Europe’s Heartland

From Amsterdam to Paris, uncover the wonders of Europe over 25 days in all-inclusive luxury. Highlights include Arnhem, Cochem, Bernkastel, Honfleur and Vernon.

25 Days
Amsterdam to Paris
From (NZD)
$ 19,130
$ 17,330
Dates & Pricing

2021 Amsterdam > Paris

Pleasure personified

Take your time getting to know the wonders of Europe. Journey across a continent swathed in culture, incredible cuisine and unending hospitality.
Begin by exploring the mighty Netherlands, marvel at the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and the beauty of the Moselle Valley and wander the quaint streets of Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Then, travel to Northwestern France to explore châteaux, seaside towns and artist retreats before spending time in the great ‘City of Light’, Paris.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SEAM
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Paris

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Veere

    Freechoice

    Choose a guided tour through Veere, or cycle through the town with a local guide. Alternatively, marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland’s Delta Works.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Antwerp

    Freechoice

    Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges, or learn about the famous Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp. Alternatively, take a guided walking tour of Antwerp, or learn about the World War I battle of Passchendaele.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Nijmegen

    Freechoice

    Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum, or visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Alternatively, take a bicycle tour through the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Maastricht

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Maastricht, or visit Aachen and learn the tale of the city that borders three countries. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Düsseldorf

    Freechoice

    Discover the charming town of Düsseldorf and taste the local Altbier, or join a guided cycling tour along the river. Alternatively, visit the Zollverein industrial site.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Moselle Valley Cruising

    Appreciate the allure of the Moselle Valley as you delight in a full day cruise. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Cochem

    Freechoice

    Explore Cochem during a guided tour and visit the iconic Reichsburg Castle, or join a guided bicycle tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bernkastel

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Trier, or take in beautiful Bernkastel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Koblenz

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of this historic city, or visit a local winery. Alternatively, take a guided cycling tour around the city that lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rüdesheim

    Freechoice

    Join an excursion to Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum. Or, stay in Rüdesheim and enjoy a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Mannheim

    Freechoice

    Experience the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track with a museum visit and a tour of the circuit, or join a historic tour of Heidelberg and visit its Renaissance castle. Alternatively, join an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by some leisure time.

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    Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Kehl > Strasbourg

    Freechoice

    Visit Strasbourg and its impressive cathedral, or journey to Mittelbergheim. Alternatively, choose to see the picturesque city from a different perspective on a canal cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Breisach

    Freechoice

    Visit the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, enjoy a wine tasting in the Kaiserstuhl region, or take a guided bike ride from Breisach to Freiburg, stopping along the way for a tasting of delicious Black Forest cake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Basel > Paris

    Today, transfer to the airport In Zurich for your onward journey to Paris. Enjoy a welcome reception aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out with beautiful Paris as a backdrop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Les Andelys

    Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

    Freechoice

    Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of
    the Seine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Rouen

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc, and admire the city’s half-timbered houses and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Or learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo ‘the Walker’, who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval laneways of Rouen.

    This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and this afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields and learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI with a fascinating lecture.

    After dinner, a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Rouen

    Freechoice

    Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme. Or, you may choose to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, stay in Rouen and explore the collection of impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Rouen > Honfleur

    Relax on board this morning as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

    Freechoice

    Explore Honfleur on a guided walking tour,  with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

    Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920’s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Honfleur

    Freechoice

    Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. From here you have two options; take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach you’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery, or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit Bayeux including its famous Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux

    Freechoice

    Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Afterwards visit the beautiful seaside town of Étretat, sitting proudly between dramatic rock faces. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Or, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby.

    For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum to learn more about the famous French writer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Vernon

    In a location rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

    Freechoice

    Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Many of the artists most famous art works were inspired by this impressive location, or get your heart pumping on a self-guided cycle through Vernon to Giverny where you have the opportunity to visit Monet’s garden.

    After exploring these spectacular gardens you may feel inspired to join a painting class on board this afternoon.

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    Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The Château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this experience for many years to come.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Conflans > Paris

    Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with it’s distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

    Freechoice

    Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for the horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.

    After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘City of Light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Paris

    Today it’s your choice to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

    Freechoice

    Walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know, or admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and the ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of this building will take your breath away. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace.

    With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Paris

    Your trip concludes after breakfast as you disembark and transfer to Paris airport.

    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
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 60 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 70 meals – 24 breakfasts (B), 22 lunches (L) and 24 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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