Wondrous Europe

Discover five countries on a 5-star European river cruise from Amsterdam to Lyon. Highlights include the Moselle Valley, Rhine Gorge and Lyon.

25 Days
Amsterdam to Lyon
From (NZD)
$ 18,495
$ 16,695
Dates & Pricing

2021 Amsterdam > Lyon

Discover five countries and their intertwined histories and cultures. Set out from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, pass through Germany’s dramatic Rhine Gorge and marvel at magnificent castles and cathedrals. In Strasbourg, a first taste of France will whet your appetite before you arrive in the Swiss city of Basel. Dive straight into the French main course in Lyon, the epicentre of cuisine, where you’ll visit châteaux and vineyards and dine like royalty.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABFC
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Lyon

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.

    Enrich

    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 - Zurich > Lyon

    Today board your included flight and transfer to your Scenic Space-Ship for your South of France cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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 the estate of Château Meursault 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 knowledgeable local guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - Avignon

    A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to Popes’ Palace and the 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 Nimes.

    Enrich

    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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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, before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this sanctuary for flora and fauna is the largest wetlands in France and is home to almost 400 species of birds.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, a town with an important heritage and a rich past.  Admire the many significant monuments and architectural treasures such as the Cathedral of St. Vincent, with its 18th Century gothic style and its Renaissance façade, admire the cathedrals beauty as you are treated to an organ recital.

    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 hydropower plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or 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

  23. Day 23 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary repertoire.

    Enrich

    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

  24. Day 24 - 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, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Lyon

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime 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
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • Your choice of 61 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 70 meals – 44 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 Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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