Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has put its 2022 European river cruise programme on sale early.

Early booking discounts apply alongside a deposit protection plan.

Savings of £1,200 per couple are offered for all 2022 European departures booked by September 30, plus free door-to-door chauffeur driven transfers as well as an additional £125 discount if paid in full before October 31, 2021.

The early payment discount increases to £200 per person for 2021 cruises when paid in full before the end of October this year.

The deposit protection plan is designed to provide passengers with flexibility and assurance that their booking is safe, according to the company.

No more than 163 passengers will be on board each all-inclusive vessel with a Scenic health and safety steering committee overseeing all policies covering passenger wellbeing.

An eight-day Gems of the Danube itinerary leads in at £2,370 per person based on an April 18, 2022 departure by Scenic Crystal  from Nuremberg to Budapest via Austria.

Rates rise to £4,170pp based on a 16-day Danube Delta Discovery itinerary on March 19, 2022 from Vienna to Bucharest.