DAY 1: Budapest (D) Welcome to Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most ancient cities. A Scenic Tours representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer* to your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’. On board be warmly welcomed by our dedicated crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome reception with your fellow travellers.
DAY 2: Budapest (FB,L,D) Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Tours: (1) Guided City tour; or (2) Relax in the Thermal Baths and Spa; or (3) Visit the Communism Heritage and Memorial Park. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore before setting sail for Vienna.
DAY 3: Vienna (FB,L,D) As you cruise the mighty Danube perhaps relax in one of the three lounge and viewing areas onboard. Tonight SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a glass of Austrian ‘Sekt’ at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein. Then an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.
DAY 4: Vienna (FB,L,D) To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an Included tour of the famous sights including the Ringstrasse and the Hofburg Palace or for the more adventurous choose our SCENIC FREE CHOICE: Self guided audio tour. Today offers three Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE options: (1) A guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace; or (2) Visit the Opera House before enjoying coffee and cake; or (3) an excursion to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
DAY 5: Dürnstein – Melk (FB,L,D) This morning your ship docks in the picturesque town of Dürnstein. Enjoy time at leisure to explore one of the most enchanting villages in the region or join us for a guided bike tour through the vine yards. Back on board your cruise, sail through the spectacular wine region of the Wachau Valley to the town of Melk, where we discover the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. During your Included visit inside the Abbey you will be treated to an exclusive SCENIC ENRICH organ recital, performed by one of the housing Benedictine Monks.
DAY 6: Linz – Passau (FB,L,D) Your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE today gives you a choice of three countries all offering their own unique charm: (1) a guided tour of Passau; or (2) Visit Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’; or (3) an excursion to the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
DAY 7: Regensburg (FB,L,D) Continuing our cruise along the Danube River we arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany’s finest preserved cities. You’ll appreciate the beauty on an Included guided walking tour.
DAY 8: Nuremberg (FB,L,D) Be fascinated today as we cruise through and learn about the engineering feat of the locks which opened up these waterways. History opens up today as you take a privileged Included guided tour of Nuremberg’s old town. See the Justice Palace and Imperial Castle before heading off to visit the Nuremberg Rallies site and self guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre.
DAY 9: Bamberg (FB,L,D) Awake in Bamberg, one of Europe’s largest intact medieval centres. Bursting with character and charm and you will enjoy the sights on an Included tour with a local guide. As part of your Included tour, you will visit Zehnthasus, a private brewery established in 1533, where you’ll meet the cellar master and enjoy one of his finest brews.
DAY 10: Würzburg (FB,L,D) Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) A guided walking tour of including visit to Prince Bishop’s Residenza Palace; or (2) enjoy an excursion down the Romantic Road to unforgettable Rothenburg; or (3) A self guided Bicycle Tour.
DAY 11: Wertheim (FB,L,D) Wertheim is well known for its glassworks and friendly people. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE options: (1) a guided city tour; (2) a guided bicycle tour along the Main River; or (3) a guided hike along the Tauber River.
DAY 12: Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge – Marksburg Castle (FB,L,HD) Today in Rüdesheim we board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Board a cable car for the trip to the 125-foot Niederwald Monument, overlooking the river. Cruise this afternoon through the spectacular Rhine Gorge with its stunning castles and vine-covered slopes. Tonight SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a Medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle. Set high above the banks of the Rhine this 12th Century castle is the only one never to have been destroyed. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
DAY 13: Koblenz – Cologne (FB,L,D) This morning cruise through the 2,000 year old town of Koblenz, situated on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before setting sail through breathtaking scenery en-route to Cologne where your guide awaits you. Explore the Old Town with its beautiful squares and historical monuments. Perhaps sample the region’s most famous beer, ‘Kölsch’. Tonight we gather in the Crystal Dining Room for the Captain’s farewell Dinner.
DAY 14: Amsterdam (FB,L,D) Today cruise into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. With so much to enjoy choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) A sightseeing canal cruise; or (2) a bicycle tour of Amsterdam; or (3) a visit to the windmills at Zaanse Schans. For the more adventurous choose our SCENIC FREE TIME: Self guided audio tour.
DAY 15: Amsterdam (FB) After breakfast this morning it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the cruise. Our Scenic Tours Representative will take* you to the airport.
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For passengers who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.
Sailing with Scenic Cruises is the best way to soak up the ever-changing views along the Rhine, Maine and Danube rivers between the canal city of Amsterdam and beautiful Budapest, or along the Rhine and Moselle rivers between Amsterdam and the stunning Swiss city of Basel.
Or cruise through the spectacular Iron Gate between Serbia and Romania and through the Black Sea, Baltic States and the unforgettable Gallipoli Peninsula.
New in 2013, the palette of France, which inspired extraordinary artistic masterpieces, will be showcased in all its picturesque glory along the romantic Saône and the mighty Rhône rivers as the Scenic Emerald lands in France.
Or, venture further afield and immerse yourself in the diverse experiences of St. Petersburg and Moscow as you sail along Russia’s waterways on board our new small ship, Scenic Tsar.
New for 2013 - Experience the Scenic Cruises signature of all-inclusive luxury with all of your meals, drinks, shore excursions, tipping and gratuities included in your booking price. Imagine sipping fine wines from your mini-bar - which is replenished daily - as you sit on your full-sized private balcony, or enjoying a nightcap in our beautiful Panorama Lounge, reflecting on the day’s experiences and sharing tales of your adventures with new-found friends.
You will dine on sumptuous first-class cuisine in our outstanding on-board restaurants – The Crystal Dining Room and Portobello’s Fine Italian. You will also have the chance to experience our exceptional Table La Rive, an exclusive six course degustation, or simply graze throughout the day at the River Café, with its assortment of cakes, coffee, wraps and delicious gelato.
