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North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey 2020
(Amsterdam to Istanbul)

30 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

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 delicacy of 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 your Tailormade GPS device open your eyes to its 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 take a walking tour with a difference and learn about the Jewish history of the city. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, choose to cycle through the historic streets of Cologne.

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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 Rüdesheim > Würzburg
Take in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of your suite or the panorama lounge and bar. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you in vivid detail. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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 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. During your leisure time you might like to savour the traditional smoked beer of the region. (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, choose something a little lighter and learn new techniques at a gingerbread baking class. (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
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Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Melk > Dürnstein
Freechoice: Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Alternatively, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

Sundowners
As the day ends, enjoy the fine view over the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Of course, we can’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who’ll provide the view, we’re just bringing the drinks. (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.

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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. (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, 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 you might wish to explore this majestic city on a guided 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, if you’re feeling more active, 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
Enjoy some free time to explore beautiful Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Kalocsa
Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich
As a 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 Belgrade
Freechoice: Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19 Iron Gates
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates – a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Sundowners
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this spectacular location. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 Svishtov > Rousse
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21 Silistra
Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22 Giurgiu > Bucharest
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest.

Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Later, check-in for your stay at your centrally located hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 23 Bucharest > Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay at Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 24 Nessebar
Take a guided tour of Nessebar. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore this ancient town at your leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 25 Nessebar > Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 26 Canakkale > Gallipoli
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, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 27 Istanbul
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you will enjoy a three night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 28 Istanbul
Freechoice: Join a cooking class or try your hand at the ancient art of writing during a calligraphy course. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a popular Turkish bath. (Breakfast)

Day 29 Istanbul
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar.

Enrich
Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you attend 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 30 Istanbul
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. (Breakfast)

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change

Tour Map
All This Included
On this 30 day luxury European river cruise, start in Amsterdam and take a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea to Istanbul.

Embark in Amsterdam and take a long and intriguing journey all the way to the beautiful Black Sea and beyond.

Take in the full sweep of European history, from West to East, including many of Western Europe’s most arresting landmarks. Your luxury Scenic Space-Ship will spirit you into Serbia, through the Iron Gates and on to Bulgaria. From there, visit Gallipoli, where you can pay your respects before wrapping up your journey in Istanbul.
  • Welcome reception
  • Canal cruise
  • Enrich Medieval castle banquet
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Full day cruising
  • Romantic Rothenburg
  • Old Town
  • WWII history
  • Danube Gorge
  • Enrich The Wonder of ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Sundowners in Wachau Valley
  • Enrich private Viennese concert
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Hospital in the Rock Museum
  • 79 meals including 29 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches and 28 Dinners

Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Ruby or Scenic Jade
Notes
  • 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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