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Rome to Budapest & Jewels of Europe River Cruise

(29 days, Rome - Amsterdam, 2014)
Rome to Budapest Tour & Jewels of Europe River Cruise
This 29 day tour explores the best of Italy plus Ljubljana, Zagreb and Europe’s famous waterways on a luxury river cruise to Amsterdam via Hungary, Germany and Austria.

Rome to Budapest
From the baroque architecture of Zagreb; and one of Europe’s smallest capitals, the charming Ljubljana; to the grandeur and culture of the imperial city of Budapest; and the wealth of history in Rome; this tour also showcases the art, fashion, food, wine, coffee to be found all across Italy, from the grand canals of Venice, and the spectacular coastline of the Amalfi Coast; to the fabulous Italian Riviera, home to Santa Margherita, Cinque Terre and Portofino; and the green heart of Italy found in Perugia, Florence and Siena.

Budapest to Amsterdam
Uncover the treasures of the grand waterways of Europe on an unforgettable river cruise along the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers, whose banks are graced by the incredible imperial cities of Budapest, Vienna and Amsterdam. A showcase of medieval castles, vistas of vine covered slopes, the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, and charming villages; this route includes the beautiful Austrian cities of Melk and Linz; the wine town of Dürnstein in the stunning Wachau Valley; 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; and Passau, the ‘City of Three Rivers’.

14 night land tour including 2 nights in Venice • 14 night river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

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
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES

^ conditions apply

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Be treated to a home hosted dinner of traditional Italian cuisine in a private family home in Sorrento
  • Learn how to make wine and oil at a Tuscan farmhouse near San Gimignano then enjoy lunch
  • Journey from Monterosso to Levatno by train to experience the Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy a romantic gondola serenade in Venice
  • Journey by traditional ‘Pletna’ boat across Lake Bled
  • Over a glass of Austrian Sekt at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein, enjoy a private Viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.
  • Scenic Village Cultural Experience: interact with the locals and experience daily life in a German village, exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Step back in time on a private tour and Medieval Banquet dinner at Marksburg Castle

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • Tour the Island of Capri: or take a part in an Italian cooking class in Sorrento
  • Tour the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; or see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Discover Budapest during a guided tour; or relax at the Thermal Baths & Spa; or visit the Cave Hospital
  • In Vienna tour Schönbrunn Palace; or visit the Spanish Riding School†; or see the key sights of Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava
  • Take an excursion to Salzburg; or visit Cesky Krumlov
  • Take a walking tour of Würzburg including a private wine tasting; or visit romantic Rothenburg

