Discover Europe on a Connections River Cruise
With more than 50 years of experience and five offices in Europe, our European River Cruise Journeys offer the only complete, boutique small-group river cruise experience available. Though you cruise on a ship of 150 or so passengers, Connections guests dine and go ashore as a small group of no more than 24 like-minded travellers, with exclusive insight from a Resident Tour Director®. All off-ship sightseeing is exclusive to your Connections group, and your group dines together at reserved tables both aboard ship and on shore. A&K offers only the cabins and suites most preferred by our guests, including those with full, walk-out balconies or French balconies with unrestricted views through wide, glass panoramas. And every cruise offers a complete itinerary, with stays in smaller, hand-selected hotels in major cities and enriching, guided visits to must-see destinations, ensuring a boutique-style travel experience from start to finish.
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Experience authentic ambience on a boutique river cruise along Europe’s most iconic waterways, exploring Holland and Belgium, Prague, Switzerland, France, and the finest Christmas markets of Austria and southern Germany. Each unique river cruise journey is a complete itinerary that reveals the heart of your destination on land as well as on the water. Visit fascinating cities such as Zurich, Vienna, Prague and Paris before or after your cruise, staying at smaller boutique hotels offering close proximity to delectable food and intriguing culture. Request a brochure or see all 2020 journeys now.
See Europe by River As Only A&K Can Reveal It
Resident Tour Directors® Who Live in Europe
A&K Resident Tour Directors have lived for decades, perhaps even their entire lives, in the places you visit, and are equipped with the savvy and insight into local culture that only come with being there. Dedicated to your small group, they serve as your concierge on board, oversee your entire journey and accompany you every day.
A Complete Itinerary on Both River and Land
Each river cruise journey is a complete itinerary that reveals the heart of your destination on land as well as on the water. Explore vital cultural hubs such as Prague, Amsterdam, Munich, Budapest and Paris before or after your cruise, with sightseeing and meals included.
A Small Group of 24 or Less
While your river ship carries a complement of around 150 passengers, you enjoy every shore excursion and meal in a group of no more than 24 Connections guests, making for a far more personal, boutique-style experience. Your Resident Tour Director leads you to a private vehicle for your Connections-only shore activities, where you experience your destination in a relaxed, intimate ambience.
Always Exclusive Excursions
Every trip ashore on your journey is an invitation-only affair — just you, your fellow Connections guests and your Resident Tour Director and local guide. Set out on visits to local neighborhoods and markets or meet one-on-one with remarkable artisans, musicians and culinary experts who lend an incomparable firsthand perspective on the local people and culture.
Dedicated A&K Onshore Vehicles
When you disembark for a shore excursion led by your Resident Tour Director, a comfortable A&K vehicle designated exclusively for your group is ready by the dock, so you never have to wait or search for a bus. You travel as a group, not as a crowd, and explore together as like-minded travellers.
Private Dining on Board and on Shore
On board ship, your Connections group dines at reserved tables, joined by your Resident Tour Director. Going ashore, your small group has the opportunity to dine at local restaurants. In addition, local wine and beer are always included at lunch and dinner, and every journey features a specially arranged Chef’s Highlights dining event with an exclusive tasting menu.
Elegance on Shore: Boutique Hotels
Your time on shore before and after your cruise is every bit as important as the cruise itself, so A&K chooses each hotel with exquisite care. We seek out centrally located, intimately scaled boutique properties that embody the unique traits of your destination — places like Prague’s BoHo Hotel and Zurich’s Hotel Storchen; places that put delectable food and intriguing culture right at your doorstep.
Journey Along the Most Scenic Waterways Aboard an Elegant Amadeus River Ships
Aboard our River Ships
- Spacious suites and cabins with unrestricted views
- Walk-out or French balconies in all cabins
- Fine dining, with meals prepared by on-board chefs
- Renowned Austrian hospitality
- Modern, hotel-style amenities, including hairdresser, fitness room, massage facilities and ship-wide Wi-Fi
- Complimentary bicycles for exploring on your own
- Priority boarding, so you step aboard up to 90 minutes before other passengers
Experience a Connections European River Cruise in Action
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Experience our popular Connections European River Cruise with Abercrombie & Kent, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director. You'll experience A&K-exclusive sightseeing, from private tours to excursions. Plus, stay in centrally located boutique hotels before and after the cruise.