Jewels of Europe with Grand Alpine

Experience the beauty of Swiss Alps with a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Let the landscapes inspire you before enjoying a luxurious river cruise.

27 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (AUD)
$ 17,190
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Amsterdam

Ever increasingly awe-inspiring scenery

The magnificent Swiss Alps will leave you breathless and dazed, a flawless start to a luxury European river cruise.
If snow-covered mountains and picture perfect scenery is your style, then Switzerland and Austria are ready to exceed your expectations. From the arresting landscapes and plunging gorges to the gigantic and jagged Matterhorn, you’ll find every aspect of your alpine adventure exhilarating. After exploring Europe’s great urban centres, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as breathing in fresh alpine air, and while there may be bigger mountains elsewhere in the world, they don’t come any more beautiful, or dramatic than the peaks you’ll witness here.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SSAC
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Montreux

    This morning, visit the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and see the Romanesque Cathedral. Then, leave Zurich behind and journey to Gruyères en route to Montreux, where you’ll enjoy your overnight Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Montreux > Zermatt

    Cruise on Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle and enjoy a guided tour then board a cog-wheel train to the Swiss Alps village of Zermatt. Check into your hotel for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Zermatt

    Freechoice

    Ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Gornergrat for magnificent views, including the Matterhorn. Alternatively, take a guided hike through majestic mountain scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Zermatt > St. Moritz

    This morning, drive to Andermatt where you will board the Glacier Express for a spectacular rail journey through the stunning Swiss Alps, before arriving in St. Moritz for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - St. Moritz > Bern

    Enrich

    Enjoy conversation and cheese tasting with wine or home-made apple juice on your visit to a rural Swiss farm.

    End the day with a two night stay in Bern.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bern > Lucerne > Bern

    This morning, join the oldest cog-wheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi, followed by a picturesque cruise on Lucerne’s lake from Vitznau to Lucerne. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town including the Chapel Bridge with free time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Bern > Innsbruck

    Leave Switzerland, bound for Austria.

    Enrich

    Visit the Austrian town of Seefeld and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, and treat yourself to the famous Austrian dessert, apple strudel.

    On arrival to Innsbruck, enjoy a tour of the city and visit the Bergisel Ski Jump tower for breathtaking views over Innsbruck, before arriving at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Innsbruck > Munich

    Travel through towering peaks to Hohenschwangau to see the majestic spires of Neuschwanstein Castle, which you’ll also visit. Later, follow the Romantic Road to Munich for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Munich

    Explore the streets of Munich on a walking tour, see the Marienplatz and the Town Hall with its world famous Glockenspiel. Tonight you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner featuring typical German cuisine at one of Munich’s oldest restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Munich > Salzburg

    Visit the Eagle’s Nest, located in the Bavarian Alps, then continue to Salzburg where you’ll visit locations used during the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’, as well as Mozart’s birthplace and residence. Overnight stay in Salzburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Salzburg > Vienna

    Delight in the spectacular scenery as you venture into the Salzkammergut district, made famous by ‘The Sound of Music’. Continuing on to Vienna, check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Vienna > Budapest

    This morning after breakfast, travel to Budapest, one of the most majestic cities in the world. Upon arrival, board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship where you will be welcomed by your friendly crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take a hike to Buda Hill or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Vienna

    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 Vienna.

    Enrich

    Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle Burg Aggstein and learn about its impressive history while enjoying the views over the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Passau > Salzburg

    Enrich

    Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. This exclusive performance is based on the timeless movie of the same name. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Regensburg

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Or you could cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Nuremberg

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot or visit moving WWII sites, or stay on board for a beer tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Bamberg

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. Alternatively, 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 overlooking the Tauber River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Miltenberg

    Today is your opportunity to meet the locals of this quaint German town.

    Freechoice

    Visit a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about modern royal life as they guide you through their castle, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer and taste many of the flavours available. You also have the opportunity to meet a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle

    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.

    Enrich

    Delight in the ambience at Marksburg Castle and enjoy a magnificent medieval feast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Cologne

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral or learn of the city’s strong Jewish history. Alternatively, cycle to the charming village of Zons or visit Bonn, and learn about Ludwig Van Beethoven’s connection with this city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle or by foot. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Amsterdam

    Depart after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 35 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 60 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 21 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director and Tour Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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