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Gems of the Seine & Jewels of Europe

Enjoy our 2 most popular cruises over a 25 day journey from Paris to Budapest. Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, cruise the Seine, Rhine, Main & Danube.

25 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,245
  • 2018 Paris > Budapest

    Tour Code:

    STSE

    Duration:

    25 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 25 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Enjoy a welcome reception aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out with beautiful Paris as a backdrop.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Les Andelys
      Highlights:
      Cider and beauty

      Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as she glides her way peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

      Freechoice

      Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle. Sample cider, the region’s specialty, after touring this exquisite example of 17th century architecture. Alternatively join your local guide for a walking tour of Les Andelys, the quaint village set on the banks of the Seine River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Joan of Arc sites

      This morning enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an on board lecture from a local expert. It’s a great opportunity as you’ll have the opportunity to visit the sites tomorrow.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Somme battlefields
      Freechoice

      Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 102 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Manoir d’Appreval

      You’ll love cruising toward the open waters of the English Channel, so simply sit back and enjoy the trip.

      Freechoice

      Later, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, its relaxed coastal atmosphere and the many colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful la Cote Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

      Sundowners

      The estate of Manoir d’Appreval exclusively welcomes Scenic guests for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years to come. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name, and let your eyes drink in the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance.

      Tonight, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge. What a wonderful day.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Normandy D-Day beaches
      Freechoice

      Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery and whilst there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, with steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
      Highlights:
      Benedictine Palace, Fécamp
      Freechoice

      Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting the Normand Traditions Museum nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Vernon
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Château de La Roche-Guyon

      In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

      Freechoice

      Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour that starts at Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

      Enrich

      Built into a steep rock face, overlooking the mighty Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a live classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The château dates back to medieval times and is so special that you’ll be sure to have fond memories of the experience for a very long time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Conflans > Paris
      Highlights:
      Chantilly Castle

      This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square.

      Freechoice

      Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands.

      After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras ready.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

      Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or a discovery beyond the city limits

      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’s local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.

      With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon and create your own unique memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Paris > Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Disembark your cruise in Paris and travel to Amsterdam.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Canal Cruise

      Explore wonderful Amsterdam – with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.

      Freechoice

      Experience an iconic canal cruise 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 walking or cycling the city, and letting your Tailormade GPS device open your eyes to its many key attractions.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cologne > Marksburg
      Highlights:
      Medieval castle banquet
      Freechoice

      Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Alternatively enjoy a taste experience lecture on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Whatever you choose it’s a great day to see and discover.

      Enrich

      Delight in the medieval ambience of Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. You’ll get the opportunity to partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and quantities of 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim
      Highlights:
      Rhine Gorge

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Rüdesheim > Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Allow the passing scenery to mesmerise you from the comfort of your suite or the Sun Deck. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you in vivid detail. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Romantic Rothenburg
      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 17 - Bamberg
      Highlights:
      Old Town

      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. During your leisure time you might like to savour the traditional smoked beer of the region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Nuremberg
      Highlights:
      WWII history

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

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites or choose something a little lighter and learn new techniques at a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Regensburg
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      From its medieval town, the bordering Bavarian Forest and the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences.

      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 oldest monastic breweries in the world.

      You could also take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Passau > Salzburg
      Highlights:
      The Wonder of The Sound of Music
      Enrich

      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 and will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Melk > Dürnstein
      Highlights:
      Sundowners in Wachau Valley
      Freechoice

      Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Alternatively, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course.  Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

      Sundowners

      As the day ends, you’ll get to enjoy a fine view at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and will experience a wonderful day. Of course, we can’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who’ll provide the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Enrich Private Viennese concert

      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 Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Schönbrunn Palace
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for either a tour of the stables or to see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or you might wish to explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Hospital in the Rock Museum

      We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

      Freechoice

      Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast, Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast