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Dalmatia Discovery & Jewels of Europe River Cruise

(28 days, Amsterdam - Venice, 2014)
Dalmatia Discovery Tour & Jewels of Europe River Cruise
This amazing 28 day tour takes you on a 14 day Jewels of Europe river cruise plus a fortnight exploring the best of the Dalmatian Coast, including Dubrovnik and Venice.
Amsterdam to Budapest
Uncover the treasures of the grand waterways of Europe on an unforgettable river cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, whose banks are graced by the incredible imperial cities of Amsterdam, Vienna and Budapest. A showcase of medieval castles, vistas of vine covered slopes, the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, and charming villages; this route includes historic Cologne, Würzburg on the ‘Romantic Road’; baroque Bamberg; Nuremberg, famous for its beer and bratwurst; Regensburg, the largest preserved medieval city centre in Germany; Passau, the ‘City of Three Rivers’; the beautiful Austrian cities of Melk and Linz; and the wine town of Dürnstein in the stunning Wachau Valley. 

Zagreb to Venice
From the azure waters and beautiful islands of Dalmatia and the waterfalls of Plitvice to the baroque architecture of Zagreb and the timeless medieval cities of Dubrovnik and Split; throughout Croatia you will come face to face with beauty, history and an extraordinary culture influenced by Roman, Venetian, Italian and Austro-Hungarian rule. Sarajevo, the charming capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is historically famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity and is truly a living museum. Comprising the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst; Slovenia, a tiny land of greenery, is 60 per cent forest and boasts the glacial beauty of Lake Bled, and one of Europe’s smallest capitals, the charming Ljubljana; whilst a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges comprise the fascinating Italian city of Venice, renowned for its architecture and its artworks.

14 night river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest • 13 night land tour including 3 nights in Dubrovnik

Scenic ‘Space-Ship’

2014 Ultimate Features

  • Spacious full size balcony suites in 84% of all cabins*
  • Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’
  • Six dining venues: including River Café and Table La Rive
  • Relax in our three viewing areas

* does not include category E & D staterooms

2014 All-Inclusive Luxury

  • Complimentary beverages^ all day, everyday
  • Private butler service
  • All on shore excursions and activities
  • Scenic Riverview – interactive on board commentary
  • All meals included
  • In room dining
  • On board entertainment
  • Wellness Centre
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Airport transfers
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES

^ conditions apply

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Step back in time on a private tour and medieval banquet dinner at Marksburg Castle
  • Scenic Village Cultural Experience: interact with the locals and experience daily life in a German village, exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Over a glass of Austrian sekt at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein, enjoy a private Viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.
  • Discover the history of Yugoslavia’s President Tito on a visit to the open air museum showcasing traditional village houses
  • Be treated to a home hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home
  • Journey by a traditional ‘Pletna’ boat across the waters of Lake Bled
  • Experience a romantic gondola serenade in Venice

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam; or take an excursion to Zaanse Schans
  • In Regensburg enjoy a guided walking tour including an organ recital; or take a guided bicycle tour to Walhalla Memorial
  • From Passau take an excursion to Salzburg; or enjoy a visit to Cesky Krumlov
  • In Melk, visit the Benedictine Abbey; or take a bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein
  • In Vienna tour Schönbrunn Palace; or visit the Spanish Riding School for a guided tour or to watch the horses exercise†; or see the key sights of Bratislava
  • Discover Budapest during a guided tour; or relax at the Thermal Baths and Spa; or explore the labyrinths of the Cave Hospital
  • Take a full day tour to Montenegro; or a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s City Walls

Included Scenic Free Choice Dining

  • Enjoy Croatian cuisine at your choice of one of three superb local restaurants in Dubrovnik

Included Scenic Dining

  • 65 superb meals including 27 Full Breakfasts – hot and cold buffet selections (FB), 2 Highlight Lunch – two course table d’hôte (HL) 14 Lunches – buffet or daily à la carte selections (L), 4 Highlight Dinners – three course table d’hôte (HD) and 18 Dinners – three to four course table d’hôte (D)
Day 1: Amsterdam (D)
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating and compact city of picturesque canals. A Scenic Tours Representative will personally greet you and arrange transfer* to your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’ where you will be warmly welcomed on board by our dedicated crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Amsterdam (FB,L,D)

