Gems of the Seine & Jewels of Europe

25 Days
Amsterdam to Paris
From (NZD)
$ 19,355
$ 17,555
Dates & Pricing

2021 Amsterdam > Paris

The wonders of Europe

Encounter the very best that Europe has to offer – incredible culinary traditions and an absorbing mix of some of the world’s most influential cultures.
Starting in Amsterdam, begin your European sojourn with a luxury cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers that will take you through the Europe of your imagination, full of wonder, cobbled streets and childhood fairy tales. Continue to Paris and experience the diversity of Northern France as you cruise along the river Seine from the heart of Paris to the English Channel at Honfleur.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
STSE
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Paris

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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 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 and see the city from a different angle, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne > Marksburg

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or explore the city’s past and present, from Roman times to its Jewish heritage, during a guided tour. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, cycle to Cologne from the charming medieval village of Zons.

    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

  4. Day 4 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

    Enjoy the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Then alight in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, before enjoying a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Miltenberg

    Freechoice

    Meet a monk at 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

  6. Day 6 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Traverse the famous Romantic Road to Rothenburg where you’ll tour the charming walled city, home to many beautiful half timbered houses. Alternatively, visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine in the underground cellars.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

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

    Freechoice

    Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour, or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 Regensburg, or hop on 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, join a local guide for a cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Salzburg

    Freechoice

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

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Melk > Dürnstein

    Freechoice

    Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour, or if you are feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle of Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offers spectacular views across the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Vienna

    Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking a fascinating guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.

    Enrich

    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

  13. Day 13 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, discover Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour. Or, those feeling more active can explore a different side of Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    Today we find ourselves in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

    Freechoice

    Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, or join a local guide for a walking tour focused on the past and present of Budapest. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, you may choose to join a hike to Buda Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest > Paris

    Disembark your cruise in Budapest and travel to Paris raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    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.

    Enrich

    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
  • 4 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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