Jewels of Europe (15 days, Amsterdam - Budapest, 2014)
This is the ultimate river cruise, and our most popular. Enjoy different gems every day, many of which are exclusive to us. A diverse itinerary brings classical destinations and winds its way through imperial cities with historical palaces, while venturing to medieval towns so well preserved that time seems to rewind.
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There are a number of ways to travel to Amsterdam: fly from your choice of 15 UK regional airports with KLM; or travel with British Airways from London Heathrow. Alternatively travel Standard Premier aboard Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and on to Amsterdam by first class rail. A Scenic Tours Representative will greet and transfer* you to your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ where you will be warmly welcomed onboard by our dedicated crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise (2) an excursion to the windmills of Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, explore the city at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade, using your personal GPS device. Back onboard, relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Today cruise into Germany to historic Düsseldorf. Choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) discover Düsseldorf on a guided walking tour (2) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a private medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle. Set high above the banks of the Rhine this 12th century castle is the only one in this region never to have been destroyed. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
Be sure to have your camera ready as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, with its stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine-covered slopes. We arrive at Rüdesheim and board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini-train for an included guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before taking a cable car to the Niederwald Monument.
Scenic Enrich: An exclusive experience for Scenic Tours guests, you will be taken off the beaten track as an invited guest to experience European Village life just for a day. Choose from a selection of Scenic FreeChoice activities, from baking a traditional German cake to discovering private castles and family wineries.
Choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a guided walking tour of Würzburg including the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and a wine tasting in its underground cellars (2) enjoy an excursion down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Explore with Scenic Tailormade and choose from a number of self-guided tours including ‘The Witch Tour’, a unique way to discover a grim chapter in this city’s history.
Relax onboard this morning as we sail towards Bamberg. Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of the city on your included tour. Back onboard; experience some of the region’s finest brews including Bamberg’s renowned Smoked Beer.
Choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (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.
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 bicycle tour to the Walhalla Memorial. Alternatively, explore this charming town independently with your personal Scenic Tailormade device, featuring more than 25 places of interest such as Thurn and Taxis Palace, the Imperial Hall and Regensburg Cathedral.
Welcome to Passau, a beautiful Baroque city lying on the corner between Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Choose from the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities in one of two countries: (1) a visit to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ and birthplace of Mozart (2) take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Ceský Krumlov. Your Scenic Tailormade device is also available and gives you the opportunity to explore Passau at your leisure.
This morning your ship docks in Melk, famous for its baroque Benedictine monastery, where you can choose one the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey (2) take a guided bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein. Explore with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace with a selection of tours available in Melk and Dürnstein. This evening cruise to Vienna.
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an included tour of the famous sights including the Ringstrasse. This afternoon explore Vienna at your own leisure.
Scenic Enrich: This evening, enjoy a glass of Austrian Sekt at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein followed by an enchanting private Viennese concert featuring ballet performances and the classical music of Strauss and Mozart. The Palace also reveals fascinating insights into 400 years of artistic patronage and is where the Prince of Liechtenstein showcases his privately owned art collection.
Today choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace (2) an excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava (3) a visit to the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for a guided tour or watch the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise programme (not available on all departure dates). This afternoon explore Vienna at leisure with Scenic Tailormade. Choose from four self-guided tours including a Sissi and Mozart tour, where you can walk through Vienna’s alleys whilst listening to the life stories of these two exceptional personalities. This evening join your Captain and new found friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Choose 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 the hidden treasures of Budapest, known as the Pearl of the Danube with Scenic Tailormade.
After breakfast, transfer* to the airport for your flight home: fly to your choice of 15 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM, or travel with British Airways to London Heathrow.
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office.
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, HD – Highlight Dinner