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26 Day Jewels of Europe with Grand Alpine

26 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Zurich
Welcome to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay.
Day 2 Zurich > Montreux
This morning, visit the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and Romanesque Cathedral before proceeding to the Swiss capital of Bern where you’ll be guided through the World Heritage-listed Old Town. From there, you’ll continue through Switzerland, stopping in Gruyères en route to Montreux where you’ll enjoy your overnight Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Montreux > Zermatt
Cruise across Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel in the most beautiful of settings, to enjoy an included tour. Board a train to the Swiss Alps village of Zermatt, a car-free village with views of one of the tallest mountains in the Alps, the famous Matterhorn, and then check in to your hotel for your two night stay in Zermatt. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Zermatt
Ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Switzerland’s highest open-air rail station, Gornergrat, for magnificent views of the Gornergrat Ridge, including the Matterhorn. Alternatively take a guided hike through majestic mountain scenery. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Zermatt > St. Moritz
Enjoy a spectacular rail journey aboard the Glacier Express through the stunning Swiss Alps, before arriving in St. Moritz, located in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district. This alpine village has also hosted the Winter Olympics on two occasions. Enjoy an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 St. Moritz > Lucerne
Enjoy conversation and cheese tasting with wine or home-made apple juice on your visit to a rural Swiss farm. It’s a fabulous opportunity to experience the local lifestyle.
End the day with a two night stay at one of our majestic hotels in Lucerne. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Lucerne
Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town including the Chapel Bridge followed by a picturesque cruise on Lucerne’s lake to the village of Vitznau. Join the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi. (Breakfast)
Day 8 Lucerne > Innsbruck
Leave Switzerland bound for Austria, travelling via the tiny tax haven of Liechtenstein.
Visit the Austrian town of Seefeld and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, and treat yourself to the famous Austrian dessert, apple strudel
On arrival to Innsbruck, enjoy a tour of the city and visit the Bergisel Ski Jump tower for breathtaking views over Innsbruck before arriving at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 Innsbruck > Munich
Visit the incredible exhibit that is Swarovski World, then travel through towering peaks to Hohenschwangau to see the majestic spires of Neuschwanstein Castle, which you’ll also visit. Later follow the Romantic Road to Munich where you’ll enjoy a two night. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Munich
Explore the streets of Munich on a walking tour featuring the Marienplatz, Glockenspiel and Viktualienmarkt.
Motor enthusiasts can visit BMW World and Museum, showcasing its wide collections of cars. Alternatively, discover the haunting history of the Dachau Concentration Camp on a guided tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11 Munich > Salzburg
Visit the Eagle’s Nest, located in the Bavarian Alps, then continue to Salzburg in Austria where you’ll visit locations used during the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’, as well as Mozart’s birthplace and residence. Overnight stay in Salzburg. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Salzburg > Budapest
This afternoon you’ll arrive in Budapest, via Vienna, to board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 BudapestHighlights: Thermal Baths
Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour of this city of contradictory delights, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Vienna
As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards the majestic city of Vienna.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Vienna
Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, 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 (operating on selected departure dates, enquire for details). Or perhaps, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef through our Shop with a Chef option. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Dürnstein > Melk
Embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey.
As the day ends, you’ll get to enjoy the fine view of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley – a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 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. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch and then hum along to the show’s catchy classics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Regensburg
At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.
Enjoy a walking tour of the city or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view Weltenburg Abbey, sampling beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Nuremberg
Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Visit moving WWII sites, or join the Tastes of Nuremberg food tour. Or take a cooking class. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20 Bamberg
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed old town of Bamberg, alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Würzburg
Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road – 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 22 Freudenberg > 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, 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 humour and revelry. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23 Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle
Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim 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 for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the river.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 24 Cologne
Explore the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through Cologne and view the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.  Alternatively enjoy a cooking demonstration on board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 25 Amsterdam
Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 26 Amsterdam
Depart after breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
All This Included
The ultimate river cruising experience and more. Delight in the beauty of a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Majestic views and rich culture await.
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 6 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 25 Freechoice activities
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 59 meals – 25 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 21 dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Zurich: To be determined
Zermatt: To be determined
St. Moritz: To be determined
Lucerne: To be determined
Innsbruck: To be determined
Munich: To be determined
Salzburg: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Pearl
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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