Embark on a grand journey of wonder—a luxurious, 5-star Europe river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest along her most majestic waterways and canals, the Rhine, Main and Danube. View many of the scenic gems in Europe’s crown, including Cologne, Mannheim, Rothenburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Nuremberg. Cruise the World Heritage-listed, breathtakingly beautiful Rhine Gorge and its fertile banks, through ancient principalities; magniﬁcent cathedrals, abbeys, palaces and fortresses; and quaint villages with a charmed life. Experience Europe’s absorbing mix of some of the world’s most inﬂuential cultures; its incredible culinary traditions, natural splendours, and fascinating architectural, artistic and historical features.
Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Day 2 | Amsterdam Highlights: Welcome dinner
Explore wonderful Amsterdam – with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.
Day 3 | Cologne > Marksburg Highlights: Medieval castle banquet
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.
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.
Day 5 | Freudenberg >Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’ Highlights: Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’
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.
Day 6 | Würzburg Highlights: Romantic Rothenburg
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.
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.
Day 8 | Nuremberg Highlights: WWII history
Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
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.
Day 10 | Passau > Salzburg Highlights: The Wonder of The Sound of Music
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.
Day 11 | Melk > Dürnstein Highlights: Sundowners in Wachau Valley
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.
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.
Day 13 | Vienna Highlights: Shop with a Chef
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.
Day 14 | Budapest Highlights: Hospital in the Rock Museum
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Day 15 | Budapest Highlights: Farewell
Depart after breakfast, Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.