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Jewels of Europe

15 Day
Between Amsterdam and Budapest
Rhine, Danube
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Departing 08 November 2017
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The Rhine, Main and Danube once passed through principalities ruled by the might of paid armies and dynasties that engaged in endless struggles for control of those fertile banks. Today, those magnificent palaces and fortresses still stand. So many of the villages along these great rivers have lived a charmed life, and remain as beautiful and engaging as ever. Along these old trade routes, you'll encounter all the very best that Europe has to offer — incredible culinary traditions and an absorbing mix of some of the world's most influential cultures. From Amsterdam to Budapest, join us as we celebrate the timeless traditions, cultures and customs available on the banks of the Rhine and Danube. Over the course of our 15 day Jewels of Europe cruise, you’ll pass through four distinct countries, discovering some of the finest cultural, historic and culinary highlights the continent has to offer.

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Day 1
UK > Amsterdam
Highlights: Welcome reception
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Amsterdam. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow. You’ll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Amsterdam
Highlights: Welcome dinner

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

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. And in the evening, please join your Scenic Space-Ship Captain for the official welcome and dinner.

Freechoice

Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cologne > Marksburg
Highlights: Medieval castle banquet

Freechoice: Explore the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Alternatively enjoy a cooking demonstration 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.

Freechoice

Explore the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Alternatively enjoy a cooking demonstration 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 and fresh air 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 a spectacular view of the river.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Freudenberg >Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’
Highlights: Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’

Enrich
In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, bright festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the locals, see some regional arts and crafts, and indulge in a Bavarian lunch with large servings of good humour and revelry.

Enrich

In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, bright festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the locals, see some regional arts and crafts, and indulge in a Bavarian lunch with large servings of good humour and revelry.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Würzburg
Highlights: Romantic Rothenburg

Then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.

Freechoice

Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road – such an important trade route during the Middle Ages.

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 – the Tastes of Nuremberg – a tour of culinary delights that will let you indulge your passion for local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. Alternatively learn new techniques at a cooking class. We won’t tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.

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.

You could also take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.

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.

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.

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, for the more active 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.

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.

Freechoice

Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Alternatively, for the more active 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.

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, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Vienna
Highlights: Shop with a Chef

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 (operating on selected departure dates, please enquire for details). Or why not taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour with your on board chef.

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 (operating on selected departure dates, please enquire for details). Or why not taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour with your on board chef.

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 > UK
Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel direct to London or one of up to 14 UK regional airports.
Meals included: Breakfast
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