Day 1 Welcome to Amsterdam
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam
Explore wonderful Amsterdam – with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.
Freechoice: Hop aboard one of our e-bikes and take a guided bicycle tour outside the city or walk the streets of Amsterdam with a local guide and taste the Dutch favourite, herring. You also have the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise and see the city from a different angle or enjoy a slice 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 letting Scenic Tailormade open your eyes to Amsterdam’s many key attractions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Cologne > Marksburg
Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or explore the city’s Jewish history. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, cycle to Cologne from the charming medieval village of Zons or learn about Beethoven during a walking tour in the city of Bonn, the location of the composer’s birth 250 years ago.
Delight in the medieval ambience of Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim
Enjoy the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Then alight in Rüdesheim 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 spectacular views of the river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Miltenberg
Today a unique experience awaits you. Meet the locals of the quaint German town of Miltenberg.
Freechoice: Meet the monks in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a local winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, join a Baron and Baroness and learn what it is like to be a royal in the modern day, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer and taste the many flavours available. You also have the opportunity to meet a local farming family and taste some of their homemade produce. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Würzburg
Freechoice: 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. Or stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Bamberg
Immerse yourself in the Old Town of Bamberg, a World Heritage-listed Site alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. This afternoon sample a variety of delicious German sausage on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nuremberg
Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Freechoice: Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting experience. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Regensburg
There is much to explore in the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, situated at the confluence of three rivers.
Freechoice: 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 world’s oldest monastic breweries. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, a memorial dedicated to Germany’s elite, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Passau > Salzburg
Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Melk > Dürnstein
Freechoice: Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Or, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle of Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offers spectacular views across the Danube. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Vienna
Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking a fascinating guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth as we pay tribute to his talent and world-renowned compositions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or visit Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about the Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour. Or explore a different side of Vienna on a cycling tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Budapest
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take a hike to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Budapest > Vienna
Transfer to Vienna where you’ll enjoy a two night stay. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Tour Director. (Breakfast)
Day 16 Vienna > Salzburg
Freechoice: This morning, visit the Imperial Palace and its fabulous Silver Collection. Alternatively, visit the Natural History Museum.
This afternoon, continue to Salzburg. (Breakfast)
Day 17 Salzburg
Visit one of the city’s famed salt mines where the ‘white gold’ has been mined since the Neolithic age. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Oberammergau
Journey to the town of Oberammergau. In 1633, the residents of the town vowed that if they were spared from the bubonic plague sweeping the region, they would produce a play for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus. Today you will have the privilege of attending this epic play, performed every ten years. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 19 Munich
Visit the majestic spires of Neuschwanstein Castle before continuing to Munich for a two night stay. (Breakfast)
Day 20 Munich
Explore the Bavarian city of Munich with your expert local guide. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional German cuisine.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21 Munich > Zurich
After breakfast, travel to Zurich for a guided city tour. (Breakfast)
Day 22 Zurich
After breakfast, transfer to Zurich airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)