15 day luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
Jewels of Europe
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Book by 15th October 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.
You have a choice of 13 UK regional airports to travel from with KLM, or you can travel with British Airways from London Heathrow. Alternatively, if you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No Fly option at no extra cost? You’ll travel Standard Premier class aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and on to Amsterdam by first class rail. On arrival, a Scenic Tours Representative will greet and transfer* you to your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ where you will be warmly welcomed on-board by our dedicated crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Today you can explore Amsterdam with your chosen Scenic FreeChoice activity: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise (2) or an excursion to visit the windmills of Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, you can explore the city at your own pace using your personal Scenic Tailormade GPS device. Back on-board this evening, 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) or enjoy a walking tour of Cologne. Scenic Enrich: this evening you can enjoy dinner in the historic setting of Marksburg Castle (or similar).
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. 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) or enjoy an excursion down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Instead you may like to 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 on-board this morning as we sail towards Bamberg. Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of the city on your included tour. Back on-board; 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) or board a local ferry and sail through the Danube Gorge to the impressive Weltenburg Abbey, where you’ll explore with a local guide and enjoy beer tasting at one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.
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) or 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.
In Melk, choose one the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey (2) or take a guided bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, explore with ScenicTailormade at your own pace with a selection of tours available in Melk and Dürnstein. As the sun goes down, you’re invited to be a part of the Scenic Sundowner where you’ll enjoy cocktails in a spectacular setting overlooking the stunning Wachau Valley (Scenic Sundowners is a seasonal highlight and is included from 01 April to 30 September 2015)
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an included tour of the famous sights including the Ringstrasse. The afternoon is yours to 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 where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city before boarding a local train to travel back to Vienna along what was once known as the Great Austro-Hungarian empire route (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) (4) or ‘Shop with a Chef’ and join the ship’s chef on a visit to a local food market where you can take advantage of their guidance in purchasing the best ingredients the region has to offer. 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 the Cave Hospital. 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 13 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM, or travel with British Airways direct to London Heathrow.
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office