Tailor Europe Your Way Guide

Tailor Europe Your Way: A guide to Scenic Freechoice activities on Europe's rivers


 When you're planning your Europe river cruise, you may be considering the places you will visit, how busy the days are and how active the excursions might be. During a Scenic river cruise, we aim to ensure you gain you a deeper understanding of all the ‘must-see’ sights, but with the right amount of flexibility to explore at your own pace. Our expert Journey Designers curate experiences which take our guests beyond the ordinary, revealing hidden gems away from the busy tourist trails. The extensive, handpicked collection of immersive shore excursions, named Scenic Freechoice, are all-inclusive activities that allow you to personalise your river cruise, so you can experience your European holiday, your way and at your own pace.  

Choose Your Pace

We understand that each guest is unique and so are their holiday styles. You might like to take it easy and savour each moment as it comes, or you might like to see as many sights as possible within a limited period. In addition, you may enjoy highly active days, or you may prefer easier paced touring. All Scenic Freechoice activities have been divided into active, moderate, and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your interests day-to-day. There are active hikes and more energetic excursions, comfortable walking options and slower paced activities where you can enjoy a show or take part in an on board experience. 

The freedom of our Scenic e-bikes*

Experience the beautiful landscapes along the river by e-bike. As we arrive into the centre of the towns and villages, it is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local landscape.  
 
You may wish to use your Scenic Tailormade App and head off independently or join in one of the Scenic Freechoice small group e-bike tours. 
 
Our e-bikes are simple to use and can be adjusted according to your level of fitness. All you need is the basic skills of bike riding, a sense of curiosity and off you go! 

Here are some of our most popular locations to explore by e-bike: 
 

Dürnstein and Melk (pictured)

One of our most popular guided bike rides is along the 32km banks of the Danube between Dürnstein and Melk, during our Jewels of Europe itinerary. Ride past terraced vineyards, orchards, and medieval castles. 

Captain’s Road, Bordeaux 

Take a 30km roundtrip along the Captain’s Road, which is named in honour of the WWI Captains who purchased their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway. 

Vernon to Giverny 

Explore around the Seine River by e-bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. Your Scenic Tailormade App will show you the way. 

*Not available on all ships 
Cycling Dürnstein to Melk

Scenic Freechoice on the Rhine, Main and Danube 

Whether your interested in seeing great works of art and architecture, tasting regional specialties, visiting historic sites, or learning about local culture and traditions, you will always find an included Scenic Freechoice activity to enjoy. Please refer to each specific itinerary for included Scenic Freechoice activities as these vary between itineraries. 

Here is a small selection of the experiences on offer: 

Guided Hike to Buda Hill, Budapest

Join your fellow travellers on a beautiful hike up to Buda Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander past the Matthias Church and then walk to Fisherman’s Bastion (pictured). Magnificent views over the Danube await for you.  

Romantic Road, Rothenburg

From Würzburg, drive by coach to Rothenburg (pictured) along the so-called Romantic Road, where you will see villages that are over 1,000 years old, as well as some modern and traditional farms. Upon arrival, your local guide will show you around the stunning town of Rothenburg, famous for its well-preserved medieval old town. You will see the Gothic and Renaissance City Hall as well as the famous City Councilors’ Tavern with its special attraction, the various clocks that will show you the legendary “Master Draught”.  
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
Rothenburg, Germany

Excursion to Cochem

Journey by coach to Cochem, where you will have the opportunity to discover the quaint town during a walking tour before visiting its famous medieval castle, Reichsburg Castle.  

Viennese Coffee Culture

Vienna has a famous coffee culture. Historically, coffee is seen as an art and during a guided tour, you will get the chance to engage in the city’s love for this social ritual.  

On Board Beer Tasting

Stay on board your Scenic Space-Ship for a beer tasting experience. Enjoy a brief lecture on beer production and complement the experience with tastings of this fine brew. 

Scenic Freechoice in France

Please refer to each specific itinerary for included Scenic Freechoice activities as these vary between itineraries.

Roquetaillade Castle

Initiated by Charlemagne, tour the architectural jewel of Roquetaillade Castle, with the family that now lives within its historic walls. 

Luberon Region (pictured)

Visit several of the villages that make up the Luberon region including the hilltop village of Gordes and the beautiful village of l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge.  

Excursion to the Normandy Beaches (pictured)

Join a full day excursion to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy, including the Arromanches Landing Museum and Omaha Beach Cemetery and Memorial. Take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day on world history, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. 
Scenic Freechoice - Luberon Region
Scenic Freechoice - Normandy Beaches

Excursion to the Somme Battlefields including Lochnagar Crater

Take a full day excursion to the Somme Battlefields, the location of the infamous Battle of the Somme, which claimed the lives of over 150,000 soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth. This tour will take you to the Australian National Memorial found near Villers-Bretonneux where you can pay tribute to the 10,773 Australian soldiers killed with no known grave on the Western Front during WW1. During your excursion to the Somme Battlefields, you will have the opportunity to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the Thiepval Memorial. 

Hike to Château Gaillard with ‘Richard the Lionheart (pictured)

Step back into the age of Robin Hood. This medieval themed walking tour will follow in the footsteps of King Richard the Lionheart. Explore the historical secrets of the picturesque Norman town of Les Andelys on the banks of the river Seine and venture up to Lionheart’s castle of Château Gaillard. From there you will be able to take in the view of one of the most beautiful stretches of the river Seine. 
Cheateau Gaillard
 

Canoe In The Ardèche National Park

In the Ardèche National Park, take a guided canoe trip down the river to explore the natural beauty of this area.  

Scenic Freechoice in Portugal

Please refer to each specific itinerary for included Scenic Freechoice activities as these vary between itineraries.

Quinta Aveleda

Explore the fairy-tale like property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned sparkling wine producer set on an estate boasting incredible gardens. The highlight of this tour is the enchanting gardens, perfectly manicured. This truly is a slice of paradise.

Tastes of the Côa Valley 

Join the Tastes of the Côa Valley excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their famous almond, olive and fruit products.

Active tour of Porto including cable car (pictured)

Tour Porto on an active walking tour finishing with a cable car ride across the city. The cable car travels 600m with a max elevation of 63m giving you perfect views of Porto’s narrow lanes and zig-zagging staircases across the city.
Porto Cable Car
Scenic ERC brochure