Only Scenic Tours River Cruises offer this full range of features and benefits - MANY EXCLUSIVE
EUROPE'S NEWEST LUXURY FLEET Scenic Tours have the newest and most modern fleet on Euope's waterways with 4 luxurious river cruise ships constructed in 2008 & 2009, and a fifth ship scheduled to join the fleet in 2011.
PRIVATE OUTDOOR BALCONIES Scenic Tours is the only company to offer Private Outdoor Balconies, available on all suites on the top two decks - 82% of cabins. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
THE MOST SPACIOUS SUITES Scenic Tours Private Balcony Suites are 24% larger than comparable river cruise cabins.
EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE BUTLER SERVICE Enjoy Private Butler service in Royal and Junior Suites and in all Balcony suites on the Danube Deck. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
ALL ENGLISH SPEAKING, AWARD WINNING STAFF Scenic Tours is pleased to bring you the best on board staff and local city guides.
PORTOBELLO'S PRIVATE RESTAURANT Only Scenic Tours offers a choice of three on board fine dining venues, Crystal Dining, the exclusive Portobello's Italian Restaurant, and Al Fresco on the Sun Deck - at no additional cost. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
MORE PUBLIC SPACE PER GUEST Our spacious public areas are 20% larger than on most other vessels and we include a choice of 3 outdoor viewing areas. Our main restaurant, Crystal Dining, is up to 30% larger than typical river cruise ships. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
FULLY INCLUSIVE CRUISING All sightseeing and on board activities included - no optional extras to pay for.
ALL MEALS INCLUDED Starting with early riser breakfast, Scenic Tours includes all meals on board, including a full hot buffet breakfast, delicious buffet lunch with a-la-carte choices and four course a-la-carte dinner.
COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE AND TEA Espresso coffee and a fine selection of teas - available all day
PREMIUM BOTTLED WINE, BEER AND SOFT DRINKS INCLUDED Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks are served with both lunch and dinner.
ALL TIPPING AND GRATUITIES INCLUDED All tipping and gratuities are included on the cruise and land portion of your holiday, saving you up to $980.00 per couple.
COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT TRANSFERS Complimentary exclusive airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your tour
ON BOARD ENTERTAINMENT Enjoy our extensive program of on board entertainment from classical music to gypsy troupes.
DEDICATED CRUISE DIRECTOR You will be served by the best and most experienced European Cruise Directors.
ON BOARD INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM Every stateroom and suite features a state-of-the-art infotainment system and flat screen TV.
SCENIC SLUMBER BED Every stateroom and suite features a deluxe queen size "Scenic Slumber bed" with fine linens and pillow menu. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
MAXIMUM LEISURE TIME Our cruises dock in the heart of Europe's towns and cities, right where you want to be.
COMPLIMENTARY BICYCLES Our guests enjoy the use of complimentary bicycles for onshore exploration.
PRIVATE CONCERT IN VIENNA Over a glass of Austrian 'Sekt', enjoy a private concert of Viennese music at the opulent Palais Liechtenstein. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE On selected departures our guests will enjoy lectures and commentary from members of the renowned History Team. Exclusive to Scenc Tours
EXCLUSIVE SCENIC ENRICH PROGRAM Our guests will enjoy an exclusive range of extra events and activities. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
SCENIC FREECHOICE Individualize your activities with Scenic FreeChoice in Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest - all included at NO EXTRA COST. Exclusive to Scenic Tours
SCENIC FREETIME - NEW FOR 2011! Wander at your own pace with a map and unique audio device that provides detailed commentary at set locations
ON BOARD ELEVATOR An on board elevator reaches all suites on the Danube and Rhine decks.
TRAVEL PACK Exclusive Scenic Tours Documentation Travel Pack including backpack, travel wallet and map.
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THE SCENIC DIFFERENCE
All tipping, porterage and gratuities included
Free exclusive airport transfers
14 night deluxe cruise aboard the “Space-Ships” ms Scenic Sapphire or ms Scenic Emerald
2 Brand New Luxury Vessels for 2008
Spacious public areas – 20% larger than on other vessels
Exclusive to Scenic Tours – 2 Full Decks of Private Balcony Suites (82% of all staterooms)
Balcony suites amongst the largest in Europe – 200 sq ft – exclusive to Scenic Tours
Private Balconies with teak decks
Scenic FreeChoice – tailor make your activities
Inclusive cruising – no optional extras
Scenic Tours Exclusives
State-of-the-art on board infotainment system
On board elevator reaching all suites
Expert Cruise Director
Private deluxe motor coach with air conditioning during shore excursions
Complimentary butler service – Danube Deck
Complimentary wines served with dinner
Exclusive Scenic Tours Welcome Pack
Nightly piano music onboard
41 superb meals including 14 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
Welcome Dinner, Captain’s Gala Dinner
Quality European wines served with all dinners onboard Cocktail reception
FB - Full Buffet Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
With the decrease in the value of the dollar and the high price of fuel the cost of hotels and meals have doubled in European during the last three years. Savy travelers have come to understand that a river cruise offers the best value for a European Vacation. Accommodations, all meals on board and shore excursions are included in the price and some companies even include wine with dinner. Because of this, you do not have to live in fear of the $300 per night hotel bill, the $100 not so wonderful restaurant meal and the $10 cup of coffee with no free refills. Many people believe that by dealing directly with the cruise line, they cut out the expense of a middleman. But when it comes to cruising, this is never the case. The cruise lines depend on travel agents to sell their product, and so it is the cruise lines who pay the agent's commission, not the customer. The lines also offer agents various extra incentives, bonus commissions and value-added perks, giving the travel agents more pricing leverage and the ability for us to offer you lower rates: There are many superb and well-trained travel agents, but there are not many who know as much as we do about river cruising.