Welcome to Paris! Paris, the capital of France, is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. You will be met at Charles de Gaulle airport by your Scenic Tours Representative before being transferred* to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink this evening with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.
Three Night Special Stay: Paris
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a guided sightseeing tour of all the major sights of Paris; or (2) visit the world’s largest museum, the Louvre; or (3) enjoy a walking tour with a local Parisian.
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your free day where the city awaits with countless sights. SCENIC FREE CHOICE DINING (1) dine at the world famous Lido including a show; or (2) dine at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel before a short sightseeing cruise on the Seine River.
Today travel by train to Amsterdam, a fascinating and compact city of picturesque canals. 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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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) 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.
After breakfast this morning journey by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical cities of Europe. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture.
Three Night Stay: Prague
Today join your local guide on your guided sightseeing tour through the old town. Start your tour at the top of the towering Prague Castle district before making your way down the cobbled stone streets to such sights as the St Vitus Cathedral and 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. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) discover the history of the controlling years of communism on a walking tour, followed by a visit to a traditional beer house; or (2) 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.
Enjoy exploring this magnificent city at your leisure where your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred* by your Scenic Tours Representative to Prague International Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.