Enjoy this magnificent Christmas Wonderland cruise, through the heart of Europe, from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
The itinerary has been carefully planned to introduce the highlights of these wonderful destinations — from the canals of Amsterdam and dramatic Cologne Cathedral, to the magnificence of Imperial Budapest. Along the way cruise through the Rhine Gorge, see the Residenz Palace in Würzburg, explore historic Nuremberg and enjoy a private music recital at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna.
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Amsterdam. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow.
Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Explore wonderful Amsterdam. The cosmopolitan Dutch capital is know for its elaborate canal system and multi coloured houses, as well as a museum district, home to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.
Navigate the city’s winding waterways as you experience an iconic canal cruise, or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland and Zaanse Schans, famous for its collection of well preserved windmills and houses.
Day 3 - Cologne
Discover Cologne on a guided city tour. Later, you may wish to make the most of your free time and take a stroll through the city’s Christmas Markets.
In western Germany, this beautiful 2,000 year old city, spanning the Rhine River, is a cultural hub. Perfect for art lovers, foodies, historians and sports fans alike.
Day 4 - Koblenz
Take a guided tour and be enchanted by the history and beauty of Koblenz or explore the Moselle Valley to Cochem.
Day 5 - Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
Immerse yourself in historic Rüdesheim, then board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Day 6 - Miltenberg
Take a guided city tour and explore this Franconian town.
Day 7 (Christmas Eve) - Würzburg
Follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on a guided tour, or take a city tour of Würzburg.
Tonight perhaps attend Würzburg’s beautiful Christmas Mass.
Day 8 (Christmas Day) - Würzburg & Nuremberg
Merry Christmas. Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Nuremberg.
Day 9 (Boxing Day) - Nuremberg
Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century. Distinguishable by its Medieval architecture, such as the Stone towers of the Old Town, and the Kaiserburg Castle.
Visit moving WWII sites, join a walking tour of this historic city or choose something a little lighter, as you learn the techniques at a gingerbread baking class. We wont tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.
Day 10 - Regensburg
Regensburg is Germany’s best preserved medieval city. 11th to 13th century Roman, Romanesque and Gothic Buildings represent the city’s history, in the form of the market, city hall and cathedral, as well as a large number of churches, monisteries, and the Old Bridge dating all the way back to the 12th century.
Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or visit Thurn und Taxis Palace.
Day 11 - Passau & Salzburg
The Austrian city of Salzberg is situated on the boarder of Germany. Boasting magnificent views of the eastern Alps and divided by the Salzach River, the Medieval and Baroque buildings of the Old Town, birthplace of famed composer Mozart, can be found to its left, while the 19th century ‘New City’ stands to its right.
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 and will wow you with its stage sets.
Day 12 - Melk & Dürnstein
The Austrian town of Melk is known for its spectacular Benedictine abbey, a vast monastery built high above the town, and home to a huge library of Medieval manuscripts. The Abbey now houses the local ‘Gymnasium’, Austria’s equivalent of our Grammar School.
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 – at your own pace, of course.
Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.
Day 13 - Vienna
The spectacular Austrian capital, known for it artisitc and intellectural legacy, was home to famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
A rich imperial history is evident through it impressive palaces, which co exist with contemporary architecture. acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sites, including the Ringstrasse.
Tour Schönbrunn Palace or discover beautiful Bratislava. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or discover Vienna on a guided cycling tour.
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.
Day 14 (New Year's Eve) - Vienna & Budapest
Day 15 (New Year's Day) - Budapest
The vibrant Hungarian capital is split into two halves by one of Europe’s most iconic rivers. a muse to many a famed composer, the Danube rive can be navigated via many of the city’s bridges namely the Chain Bridge.
The hilly Buda district boasts the Old Town, tracing the city’s history since the Romans. 13th century Matthias Church is sure to surprise, with its neo-Gothic architectural features and colours inspired by orientalism and romantic historicism.
Let an expert guide you through this city of contradictory delights, or unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.
Day 16 - Budapest
Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Depart after breakfast and travel home to one of up to 15 UK airports.
Introduced to the Scenic fleet in 2012 with a capacity of just 169 guests in 85 suites, with 53 crew, the Scenic Crystal accommodates excellent levels of service. Since then, she’s been attentively upgraded to bring her in line with newer members of the fleet, offering enhanced comfort, luxury and technological innovation without forgoing the charm which made this ship so popular with previous guests.
Depending on the class of suite or stateroom you opt for, you’ll enjoy a wealth of luxurious features, including Scenic Sun Lounges, 32-inch HD TVs and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with revolutionary massage shower and wet room. All balcony suites feature Scenic’s exclusive ‘Sun Lounge’ system which transforms your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space.
From the Panorama Lounge Bar and the spacious Sun Deck, to the well appointed fitness and wellness suite, you’ll enjoy luxury wherever you stray aboard this elegant river cruise ship.
85 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-320 ft². Most accommodations have a open air balcony. Try one of the 2 Royal Panorama Suites, situated at the rear of the ship at 325 sq ft² in size. An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
Suites feature added enhancements such as a larger sitting area with two chairs. All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.
Offering a roster of distinct dining venues, including Crystal Dining, Riverview Terrace, Portobellos, Table La Rive and the Panorama Lounge Bar, guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to dine aboard Scenic Crystal. Couple this with the option to take breakfast, lunch or dinner from the privacy of your suite, and your dining preferences will be all perfectly accommodated aboard these majestic Space-Ships.
Scenic offer levels of service which are differentiated by the level of stateroom or suite booked. Please see the individual room type description for details.
EXCLUSIVE TO ROYAL SUITE GUESTS: unlimited complimentary laundry service, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml), morning delivery of newspapers, in-suite beverage and meal service, packing and unpacking of suitcases, 200 Euros on board credit, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive, priority dining reservations. Private chauffeur service in Europe – restrictions apply.
EXCLUSIVE TO JUNIOR SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, in-suite beverage and meal service, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.
EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.
Scenic sit at the top of the luxury river cruise market. A luxurious mix of contemporary, luxurious ships with top level touring and inclusions which add up to a relaxing, high level river cruise holiday.
|Dec 18||Scenic Opal||Amsterdam||SAVE £350||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||Standard Suite||160 ft², Fixed Windows||sold|
|Middle Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Middle Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Middle Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Upper Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Upper Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||£5940|
|Upper Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Upper Deck||Royal Balcony Suite||360 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Upper Deck||Royal Panorama Suite||475 ft², Outside Balcony||sold|
|Dec 18||Scenic Crystal||Amsterdam||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||Standard Suite||160 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold|
|Middle Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||£5790|
|Middle Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||£6690|
|Middle Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Upper Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||£6290|
|Upper Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||£7090|
|Upper Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Upper Deck||Royal Balcony Suite||315 ft², Outside Balcony||£8240|
|Upper Deck||Royal Panorama Suite||325 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.
The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Scenic Travel Tour Manager.
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This fifteen-day river cruise takes you on an amazing journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna and finally Budapest on the banks of the Danube.
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