship is your home throughout your voyage, you’ll unpack just once and feel comfortable in no time. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing each enriching day of discovery comes to a close in the comfort of your Vantage home.