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Jewels of Europe

Discover grand palaces & castles on Europe’s most tempting waterways, the Rhine, Main & Danube on a luxurious 15 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,590
  • 2019 Amsterdam > Budapest

    Grand palaces and fairytale castles

    A region steeped in the history of ancient trade routes, today the rivers of the Rhine, Main and Danube meander through forested hillsides, idyllic vineyards and romantic towns.

    Restored castles still stand watch from their position atop dramatic hilltops, just as they did in the days of feudal knights and land barons. However, today the sites of ancient battles and medieval skirmishes have been replaced by a tranquil countryside with thriving towns and villages. Elsewhere, romantic ruins echo with a timeless beauty and Gothic spires rise out of the picturesque communities nestled along the river banks. This is a journey that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, recalling medieval jousts, cobbled streets and childhood fairytales while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    Tour Code:

    STC

    Duration:

    15 Days

    Departure City:

    Amsterdam

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 15 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Amsterdam
      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 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Canal cruise

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

      Freechoice

      Hop aboard one of our e-bikes and take a guided bicycle tour outside the city or walk the streets of Amsterdam with a local guide and taste the Dutch delicacy of herring. You also have the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise and see the city from a different angle 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 letting your Tailormade GPS device open your eyes to its many key attractions.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Cologne > Marksburg
      Highlights:
      Enrich Medieval castle banquet
      Freechoice

      Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or take a walking tour with a difference and learn about the Jewish history of the city. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, choose to cycle through the historic streets of Cologne.

      Enrich

      Delight in the medieval ambience of Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and 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 4 - 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 5 - Rüdesheim > Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Take in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of your suite or the panorama lounge and bar. 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Nuremberg
      Highlights:
      WWII history

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

      Freechoice

      Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, choose something a little lighter and learn new techniques at a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Regensburg
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      There is much to explore in the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, situated at the confluence of three rivers.

      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 world’s oldest monastic breweries. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, a memorial dedicated to Germany’s elite, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Passau > Salzburg
      Highlights:
      Enrich The Wonder of ‘The Sound of Music’
      Enrich

      Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ 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 11 - 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. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

      Sundowners

      As the day ends, enjoy the fine view over the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. 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 12 - 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 13 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Schönbrunn Palace
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Bratislava or visit 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 14 - 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 Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, if you’re feeling more active, choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take a hike to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast, with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 27 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
    • Butler service for all guests
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Director to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • All tipping and gratuities