Welcome to Dublin. Your Scenic Tours Representative will personally greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer* to your centrally located hotel.
Two Night Special Stay: Dublin
Today our expert local guide will help us discover the history and charm of Ireland’s capital city. We’ll also see the famous Trinity College before visiting the home of ‘the black stuff’ – the Guinness Storehouse. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activities: (1) a guided tour of Trinity College; or (2) tour of the National Gallery. Tonight enjoy dinner in one of Dublin’s oldest pubs.
Today we visit the ruins of the 6th century monastic settlement of Glendalough where we’ll explore its 9th century round tower and St. Kevin’s Cathedral. We continue our travels to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city.
Overnight Stay: Waterford
SCENIC ENRICH: Enjoy a visit to the Cobh Heritage Centre, the embarkation point for over two million emigrants who left Ireland in search of a better life in Australia and the Americas. From Cobh we travel to Blarney Castle, the site of the famous Blarney Stone, for your chance to kiss the famous stone and receive the gift of the gab. We then travel through West Cork, home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland, before arriving in Killarney.
Two Night Stay: Killarney
Today we experience a journey to remember – the Ring of Kerry. This afternoon choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a jaunting car ride – a traditional pony and trap; or (2) visit Muckross House, a Tudor-style mansion; or (3) enjoy cycling at leisure. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening after dinner we will visit a traditional local pub for some true Irish music and hospitality – your Tour Director will shout the first round!
We travel north and admire glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean as we pass the Cliffs of Moher. We then journey through the Burren region, an amazing limestone plateau containing dozens of megalithic tombs and celtic crosses before reaching the ‘City of the Tribes’, Galway. Enjoy an Included orientation tour of the city.
Two Night Stay: Galway
Today we travel into Connemara National Park, a 5,000 acre natural wonderland featuring wild and rugged mountains and pristine lakes.
This morning we stop near Sligo to honour one of Ireland’s literary greats – W. B. Yeats, who is buried in Drumcliff, before continuing to Derry, a compact city completely surrounded by fortified walls. We then travel up the coast of Lough Foyle to our hotel.
Overnight Stay: County Donegal
Today’s SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a visit to Bushmill’s distillery, the oldest legal whiskey distillery in the world, having been in production since 1608. We then travel along the coast a little further to Giant’s Causeway, perhaps the most remarkable sight in Northern Ireland. We finish our journey with arrival into the Ulster capital, Belfast.
Two Night Stay: Belfast
Today we enjoy an Included city tour of Belfast.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago, discover cottages, farms and schools as you wander through the Ulster Folk Museum; or (2) visit the Ulster Transport Museum. Our final journey takes us to Dublin, where an evening of great Irish craic awaits.
Overnight Special Stay: Dublin
After breakfast, transfer to Dublin international airport for your short flight to Amsterdam. A Scenic Tours representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer to your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’. On board be warmly welcomed by our dedicated crew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
After breakfast it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark your 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.