North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey

On this 30 day luxury European river cruise, start in Amsterdam and take a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea to Istanbul.

30 Days
Amsterdam to Istanbul
From (CAD)
$ 16,760
Dates & Pricing

2020 Amsterdam > Istanbul

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABBI
Duration:
30 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Istanbul

Selected Itinerary

30 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Amsterdam

    Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

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

    Freechoice

    Hop aboard one of our e-bikes and take a guided bicycle tour outside the city or walk the streets of Amsterdam with a local guide and taste the Dutch favourite, herring. You also have the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise and see the city from a different angle or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.

    Alternatively, you can make the most of your free time by letting Scenic Tailormade open your eyes to Amsterdam’s many key attractions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne > Marksburg

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or explore the city’s Jewish history.  Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, cycle to Cologne from the charming medieval village of Zons or learn about Beethoven during a walking tour in the city of Bonn, the location of the composer’s birth 250 years ago.

    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 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

  4. Day 4 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

    Enjoy the unrivalled views 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 spectacular views of the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Miltenberg

    Today a unique experience awaits you. Meet the locals of the quaint German town of Miltenberg.

    Freechoice

    Meet the monks in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a local winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, join a Baron and Baroness and learn what it is like to be an aristocrat in the modern day, or opt to visit a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce, followed by a visit to a local producer for a Schnapps tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    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 that overlooks the Tauber river. Or stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bamberg

    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. Sample a variety of delicious German sausage on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

    Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice

    Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Regensburg

    There is much to explore in the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, situated at the confluence of three rivers.

    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 world’s oldest monastic breweries. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, a memorial dedicated to Germany’s elite, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Passau > Salzburg

    Enrich

    Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ 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

  11. Day 11 - Melk > Dürnstein

    Freechoice

    Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Or, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle of Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offers spectacular views across the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Vienna

    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 classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth as we pay tribute to his talent and world-renowned compositions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of Bratislava or visit Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about the Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour. Or explore a different side of Vienna on a cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

    Freechoice

    Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take a hike to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    Enjoy some free time to explore beautiful Budapest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kalocsa

    Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show. Be greeted by the horsemen of the Puszta region where this type of activity has been practised for centuries.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Osijek

    Freechoice

    Explore Osijek on a guided city tour or, if you’re the more active type, you could take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

     

    As a Scenic guest, you’ll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and the chance to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia. With great food and wonderful company, this is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.

    Enrich

    Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Iron Gates

    Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.  A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Silistra

    Freechoice

    Discover Silistra Fort during an active walking tour or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and a primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

    Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest for an overnight stay.

    Freechoice

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Bucharest > Nessebar

    From Bucharest travel to the Black Sea coast for a two night stay. Delight in a delicious local dinner and take in a folklore show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Nessebar

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Nessebar > Canakkale

    Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Canakkale > Gallipoli

    Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the Allied Forces, including ANZAC troops. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park. Explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Istanbul

    Enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy, the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You’ll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan Horse. Later, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Istanbul

    Explore Istanbul including visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  29. Day 29 - Istanbul

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, then visit Hagia Sophia and spend time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before an afternoon at leisure.

    Enrich

    A special treat awaits for your farewell dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant with its outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Istanbul

    After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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