You will be met at Prague International airport and transferred* to your centrally located hotel. This Bohemian metropolitan city situated on the banks of the River Vltava offers a blend of both old and new world which is sure to please. Join your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening over a welcome drink.
Two Night Special Stay: Prague
This morning we will discover one of the truly magical cites of Europe – Prague on our Included tour. With our local guide we will walk around Hradcany Castle, see St. Vitus Cathedral and the Mala Strana and walk across the Charles Bridge. One of the most familiar sights in Prague, the Charles Bridge was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods and provided the connection between the Old Town and Little Quarter. We then explore the Old Town Square and witness the Astronomical clock striking the hour. This afternoon choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) step back in time and re-live the history of the dark and controlling years of communism, on a walking tour of Prague’s Communist era buildings and events. We will also visit some well-known local beer houses, and enjoy beer tasting; or (2) a visit to the 13th century Gothic-style synagogue, built around 1270 this is the oldest synagogue in Europe. This evening be enthralled by a typical Czech highlight dinner at one of its former Palaces.
We depart Prague for Dresden, perhaps the greenest city in Germany. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. On our Included orientation tour we see the Frauenkirche, the Castle of the Electors of Saxony, the Semper Opera House and visit the courtyards of the Zwinger. We continue our journey through the Spreewald forest to Germany’s capital, Berlin our home for the next three nights.
Three Night Special Stay: Berlin
This morning we journey to Potsdam, former residence of the Prussian Kings until 1918. SCENIC ENRICH: Our local expert historian on Potsdam shares his knowledge of the town and its history as we visit the Cecilienhof where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. After free time in Potsdam we return back to Berlin. Berlin has undergone an exciting transformation since reunification in 1989. SCENIC ENRICH: We have arranged special entry to explore the renovated parliamentary building that was controversially set on fire in 1933. After our tour, we’ll enjoy coffee and cake whilst under the famous glass dome. This afternoon see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, Alexander Platz, drive ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was once the notorious border crossing between the Soviet and American sectors, and witness to a number of dramatic events during the cold war.
This morning choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, where you will learn the historic details of this notorious time in German history, such as the Berlin Wall and stories of those who risked their lives for freedom; or (2) take a relaxing cruise on the Spree River where you will view many of Berlin sights and fine architecture from the waterways; or (3) enjoy a guided tour of the Topography of Terror museum (Gestapo HQ); or (4) enjoy cycling at leisure.
This morning we are taken to the main train station for our Included journey to Warsaw aboard our first class rail carriage. Enjoy your time en-route to relax and watch the rural scenery change from the evergreen forests and rolling hills of Germany to the broad agricultural farmland of western Poland. We arrive this evening into Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. Warsaw was believed to have been founded in the late 13th Century, when the Duke Boleshaw built a castle here overlooking the Vistula River. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
Two Night Stay: Warsaw
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, however the historic centre has been rebuilt and has attained UNESCO World Heritage status. We visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide this morning for a striking reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. We will also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) an excursion to Wilanow Palace – known as Poland’s Versailles; or (2) visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and learn about Poland’s history. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin music in a Manor House, followed by dinner.
We continue through Poland to Auschwitz and visit the former concentration camp and its museum, for chilling reminders of the Holocaust in World War II. Early this evening we arrive in the city of Krakow. Poland’s former capital for nearly six centuries and largest city was one of the few Polish cities scarcely damaged in World War II allowing us to enjoy it in its original glory.
Two Night Stay: Krakow
Included sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage site includes a guided walking tour of the old town where you will see St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, and visit the cathedral and the castle on Wawel Hill. SCENIC ENRICH: This afternoon we visit the nearby 800 year old Wieliczka Salt Mines. See the statues of historic and mythical figures, all sculpted by miners out of rock salt. This evening we will soak up the atmosphere of a Polish folklore show with dinner.
After breakfast we depart Krakow and cross the border into Slovakia, passing the 13th century Castle, Oravsky Hrad en-route to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. On arrival you will be personally welcomed by our friendly dedicated staff on board your luxurious Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. After unpacking for the start of your 14 night voyage, join your fellow guests for a Welcome Cocktail in the lounge.
Today 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.
As you cruise the mighty Danube perhaps relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas on board. 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.
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an Included orientation tour of the famous sights. Today offers three Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours to choose from: (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).
This morning your ship docks in the town of Dürnstein. Enjoy leisure time to explore one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) take a picturesque bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk; or (2) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk.
Your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE today gives you a choice of two countries: (1) a visit to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’; 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.
Regensburg is one of Germany’s finest preserved cities. Today you’ll be able to explore this unique town, 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, featuring more than 25 points of interest including Thurn and Taxis Palace, the Imperial Hall and Regensburg Cathedral.
Today offers two Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours to choose from: (1) see the infamous WWII sites followed by a self-guided tour of the Documentation Centre; or (2) ‘Tastes of Nuremberg’: enjoy a delicious sampling of Nuremberg’s famous bratwurst, beer and gingerbread.
Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of Bamberg on your Included city tour. Back on board, join your fellow passengers for the opportunity to experience some of the region’s finest brews including Bamberg’s famous Smoked Beer.
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.
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, such as playing a game of Kegeln (a typical German game similar to bowling), or be welcomed into private family wineries.
Today in Rüdesheim board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river. Cruise this afternoon through the spectacular Rhine Gorge with its stunning castles and vine-covered slopes. Tonight’s 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 in the region never to have been destroyed. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
Today choose one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne; or (2) a walking tour of Düsseldorf. Tonight gather in the Crystal Dining Room for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Today cruise into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. 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.
After breakfast 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 guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.