This morning choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise; or (2) an excursion to the windmills of Zaanse Schans. Alternately, explore the city at your own pace on a bicycle with Scenic Tailormade using your personal GPS device. Back on board, relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Cologne - Marksburg (FB,L,HD)
Today cruise into Germany to historic Düsseldorf. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) discover Düsseldorf on a guided walking tour; or (2) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne. Tonight’s SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a private medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle. Set high above the banks of the Rhine this 12th century castle is the only one in this region never to have been destroyed. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
Day 4: Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim (FB,L,D)
Be sure to have your camera ready today as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, with its stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine-covered slopes. We arrive at Rüdesheim and board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for an Included guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before taking a cable car to the Niederwald Monument.
Day 5: Miltenberg - European Village Life (FB,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICH: Today you will be taken off the beaten track as an invited guest to experience European Village life just for a day – exclusive to Scenic Tours. Choose from a selection of SCENIC FREE CHOICE activities, from baking a traditional German cake to discovering private castles and family wineries.
Day 6: Würzburg (FB,L,D)
Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a guided walking tour of Würzburg including the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and a wine tasting in its underground cellars; or (2) enjoy an excursion down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.
Day 7: Bamberg (FB,L,D)
Relax on board this morning as we sail towards Bamberg. Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of the city on your Included tour. Back on board, experience some of the region’s finest brews including Bamberg’s renowned Smoked Beer.
Day 8: Nuremberg (FB,L,D)
Today choose from one of the Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) see the infamous WWII sites followed by a visit to the Documentation Centre; or (2) ‘Tastes of Nuremberg’: enjoy a delicious sampling of Nuremberg’s famous bratwurst, beer and gingerbread.
Day 9: Regensburg (FB,L,D)
Regensburg is one of Germany’s finest preserved cities. Today you’ll be able to explore this unique town, which is home to the world’s oldest sausage kitchen. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a guided walking tour including an organ recital; or (2) a guided bicycle tour to the Walhalla Memorial. Alternatively, explore this charming town independently with Scenic Tailormade, with more than 25 points of interest including Thurn and Taxis Palace, the Imperial Hall and Regensburg Cathedral.
Day 10: Passau - Linz (FB,L,D)
Welcome to Passau, a beautiful baroque city that lies on the corner between Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. Your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours give you a choice of two countries: (1) visit Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ and birthplace of Mozart; or (2) take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. Your Scenic Tailormade device is also available and gives you an opportunity to explore Passau at your leisure.
Day 11: Melk - Dürnstein - Vienna (FB,L,D)
This morning your ship docks in Melk, famous for its baroque Benedictine monastery. Here you can choose from one the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey; or (2) take a guided bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein.
Day 12: Vienna (FB,L,D)
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an Included tour of the famous sights including the Ringstrasse. This afternoon explore Vienna at your own leisure. SCENIC ENRICH: Highlights include a glass of Austrian Sekt at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein followed by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. The Palais is also known as the Garden Palace and it reveals fascinating insights into 400 years of artistic patronage and is where the Prince of Liechtenstein showcases his privately owned art collection.
Day 13: Vienna (FB,L,D)
Today choose your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tour: (1) a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace; or (2) an excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava; or (3) a visit to the world renowned Spanish Riding School for a guided tour or witness the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program (not available for all departure dates).
Day 14: Budapest (FB,L,D)
Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) discover the highlights of both Buda and Pest during a guided city tour; or (2) relax in the Thermal Baths and Spa; or (3) explore the labyrinths of Hospital in the Rock - Nuclear Bunker Museum.
Day 15: Budapest - Disembark - Zagreb (FB,D)
Today we travel to the Croatian capital of Zagreb.
Two Night Special Stay: Zagreb
Day 16: Zagreb (FB,HL)
This morning take in the sights of the city, whose most noteworthy buildings were constructed during Croatia’s golden age in the 19th century. Enjoy the architecture of the Archbishop’s Palace, Opera House, Cathedral and St Mark’s Church before taking a journey to the quaint village of Kumrovec. SCENIC ENRICH: Drive to a charming restaurant located in a gorgeous rural landscape for a delicious lunch before you discover the history of Yugoslavia’s President Tito on a visit to an open air museum showcasing traditional village houses, including the house where he was born and which today hosts a large collection of memorabilia on the former leader. On return to Zagreb, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Croatian capital.
