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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Budapest with Scenic Europe River Cruises

What’s in a name? Budapest is known by several alias, all alluding to its immense beauty and sophistication. The Pearl of the Danube, the Heart of Europe, the Paris of Middle Europe, the Queen of the Danube – Budapest is clearly a treasured jewel on our European river cruising itineraries.

The sophistication and beauty of Budapest have long been a favourite destination on Scenic's river cruising experiences. Our Budapest river cruises explore World Heritage Sites along the glorious banks of the blue Danube River. Soak up the delight of Buda, home to its famous castle high on the hill and be enthralled as you tour the flat city of Pest on the opposite river bank.

When you experience the delights of Budapest with a Europe River Cruise along the river Danube, you'll understand why this beautiful capital city is acclaimed wide and far.

With all-inclusive 5-star luxury, when you board your Scenic Space-Ship, you'll feel like you've entered a captivating floating hotel. Unpack your suitcase and settle back on your private all-weather balcony as your cruise by superb natural beauty and stupendous architecture. With many World Heritage Sites along the beautiful banks of the blue Danube River to explore, including the Buda Castle Quarter, you'll feel like you're in the middle of a fairy-tale wonderland. While in Budapest, perhaps discover the delights of the fashionably chic Andrassy Avenue shopping precinct before choosing which one of the 80 geothermal springs you'll soak in. 

Scenic’s Budapest river cruises give you exclusive access to grand castles and palaces along the Rhine River, Main River and Danube Rivers. Over 15-days, your luxurious Jewels of Europe river cruise travels from Budapest to Amsterdam with options to see other cities of Europe including Prague and Paris. On board your 5-star luxurious Scenic Space-Ship you'll travel through Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Scenic’s all-inclusive grand European river cruises take in the delights of Hungary and the Danube Bend, the place where the blue Danube river turns strongly between rocky hills. Cruise in luxury through Austria where you can go onshore in Vienna and acquaint yourself with this opulent city. 

Budapest River Cruises with Scenic in all-inclusive luxury

A Scenic Europe river cruise is like no other travel experience around. Our all-inclusive 5-star luxury Budapest river cruises through Europe have every single detail thought about. With inclusions like 24/7 butler service, free Wi-Fi, complimentary beverages and a choice of dining options from casual elegance to formal degustation delights, you don't have to pay for anything. All transfers, onshore excursions, tips and gratuities are included. The only time you'll need to find your wallet is if you have personal expenses. 

From the time you unpack your suitcase in your luxurious suite, you don't have to lift a finger. Relax on your private balcony suite fitted with Scenic Sun Lounge with a glass of wine and watch the splendid scenery of Europe drift by. Scenic's on board Cruise Directors are dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate Europe river cruising experience. From assisting with sightseeing tours to suggesting onshore excursions on a Scenic E-bike. When you travel with Scenic you are immersed in the best architecture Europe has to offer as well as exquisite culture and art, intriguing history, food and wine experiences.

To experience the ultimate in luxury European river cruises we've got several excursions on offer classified into active, moderate and relaxed paces. All you need to do is wake up refreshed and decide which onshore excursion or sightseeing cruise suits you that day. From boat tours to dinner cruises and night cruises, Scenic Cruise Directors and crew pull out all the stops to ensure your European river cruise exceeds your expectations.

When you travel with Scenic you get exclusive access to activities and experiences other travellers aren't privy to. These unique Scenic Enrich experiences vary depending on which European river cruise you are travelling on. From an extravagant private concert in Vienna's Palais Liechtenstein to a feast with entertainment in the Marksburg Castle on the Rhine Gorge. These exclusive experiences also include enjoying traditional fare as a guest in private homes with local families.

Explore the delights of Danube Christmas Markets

This Scenic all-inclusive luxury European river cruise gives you the experience of a lifetime. During this Danube cruise 8-day tour, you'll be immersed in traditional Christmas wonderlands. Board your 5-star luxury Scenic Space-Ship in Nuremberg before cruising down the exquisite Danube River to Budapest. Along the way, you'll visit the charming Christmas markets of Thurn un Taxis Palace in Regensburg where you'll be immersed in the fairytale magical setting. Take a walking tour of Passau and discover why it's a World Heritage-listed town. Journey to the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg and delight in the picturesque scenic backdrop for the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

Discover the exquisite blue Danube River

Join Scenic on this 8-day luxury cruise along the romantic blue Danube River. Board your luxury all-inclusive European river cruise in Budapest before cruising to Vienna. Explore this picturesque city before being delighted at an exclusive private Viennese concert in the evening at Palais Liechtenstein.

Visit the Hungarian Parliament building on the banks of the Danube River before strolling over the Szechenyi Chain Bridge - a bridge that stretches across the blue Danube River between Buda and Pest. Be enchanted at an evening concert with beautiful classic live music of Mozart and Strauss in Vienna. Take a guided bike tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk or explore Melk's ageless 18th Century Benedictine Abbey. And of course, there's the wine tasting, Schnapps tasting and delicious regional delicacies to savour from the Wachau Valley.


The difference is Scenic

Once on board your Scenic Space-Ship, relax into your River Cruise journey assured that every detail of your experience has been thoughtfully arranged for you.

While on board a Scenic Space-Ship on one of our River Cruises featuring Budapest, enjoy your private balcony suite fitted with Scenic Sun Lounges and the 32 inch Samsung HD TVs linked to Mac mini computers and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access for your convenience. Sample the fare at the spectacular on board the River Café and relax with a glass of the best in hand on our stunning Port Laurent-marbled Panorama Lounge.

We believe true luxury is all-inclusive, and there’s no need to spend a cent extra on your European cruise with us. Your personal butler will attend to your needs and our on board Cruise Director is there to guide and assist. Your all-inclusive Scenic Space-Ship is a floating luxury hotel abundant with a range of indoor and outdoor relaxation and recreation areas, a range of dining experiences from casual fare to fine-dining offerings, and every amenity desired, all yours to enjoy at your liberty as you experience the best art, history, food, wine and architecture Europe has to offer.

Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience

Our Scenic European River Cruise guests have access to exclusive wonder moments.

We’ll take you to all the must-see jewels of Europe, and along the way you’ll also discover the many hidden gems of the region, allowing you to experience the wonder of Europe’s immense history in a manner entirely unique.

Our seasoned team of Journey Designers have thoughtfully crafted a selection of tailored experiences for the European river cruises especially for you. Perhaps plan to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo or allow yourself to truly unwind throughout your cruise. We’ve divided our vast list of Freechoice excursions into active, moderate and relaxed paces so you can choose which best suit your requirements and interests.

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Scenic Freechoice

Offering true freedom of choice in your Budapest river cruises experience, Scenic offers both on board and onshore all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice experiences so you can enjoy cruising the enchanting European rivers of the region at your own pace and comfort.

While in Budapest, take a guided tour through the city’s contradictory charms, breathing in its vast history and overwhelmingly beautiful architecture.

Or you might relax and unwind in the famed therapeutic thermal Baths and Spa, or if feeling adventurous, you might brave the 10 kilometres of labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

liechtenstein palais

Scenic Enrich

Unique to Scenic, our Scenic Enrich experiences are multi-sensory cultural activities completely inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.

Depending on which European river cruise experience you choose, your Enrich experiences vary from a medieval feast and entertainment in the fairy-tale Marksburg Castle on the Rhine Gorge, to a private, opulent concert in Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein.

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