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Rome to Budapest & Jewels of Europe River Cruise

(29 days, Rome - Amsterdam, 2015)
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’.

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

  • Learn about local life in Sorrento during a home hosted dinner
  • Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and learn the techniques of oil and wine production in the area
  • Glide under ancient bridges amongst the breath-taking canals on a gondola ride in Venice
  • Take a traditional ‘Pletna’ boat on Lake Bled
  • Enjoy a private Viennese evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein
  • 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

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

  • 37 options to choose from in 17 locations

Scenic Free Choice

  • 25 included options to choose from in 18 locations

Scenic Free Choice Dining

  • Enjoy Italian cuisine at your choice of one of three superb local restaurants in Florence

Dining Experiences

  • 65 superb meals including, 28 Breakfasts (B), 15 Lunches (L) and 22 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Visit The Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent state
  • Admire Michelangelo’s David at the Academy of Fine Arts
  • Enjoy a Hungarian folk show followed by an evening cruise along the Danube in Budapest
  • Enjoy a tasting of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer
  • Witness a spectacular on board glass blowing demonstration
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES
Day 1: Rome (D)
Welcome to Rome! A Scenic Tours Representative will arrange transfer* to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour. (Please schedule flights to arrive before midday).
Two Night Special Stay: Rome
Day 2: Rome (B)
We begin today’s city sightseeing at The Vatican City, where we will enter the world’s largest church - St. Peter’s Basilica before emerging into St. Peters Square, before emerging into St. Peters Square. We continue to the Forum and follow in the footsteps of the ancients to the mighty Colosseum, opened in 80AD.
Day 3: Rome - Sorrento (B,D)
This morning venture to Pompeii and enjoy a guided tour, before continuing to Sorrento. SCENIC ENRICH Tonight enjoy traditional Italian food at a home hosted dinner.
Two Night Stay: Sorrento      
Day 4: Sorrento (B,L)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a funicular ride to Capri town; or (2) take part in a Pizza cooking class.
Day 5: Sorrento - Perugia (B,D)
First stop today is at the medieval village of Assisi, home town of St. Francis, where we enjoy a walking tour including a visit to the Basilica of San Francesco. It’s only a short drive to Perugia to view the Fontana Maggoire and the monuments around the site of the Roman Forum - the Duomo and the Palazzo dei Priori.
Overnight Stay: Perugia
Day 6: Perugia - Florence (B, L)
Today we drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena, a delightful medieval city, where we will enjoy a guided city tour. SCENIC ENRICH Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and learn the techniques of wine and oil production used in the area. A typical rustic lunch will feature the local produce and wines. We continue to San Gimignano and enjoy a city orientation tour. Our final destination today is Florence.
Two Night Stay: Florence
Day 7: Florence (B,D)
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take an excursion to Pisa; or (2) a tour of the Uffizi Gallery. SCENIC FREE CHOICE DINING choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
Day 8: Florence - Santa Margherita (B,D)
A truly memorable day awaits as we journey to the Cinque Terre. We then continue Santa Margherita in the heart of the Italian Riviera.
Two Night Special Stay: Santa Margherita
Day 9: Santa Margherita (B)
This morning we board our boat for a breath-taking cruise along the Ligurian coastline. Our excursion continues on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village and playground of the rich and famous.
Day 10: Santa Margherita - Venice (B,D)
Our first stop today is Verona, where we take a guided walking tour seeing Juliet’s balcony and the Piazza Bra. We then continue to Venice – the most unique city in the world!
Two Night Special Stay: Venice
Day 11: Venice (B)
Appreciate the beauty of historic Venice during a guided walking tour including a visit to the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace. SCENIC ENRICH Take a romantic gondola serenade and glide under ancient bridges amongst the breath-taking canals.
Day 12: Venice - Ljubljana (B,D)
Today  we travel to Slovenia, stopping at the Karst Caves. This afternoon we arrive in Ljubljana.
Two Night Stay: Ljubljana
Day 13: Ljubljana (B)
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 (B,D)
This morning we travel into nearby Croatia to visit its lively capital Zagreb.
Overnight Special Stay: Zagreb
Day 15: Zagreb - Budapest (B,D)
Journey by coach to Budapest where you will board your luxurious Scenic ‘Space-Ship’.
Day 16: 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 17: Vienna (B,L,D)
As you cruise the mighty Danube perhaps relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas on board. 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 18: 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 19: Dürnstein - Melk (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a picturesque bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk; or (2) visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk. 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 20: Aschach - Passau (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a visit to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’; or (2) take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov.
Day 21: 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. Explore the Abbey with a local guide and enjoy beer tasting at one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.
Day 22: 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. 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 23: Bamberg (B,L,D)
Bursting with character and charm, enjoy the sights of the city on your guided tour.
Day 24: Würzburg (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a guided walking tour of Würzburg including the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and a wine tasting in its underground cellars; or (2) an excursion down the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.
Day 25: Wertheim - European Village Life (B,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICHToday 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 (B,L,D)
Today in Rüdesheim board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river. 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 27: Cologne (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a walking tour of Cologne; or (2) a walking tour of Düsseldorf. Tonight gather in the Crystal Dining Restaurant for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 28: Amsterdam (B,L,D)
Today cruise into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a sightseeing canal cruise; or (2) an excursion to the windmills of Zaanse Schans.
Day 29: Amsterdam (B)

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 2015
11
11 May 2015 - Cruise Availablity
Cabin Price
Single Balcony Fully Booked
Royal Panorama Suite Fully Booked
Royal Suite AUD $22,790 - $23,190
Junior Suite AUD $21,290 - $21,890
Deluxe Balcony Suite AUD $21,190 - $21,690
Balcony Suite AUD $20,390 - $21,040
Outside Stateroom AUD $18,890
from AUD $18,890 (Outside Stateroom)
Jun 2015
8
08 Jun 2015 - Cruise Availablity
Cabin Price
Single Balcony Fully Booked
Royal Panorama Suite AUD $23,790
Royal Suite AUD $22,790 - $23,190
Junior Suite AUD $21,290 - $21,890
Deluxe Balcony Suite AUD $21,190 - $21,690
Balcony Suite AUD $20,390 - $21,040
Outside Stateroom AUD $18,890
from AUD $18,890 (Outside Stateroom)
Jul 2015
15
15 Jul 2015 - Cruise Availablity
Cabin Price
Single Balcony Fully Booked
Royal Panorama Suite AUD $23,790
Royal Suite AUD $22,790 - $23,190
Junior Suite AUD $21,290 - $21,890
Balcony Suite AUD $20,790 - $21,090
Outside Stateroom AUD $18,890
from AUD $18,890 (Outside Stateroom)
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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Duration
29 Days
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AUD $18,890
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Dates
11 May 2015
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08 Jun 2015
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15 Jul 2015
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