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Made to make your own

Do you love to stay in luxury accommodation, but prefer to explore your own way? Do you thrive on discovering authentic restaurants that the locals frequent, and enjoy spending evenings out enjoying the nightlife in a new destination? Prefer to write your own adventure than be fixed to an all-inclusive river cruise itinerary? Our brand new 2022 Cruise & Explore collection might be just what you’re looking for.


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Where can we take you?

Pick your favourite itinerary, the rest is up to you

Lyon to the south of FranceLyon Female Tourist

The riverside sights of the Rhône, fine French cuisine and the cobbled streets of la vieille ville  it can only be Provence. Walk in the steps of history, take a patisserie class, see famous art works... the choice is yours.

7 night stay starting from £899. Find out more

Cologne to Amsterdam

From historic Cologne and undiscovered Nijmegen to the water cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, from lively flower markets to café culture and quirky architecture to towering twin-spired cathedrals.

7 night stay starting from £799. Find out more

Budapest, Vienna and more

Discover the Danube at your leisure, city-hopping between the likes of vibrant Vienna, Budapest and Linz. Plus the chance to dine on shore at your choice of local beisln, sky high bars and Viennese coffee houses.  

7 night stay starting from £799. Find out more


Why Cruise and Explore?

Just a few reasons you'll love this new way to cruise


  Sail your way

Sail your own way

Created to be personalised, discover Europe’s finest city break destinations and lesser-known gems from the comfort of your floating five-star boutique hotel. Explore under your own steam, making the most of your city centre mooring to spend a full day on the go, or choose from a wide selection of optional experiences – so you can design your own perfect holiday. 

Unpack once, explore every day

Unpack once, explore every day  

Unpack once and travel while you sleep in our hotel-style beds, waking refreshed to a new place to explore at your leisure the next morning. We’ll often stay late in a destination so you can dine ashore and enjoy the city’s unique culture, before returning to your luxury ship for a nightcap. With select meals included on board and breakfast every day, enjoy chef-prepared dishes before stepping back on shore to explore.

 Unwinde and recharge

Unwind and recharge

After a busy day exploring, relax on board, taking advantage of our elegant spa facilities or sipping cocktails or craft beers on the expansive sun deck or in the cosy library. And if you don’t fancy going out to eat, choose to dine à la carte in one of our exceptional restaurants, with the finest fare prepared by our professional chefs in our riverside kitchen. 


How can I personalise my holiday?

Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or love to explore by bicycle, here are just a few itinerary ideas to whet your appetite – but the choice is completely up to you. You can either book ahead before your holiday, or just take each day as it comes, using our free onboard Wi-Fi to plan activities or make dinner reservations. Our expert team are also on hand to help make your holiday amazing. They’ll provide insider tips for what to do and see, give recommendations on the best restaurants and bars to visit and help you book activities.

Beer in Cologne

Bike around Amsterdam

Castle Hill Budapest

Cheese and wine in Provence France




Your luxury ship awaits

Whether you’re sailing the MS Lord Byron to the south of France, cruising from Cologne to Amsterdam on the MS Oscar Wilde or discovering the Danube from the MS William Wordsworth, your floating five-star hotel awaits.


Knife and fork icon   With an on-board spa, sun deck, restaurant and bar – not forgetting luxurious lounge areas – our contemporary cruise ships have everything you would want from a riverside hotel.

Sun icon   What other holidays bring you this many stops in such a short space of time? From the comfort of your modern and elegant cabin, awake to a new destination each day. 

Overnight moon icon   Our itineraries include overnight and late moorings, so you can stay ashore and soak up the atmosphere of each carefully selected town or city.