Jewels of Europe with Paris and Prague21 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, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, 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, Nuremberg and Melk 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, such as the Marriott Opera Ambassador, in the heart of Paris's popular Opera District.Marriott Opera Ambassador or similar - 3 Nights
Freechoice: 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 or similar (B)
You have a free day so follow your own heart through Paris. Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.Marriott Opera Ambassador or similar (B, D)
Freechoice Dining: 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.
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)
Freechoice: Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 6Cologne - Marksburg
Freechoice: Explore the Neanderthal museum or discover Cologne on a guided tour. Or enjoy an on board cooking demonstration.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Delight in the medieval ambience of 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.
Day 7Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim
Immerse yourself in charming Rudesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 8Freudenberg - Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'
EnrichScenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
Freechoice: Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine or explore the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed old town, with your knowledgeable local guide walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.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)
Freechoice: Visit moving WWII sites or choose something a little lighter - the Tastes of Nuremberg food tour. Alternatively join a cooking class.
Freechoice: Enjoy exploring wonderful Regensburg or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 13Passau - Salzburg
EnrichScenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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 for your exclusive pleasure in the hills of Salzburg and is certain to wow with its elaborate stage sets.
Day 14Melk - Durnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk's magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Or, if you're the more active type, take a leisurely guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Durnstein.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
As the day ends, you'll get to enjoy a fine view at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley.
Acquaint yourself with this elegant city through its most famous sights.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then sit back and enjoy an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schonbrunn Palace. 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. Alternatively, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef with our Shop with a Chef option.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of this city of contradictory delights, or choose to relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 18Budapest - Prague
Journey by coach to Prague, and spend three nights at one of our luxurious hotels, such as the Art Deco Imperial Hotel.Art Deco Imperial Hotel or similar - 3 Nights (B, L)
Today explore Prague in all its gothic glory.Art Deco Imperial Hotel or similar (B, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Prague's communist-era history. Alternately, discover the wonderful Lobkowicz Palace. Tonight relish a typically delicious Czech dinner.
Explore this magnificent city at your leisure.Art Deco Imperial Hotel or similar (B)
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Prague International Airport for your onward flight, taking many wonderful memories with you.(B)