Natural beauty, medieval towns and historic cities await your discovery as you cruise through four countries on this amazing voyage through Europe. Sail along
the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers aboard a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Experience the best of Europe with visits to remarkable ports of call in Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Enjoy escorted shore excursions in some of Europe’s most romantic and historic cities including Budapest, Vienna, Bamberg, Cologne and so much more.
1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
2 Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities. You will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your Scenic vessel. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. Meal: D
Begin the day with your choice of Freechoice
activities: a guided tour of the city; relax and unwind at the local thermal baths and spa; a guided tour focused on the past and present of Budapest or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.
If you’re feeling more active, take a hike to Buda Hill. Meals: B, L, D
4 Vienna, Austria
Relax onboard as the vessel sails to Vienna, passing idyllic scenery along the way. Your introduction to this classical city begins with an ENRICH
activity: 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 venues. Meals: B, L, D
activities in the city are: visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire; learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert; or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island. Alternatively, discover the capital of Slovakia on an excursion to Bratislava. Meals: B, L, D
6 Dürnstein / Melk
Upon arrival, stroll through the charming town of Dürnstein before continuing through the Wachau Valley to Melk, home to an imposing 900-year- old Benedictine Abbey featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Freechoice: a guided visit through Melk Abbey; visit the fairytale castle of Burg Aggstein, or the more active guests can choose to join the bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk. Meals: B, L, D
7 Passau, Germany (Salzburg, Austria)
From Passau, travel by coach to the beautiful city of Salzburg where you have two Freechoice options: a guided walking tour of the Baroque Old Town where you learn about one of its most famous residents, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. OR, join a walking tour focusing on the sights from The Sound of Music. ENRICH:
Let the “Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show” transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie, this exclusive production 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. Meals: B, L, D
As one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Your Freechoice
activities are: enjoy a walking tour of the city; hop onboard a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey; or join an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace. You can also take a leisurely cycle on your own, with your Tailormade GPS device, to the Walhalla Monument. Meals: B, L, D
There are three Freechoice
activities in Nuremberg: discover the city on an orientation tour
by foot; visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history; or stay onboard for a beer tasting. Meals: B, L, D
Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the Old Town of Bamberg, one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centers, and a UNESCO World Heritage city, alive with history. Along with your local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once
did. During your leisure time, you might like to savor the traditional smoked beer of the region. Meals: B, L, D
Set amongst sloping, vineyard-covered hills, Würzburg is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”. Your Freechoice
activities include: a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you sample some exquisite local wine.
OR, explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle-Ages, followed by a visit to the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River. Meals: B, L, D
Today is about getting to know local culture. The Freechoice
options are: meet a Monk in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production; meet a winemaker for a taste of his fine wines; meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about aristocratic life; visit a local Schnapps producer or a farming family and taste some of their homemade products. Meals: B, L, D
13 Rüdesheim / Rhine Gorge / Marksburg
Alight in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train that takes you to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Visit this unique museum then board a cable car to ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river below. This afternoon may be a highlight as you witness the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage Rhine Gorge and cruise past the infamous Lorelei Rock. Keep your camera ready to capture the stunning vistas of castles perched atop steep vine-covered slopes in this section of the river.
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 wine. Minstrels and colorful court jesters provide entertainment in the grand tradition of Europe’s great royal houses. Meals: B, L, D
Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent World Heritage gothic Cathedral. Your Freechoice
activities include: taking a stroll through Cologne to get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral; exploring the city’s past and present during a guided tour, OR, for the more active guests, joining a guided cycling tour. Meals: B, L, D
15 Amsterdam, the Netherlands
activities in this historic city are: experience an iconic canal cruise; explore on foot during a flavors of Holland walking tour and taste some Dutch favorites such as herring, cheese and poffertjes; discover the city by bicycle, or journey outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages
of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century. Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Captain and crew as you disembark the ship for your transfer to Schiphol Airport. Meal: B