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Jewels of Europe with Majestic Britain & Ireland including Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Scenic Pearl

Jewels of Europe with Majestic Britain & Ireland including Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Scenic Pearl

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Pearl
Starts: Dublin, Ireland on Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, Sep 01, 2021

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Rhine, Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Jul 28, 2021): Welcome to Dublin

Start your journey in the heart of Dublin with a two night stay.


Day 2 (Thu, Jul 29, 2021): Dublin

This morning your local guide will help you discover the history and charm of Ireland’s capital city. Set along the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin is awash with Georgian architechture, grand squares and historic monuments.

Freechoice: Tour Trinity College and gain access to the Long Room and famous Book of Kells, or explore the interactive Guinness Storehouse.

Enjoy dinner tonight at a traditional Irish pub.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Fri, Jul 30, 2021): Dublin > Killarney

Discover Blarney Castle where legend has it, if you kiss the famous stone you will receive the ‘gift of the gab’. Then continue to Killarney for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, Jul 31, 2021): Ring of Kerry

Experience the beautiful scenery of the Ring of Kerry. See where the Iveragh Mountains dramatically drop into the Atlantic Ocean, and watch as tiny fishing villages and off-shore islands come in and out of view around each twisting bend. It is often said that the landscapes vary a hundred times in 100 kilometres.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 (Sun, Aug 01, 2021): Killarney > Galway

Explore Bunratty Folk Park Museum, before driving along spectacular coastline to the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Arrive in the vibrant city of Galway for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Aug 02, 2021): Galway > Belfast

En route to Northern Ireland visit the Monastery of Clonmacnoise. Continue to Belfast for your two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Aug 03, 2021): Belfast

Belfast is a port city with a fascinating history. Learn about its troubled past during your guided tour.

Freechoice: Discover the story of the Titanic, from its design and build to its fateful ending. Alternatively, take a ride in one of Belfast’s historic black cabs and learn about the city’s past and present.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Wed, Aug 04, 2021): Belfast > Loch Lomond

This morning, journey to Scotland via ferry, before continuing on to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s best known lakes. This evening, check into your hotel for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Aug 05, 2021): Loch Lomond

Today is yours to explore and discover the wild natural beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. 


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 (Fri, Aug 06, 2021): Loch Lomond > Inverness

Journey to mysterious Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the fabled monster. Then visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, before continuing to Inverness for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Aug 07, 2021): Inverness

Today discover Cawdor Castle. The castle dates back to the 14th century and is still inhabited by the Cawdor family. This afternoon is yours to explore the heart of the Scottish Highlands at leisure.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 (Sun, Aug 08, 2021): Inverness > Aberdeen

Our first stop this morning is the Moray Motor Museum where you will view their collection of classic and vintage cars before touring the historic Glenfiddich Distillery. Here, sample one of the most celebrated whiskies in Scotland and learn the importance of the ‘wee dram’ to the local economy. Check in for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Mon, Aug 09, 2021): Aberdeen > Edinburgh

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Enjoy morning tea and a display of the ancient art of falconry, known as the ‘sport of kings’ which dates back almost 4,000 years.

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, check into your hotel before a tour of Stirling Castle, one of the regions most iconic castles.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, Aug 10, 2021): Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in the world, with monuments, cathedrals and buildings all perfectly preserved. During a city tour, board the Royal Yacht Britannia then explore Edinburgh Castle, the iconic symbol of this beautiful 1,000 year old city.

This evening experience the majestic Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Wed, Aug 11, 2021): Edinburgh > York

Journey to York by train, and learn about the city’s fascinating Roman and Viking heritage on a guided tour. Enjoy an overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 (Thu, Aug 12, 2021): York > Chester

Today visit Chester, one of Britain’s best preserved walled cities. Join a guided walking tour, including a visit to it’s famous Cathedral, before arriving at your iconic hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 (Fri, Aug 13, 2021): Chester > Stratford

Visit the charming town of Stratford, the birthplace of Shakespeare. See the most popular sights on an orientation tour, including the famous Bard’s house. Enjoy an overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18 (Sat, Aug 14, 2021): Stratford > Bath

Drive through the delightful Cotswolds region and take in the scenery as you journey towards the Roman city of Bath. On arrival, check into your hotel for your two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 (Sun, Aug 15, 2021): Bath

Discover beautiful Bath on a guided walking tour, then visit the renowned Roman Baths, constructed in 70AD.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20 (Mon, Aug 16, 2021): Bath > London

Discover the mythical wonder of Stonehenge, then continue to Salisbury and visit its majestic cathedral. Your final destination is London, where you’ll enjoy a two night stay at your historic hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 (Tue, Aug 17, 2021): London

