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Jewels of Europe with Greece & Turkey on Scenic Jade

Jewels of Europe with Greece & Turkey on Scenic Jade

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Jade
Starts: Athens, Greece on Wed, Jul 21, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Wed, Aug 25, 2021

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Rhine, Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Jul 21, 2021): Welcome to Greece

Begin your journey in Athens, where a world of ancient myths and intriguing culture awaits. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening for a welcome drink, before settling in for your two night stay.


Day 2 (Thu, Jul 22, 2021): Athens

This morning, discover the bustling Greek capital with a guided city tour. Explore the city’s mix of ancient and contemporary with your local guide, including a visit to the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the impressive Panathenaiko Stadium. You’ll also visit many of the city’s ancient wonders, such as the World Heritage-listed Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon, just to name a few.

Freechoice: Visit the Acropolis Museum, situated overlooking the famed Acropolis offering stunning 360-degree views of the city, and discover the many ancient treasures on display. Alternatively, take a walking tour through Plaka, the oldest district in Athens, learning about local handicrafts along the way.

Tonight, enjoy a delicious included dinner in a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Fri, Jul 23, 2021): Athens > Nafplion

Today travel towards Nafplion, Greece’s historic first capital. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and admire the 23-metre wide Corinth Canal, before continuing to the small village of Epidaurus, where you’ll visit the renowned Great Theatre of Epidaurus, dating back to 4th century BC.  This afternoon, arrive in the charming town of Nafplion and discover this picturesque seaside port with a guided city tour. Notice the many Venetian and Ottoman influences that make this city unique, as your guide takes you through the narrow streets of the Old Town, finishing your tour at the imposing Palamidi Fortress. Relax tonight at your hotel, where you’ll enjoy a one night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sat, Jul 24, 2021): Nafplion > Olympia

This morning begins with a visit to the important archaeological site of Mycenae. Learn about the legendary Agamemnon, as you marvel at the fortified ruins where once stood the most powerful kingdom in Greece. As we continue towards Olympia, stop at local winery Skouras Domaine for a wine tasting. Then join a cooking class followed by a delicious lunch in the traditional village of Vytina. Continue to the small ancient town of Olympia, renowned as the site of the first Olympic Games held over 2,800 years ago. Here we’ll visit the Olympia Archaeological site, home to many extraordinary monuments such as the Temples of Hera and Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is still lit today. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, which proudly displays relics dating back to prehistoric times. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant before your over night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, Jul 25, 2021): Olympia > Delphi > Itea

Depart today for the mountainside town of Delphi, considered by Zeus to be the centre of the world if ancient Greek mythology is to be believed. Explore significant historical sites such as the ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. As we head towards Itea for our overnight stay, stop at local honey farm for a tour and olive tasting. Tonight is yours at leisure.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Mon, Jul 26, 2021): Itea > Meteora > Kalambaka

Continue today to the World Heritage-listed site of Meteora. See the natural wonders of 60 million year old rock formations, with incredible Byzantine monasteries dating back to the 14th century balanced high on the rock pillars above. Originally, more than twenty monasteries once hovered high in the mountains, today only six stoically remain.

Freechoice: Visit the fascinating Monastery of Rousanou and the Antonite Varlaam Monastery, followed by a panoramic driving tour through the mountains for breathtaking views of this remarkable site, or for those feeling more active, follow the old footpaths monks have walked for centuries on a guided hike, exploring monasteries along the way, some still proudly standing and others in ruins.

Tonight you’ll be treated to a home hosted dinner, before your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Jul 27, 2021): Kalambaka > Athens

Today we journey back to Athens, as we make our way to the city centre’s highest point, Lycabettus Hill. Take an enjoyable ride on the funicular railway to the peak, and be rewarded with spectacular views across the city. At the top is the setting for our unforgettable farewell dinner.   


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, Jul 28, 2021): Athens > Istanbul

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Athens airport for your included flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Thu, Jul 29, 2021): Istanbul

After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of this amazing city. Among the highlights see the magnificent Hagia Sophia and visit the stunning Blue Mosque, the remains of the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Tonight a special treat awaits with a welcome dinner at a renowned local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Jul 30, 2021): Istanbul > Canakkale

This morning your local guide will show you around the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Turkish coffee from one of the markets oldest coffee roasters. Afterwards continue towards Canakkale for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 (Sat, Jul 31, 2021): Gallipoli

Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the WWI landings by allied forces. Visit many of the landmark sites such as the Cape Hellas Memorial, ANZAC Cove, the ominously named Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. You will have time to reflect on this momentous location before returning to your hotel tonight for an included dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Sun, Aug 01, 2021): Canakkale > Izmir

