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Wondrous Europe

On this 27-day Wondrous Europe itinerary, journey from Zurich to Nice and discover charming towns along the way including Strasbourg, Mannheim & Lyon.

27 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,755
  • 2019 Zurich > Nice

    Tour Code:

    ABFC

    Duration:

    27 Days

    Departure City:

    Zurich

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 27 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Zurich > Basel
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. Your journey into wonder is about to begin. Please ensure your flight arrives before 13:00 in Zurich and 15:00 in Basel.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Breisach
      Highlights:
      Black Forest
      Freechoice

      Be immersed in a truly magical experience as you step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fable during your visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active discover the Black Forest during a hike and cable car ride, or take a guided bike ride.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Strasbourg
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Rastatt Palace
      Freechoice

      Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, where you’ll discover La Petite France, the unique historic quarter, and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer

      Enrich

      Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a rare chance to collect memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Mannheim
      Highlights:
      Heidelberg
      Freechoice

      Join an expert local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Alternatively, join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by some leisure time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge
      Highlights:
      Rhine Gorge

      Succumb to charming Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for a spectacular view of the river. Later, you can look forward to unrivalled views across the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Cochem
      Highlights:
      Reichsburg Castle

      A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping directly off the ship and into a fairy tale. Explore this charming city on your guided tour, culminating in your visit of the iconic Reichsburg Castle.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Moselle Valley Cruising
      Highlights:
      Moselle Valley cycling

      Appreciate the true allure of the Moselle Valley from the opulence of your Scenic Space-Ship, as you delight in a full day cruise. Or if you’re feeling energetic, join a picturesque guided bike ride to the pretty village of Bernkastel, where you’ll be welcomed back on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bernkastel
      Highlights:
      Luxembourg excursion
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour, and enjoy some free time to discover the many delights of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Alternatively, take a relaxing guided walk through Trier, or take in beautiful Bernkastel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Koblenz
      Highlights:
      City tour
      Freechoice

      On arrival in Koblenz take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, lapped by the waters of two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Xanten
      Highlights:
      Zollverein industrial site

      Discover the charming town of Xanten on a guided tour, including a visit to the town’s famed archaeological park, showcasing remains of the Roman settlement in the region. Alternatively, try something a little different with a visit to the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe, today it's a World Heritage-listed Site.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Maastricht
      Highlights:
      Holland’s oldest fortified city

      Holland’s oldest fortified city, Maastricht is a popular destination with a welcoming multicultural atmosphere. Enjoy a guided tour of its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town centre, where you can indulge in some fine dining and excellent shopping. Alternatively, explore the city at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade, your own personal GPS device which also provides expert insights on the city’s many historic points of interests.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Arnhem
      Highlights:
      Arnhem WWII museum
      Freechoice

      Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. The museum portrays the impression of daily life for the average Dutchman over the past few centuries.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Veere
      Highlights:
      Sundowners
      Freechoice

      Choose a guided tour through the quaint streets of Veere, or cycle the town with a local guide and admire the surrounding dykes.

      Sundowners

      Today you’ll have a great opportunity to mingle with newfound friends against yet another spectacular backdrop, whilst toasting the day’s end.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Antwerp
      Highlights:
      Bruges city tour
      Freechoice

      Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges, or discover delightful Antwerp on a guided walking tour, followed by leisure time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 -

    • Day 16 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
      Highlights:
      Burgundy region
      Freechoice

      This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Tournus > Mâcon
      Highlights:
      Riverside cycling
      Freechoice

      Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Mâcon
      Highlights:
      Beaujolais wine region

      You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.

      Freechoice

      Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, a village in Burgundy that was constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Lyon
      Highlights:
      Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret

      Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

      Freechoice

      Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules – secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica, offering a fabulous vantage point for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, if you wish, visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.

      Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride this afternoon.  Or you may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

      Enrich

      Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Tournon
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Tournon Castle

      Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

      Sundowners

      Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors, both for its historic interest and its breathtaking outlook. Enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. You’ll find it a great soundtrack to a truly awe-inspiring backdrop.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Tournon > Viviers
      Highlights:
      Chocolates and wine
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the delicious varietals of the region amidst the vines.

      Scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
      Highlights:
      Ardèche National Park

      Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

      Freechoice

      Explore the Ardèche National Park and visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan (Kayaking in the Ardeche canyon is a seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
      Highlights:
      Côtes du Rhône
      Freechoice

      Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

      Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon. Then take a walking tour that includes a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Avignon
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner at Pope’s Palace
      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.

      Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope’s Palace of Avignon, among the most visited sites in France. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll be ushered in for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - La Camargue
      Highlights:
      La Camargue National Park

      Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

      Freechoice

      Enhance your French cooking skills by joining a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique whilst there. You can also choose to visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes.

      This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live for your listening pleasure on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Tarascon
      Highlights:
      Villages of Provence

      The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.

      Freechoice

      Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm to sample their delicious products in a delightful setting. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Tarascon > Marseille Airport
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille or Nice Airport. Please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm if flying out of Marseille and after 1pm if flying out of Nice.

      Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

      Meals included: Breakfast