Day 17: Zagreb - Sarajevo (FB,D)
Today leave Croatia for the time being as you travel to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This evening we enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant
Two Night Stay: Sarajevo
Day 18: Sarajevo (FB,HD)
Sarajevo, is best known for the turmoil of war in the former Yugoslavia. But since then much has changed and Sarajevo has surfaced to become a vibrant metropolis full of life and cultural heritage. The unique mixture of Western and Eastern styles, the way of life, and the pleasant and good natured people is what gives Sarajevo its unique feel and that is why many people refer to Sarajevo as the city with a Soul. On your Included tour visit the Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight you will be treated to a home hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home.
Day 19: Sarajevo - Dubrovnik (FB,HL)
On your transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. On your guided tour of the city, visit the Turkish house and the Old Bridge which was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1565. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before your journey to the impressive Dalmatian coast line.
Three Night Special Stay: Dubrovnik
Day 20: Dubrovnik (FB,HD)
The walled old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World heritage site and has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. The prosperity of the town has always been based on maritime trade and in the Middle Ages it rivalled Venice as a maritime power. On your Included guided walking tour see Onofrio’s Fountain and The Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan monastery. The Old Pharmacy was opened in 1317 and is the third oldest pharmacy in Europe however the only one still operating today. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
Day 21: Dubrovnik (FB,L)
Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a full day excursion down the ever-changing South Adriatic coast to the country of Montenegro, a country of great natural beauty and immense cultural heritage. Discover the Bay of Kotor, the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean, which will be presented in its full beauty with the Romanesque Cathedral of St Triphun encircled by walls and fortresses included on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Your experience of Montenegro will finish with a visit to Budva, a small town which is believed to be one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast; or (2) the walled old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World heritage site and has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. Enjoy a walk around the medieval ramparts which enclose the town and provide magnificent vistas of both the sea and the famous city of red roofs and grey stone.
Day 22: Dubrovnik - Split (FB,D)
Drive to the coastal city of Split. Join a local guide for your Included city tour, which will reveal the remains of the massive Imperial Palace of Diocletian, constructed from 293 AD, primarily as a retirement home. Visit the church which is thought to be the oldest in the world and which is still used for services today.
Overnight Stay: Split
Day 23: Split - Plitvice (FB,D)
This morning is your last chance to enjoy the sea-breeze before you turn inland and enjoy the rugged natural scenery of the Balkans as we leave Split behind and head towards the unique Plitvice National Park. This afternoon we walk along meandering pathways as you view a series of emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by increasingly impressive waterfalls.
Overnight Stay: Plitvice
Day 24: Plitvice Lakes National Park - Ljubljana (FB)
Today we arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where we'll enjoy an Included guided city tour.
Two Night Stay: Ljubljana
Day 25: Ljubljana (FB,D)
One of Europe’s most picturesque and iconic settings is your destination today – Lake Bled, formed after a glacier retreat and overlooked by the famous Bled Castle. SCENIC ENRICH: Step back in time and take a traditional wooden ‘Pletna’ boat to the beautiful island in the lake and visit the historic Church of St Mary.
Day 26: Ljubljana - Venice (FB)
Today visit Slovenia’s greatest tourist site – the Karst Caves at Postojna. A mini-train will take you underground through a series of beautiful halls adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, unique shapes that will leave you spellbound. We continue our journey to Italy, arriving in magnificent Venice – the most unique city in the world! Cruise up the Grand Canal by private motor launch past ornate and gilded Palazzos and Palladian churches to your superbly located hotel. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight we take a romantic gondola serenade and glide under ancient bridges amongst the breathtaking canals.
Two Night Special Stay: Venice
Day 27: Venice (FB,HD)
Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city state in times past during your Included walking tour of the city. Enjoy the bustling cafés in the square, see the clock tower ‘dei Mori’, the Campanile and visit both the stunning Basilica of San Marco and the spectacular Doge’s Palace. Tonight enjoy dinner at Antico Pignolo, a traditional restaurant located alongside one of the city’s canals.
Day 28: Venice (FB)
Transfer to Venice airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Please schedule onward flight for midday).

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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Duration
28 Days
Dates
18 Aug 2014
Fully Booked
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15 Sep 2014
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