Jewels of Europe 2021 Scenic River Cruise
A region steeped in the history of ancient trade routes, today the rivers of the Rhine, Main and Danube meander through forested hillsides, idyllic vineyards and romantic towns.
Restored castles still stand watch from their position atop dramatic hilltops, just as they did in the days of feudal knights and land barons. However, today the sites of ancient battles and medieval skirmishes have been replaced by a tranquil countryside with thriving towns and villages. Elsewhere, romantic ruins echo with a timeless beauty and Gothic spires rise out of the picturesque communities nestled along the river banks. This is a journey that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, recalling medieval jousts, cobbled streets and childhood fairytales while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Fly to Amsterdam from one of 16 UK regional airports. You'll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship. This evening, raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening's welcome reception.
Explore wonderful Amsterdam – with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.
Freechoice: Hop aboard one of our e-bikes and take a guided bicycle tour outside the city or walk the streets of Amsterdam with a local guide and taste the Dutch favourite, herring. You also have the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise and see the city from a different angle or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.
Alternatively, you can make the most of your free time by letting Scenic Tailormade open your eyes to Amsterdam’s many key attractions.
Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or explore the city’s Jewish history. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, cycle to Cologne from the charming medieval village of Zons or learn about Beethoven during a walking tour in the city of Bonn, the location of the composer’s birth 250 years ago.
Enrich: Delight in the medieval ambience of Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and free-flowing local red wine. You can also look forward to being entertained in the grand tradition of Europe’s great royal houses, with minstrels and colourful court jesters, there for your exclusive pleasure.
Enjoy the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Then alight in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before enjoying a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river.
Today a unique experience awaits you. Meet the locals of the quaint German town of Miltenberg.
Freechoice: Meet the monks in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a local winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, join a Baron and Baroness and learn what it is like to be a royal in the modern day, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer and taste the many flavours available. You also have the opportunity to meet a local farming family and taste some of their homemade produce.
Freechoice: Explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber river. Or stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine.
Immerse yourself in the Old Town of Bamberg, a World Heritage-listed Site alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. This afternoon sample a variety of delicious German sausage on board.
Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Freechoice: Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting experience.
There is much to explore in the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, situated at the confluence of three rivers.
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey, and sample beer from one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, a memorial dedicated to Germany’s elite, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.
Enrich: Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.
Freechoice: Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Or, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle of Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offers spectacular views across the Danube.
Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking a fascinating guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.
Enrich: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth as we pay tribute to his talent and world-renowned compositions.
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or visit Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about the Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour. Or explore a different side of Vienna on a cycling tour.
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take a hike to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube.
After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel direct to London or one of up to 14 UK regional airports.
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- Save £1,500 per couple & free VIP chauffeur transfers
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines
- 14 nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- 41 superb meals: including 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime events
- Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
- Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £850 per couple
- Complimentary WiFi