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Jewels of Europe

On this 15 day cruise along the Danube and Rhine rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam you will visit grand palaces, fairytale castles and beautiful villages

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,540
  • 2017 Budapest > Amsterdam

    Ancient towns and historic fortresses

    The Rhine, Main and Danube once passed through principalities ruled by the might of paid armies, and dynasties that engaged in endless struggles for control of those tilling the fertile banks.

    Today, those magnificent palaces and fortresses still stand. 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 – incredible culinary traditions and an absorbing mix of some of the world’s most influential cultures.

    Tour Code:

    STC

    Duration:

    15 Days

    Departure City:

    Budapest

    Return City:

    Amsterdam

  • 15 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      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
      Highlights:
      Thermal Baths
      Freechoice

      Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour of this city of contradictory delights, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Enrich Private Viennese concert

      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 the majestic city of Vienna.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Schönbrunn Palace
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program (operating on selected departure dates, enquire for details). Or perhaps, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef through our Shop with a Chef option.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk
      Highlights:
      Sundowners in Wachau Valley
      Freechoice

      Embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey.

      Sundowners

      As the day ends, you’ll get to enjoy the fine view of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley – a wonderful ending to a magnificent day.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - 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 and then hum along to the show’s catchy classics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Regensburg
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      At the confluence of three rivers, 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 hop on 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nuremberg
      Highlights:
      WWII history

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

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites, or join the Tastes of Nuremberg food tour. Or take a cooking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bamberg
      Highlights:
      Old Town

      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
      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 11 - Freudenberg > Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’
      Highlights:
      Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’
      Enrich

      In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the locals, see some regional arts and crafts, and indulge in a Bavarian lunch with large servings of good humour and revelry.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle
      Highlights:
      Medieval Castle banquet

      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 for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the river.

      Enrich

      Delight in the medieval ambience at 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cologne
      Highlights:
      Cologne Cathedral
      Freechoice

      Explore the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through Cologne and view the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.  Alternatively enjoy a cooking demonstration on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Windmills and cheese
      Freechoice

      Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 21 Freechoice activities
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
    • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners