You will be met at Moscow International Airport by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your hotel. Meet up this evening over a welcome dinner at the hotel with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.
Three Night Stay: Moscow
This morning you’ll set out on an exploration of the city of Moscow. Our Included guided tour takes you to Red Square with a visit to Lenin’s Tomb, GUM department store, Gorky Park and St. Basil’s Cathedral. This afternoon you’ll tour the Kremlin, seat of the former Soviet Union’s intrigue. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, Fabergé eggs and ceremonial robes.
Today our Included visit takes us to Sergiev Posad, the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church. Returning to Moscow in the afternoon we see the famous Moscow metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line. Tonight we see the internationally acclaimed Old Russian Circus.
Enjoy the morning exploring Moscow at your leisure. This afternoon we will transfer to the Moscow train station where we will board the Aurora train to St. Petersburg. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Three Night Stay: St. Petersburg
Our city sightseeing tour today takes in all the great sites St. Petersburg has to offer. A highlight today is St Isaac’s Cathedral with its huge gilded dome, exquisite mosaics and icons. We end the tour with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. After lunch we will visit the Hermitage Art Museum.
Today our excursion takes us to Tsarskoe Selo, built for Catherine the Great, for an Included visit of Catherine’s Palace. Tonight we travel to the Hermitage Theatre for a performance by the Russian Ballet.
After breakfast we leave Russia behind for Estonia via Ivangood to Narva. The border town is dominated by the 15th century Hermann Castle which also overlooks the Ivangorod Fortress on the Russian side of the River. We continue to Tallinn.
Two Night Stay: Tallinn
Our tour today takes in the Old Town, famous for its jumble of twisting, cobblestone streets and Gothic spires. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, located nearby the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and the beautiful Town Hall Square. We also explore the city walls, still largely intact and a great vantage point to observe this striking city. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
This morning we depart Tallinn for Riga in Latvia, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital, famous for its mud baths and spa resorts. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture, cosy beer cellars and cafés. Our tour includes St. Peter’s Church with its 123 metre high tower, the city walls and Riga Castle.
Overnight Stay: Riga
This morning we leave Riga and travel to Rundale where we visit Rundale Palace. On route to the Lithuanian city of Siauliai we stop at the extraordinary ‘Hill of Crosses’. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small Crosses, which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. This evening we arrive in Vilnius for our two night stay.
Two Night Stay: Vilnius
This morning we join our expert local guide for an insightful walking tour around the Old Town, with its many famous examples of baroque architecture. We’ll get to see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn with its remarkable chapel and the famous Vilnius Cathedral. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle, located a short drive outside of Vilnius. The castle is sometimes referred to as ‘Little Marienburg’ and construction began in the 14th century.
After breakfast we depart Vilnius. Our route will take us into the amazing Mazurian region, which encompasses 4,000 lakes in a pristine setting, where a great deal of the landscape remains virgin forest. We cross the border into Poland and continue on to the capital Warsaw.
Two Night Stay: Warsaw
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, however the historic centre has been rebuilt and has attained UNESCO World Heritage status. We visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide this morning for a striking reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. We will also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE: (1) an excursion to Wilanow Palace - known as Poland’s Versailles; or (2) visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and learn about Poland’s history. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin music in a Manor House, followed by dinner.
This morning we will be taken to the main train station where we board our first class carriage for a journey across the heart of Poland and into Germany. Time en route to relax and watch the scenery pass by, arriving into Berlin early afternoon.
Three Night Stay: Berlin
This morning we journey to Potsdam, former residence of the Prussian Kings until 1918, where SCENIC ENRICH our local expert historian on Potsdam shares his knowledge of the town and its history as we visit the Cecilienhof where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945. After free time in Potsdam we return back to Berlin. Berlin has undergone an exciting transformation since reunification in 1989. SCENIC ENRICH: We have arranged special entry to explore the renovated parliamentary building that was controversially set on fire in 1933. After our tour, we’ll enjoy coffee and cake whilst under the famous glass dome. This afternoon see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, Alexander Platz, drive ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was once the notorious border crossing between the Soviet and American sectors, and witness to a number of dramatic events during the cold war. This evening we’ll enjoy a highlight dinner of delicious food in a local restaurant.
This morning choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum, where you will learn the historic details of this notorious time in German history, such as the Berlin Wall and stories of those who risked their lives for freedom; or (2) take a relaxing Cruise on the Spree River where you can view all the Berlin sites and fine architecture from the waterways; or (3) enjoy a guided tour of the Topography of Terror Museum (Gestapo HQ); or (4) enjoy cycling at leisure around the city.
After breakfast this morning we journey by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical cities of Europe. Situated on the bank 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
This morning we will tour the old town with our local guide, ending with coffee and cake. This evening be enthralled by a typical Czech highlight dinner at one of its former Palaces.
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.
After breakfast we depart Prague by luxury coach to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. On arrival you will be personally welcomed by our friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. After unpacking for the start of your 14 night voyage, join your fellow guests for a Welcome Cocktail in the lounge. After dinner sit back and enjoy a Hungarian Folkloric ensemble showcasing traditional Hungarian music and dancing.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.