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 see the Romanesque Cathedral. Then, leave Zurich behind and journey to Gruyères en route to Montreux, where you’ll enjoy your overnight Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Montreux > Zermatt
Cruise on Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle and enjoy a guided tour. Board a cog-wheel train to the Swiss Alps village of Zermatt. Check into your hotel for your two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Zermatt
Freechoice: Ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Gornergrat, for magnificent views, including the Matterhorn. Alternatively take a guided hike through majestic mountain scenery. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Zermatt > St. Moritz
This morning drive to Andermatt where you will board the Glacier Express for a spectacular rail journey through the stunning Swiss Alps, before arriving in St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 St. Moritz > Bern
Enjoy conversation and cheese tasting with wine or home-made apple juice on your visit to a rural Swiss farm.
End the day with a two night stay in Bern. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Bern > Lucerne > Bern
Journey to Lucerne, and 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 cog-wheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi. (Breakfast)
Day 8 Bern > Innsbruck
Leave Switzerland bound for Austria.
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
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 for a two night stay. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Munich
Explore the streets of Munich on a walking tour.
Freechoice: Visit BMW World and Museum. 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 where you’ll visit locations used during the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’, as well as Mozart’s birthplace and residence. Tonight, stay in Salzburg. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Salzburg > Vienna
Delight in the Spectacular Scenery as you venture into the Salzkammergut district, made famous by ‘The Sound of Music’. Continuing on to Vienna you will check into the Hilton hotel for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Vienna > Budapest
After breakfast travel to Budapest, where you board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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 27 Amsterdam
Depart today after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change
Experience the beauty of Swiss Alps with a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Let the landscapes inspire you before enjoying a luxurious river cruise.
You’ll find that the magnificent Swiss Alps will inspire and astound, the perfect prelude to a life-changing luxury European river cruise.
There’s something hauntingly beautiful about Europe’s snow-scattered mountains, whether you’re venturing through picture-perfect Switzerland, or traversing wild and wonderful Austria. From the gigantic and jagged Matterhorn to the arresting landscapes and plunging gorges that you’ll witness first-hand while travelling on Switzerland’s world-famous Glacier Express, you’ll find every aspect of your alpine adventure exhilarating. After exploring Europe’s great urban centres, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as breathing in fresh alpine air, and while there may be bigger mountains elsewhere in the world, they don’t come any more beautiful, or dramatic than the peaks you’ll witness here.
61 meals including 26 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 22 Dinners