National Geographic Expedition — Cruising the Legendary Rivers of Europe


National Geographic and Scenic Luxury River Cruises have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These itineraries combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic's legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create unforgettable experiences along the waterways of Europe and South East Asia.

Aboard each Scenic river cruise expedition a National Geographic Expert will join guests to share their knowledge and insights, and enrich the experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions. A National Geographic photographer, who will offer photography tips on technique and artistry, will also join European river cruising itineraries.

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Budapest > Amsterdam

The Rhine, Main and Danube once passed through principalities and dynasties that engaged in endless struggles for control of those tilling the fertile banks. However, so many of the villages along these great rivers have lived a charmed life, and remain as beautiful and engaging as ever. Along these old trade routes you’ll encounter all the very best that Europe has to offer.

15 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest
     

    Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals included: Dinner

     

  • Day 2 - Budapest
     
    Freechoice

    Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take a hike to Buda Hill or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 3 - Vienna
     

    As you cruise the mighty Danube, relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

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    Admire the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then sit enthralled during an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 4 - Vienna
     
    Freechoice

    Take a tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the famous Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or explore Vienna on a guided cycling tour.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk
     
    Freechoice

    Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of
    its fine wines.

    Sundowners

    As the day ends, enjoy the fine view of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 6 - Passau > Salzburg
     
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    Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 7 - Regensburg
     

    Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view Weltenburg Abbey, sampling beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. You could also cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 8 - Nuremberg
     

    Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot or visit moving WWII sites, or take a baking class.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 9 - Bamberg
     

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg, alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 10 - Würzburg
     
    Freechoice

    Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 11 - Würzburg > Rüdesheim
     

    Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board. Be mesmerised by passing scenery while commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device describes the captivating view unfolding before you. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 12 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle
     

    Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.

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    Delight in the ambience at Marksburg Castle and enjoy a magnificent medieval feast.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 13 - Cologne
     
    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral, or take a walking tour with a difference and learn about the Jewish history of the city. Alternatively, take a guided cycling tour through Cologne.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 14 - Amsterdam
     
    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle or by foot. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 15 - Amsterdam
     

    Depart today after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

Departures and Pricing

29 May 2019 — From $10,830 per person

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Meet the Experts

Expert — Mark Baker

Mark Baker is a freelance journalist and travel writer based in Prague. He has written articles on the Czech Republic and Austria for National Geographic Traveler magazine. Mark has also authored more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and Central Europe for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, and Fodor’s, and has written for BBC World News, the Wall Street Journal, and Wanderlust. Before embarking on a freelance career, Mark worked as a correspondent for The Economist Group, Bloomberg News, and Radio Free Europe. When he’s not traveling, Mark teaches courses in journalism and Central European history at Anglo-American University in Prague.

 

Photographer — Dave Yoder

Dave Yoder is photojournalist focusing on human interest projects. Yoder was born in Indiana, but grew up on the foot of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where he kept pet monkeys and mongooses. Most recently, he has been living in Europe for over a decade. As a contributing photographer to National Geographic and National Geographic Travelermagazines, his assignments have included the August 2015 cover story on Pope Francis and the Vatican, photographing a lost city in the Mosquitia jungle of Honduras, the high-tech search for a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting, uncovering the architectural mystery of the Brunelleschi Cupola in Florence, and documenting the largest ground-based telescope (ALMA) in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Dave has photographed numerous travel stories in Europe, including a Budapest to Vienna project for the New York Times. National Geographic Traveler assignments have taken him to places such as Ireland, Rome, Sardinia, and Milan as well as to Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, and beyond. He also has taught workshops in Prague and Paris. Yoder’s photo essay on bounty hunters was exhibited at the famed Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, France, and his work has appeared in other worldwide publications, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and Forbes.

 

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