European Sojourn

25 Days
Lyon to Amsterdam
From (NZD)
$ 19,607
Dates & Pricing

2023 Lyon > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
STFR
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Welcome to the spectacular city of Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.

    Spend the afternoon exploring your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lyon > Tournus

    Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens. Or, join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. Alternatively, visit a local château and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your local guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tain l’Hermitage:

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on the Sun Deck, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak.

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    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes and Sénanque Abbey, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where our host will divulge local recipes, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône, or simply stay on board and take a painting class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Viviers

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town before you are treated to an organ recital, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon.

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    Tonight admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella
    choir performance in this wonderful setting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Lyon

    Freechoice

     Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Lyon > Budapest

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast and travel to Budapest. Upon arrival in Budapest, transfer to your Scenic Space Ship where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the 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, you make choose to join a hike to Buda Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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.

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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

  14. Day 14 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert during a tour, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region, to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle, Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offer spectacular views across the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Salzburg

    Freechoice

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - 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 the city, or 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, cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Nuremberg

    Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot on a guided walking tour, 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 experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Bamberg

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of the Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. Alternatively, taste some of the citys regional specialities on a city walk.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine in the underground cellars, or visit the impressive estate of Schloss Weikersheim, a true Baroque and Renaissance delight. 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge

    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 for spectacular views of the river.

    The afternoon set sail and enjoy fabulous views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    Enrich

    Discover Germany’s motoring heritage with a special event held at Motorworld. Set amongst a large range of classic, vintage and Formula 1 vehicles, you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of fun filled activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Cologne

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or step inside the cathedral and let your local guide marvel you with its history. Alternatively, explore the city’s past and present, from Roman times to its Jewish heritage, during a guided tour, or if you are feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - 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 of 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, 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

  25. Day 25 - 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

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    Meals Included: Breakfast

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