Gems of the Danube
All Excursions Included
Cruise: European River
From £1670 PP Based on 2 sharing
This journey along the Danube demands you take your time and savour the sights around you. Few waterways have carved such an important route through Europe, so it’s only right that you pay the river – and its historical treasures – the respect it deserves.
Scenic have taken what you’d expect from an all inclusive river cruise to a whole new level. From complimentary drinks and dining in a range of on-board venues, to unforgettable experiences and even a private butler service; they include so much more so that you can enjoy complete financial peace of mind from the moment you set sail.
All dining on-board is included in the price of your cruise, so whether you sit down to a meal in the elegant Crystal Restaurant, savour the Italian-themed cuisine of Portobellos, or grab a freshly-fired pizza in the relaxed River Café, you won’t ever have to dip into your Euros to settle a bill.
Scenic’s sleek fleet of ‘Space-Ships’ are amongst the most spacious of Europe’s waters. All suites on-board come with a wealth of lavish amenities and 84% of them feature our revolutionary Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ system that lets you transform your private balcony into an all-weather retreat at the touch of a button.
Scenic Free Choice offers a range of diverse and flexible excursions in every port with the pace ranging from relaxed to active. And once-in-a-lifetime experiences come courtesy of Scenic Enrich, an enhanced collection of unforgettable and often exclusive highlights, like private classical concerts or delicious dinners in ancient castles.
Not only is Scenic’s favourable 1:3 staff-to-guest ratio higher on average than most other river cruise operators, but their generous on-board service also gives every guest on-board access to a dedicated personal butler service to make sure every demand is seamlessly catered to.
During the Danube’s journey through lower Germany, central Austria and out into Hungary, some of Europe’s most distinctive cities unveil a treasure trove of cultures and rich historical legacies. Travel from Passau and take your time on the water as you cruise further east, visiting Linz, Melk, Vienna and Budapest, the crowning jewel of this inspiring voyage. Each destination offers a unique insight into the region, with charming old towns rubbing shoulders against majestic city scapes.
Free Choice Activity:
The mighty Eastern Alps hold fort in the sapphire skies behind the enchanting city of Salzburg, a destination of
significant musical heritage and bewitching architectural beauty. Spend a day exploring this magical Austrian icon during an entrancing Free choice excursion, which includes a guided tour.
Day 1 - Nuremberg
Your cruise begins here, and you’ll get to toast the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Nuremberg
Freechoice: Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter – the 'Tastes of Nuremberg', a tour of culinary delights that will help you discover a passion for local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. We won’t tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Regensburg
At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.
Freechoice: Join the group for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg or hop on a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, where you can sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Alternatively, you could take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Passau > Linz
Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Melk > Dürnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course.
Sundowners As the day ends, you’ll get to take in the fine views of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we can't take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who provides the view, we’re just bringing the drinks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Vienna
Today you have options galore. Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or why not taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour with your on board chef.
Enrich: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Budapest
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities. Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 8 - Budapest
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. Meals included: Breakfast
Sundowners As your day comes to an end you’ll be transported to Wachau Valley, a striking natural wonderland and UNESCO
World Heritage Site carved out by the Danube river. Here you’re invited to take in the beautiful views of this stunning landscape with a complimentary cocktail in hand. The endless panoramas feature reminders of the region's past as well as unspoilt horizons peppered with castles, monasteries and ancient ruins. Your time here is the perfect opportunity
to reflect on your journey so far.
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