North Sea to the Black Sea with Gallipoli - 201630 days & 29 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, Kalocsa, Osijek, Belgrade, Iron Gate, Svistov, Russe, Silistra, Giurgiu, Bucharest, Nessebar, Canakkale, Gallipoli & Istanbul
Embark on the ultimate luxury European river cruise, starting at the port of Amsterdam, and taking a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea and beyond. It's a route that takes in the full sweep of European history, from West to East, and includes so many of Western Europe's most arresting landmarks - Cologne's towering cathedral, and the spectacular Rhine Gorge. However, this itinerary doesn't stop there. Your luxury Scenic Space-Ship will spirit you into Serbia, through the Iron Gates and on to Bulgaria. From there, you have the rare opportunity to make a visit to Gallipoli, where you can honor the fallen before wrapping up your journey in ancient Istanbul.
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 - 21 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.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
Enjoy some free time to explore beautiful Budapest.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Today you'll get to witness a traditional horse show and trace the origins of paprika during your visit to the Spice Museum.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or try your hand at fishing in a local village stream. Or, if you're the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek's countryside.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
As a special Scenic guest, you'll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and the chance to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity for one-on-one contact with people who understand the local way of life intimately. Enjoy.
Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe - Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our 'Shop with a Chef' offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day at the historic Kalemegdan Fortress, where you'll get to enjoy incredible views of the place where the beautiful Danube and Sava rivers conjoin. It's a moment to savor, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced, and compare notes with your companions.
Day 19Iron Gate
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gate - a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting for a cruise, it's also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 20Svistov - Russe
Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village, and learn about life in Bulgaria.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 22Giurgiu - Bucharest
Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest, where you'll be taken on a guided city tour, including a visit to the Parliament Palace. Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay.Athenee Palace Hilton - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 23Bucharest - Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay.Royal Castle Elenite - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.Royal Castle Elenite (B, D)
Day 25Nessebar - Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and enjoy a two night stay.Parion Hotel - 2 Nights (B, D)
Day 26Canakkale - Gallipoli
Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the allied forces, including ANZAC troops. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park, and you'll have the chance to explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.Parion Hotel (B, L, D)
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer's Troy - the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You'll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.Ceylan Intercontinental - 3 Nights (B, D)
Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and master the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.Ceylan Intercontinental (B)
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.Ceylan Intercontinental (B, D)
Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant, where you'll be treated to outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques.
After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your journey, but it's the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.(B)