Today explore London and see many highlights such as Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, followed by a visit to historical Westminster Abbey. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner at one of London’s most historic pubs.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22 (Wed, Aug 18, 2021): London > Amsterdam

After breakfast, transfer to London airport for your included flight to Amsterdam to join your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 (Thu, Aug 19, 2021): 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 join a flavours of Holland walking tour and taste some Dutch favourites such as herring, cheese and poffertjes. Alternatively, take the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise and see the city from a different angle, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 (Fri, Aug 20, 2021): 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 past and present, from Roman times to its Jewish heritage, during a guided tour. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, cycle to Cologne from the charming medieval village of Zons.

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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 wine.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Sat, Aug 21, 2021): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 (Sun, Aug 22, 2021): Miltenberg

Freechoice: Meet a monk at a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production, or meet a winemaker for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about aristocratic life, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer or a farming family and taste some of their home made products.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 (Mon, Aug 23, 2021): Würzburg

Freechoice: Traverse the famous Romantic Road to Rothenburg where you’ll tour the charming walled city, home to many beautiful half timbered houses. Alternatively, visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine in the underground cellars.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28 (Tue, Aug 24, 2021): Bamberg

Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29 (Wed, Aug 25, 2021): 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 and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting experience.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30 (Thu, Aug 26, 2021): 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, join a local guide for a cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31 (Fri, Aug 27, 2021): Salzburg

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town of Salzburg, learn about one of its most famous residents, Mozart, and be mesmerized by the city’s history and architecture. Alternatively, you may choose to join a walking tour focusing on sights from the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’ including the beautiful Mirabell Gardens.

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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 a delicious Austrian lunch before an afternoon humming along to some of the catchy classics.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32 (Sat, Aug 28, 2021): Melk > Dürnstein

Freechoice: Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour, or if you are feeling more active, 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33 (Sun, Aug 29, 2021): 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 classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34 (Mon, Aug 30, 2021): Vienna

Freechoice: Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, discover Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour. Or, those feeling more active can explore a different side of Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35 (Tue, Aug 31, 2021): Budapest

Today we find ourselves in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and 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. Choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, or join a local guide for a walking tour focused on the past and present of Budapest. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, you may choose to join a hike to Buda Hill.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36 (Wed, Sep 01, 2021): Budapest

Depart after breakfast, taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

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Ratings based off 58 reviews about Scenic Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Scenic provided an exceptional trip via staff, meals, and experiences. Our tour guide was extraordinary and handled even the slight setback of low water with ease and grace. I would recommend them to anyone interested in river travel.

People didn't really dress for dinner. Men in jeans were allowed in the dining room at night for dinner. That did not happen at another Scenic Cruise we were on. Very disappointed about this. We belong to a private Country Club and men will be turned away at the entrance for this dressing in jeans. Scenic is lowering their standards by doing this. We won't travel Scenic again because of the lower dress codes. Not a top of the line company if this is allowed.

Scenic delivered an Above & Beyond Experience that we will cherish forever. The ENTIRE ship personnel was the epitome of what customer service should be!

Scenic River Cruise was fantastic. Service and food were both absolutely wonderful. Exceeded our expectations and will travel again with Scenic.

The ship was luxurious. The staff were professional and attentive. We would definitely travel with Scenic again.

Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was a wonderful experience. The ship's staff and amenities afforded us a very comfortable experience. The food sometimes challenged us to try new and regional dishes, which we really enjoyed. But alternate choices were always available, as well. The other passengers were friendly and we made many new acquaintances on our trip. Best part...? All inclusive! We may have made a small tip here and there, but nothing was expected during excursions, tours, dining, bar or hospitality services. Great entertainment on various occasions.

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.

The tour description matched the tour exactly.

Wonderful Trip at the right price

Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.

Scenic did a great job. It was all inclusive so we had no bill at the end, including tips. The trip was 14 days down the Danube, Main, and Rhine. The food, service, and excursions were all very good and included. The only note I would make is that you stopped at so many towns that you did not have enough time to really explore them. But overall, it was a very good trip!

The Scenic Jewel Amsterdam to Budapest cruise certainly exceeded our expectations. The Scenic Jewel staff could not have been better. We were certainly pampered the entire cruise and the staff could not do enough to insure the trip was a success. We did not have one staff person who was only average--everyone was exceptional. Our cruise director kept everything humming right along and he and the captian went above and beyond to solve a water level issue.

Scenic was more expensive than our other trips But quality was outstanding!


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