Day 1 Venice
Upon arrival in Venice, cruise along the Grand Canal by private motor launch, past ornate and gilded palazzos and churches to your superbly located hotel for a two night stay. Tonight join your fellow guests for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
Day 2 Venice
Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this city state in times past during your walking tour, which includes a visit to the stunning Basilica of San Marco. Ensconced in the romance of the city, this afternoon enjoy a gondola ride and glide under ancient bridges among magnificently beautiful canals. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Venice > Opatija
As you leave Italy behind you’ll journey to Slovenia and visit its greatest tourist site – the Karst Caves at Postojna. Continue to the Croatian seaside town of Opatija, your base for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Pula > Rovinj > Opatija
Today you’ll visit the historic towns of Rovinj and Pula. Starting in Rovinj, join your local guide for a walking tour. Later, visit a local farm and learn about everyday life in Croatia, while tasting some of the sumptuous local produce. Your journey continues with a visit to the charming town of Pula, known for its mild climate and home to many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved Roman Arena. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Opatija > Split
Drive into the very heart of Dalmatia, to the city of Split, beautifully set against the Adriatic Sea, for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 Split > Dubrovnik
This morning our expert guide will reveal the ruins of the massive Imperial Palace of Diocletian, constructed from 293AD. You’ll also visit the church which is thought to be the oldest in the world and is still used for services today. This afternoon, leave Split behind and journey along the Mediterranean coast to Dubrovnik. Check into your hotel for your three night stay. (Breakfast)
Day 7 Dubrovnik
The walled Old Town of Dubrovnik is a World Heritage-listed Site and has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. Take a guided walking tour and get to marvel at Onofrio’s Fountain and the Rector’s Palace. This evening visit a local farm house where you’ll meet the owners and taste their delicious home-grown produce during a mouth-watering dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Dubrovnik
Freechoice: Let your local guide show you the best views of the city with an active walking tour of Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.Alternatively, take a scenic journey through the pretty countryside and visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Dubrovnik > Plitvice
Travel inland and enjoy the astonishing natural scenery of the Balkans, heading towards the World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park. Tonight you’ll stay in the heart of Plitvice, in a beautiful natural setting. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10 Plitvice > Ljubljana
This morning, tour the sublimely beautiful World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park. Wander along meandering pathways to view a series of emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by increasingly impressive waterfalls. Your next stop is Slovenia and its lively capital Ljubljana, where you’ll enjoy two nights. (Breakfast)
Day 11 Ljubljana
Start your day with a guided tour of Ljubljana, seeing the Opera House, National Museum, Franciscan Church and St. Nicholas Cathedral.
Step back in time and take a traditional Pletna boat to the beautiful island sitting in the middle of Lake Bled. Visit the historic Church of St. Mary with its famous wishing well where you can ring the bell for good luck. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Ljubljana > Budapest
This afternoon, embrace the beautiful and historic city of Budapest. A warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your majestic cruise begins here as you relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Budapest
Freechoice: Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take a hike to Buda Hill or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. (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 Vienna.
Admire the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then sit enthralled during an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the famous Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or explore Vienna on a guided cycling tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Dürnstein > Melk
Freechoice: Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of its fine wines.
As the day ends, enjoy the fine view of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. (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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Regensburg
Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the city or 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. You could also cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Nuremberg
Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Freechoice: Explore the city on foot or visit moving WWII sites, or take a baking 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
Freechoice: 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 Würzburg > Rüdesheim
Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board. Be mesmerised by passing scenery while commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device describes the captivating view unfolding before you. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel. (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.
Delight in the ambience at Marksburg Castle and enjoy a magnificent medieval feast. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 24 Cologne
Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral, or take a walking tour with a difference and learn about the Jewish history of the city. Alternatively, take a guided cycling tour through Cologne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 25 Amsterdam
Freechoice: Explore the city by bicycle or by foot. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 26 Amsterdam
Depart today after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)