Gems of the Danube (8 days, Nuremberg - Budapest, 2014)
This is a journey through ‘old’ Europe, leaving behind the big Western cities to meander towards the east upon one of Europe’s most romantic rivers. Cosmopolitan charms are underpinned by majestic architecture and age-old traditions that inspired the world’s great composers, from Beethoven to Mozart, from Salzburg to Budapest.
Book this cruise by 3rd January 2014 to save £1,000 per couple.
There are a number of ways to travel to Munich. Travel with British Airways from London Heathrow; fly direct from Manchester or Birmingham with Lufthansa; or fly from your choice of 15 UK airports via Amsterdam with KLM. A Scenic Tours Representative will transfer you from Munich to Nuremberg by coach to your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Today offers two included Scenic FreeChoice tours to choose from: (1) see the infamous WWII sites followed by a visit to the Documentation Centre (2) ‘Tastes of Nuremberg’: enjoy a delicious sampling of Nuremberg’s famous bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. This afternoon, why not explore Nuremberg with Scenic Tailormade? Discover the old town with its Gothic churches, splendid patrician’s houses and romantic corners and spots, a lively co-existence between medieval and modern.
Regensburg is one of Germany’s finest preserved cities. Today you’ll be able to explore this unique town, which is home to the world’s oldest sausage kitchen. Choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) a guided walking tour including an organ recital (2) a guided biking tour to the Walhalla Memorial. Alternatively, explore this charming town independently with your personal Scenic Tailormade device.
Your included Scenic FreeChoice today gives you a choice of two countries: (1) a visit to Salzburg in Austria, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ and birthplace of Mozart (2) take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Ceský Krumlov. Alternatively, explore Passau or Linz at your leisure with Scenic Tailormade. Visit Linz, a small city on the Danube surrounded by green hills. Why not enjoy a piece of its famous Linzer Torte or go on the remarkable journey up the Pöstlingberg Mountain and ride the magical grotto railway?
This morning your ship docks in Melk where you can choose one the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey (2) take a guided bike ride along the river, from Melk to the picturesque town of Dürnstein, where you will have the opportunity to view the truly spectacular scenery of the Wachau Valley. Explore with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace with a selection of tours available in Melk and Dürnstein. Tonight your cruise ship arrives in Vienna.
Today choose from one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice options in the beautiful city of Vienna: (1) a fabulous guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer palace of the Habsburgs (2) take a guided excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava (3) see the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions refining and perfecting their skills during their routine morning exercise programme or enjoy a guided tour of the oldest Classical Dressage riding school in the world (not available for all departure dates) Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a glass of Austrian Sekt at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein followed by an enchanting private Viennese ballet and evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. The Palais, also known as the Garden Palace, reveals fascinating insights into 400 years of artistic patronage and is where the Prince of Liechtenstein showcases his privately-owned art collection.
Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most ancient cities. Choose from one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) discover the highlights of both Buda and Pest during a guided city tour (2) relax in the Thermal Baths and Spa (3) explore the labyrinths of Hospital in the Rock - Nuclear Bunker Museum. Later, discover Budapest, known as the Pearl of the Danube with Scenic Tailormade. Take a walk through the city and see the Opera House and museums, go shopping in the Vici Utca, Budapest’s most famous shopping street or find hidden treasures at the Grand Market Hall or the flea market. Tonight celebrate at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Travel with British Airways direct to London Heathrow; fly to your choice of 15 UK airports via Amsterdam with KLM; or travel with Lufthansa indirect to Manchester or Birmingham.
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office.