North Sea to the Black Sea

Take a 23 day journey from Bucharest to Amsterdam. Explore the historical cities and villages along the Danube and Rhine rivers on a luxurious river cruise.

23 Days
Bucharest to Amsterdam
From (NZD)
$ 14,595
$ 12,795
Dates & Pricing

2021 Bucharest > Amsterdam

Go with the flow of history

Embark on the ultimate luxury European river cruise, starting in Romania and taking you all the way to the port of Amsterdam.
Take in the full sweep of European history from east to west and witness many thrilling landmarks. Start in Turkey and Bulgaria before your luxury Scenic Space-Ship will spirit you through the Iron Gates to Amsterdam.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABBU
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bucharest

    Welcome to Romania’s capital, Bucharest, where you will check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest > Giurgiu

    Freechoice

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Or, tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

    Later, travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Silstra:

    Freechoice

    Discover Silistra Fort on an active walk, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and school to learn about life in Bulgaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rousse

    Freechoice

    Visit Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Iron Gates

    Relax and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth tour of Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights before time at leisure to wander this fascinating city. Alternatively, join a bicycle ride along the Danube, or take a walk through the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to the nearby town of Sremski Karlovci.

    Enrich

    Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Osijek

    Freechoice

    Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, take a guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local for a fish stew cooking class.

    Later, as a special Scenic guest you’ll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and the chance to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kalocsa

    Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Budapest

    Today enjoy Budapest at your leisure; perhaps wander the streets of the Old Town for local crafts or simply relax on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - 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

  23. Day 23 - 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

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 50 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 65 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 21 lunches (L) and 22 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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