Jewels of Europe Scenic River Cruise – Save up to $4,400 per couple

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15 days

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Save up to 20% with earlybird deals when you travel from Amsterdam to Budapest (or vv.) on this Scenic River Cruise. Travel through 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 However, today the sites of ancient battles and medieval skirmishes have been replaced by a tranquil countryside with thriving towns and villages.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 riverbanks. This is a journey that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, recalling medieval jousts, cobbled streets and childhood fairy tales while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Ship, Durnstein, Austria

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Journey inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Enjoy more evenings onshore with three overnights in port – Budapest, Linz and Nuremberg
  • Leisurely paced cruising with more time for independent exploration
  • Enjoy five daytime sailing stretches with time to relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship
  • Prepare Linz’s most famous culinary delight, the Linzer Torte during a cooking class
  • Sample locally brewed beer in Nuremberg’s underground Rock Cut Beer Cellars
  • Make Weisswürste, a traditional sausage popular in Germany
  • Learn about Regensburg’s 1,200 years of Jewish history
  • Tailor your journey with a variety of Scenic Freechoice including Active, Your way excursions, Moments, Masters & Music activities and Interactive Encounters

Truly all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruising
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships
  • Your choice of spacious Standard Suite, or a Balcony Suite with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalise your trip with included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Enjoy a choice of up to five on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day* – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Dedicated fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electrically assisted bicycles (not available in PortugaScenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers^
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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Day 1 - Amsterdam

Your journey begins in the picturesque city of Amsterdam. A labyrinth of narrow laneways and canals lined with beautifully preserved 17th century buildings and charming cafés, the city is a delight to wander.

This afternoon, board your all-inclusive luxury Scenic Space-Ship and settle into your suite. Balcony suites have windows that convert into a Scenic Sun Lounge, allowing you fresh air and uninterrupted views of ever-changing landscapes and life along the riverbanks. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a treasure trove of architectural beauty, masterpiece-filled galleries, tranquil scenes of boats putting along 16th century canals, narrow cobbled laneways filled with boutiques and cafes, and streets busy with cyclists criss-crossing their way about town. Often referred to as the Venice of the North, much of the World Heritage-listed canal system exists today as it did hundreds of years ago, lined with well-preserved canal houses and intersected by charming bridges.
This morning embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

This afternoon we set sail towards the cosmopolitan metropolis of Cologne, Germany. Download the Scenic Tailormade App to listen to river commentary and gain insight into the villages and sites you’re passing as you relax on the Sun Deck.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Cologne

Perhaps enjoy a leisurely morning starting with coffee in your suite, delivered by your personal butler, followed by breakfast in Crystal Dining. You will arrive in Cologne, Germany, later this afternoon.

This morning embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

In the evening enjoy a Scenic Enrich experience:

Classical Concert in the Beethoven Room at La Redoute recital hall: Attend a lavish dinner and classical concert where live music from Beethoven and Mozart will be played in the spectacular La Redoute recital hall in Germany’s former capital, Bonn. Built by the last Elector of Cologne in 1792, this beautiful hall has hosted many important dignitaries over the centuries, including the Queen, Princess Diana and multiple US Presidents. Tonight, this elegant venue is just for you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

After breakfast, relax on the Sun Deck and admire the landscape as you cruise along the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a 65-kilometre stretch of the river that is dotted with some 40 hilltop castles and fortresses that span a period of 1,000 years. Sailing down this section of the river is like being transported through the pages of a fairy tale book.

The Rhine is abounded in myths and legends that have been passed on for generations, like the story of Lorelei. This enchanting female was betrayed by her sweetheart and spent her days bewitching men. As her punishment, she was sent to a nunnery, however, on her way she jumped to her death in the river. Legend has her spirit casting spells on sailors who passed the rock, where a bronze statue sits today.

After lunch, you will disembark in Rüdesheim, a pretty town surrounded by steep vineyards that have been cultivating wine for a staggering two millennia. The charming town centre is filled with half-timbered houses lining cobbled streets, quaint shops selling trinkets such as cuckoo clocks, as well as a smattering of wine taverns and open-air beer gardens.

