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North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey

Embark on the ultimate luxury European river cruise, starting in Amsterdam, and taking a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea.

30 Day
From (AUD)
$ 21,265
  • 2018 Amsterdam > Istanbul

    Go with the flow of history

    Embark on the ultimate luxury European river cruise, starting at the port of Amsterdam, and taking a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea and beyond.

    It’s a route that takes in the full sweep of European history, from West to East, and includes so many of Western Europe’s most arresting landmarks – Cologne’s towering cathedral, and the spectacular Rhine Gorge. However, this itinerary doesn’t stop there. Your luxury Scenic Space-Ship will spirit you into Serbia, through the Iron Gates and on to Bulgaria. From there, you have the rare opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Gallipoli, where you can pay your respects before wrapping up your journey in ancient Istanbul.

    Tour Code:

    ABBI

    Duration:

    30 Days

    Departure City:

    Amsterdam

    Return City:

    Istanbul

  • 30 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

      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 3 - 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 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

      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 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

      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 9 - 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 10 - 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 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 – 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 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 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 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 15 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Buda and Pest

      Enjoy some free time to explore beautiful Budapest.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Kalocsa
      Highlights:
      Hungarian horse show

      Today you’ll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Osijek:
      Highlights:
      Enrich home hosted meal
      Freechoice

      Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

      Enrich

      As a special Scenic guest, you’ll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and the chance to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Belgrade
      Highlights:
      Scenic Sundowners
      Freechoice

      Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.

      Sundowners

      Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it’s a moment to savour and a chance to reflect on all you’ve seen and experienced.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Iron Gates
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates – a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting for a cruise, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Svishtov > Rousse
      Highlights:
      Byzantine treasures
      Freechoice

      Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Silistra
      Highlights:
      Black Sea and Varna
      Freechoice

      Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or, tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Giurgiu > Bucharest
      Highlights:
      Palace of the Parliament

      Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

      Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay in Bucharest.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Bucharest > Nessebar
      Highlights:
      Black Sea Coast

      Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Nessebar
      Highlights:
      Pristine beaches

      Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Nessebar > Canakkale
      Highlights:
      The Dardanelles

      Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and enjoy a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Canakkale > Gallipoli
      Highlights:
      Gallipoli ANZAC heritage

      Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the Allied Forces, including ANZAC troops. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park, and you’ll have the chance to explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Homer’s Troy

      After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You’ll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan Horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Europe meets Asia
      Freechoice

      Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 29 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Enrich Hamdi Restaurant dinner

      This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

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      Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast