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Essence of Ireland & Jewels of Europe River Cruise

(26 days, Dublin - Budapest, 2014)
Essence of Ireland Tour & Jewels of Europe River Cruise
This 26 day tour showcases Ireland’s famous sights before travelling to Amsterdam to board a luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ to cruise to Budapest via Germany and Austria.

Dublin to Dublin (Round Trip)
The Irish are famous for their passion for literature, music, dance and conversation so it’s no wonder that the Emerald Isle is high on life. With a history dating back as far as 6,000 BC, rolling green hills, bizarre lunar landscapes, spectacular coastline and labyrinthine caves to discover and a Guinness to enjoy at the end of the day, the luck of the Irish is everywhere. Highlights of this leg include Dublin; Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city dating back to the Vikings in 914; Blarney Castle near Cork, site of the famous Blarney Stone; West Cork, home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland; Killarney; the Ring of Kerry along the shores of Dingle Bay where the Iveragh Mountains dramatically drop into the Atlantic Ocean; County Clare for the Cliffs of Moher; the ‘City of the Tribes’, Galway and County Donegal. Northern Ireland is home to the fortified city of Londonderry, the picturesque Causeway Coast, and the Ulster capital, Belfast.

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. 

11 night land tour including 3 nights in Dublin • 14 night river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest

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

^ conditions apply

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Visit the historic embarkation point for Irish emigrants to Australia and the Americas at the Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Visit a traditional Irish pub and receive a round of drinks from your Tour Director
  • Visit and tour the world’s oldest legal whiskey distillery
  • 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.

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Trinity College; or the National Gallery in Dublin
  • In Killarney take a jaunting car ride; or visit Muckross house; or a cycling tour
  • In Belfast visit the Ulster Folk Museum; or the Transportation Museum
  • 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 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 Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava
  • Discover Budapest during a guided tour; or relax at the Thermal Baths and Spa; or explore the labyrinths of the Cave Hospital

Included Scenic Dining

  • 60 superb meals including 25 Full Breakfasts – hot and cold buffet selections (FB), 13 Lunches – buffet or daily à la carte selections (L), 3 Highlight Dinners – three course table d’hôte (HD) and 19 Dinners – three to four course table d’hôte (D)

Land Touring Exclusive inclusions

  • Luxury 40 seat coach
  • Small group touring experience
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Whisper Headsets for all walking tours
  • All Tipping, Gratuities and Porterage Included
Day 1: Dublin
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
Day 2: Dublin (FB,HD)
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.
Day 3: Dublin - Waterford (FB,D)
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
Day 4: Waterford - Killarney (FB,D)
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
Day 5: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney (FB,D)
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!
Day 6: Killarney - Galway (FB,D)
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
Day 7: Galway - Connemara - Galway (FB)
Today we travel into Connemara National Park, a 5,000 acre natural wonderland featuring wild and rugged mountains and pristine lakes.
Day 8: Galway - Derry - Co. Donegal (FB,D)
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
Day 9: Co. Donegal - Belfast (FB,D)
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
Day 10: Belfast (FB)
Today we enjoy an Included city tour of Belfast.
Day 11: Belfast - Dublin (FB,HD)
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
Day 12: Dublin - Amsterdam (FB,D)
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.
Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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 26: Budapest (FB)
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.

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