This morning embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

This afternoon you will set sail for Miltenberg. Enjoy the passing scenery as you sit down for a sumptuous three-course dinner in Crystal Dining, with all-inclusive beverages.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Miltenberg to Wertheim

This morning you will continue cruising towards Miltenberg. You may wish to spend the morning in the exclusive Salt Therapy Lounge, which provides natural anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

After lunch you will arrive in Miltenberg. Located on the banks of the River Main, this historic town is one of the best preserved in Germany, home to hundreds of pastel-coloured half-timbered houses and one of Germany’s oldest inns, Zum Riesen.

This afternoon embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

After touring, you will embark your luxury Space-Ship in Wertheim am Main and set sail for Würzburg. Enjoy some of the all-inclusive on board entertainment this evening as you sail through the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Würzburg

This morning you will arrive in Würzburg. This Baroque city straddles the Main River in the heart of Franconian wine country. Surrounded by undulating vineyards, Würzburg is home to a World Heritage-listed palace, a dominating hilltop fortress, the 15th century Old Main Bridge, and three universities, including Bavaria’s oldest.

Today embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

This afternoon, sit back with a drink on the Sun Deck or in the privacy of your suite as you enjoy the scenery while sailing towards to city of Bamberg.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Bamberg

The ship will dock in Bamberg after lunch. Choose to spend your morning in your Space-Ship’s wellness centre enjoying a soothing massage^, or perhaps join an informative lecture to learn more about the culture and history found along the fascinating Main River.

Built on seven hills, this World Heritage-listed town has surprises at every turn. Intersected by rivers and canals, enchanting Bamberg has an Old Town resplendent with cobblestoned streets and well-preserved medieval buildings. A charming Old Town Hall which occupies an island on its own, a Gothic and Romanesque-style cathedral and the Old and New Residences – comprising an episcopal palace, a pretty ‘Little Venice’ and a 12th century castle that teeters on the highest of the seven hills – are some of the incredible places you’ll see during your guided city tour.

This afternoon embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Nuremberg

You will arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city, early this morning. Boasting an Old Town protected by an ancient city wall, where the most enchanting Christmas Markets are held every year, this city is dominated by one of the most significant imperial forts of the Holy Roman Empire, the 12th century Imperial Castle, which was the preferred residence of German kings.

Behind its charming façade, Nuremberg also has a turbulent history. During WWII, the city was favoured by the Nazis for party rallies; the boycotts of Jewish businesses began here, as did the laws that denied Jewish people German citizenship – known as the ‘Nuremberg Laws’. By 1945, the city was reduced to rubble, including large sections of the Imperial Castle and Old Town. Allied powers – the US, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union – held the Nuremberg Trials here between 1945 and 1946, when Nazi Germany leaders were tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

This afternoon you will sail towards Regensburg. Sip on a specialty tea or coffee in the Panorama Lounge & Bar or relax in your suite watching life on the riverbanks from your Scenic Sun Lounge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Regensburg

You will arrive in Regensburg after lunch today. Boasting a staggering 2,000-year history, Regensburg has one of Germany’s best preserved medieval town centres, with more than 900 of its Romanesque and Gothic buildings listed as World Heritage sites. Within its narrow laneways, the city lays claim to having the highest concentration of bars in the country. Regensburg is also fringed by the Bavarian Forest, home to hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails and deer, wild boar, fox and otter.

Embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov
Freechoice

Today, choose from two completely different, yet equally fascinating full day Scenic Freechoice excursions.

Full day excursion to Salzburg: This morning you will disembark your Scenic Space-Ship in Passau, from where you will cross the border into Salzburg, Austria. Surrounded by alpine peaks and on the banks of the Salzach River, Salzburg is best known as the home of Mozart and The Sound of Music. This storybook city has a thriving art scene, music and concert halls filled with classical music, a Baroque old town where you’ll find Mozart’s birthplace, and Hohensalzburg, Central Europe’s largest intact fortress, which sits high above the rooftops with panoramic views of the city. During a guided tour, explore this incredible city before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant and some free time at your leisure. You will return to your Scenic Space-Ship in the Austrian city of Linz.