Included Scenic Dining

  • 65 Superb Meals including 28 Full Breakfasts – hot and cold buffet selections (FB), 1 Highlight Lunch – two course table d’hôte (HL),14 Lunches – buffet and daily à la carte selections (L), 5 Highlight Dinners - three course table d’hôte (HD) and 17 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: Rome (HD)
Your Scenic Tours Representative will arrange your transfer* to the hotel. SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants. Please schedule flights to arrive before midday.
Two Night Special Stay: Rome
Day 2: Rome (FB)
We begin today’s Included sightseeing at the Vatican City. See the huge wealth accumulated through the centuries during our visit to the Vatican Museums and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The highlights here are Michelangelo’s Last Judgement and Old Testament Frescoes. We then enter the world’s largest church – St. Peter’s Basilica, and emerge into St. Peter’s Square.
Day 3: Rome - Sorrento (FB,HD)
This morning we venture to Pompeii, which lay buried under tonnes of ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Our Included tour enables us to appreciate the incredible level of civilisation enjoyed by the ancient Romans. We continue on to Sorrento, perched dramatically on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight we enjoy traditional Italian food at a home hosted dinner.
Two Night Special Stay: Sorrento
Day 4: Sorrento (FB,L)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activities: (1) a funicular ride to Capri town for a journey around the island; or (2) a Pizza cooking class.
Day 5: Sorrento - Perugia (FB,D)
We journey into the green heart of Italy, viewing enchanting hillside towns, olive groves and vineyards. We stop at the medieval village of Assisi, where we take an Included walking tour. It’s only a short drive to Perugia to view the Fontana Maggoire and the monuments around the site of the Roman Forum.
Overnight Stay: Perugia
Day 6: Perugia - Florence (FB,HL)
SCENIC ENRICH: We visit a Tuscan farmhouse where we will be shown the cantina and learn the techniques of wine and oil production used in the area. A typical rustic lunch will feature the local produce and wines. Our Included orientation tour of San Gimignano will feature the main square, dominated by the Communal Palace and the Duomo. There is leisure time to wander the quiet streets before continuing to Florence.
Two Night Special Stay: Florence
Day 7: Florence (FB,HD)
Enjoy an Included walking tour of the city, followed by a selection of SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) an excursion to Pisa; or (2) tour of the Uffizi Gallery. This evening we enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine in one of Florence’s fine restaurants.
Day 8: Florence - Santa Margherita (FB,D)
SCENIC ENRICH: A truly memorable day awaits as we journey to the Cinque Terre. We start from Manarola and then journey by train from Monterosso to Levatno.
Two Night Special Stay: Santa Margherita
Day 9: Santa Margherita (FB)
Today our Included excursion takes us to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village and playground of the rich and famous.
Day 10: Santa Margherita - Venice (FB,HD)
Enjoy an Included walking tour of Verona. Cruise up the Grand Canal in Venice to our superbly located hotel. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant located alongside one of the city’s canals.
Two Night Special Stay: Venice
Day 11: Venice (FB)
Appreciate the beauty of historic Venice during an Included walking tour of the city. SCENIC ENRICH: take a romantic gondola serenade and glide under ancient bridges amongst the breathtaking canals.
Day 12: Venice - Ljubljana (FB,D)
As we leave Italy behind we travel to Slovenia, stopping at the Karst Caves. Later this afternoon we arrive in the capital Ljubljana.
Two Night Stay: Ljubljana
Day 13: Ljubljana (FB)
SCENIC ENRICH: We step back in time and take a traditional ‘Pletna’ boat to the stunningly beautiful island in Lake Bled.
Day 14: Ljubljana - Zagreb (FB,D)
This morning we travel into nearby Croatia to visit its lively capital Zagreb.
Overnight Special Stay: Zagreb
Day 15: Zagreb - Budapest - Cruising (FB,D)
We head north and cross the Hungarian border, travelling through picturesque countryside before arriving to today’s destination, majestic Budapest. On arrival you will be personally welcomed by our friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’.
Day 16: Budapest (FB,L,D)

Today 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 17: Vienna (FB,L,D)
As you cruise the mighty Danube perhaps relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas on board. 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 18: Vienna (FB,L,D)
To get acquainted with this beautiful city, enjoy an Included orientation tour of the famous sights. Today offers three Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours to choose from: (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 19: Dürnstein - Melk (FB,L,D)
This morning your ship docks in the town of Dürnstein. Enjoy leisure time to explore one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) take a picturesque bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk; or (2) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk.
Day 20: Aschach - Passau (FB,L,D)
Your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE today gives you a choice of two countries: (1) a visit to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’; 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 21: Regensburg (FB,L,D)
Regensburg is one of Germany’s finest preserved cities. Today you’ll be able to explore this unique town, 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, featuring more than 25 points of interest including Thurn and Taxis Palace, the Imperial Hall and Regensburg Cathedral.
Day 22: Nuremberg (FB,L,D)
Today offers two Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours to choose from: (1) see the infamous WWII sites followed by a self-guided tour of the Documentation Centre; or (2) ‘Tastes of Nuremberg’: enjoy a delicious sampling of Nuremberg’s famous bratwurst, beer and gingerbread.
Day 23: Bamberg (FB,L,D)
Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of Bamberg on your Included city tour. Back on board, join your fellow passengers for the opportunity to experience some of the region’s finest brews including Bamberg’s famous Smoked Beer.
Day 24: 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 25: Wertheim - 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, such as playing a game of Kegeln (a typical German game similar to bowling), or be welcomed into private family wineries.
Day 26: Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge - Marksburg Castle (FB,L,HD)
Today in Rüdesheim board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river. Cruise this afternoon through the spectacular Rhine Gorge with its stunning castles and vine-covered slopes. Tonight’s SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle. Set high above the banks of the Rhine, this 12th century castle is the only one in the region never to have been destroyed. Enjoy a private tour of the castle before stepping back in time for a medieval feast.
Day 27: Cologne - Düsseldorf (FB,L,D)
Today choose one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne; or (2) a walking tour of Düsseldorf. Tonight gather in the Crystal Dining Room for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 28: Amsterdam (FB,L,D)
Today cruise into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. 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.
Day 29: Amsterdam (FB)
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.

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
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14 Jul 2014 - Cruise Availablity
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Duration
29 Days
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Dates
07 May 2014
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09 Jun 2014
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