Jewels of Europe with Treasures of Turkey

29 Days
Istanbul to Amsterdam
From (AUD)
$ 17,170
Dates & Pricing

2021 Istanbul > Amsterdam

A feast of Turkish delights

With Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences, transcontinental Turkey is a blend of cultures.
From the incomparable city of Istanbul, to the profoundly moving sites of Gallipoli. To breathtaking ancient cities, villages of mystical wonder, and balloon-filled horizons over stunning landscapes, your exploration of this magical land is sure to surprise and delight.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
TUSC
Duration:
29 days
Departure City:
Istanbul
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

29 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Turkey

    This evening, join your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a welcome drink. Your centrally located hotel is home for the next two nights. 

  2. Day 2 - Istanbul

    After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of this amazing city. Among the highlights see the magnificent Hagia Sophia and visit the stunning Blue Mosque, the remains of the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Tonight a special treat awaits with a welcome dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Istanbul > Canakkale

    This morning your local guide will show you around the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Turkish coffee from one of the markets oldest coffee roasters. Afterwards continue towards Canakkale for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Gallipoli

    Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the WWI landings by allied forces. Visit many of the landmark sites such as the Cape Hellas Memorial, ANZAC Cove, the ominously named Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. You will have time to reflect on this momentous location before returning to your hotel tonight for an included dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Canakkale > Izmir

    Journey today to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, where you will visit the ancient site of Asclepion, as well as  the magnificent Acropolis. See monuments such as the Altar of Zeus and the Temple of Athena, then enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine at a home hosted lunch in a local village. This afternoon travel to Izmir, arriving at your hotel for tonight’s stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Izmir > Kusadasi

    Join your local guide for a tour of Izmir, visiting Konak Square, the impressive marble Konak Clock Tower, the ruins of Agora and the Old Market Place. Enjoy some time at leisure before visiting a local winery for a tasting of their delicious produce. This afternoon arrive at Kusadasi for a two stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kusadasi

    Visit the incomparable site of Ephesus, once home to the Temple of Artemis. Walk the Marble Road, with highlights such as the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Great Ampitheatre. Then venture behind the Ephesus hills to where the House of Virgin Mary once stood.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Kusadasi > Pamukkale

    Freechoice

    Visit the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, with is breathtaking views of the white terraced thermal pools. Alternatively, take a swim in the Antique Pool of Cleopatra, known for its legendary healing properties.

    Continue to your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Pamukkale > Antalya

    Travel to picturesque Antalya, and visit the Archaeological Museum rich in Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk artefacts. Then continue to Aspendos, including a visit to the amazing Roman Theatre. This will be your base for tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Antalya > Konya

    This morning drive to Konya, a traditional caravan stop and home of the mystical Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Mevlana Museum, former monastery of the Dervishes, and see the Karatay Medresseh of Konya, before an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Konya > Cappadocia

    Enroute to Cappadocia, visit a 13th century Caravanserai. Then visit a Cappadocian village with a delicious lunch hosted in a traditional stone house. Stop in Kaymakli Underground city, before continuing to your hotel for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Cappadocia

    Start today early with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over the colourful valleys of Cappadocia. Then explore this amazing location, including a tour of the Monastic Centre of Goreme, an open-air museum featuring rock-cut churches with beautifully well preserved frescoes inside. You’ll also visit one of the local pottery studios and see artists at work.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Cappadocia > Istanbul

    Take a short included flight to Istanbul, where you will enjoy an included lunch in the Old Town on arrival. From there you will visit the iconic Spice Market, before a fabulous evening at one of Istanbul’s finest restaurants. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Istanbul

    Freechoice

    This morning, relax and rejuvenate at the Turkish Bath of Roxelana, or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing.

    This afternoon, relax aboard your private cruise on the Bosphorus.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Istanbul > Budapest

    After breakfast, take an included flight to Budapest to join your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Join a guided tour of Budapest, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, join a local guide for a tour focused on the past and present of Budapest, or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. Or if you’re feeling more active, take a hike to Buda Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Vienna

    While cruising, relax in one of the on board 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle, Burg Aggstein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Salzburg

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town and learn about one of its most famous residents, Mozart. Or, choose to join a walking tour focusing on sights from the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

    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 humming along to some of the catchy classics.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Regensburg

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Nuremberg

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot, or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, choose to stay on board for a beer tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - 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

  24. Day 24 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Visit Würzburg’s 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

  25. Day 25 - Miltenberg

    Freechoice

    Meet a Monk in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production, or meet a winemaker for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about aristocratic life, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer or a farming family and taste some of their home made products.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg

    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 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 wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Cologne

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral. Or, explore the city’s past and present during a guided tour. Or, if you are feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle, or on foot during a flavours of Holland walking tour and taste some Dutch favourites, such as herring, cheese and poffertjes. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Amsterdam

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of wonderful memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly All-inclusive highlights
  • The comfort of small group sizes on your land journey with a maximum of just 24 guests
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 39 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 67 meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 21 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium 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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