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Jewels Of Europe - 2017

Jewels of Europe - 2017

15 days & 14 nights, Private Journey

Amsterdam, Cologne, Marksburg, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna & Budapest

A region steeped in the history of ancient trade routes, today the rivers of the Rhine, Main and Danube meander through forested hillsides, idyllic vineyards and romantic towns. Restored castles still stand watch form their position atop dramatic hilltops, just as they did in the days of feudal knights. However today, the sites of ancient battles have been replaced by a tranquil countryside, and thriving towns and villages. This is a journey that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, cobbled streets and childhood fairy tales.

  • Day 1

    Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening's welcome reception.

    Scenic Spaceship - 14 Nights (D)
  • Day 2

    Explore wonderful Amsterdam - with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.

    Freechoice: Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans. And in the evening, please join the Captain for the official welcome dinner.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    Cologne - Marksburg

    Freechoice: Explore the Neanderthal museum or take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.

    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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 4
    Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

    Enjoy the unrivaled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. 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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 5

    In Freudenberg you'll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of 'Oktoberfest', Germany's famously fun festival. 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 Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 6

    Freechoice: Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road. Then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 7

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed old town of Bamberg. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders did.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 8

    Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice: 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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 9

    Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    Passau - 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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 11
    Melk - Durnstein

    Freechoice: 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.

    As the day ends, indulge in a delicious beverage as you take in a fine sunset at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 12

    Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.

    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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 13

    Freechoice: 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 during their morning exercise program. Or why not taste your way around the local market on your 'Shop with a Chef' tour with your on board chef.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 14

    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.

    Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
  • Day 15

    Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

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