Full day excursion to Cesky Krumlov: From Passau, journey via coach to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. This delightful World Heritage-listed town is brimming with charm. Sitting on the banks of the Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe with its vast array of well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Wander this fairy-tale location with your local guide and explore the historic centre before delighting in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and some time at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Melk > Dürnstein

Your Scenic Space-Ship will dock early this morning in the small and picturesque town of Melk, located in Austria’s scenic Wachau Valley. The breathtaking World Heritage-listed Benedictine Abbey built high over the city is the most spectacular building in the region.

Embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

After your tour, you will return to the Space-Ship, which is docked in Dürnstein. Spend the afternoon at leisure in this charming town or relax on board with a regional wine from Austria’s Wachau Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Vienna

We arrive early in Vienna this morning. Also known as the City of Music, Austria’s imperial capital fostered the musical geniuses Mozart and Beethoven, among others. The city oozes charm with magnificent Baroque buildings, ample green spaces from parks to vineyards, a vibrant coffee-house culture and masterpiece-filled galleries and museums.

Spend the day exploring the city on your guided tour.

Guided city tour of Vienna: Take a coach ride from the ship to Vienna’s city centre, where you will embark on a walking tour to see highlights such as the Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace. The ship will be docked overnight, so this afternoon you are free to wander around the city or relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

Tonight’s Scenic Enrich: Classical concert at Palais Liechtenstein: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein this evening as you relish an exclusive private classical concert. Enjoy a glass of fine Austrian Sekt and listen to the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart performed by a renowned orchestra. An experience only shared with your fellow Scenic guests, you’ll be seated in Vienna’s largest secular baroque hall, an ornate space where royals and nobles have sat for centuries. Accompanied by ballet dancers and vocalists and surrounded by world-famous art, this will be a concert that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Vienna

Wake this morning with Vienna on your doorstep. A city full of grandeur, Austria’s imperial capital is famous for having the world’s most beautiful boulevard, The Ringstrasse, and for the legacy of the Habsburg monarchy.

Embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Budapest

This morning we arrive in Budapest, one of Europe’s most diverse and vibrant cities. Divided by the Danube, with Buda on one side and Pest on the other, this city became united in 1873 when a newly built bridge connected the two. The city is an architectural treasure trove comprising styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau and everything in between. It is also well known for its hot springs and thermal baths and has a vibrant nightlife scene.

Embark on your Scenic Freechoice activity.

This afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps set out to explore the Central Market Hall – the largest market in the city, built in neo-gothic style for a combination of shopping and sightseeing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Budapest

Depart after breakfast, taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

^Massage/spa treatments at additional cost.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Welcome to your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

When it comes to the historic waterways of Europe and the ships that navigate them, size matters. Scenic’s Space-Ships are designed to navigate Europe’s rivers, whilst providing guests with abundant space on board to have a relaxing river cruise experience. With only up to 163 guests, our ships provide a more personalised and intimate environment for guests to relax, make friends and enjoy the all-inclusive luxury experience.

The Scenic Difference means that on board Scenic Space-Ships, you can expect impeccable service, exclusive moments, world-class dining and a river cruise handcrafted to meet your needs.

When you board a Scenic Space-Ship you can expect just that – plenty of space – to relax, explore, indulge and to dream, as the beautiful European landscape gently passes by.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Tour Code: STC Advertised price based on 07 Nov 24 departure in a cat E cabin and includes the 20%  early payment discount. Offer valid until 15 Feb 24 unless sold out prior.

FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED 10 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. Dollar Discount is available on select cruises and departure dates. Applicable to all cabin types. Offer cannot be combined with any other Scenic Select Savings or Early bird offer.

Full Terms and Conditions below:

*Conditions apply. Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in AUD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Prices, availability and offers are correct as of 07 July 2023.  Please note a fuel surcharge may be applicable at the time of full payment. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000pp is due within 7 days of booking. For river cruises less than 10 months prior to departure, full payment is due within 7 days for offers to apply. All offers and suite types were available at the time of printing for dates listed below. All offers are for travel in 2024, limited, subject to availability and valid till 15 Feb 24, unless sold out prior. All offers are for new bookings only, combinable with a Future Travel Credit (FTC) Voucher, but cannot be combined with any other offer, including not combinable with Travel Lounge vouchers, expo offers.  For Full terms please refer to scenic.com.au/terms

 

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