Welcome to Prague! You will be met at Prague International airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Join your fellow travellers and your Tour Director this evening over a welcome drink.
Two Night Stay: Prague
Discover one of the truly magical cities of Europe on a walking tour with a local guide. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a guided tour of Prague’s Communist era buildings and events followed by beer tasting; or (2) enjoy a guided visit to the Lobkowicz Palace; the Palace houses medieval and Renaissance works of art, ceramics spanning five centuries and exceptional arms and armour. This evening be enthralled by a typical Czech highlight dinner at one of its former Palaces.
This morning we depart Prague for Dresden, perhaps the greenest city in Germany. Enjoy an orientation tour of this charming city before continuing to Germany’s capital, Berlin.
Three Night Special Stay: Berlin
This morning we journey to Potsdam, where our local expert historian 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. 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 area.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit the Berlin Wall memorial and Hackesche Höfe; take a ride on Berlin’s subway and 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 cruise on the Spree River.
This morning we are taken to the main train station for our journey to Warsaw aboard our first class rail carriage. We arrive this evening into Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. SCENIC FREE CHOICE DINING Tonight 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 World Heritage status. We visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide this morning; we will also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided tour of the Royal Castle; or (2) visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum. 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.
Two Night Stay: Krakow
Sightseeing in this World Heritage site includes a guided walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to 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, en route to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. A warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’ and settle into your cabin. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (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 the Hospital in the Rock.
As you cruise the mighty Danube perhaps relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas on board. SCENIC ENRICH Tonight’s 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.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) discover Bratislava; travel to Slovakia’s capital and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this historic city, then board a local train and travel back to Vienna along what was once known as the great Austro-Hungarian empire route; or (2) visit the world renowned Spanish Riding School for a guided tour, or to witness the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program (not available all departure dates); or (3) take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace; or (4) ‘Shop with a Chef’ join your on board chef for a guided visit to a local food market, where you will have an opportunity to shop for, and taste the best ingredients this region has to offer.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a picturesque bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk; or (2) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS Enjoy an afternoon cocktail at your day’s end overlooking the stunning Wachau Valley†.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a visit to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’; or (2) take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided walking tour of Regensburg including an organ recital; or (2) visit Weltenburg Abbey; board a local ferry and sail through the Danube Gorge to the impressive Weltenburg Abbey. Explore the Abbey with a local guide and enjoy beer tasting at one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (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. Back on-board, join your fellow passengers for the opportunity to experience some of the region’s finest brews, including Bamberg’s renowned Smoked Beer.
Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of the city on your guided tour.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a guided walking tour of Würzburg including the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and a wine tasting in its underground cellars; or (2) an excursion down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.
SCENIC ENRICHToday 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. Then board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river. SCENIC ENRICH Highlights include a medieval banquet in the 12th century Marksburg Castle. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne; or (2) a walking tour of Düsseldorf. Tonight gather in the Crystal Dining Restaurant for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Today cruise into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a sightseeing canal cruise; or (2) an excursion to the windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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.
†Scenic Sundowners is a seasonal highlight and is included from 01 April to 30 September 2015