“All that is best and different about that first Hellenic cruise remains to this day. Now as then what makes Swan Hellenic stand apart from other cruise companies isn’t just the destinations but the manner in which everything is arranged.”
Little did our founders, Messrs WF & RK Swan, realise back in August 1954 that their first cruise – which combined thought-provoking visits to some of the world’s legendary sites, accompanied throughout by eminent Guest Speakers – would, almost 60 years later, have become such an iconic and award winning style of cruising.
Today ‘the manner in which everything is arranged’ remains the essence of a Swan Hellenic cruise and a Swan’s River Cruise is no different. A Swan Hellenic Guest Speaker will accompany each cruise, teasing out the stories that lie behind each river, helping to make your cruise an enlightening, stimulating and memorable experience. Our Speakers in turn very much enjoy being part of Swan Hellenic and, in particular, relish the enquiring minds of our passengers.
A cruise on one of the historic rivers of Europe allows you to experience at close hand an ever changing landscape, while enjoying a relaxed journey into the heart of the continent.
Cruises on the Danube and the Rhone each have an enduring appeal, with calls at iconic cities such as Vienna on the Danube and Avignon on the Rhone interspersed with calls at lesser known, but equally delightful, small towns such as Dürnstein on the Danube and Viviers on the Rhône. Itineraries aboard the elegant A-Rosa vessels are planned for May and September, when temperatures are comfortable and the cities, towns, churches, museums, vineyards and countryside extend a quieter welcome.
New for 2013, we are offering Swan Hellenic passengers a choice of two dedicated cruises exploring the Dutch Waterways on the unique Royal Crown, a supremely elegant river vessel whose luxurious Art Deco styled cabins and public rooms recall the golden age of cruising.
As ever, you will be accompanied by an on-board Swan Hellenic Cruise Director and Shore Excursion Manager, who remain committed to upholding the values and ethos established by WF & RK Swan and Sir Mortimer Wheeler in 1954 and look forward to welcoming you on board.