Scenic, National Geographic Announce River Cruise Partnership

Rhine River
The partnership will include cruises on the Rhine River. // Photo by Harald007/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

National Geographic Expeditions and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. The new voyages will combine Scenic’s luxury river cruise expertise with National Geographic’s history of science, conservation, and exploration to give guests a unique vacation experience.

The new partnership between Scenic and National Geographic offers numerous sailings in Europe on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France's Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley, as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked at

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert that will use educational presentations and informational discussions throughout the trip to enrich the cruising experience. European voyages will also have a Nat Geo photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests with their own photography skills. A list of on-shore excursions will be available as well, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on nature, culture, and history.


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National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of travel experiences led by experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with the new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active excursions, family and student expeditions, private jet trips, and expeditions cruises.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours offers all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to destinations all over the world on two award-winning river cruise lines- Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 ships offer all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations.

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