Journey today to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, where you will visit the ancient site of Asclepion, as well as  the magnificent Acropolis. See monuments such as the Altar of Zeus and the Temple of Athena, then enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine at a home hosted lunch in a local village. This afternoon travel to Izmir, arriving at your hotel for tonight’s stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 (Mon, Aug 02, 2021): Izmir > Kusadasi

Join your local guide for a tour of Izmir, visiting Konak Square, the impressive marble Konak Clock Tower, the ruins of Agora and the Old Market Place. Enjoy some time at leisure before visiting a local winery for a tasting of their delicious produce. This afternoon arrive at Kusadasi for a two stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, Aug 03, 2021): Kusadasi

Visit the incomparable site of Ephesus, once home to the Temple of Artemis. Walk the Marble Road, with highlights such as the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Great Ampitheatre. Then venture behind the Ephesus hills to where the House of Virgin Mary once stood.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Wed, Aug 04, 2021): Kusadasi > Pamukkale

Freechoice: Visit the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, with is breathtaking views of the white terraced thermal pools. Alternatively, take a swim in the Antique Pool of Cleopatra, known for its legendary healing properties.

Continue to your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 (Thu, Aug 05, 2021): Pamukkale > Antalya

Travel to picturesque Antalya, and visit the Archaeological Museum rich in Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk artefacts. Then continue to Aspendos, including a visit to the amazing Roman Theatre. This will be your base for tonight.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 (Fri, Aug 06, 2021): Antalya > Konya

This morning drive to Konya, a traditional caravan stop and home of the mystical Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Mevlana Museum, former monastery of the Dervishes, and see the Karatay Medresseh of Konya, before an overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 (Sat, Aug 07, 2021): Konya > Cappadocia

Enroute to Cappadocia, visit a 13th century Caravanserai. Then visit a Cappadocian village with a delicious lunch hosted in a traditional stone house. Stop in Kaymakli Underground city, before continuing to your hotel for a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19 (Sun, Aug 08, 2021): Cappadocia

Start today early with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over the colourful valleys of Cappadocia. Then explore this amazing location, including a tour of the Monastic Centre of Goreme, an open-air museum featuring rock-cut churches with beautifully well preserved frescoes inside. You’ll also visit one of the local pottery studios and see artists at work.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20 (Mon, Aug 09, 2021): Cappadocia > Istanbul

Take a short included flight to Istanbul, where you will enjoy an included lunch in the Old Town on arrival. From there you will visit the iconic Spice Market, before a fabulous evening at one of Istanbul’s finest restaurants. Enjoy a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Tue, Aug 10, 2021): Istanbul

Freechoice: This morning, relax and rejuvenate at the Turkish Bath of Roxelana, or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing.

This afternoon, relax aboard your private cruise on the Bosphorus.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22 (Wed, Aug 11, 2021): Istanbul > Budapest

After breakfast, take an included flight to Budapest to join your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 (Thu, Aug 12, 2021): Budapest

Freechoice: Join a guided tour of Budapest, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, join a local guide for a tour focused on the past and present of Budapest, or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. Or if you’re feeling more active, take a hike to Buda Hill.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 (Fri, Aug 13, 2021): Vienna

While cruising, relax in one of the on board lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

Enrich
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Sat, Aug 14, 2021): Vienna

Freechoice: Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 (Sun, Aug 15, 2021): Dürnstein > Melk

Freechoice: Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle, Burg Aggstein.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 (Mon, Aug 16, 2021): Salzburg

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town and learn about one of its most famous residents, Mozart. Or, choose to join a walking tour focusing on sights from the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

Enrich
Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. This exclusive performance is based on the timeless movie of the same name. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon humming along to some of the catchy classics.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28 (Tue, Aug 17, 2021): Regensburg

Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the city, or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29 (Wed, Aug 18, 2021): Nuremberg

Freechoice: Explore the city on foot, or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, choose to stay on board for a beer tasting.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30 (Thu, Aug 19, 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 31 (Fri, Aug 20, 2021): Würzburg

Freechoice: Visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. Alternatively, 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 overlooking the Tauber River.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32 (Sat, Aug 21, 2021): Miltenberg

Freechoice: Meet a Monk in 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 33 (Sun, Aug 22, 2021): Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg

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.

Enrich
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 34 (Mon, Aug 23, 2021): Cologne

Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral. Or, explore the city’s past and present during a guided tour. Or, if you are feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35 (Tue, Aug 24, 2021): Amsterdam

Freechoice: Explore the city by bicycle, or on foot during a flavours of Holland walking tour and taste some Dutch favourites, such as herring, cheese and poffertjes. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36 (Wed, Aug 25, 2021): Amsterdam

Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start 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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
4.7
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.7

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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.

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 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!


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