Jewels of Europe with Paris and Prague - 201621 days & 20 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
Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Marksburg, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Salzburg, Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest & Prague
From Paris, Europe’s City of Light, to Prague, the Paris of the East, this is a journey that begins and ends with two of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and features a string of glittering towns in between. Travel the canals of Amsterdam, where meandering waterways bypass buildings that haven’t changed since Holland’s great voyages of discovery centuries ago. Visit Cologne, with its towering cathedral and timeless Vienna, spiritual home to Europe’s greatest composers. If you’re after great food, there’s more than enough in this itinerary to get you salivating, including visits to Regensburg, known for its delectable wurst, and Bamberg, equally famous for its world-class beer. And if you’re looking for more than just cuisine, rest assured – stops at Marksburg Castle, Melk and Nuremberg will provide a feast for all the senses.
Day 1Welcome to Paris
A world of wonder awaits you with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels.Marriott Opera Ambassador - 3 Nights
Discover Paris on a guided tour or marvel at the exhibits at the world-renowned Louvre. Alternatively, let a local Parisian show you another side of the city.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B)
You have a free day so follow your own heart through Paris. Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.
Tonight savor delicious cuisine at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel before a short sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Alternatively take in dinner and a show at the world-famous Lido.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B, D)
Day 4Paris - Amsterdam
Travel by high-speed train to Amsterdam where you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight, you’ll get to toast the journey ahead at the evening’s welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (B, 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 6Cologne - 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 7Rhine 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.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 8Freudenberg - 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 13Passau - 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 14Melk - 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 Schönbrunn 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.
Day 18Budapest - Prague
Journey by coach to Prague, and spend three nights at one of our luxurious hotels.Marriott Prague - 3 Nights (B, L)
Today explore Prague in all its gothic glory.Marriott Prague (B, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Prague’s communist-era history. Alternately, discover the wonderful Lobkowicz Palace. Tonight tuck into a typically delicious Czech dinner.
Explore this magnificent city at your leisure.Marriott Prague (B)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Prague International Airport for your onward flight. You’ll be taking many wonderful memories with you.(B)