Jewels of Europe - 201615 days & 14 nights , Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Amsterdam, Cologne, Marksburg, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna & Budapest
Restored castles still stand watch from their position atop dramatic hilltops, just as they did in the days of feudal knights, and land barons. However today, the sites of ancient battles and medieval skirmishes have been replaced by a tranquil countryside, and thriving towns and villages. Elsewhere, romantic ruins echo with a timeless beauty and Gothic spires rise out of the picturesque communities nestled along the river banks. This is a journey that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, recalling medieval jousts, cobbled streets and childhood fairy tales.
Day 1Welcome to Amsterdam
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (D)
Explore wonderful Amsterdam - with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a bit of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.
Alternatively, you can make the most of your free time by walking or cycling the city, and letting your Tailormade GPS device open your eyes to its many key attractions. And in the evening, please join the Captain for the official welcome dinner.
Day 3Cologne - Marksburg
Explore the Neanderthal museum or take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Either way, it's a great day to see and discover.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Delight in the medieval ambience at Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. You'll get the opportunity to partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and quantities of free flowing local red wine. You can also look forward to being entertained in the grand tradition of Europe's great royal houses, with minstrels and colourful court jesters, there for your exclusive pleasure.
Day 4Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim
Enjoy the unrivalled views and fresh air of the spectacular Rhine Gorge, a World Heritage Site. Then alight in Rudesheim and board the 'Winzerexpress' mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before enjoying a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument, for a spectacular bird's eye view of the river.
Day 5Freudenberg - Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'
In Freudenberg you'll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of 'Oktoberfest', Germany's famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, bright festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer. It's also a great opportunity to meet the locals, see some regional arts and crafts, and indulge in a Bavarian lunch with large servings of good humor and revelry.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road - such an important trade route during the Middle Ages. Then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in the old town of Bamberg, a World Heritage Site alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders did; and during your leisure time you might like to savor the traditional smoked beer of the region.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit moving WWII sites or choose something a little lighter - the 'Tastes of Nuremberg' - a tour of culinary delights that will let you indulge your passion for local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. We won't tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.
From its medieval town, the bordering Bavarian Forest and the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey, and sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world.
You could also take a leisurely cycle to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.
Day 10Passau - Salzburg
Let the 'Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show' transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg and will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 11Melk - Durnstein
Experience Melk's magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Alternatively, for the more active embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Durnstein - at your own pace, of course. We'll even pack you a picnic.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
As the day ends, you'll get to take in a fine sunset at 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 don't take all the credit for this one. It's nature who'll provide the view. We're just bringing the drinks.
Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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, and you'll have ample opportunity to explore it.
Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schonbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for either a tour of the stables or to 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.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe's oldest and prettiest cities.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.(B)