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Essence of Ireland & Jewels of Europe River Cruise

(22 days, Dublin - Budapest, 2015)
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. 

All-inclusive luxury

Scenic ‘Space-Ship’
Ultimate Inclusions

  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday^
  • Private butler service for all guests
  • Scenic Riverview – interactive on board commentary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’
  • Six dining venues, including River Café and Table La Rive
  • Return airport transfers

^conditions apply

Scenic Enrich

Exclusive once in a lifetime experiences

  • Visit the Bushmill’s distillery, the oldest legal whiskey distillery in the world
  • Step back in time on a private tour and medieval banquet dinner at Marksburg Castle, a 12th century hilltop castle
  • Scenic Village Cultural Experience: interact with the locals and experience daily life in a German village, exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Enjoy a private Viennese evening concert at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein

Scenic Sundowners

  • Enjoy an afternoon cocktail at your day’s end overlooking the stunning Wachau Valley†

†Scenic Sundowners is a seasonal highlight and is included from 01 April to 30 September 2015

Scenic Tailormade

  • 38 options to choose from in 18 locations

Scenic Free Choice

  • 25 included options to choose from in 16 locations

Dining Experiences

  • 52 superb meals including, 21 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L) and 18 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Journey through the ever changing landscapes of the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit the Giants Causeway, a collection of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns
  • Witness a spectacular on board glass blowing demonstration
  • Enjoy a tasting of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer
  • Discover the history of the European Union during an on board lecture
  • Be entertained by a Bavarian music group performance
  • Sail through the stunning Wachau Valley & Rhine Gorge
  • Enjoy Hungarian folk show followed by an evening cruise along the Danube in Budapest
Day 1: Dublin
Welcome to Dublin. Your Scenic Tours Representative will arrange your transfer* to your centrally located hotel. Tonight join your fellow travellers and your Tour Director for a welcome drink.
Two Night Special Stay: Dublin
Day 2: Dublin (B,D)
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the city including a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a guided tour of Trinity College; or (2) tour the National Gallery.
Day 3: Dublin - Waterford - Killarney (B,D)
Upon arrival in Waterford enjoy a guided tour of Ireland’s oldest city. From Waterford we travel to Blarney Castle, site of the famous Blarney Stone. Our final destination today is Killarney.
Two Night Stay: Killarney
Day 4: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney (B)
Today we experience a journey to remember – the Ring of Kerry. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a jaunting car ride – a traditional pony and trap; or (2) visit Muckross House. This evening we will visit a traditional local pub for some true Irish music and hospitality - your Tour Director will shout the first round!
Day 5: Killarney - Galway (B,D)
We travel north upon departing Killarney and visit the Cliffs of Moher, before travelling through the Burren region, and arriving to our final destination for today, Galway.
Overnight Stay: Galway
Day 6: Galway - Belfast (B)
This morning we’ll visit the 10th century built monastery of Clonmacnoise, before continuing our journey to Belfast. This afternoon we enjoy a famous Black Cab city tour.
Two Night Stay: Belfast
Day 7: Belfast - Giant’s Causeway - Belfast (B,D)
This morning we’ll visit the Giant’s Causeway, perhaps the most remarkable sight in Northern Ireland. SCENIC ENRICH We will visit the Bushmill’s distillery, the oldest legal whiskey distillery in the world, having been in production since 1608. On our visit to the historic complex we’ll discover some of its secrets during a private tour and tasting. Our next stop is for afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle Hotel. Suitably refreshed, we journey back to Belfast.
Day 8: Belfast - Amsterdam (B,D)
This morning after breakfast, your Scenic Tours Representative will transfer you to the airport for your short flight to Amsterdam. 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.
Day 9: Amsterdam (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a sightseeing canal cruise; or (2) a visit to the open-air conservation area and windmills of Zaanse Schans. Back on board, time to relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 10: Düsseldorf - Cologne - Marksburg (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a guided walking tour of Düsseldorf; or (2) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne. 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.
Day 11: Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim (B,L,D)
Be sure to have your camera ready today, as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Arrive in Rüdesheim and board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before taking a cable car to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river.
Day 12: Miltenberg - European Village Life (B,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, such as baking a traditional German cake, or discovering private castles and family wineries.
Day 13: Würzburg (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) explore Würzburg on a guided tour including a visit to the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and private wine tasting underneath the Residenz in the Palace’s wine cellar; or (2) follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg, a walled medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River.
Day 14: Bamberg (B,L,D)
Bursting with character and charm enjoy the sights of the city on your guided tour. 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.
Day 15: Nuremberg (B,L,D)
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.
Day 16: Regensburg (B,L,D)
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, set on the banks of the Danube River. Explore the Abbey with a local guide and enjoy beer tasting at one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.
Day 17: Passau - Linz (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (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.
Day 18: Melk - Dürnstein - Vienna (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey; or (2) take a guided bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS Enjoy an afternoon cocktail at your day’s end overlooking the stunning Wachau Valley (Scenic Sundowners is a seasonal highlight and is included from 01 April to 30 September 2015).
Day 19: Vienna (B,L,D)
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy a guided tour of the famous sights including the Ringstrasse. 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.
Day 20: Vienna (B,L,D)
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.
Day 21: Budapest (B,L,D)
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.
Day 22: Budapest (B)

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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Jun 2015
08 Jun 2015 - Cruise Availablity
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Royal Panorama Suite Fully Booked
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Junior Suite AUD $15,285 - $15,885
Deluxe Balcony Suite AUD $15,185 - $15,685
Balcony Suite AUD $14,385 - $15,035
Outside Stateroom AUD $12,885
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Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.
Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.

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22 Days
AUD $12,885
per person twin share
08 Jun 2015
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