Wondrous Europe

Explore Europe's most iconic locations on a 27 day adventure from Amsterdam to Tarascon. Travel through Germany and then into the heart of France.

27 Days
Amsterdam to Nice
From (NZD)
$ 18,055
Dates & Pricing

2019 Amsterdam > Nice

At the crossroads of wonder and awe

Cross Europe from the North Sea via the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean on this spectacular journey along legendary waterways and historic trade routes.
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. There is simply no end to the wonders on this magnificent journey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABFC
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Nice

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Amsterdam

    Toast the marvellous journey ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. Please book your flight to arrive prior to 5pm in Amsterdam.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Antwerp

    Freechoice

    Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges or take a guided stroll through Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Veere

    Freechoice

    Marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland’s Delta Works and then visit the Storm Surge Barrier. Or discover charming Veere, either through a walking tour or a guided bike ride that will also take in the surrounding dykes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Arnhem

    Freechoice

    Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover the historic houses, farms and windmills, or join an active cycling tour to the town of Nijmegen.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Maastricht

    Explore Holland’s oldest fortified city Maastricht and discover its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town centre.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Xanten

    Freechoice

    Discover the charming town of Xanten on a guided tour, including a visit to the town’s famed archaeological park. Alternatively, try something a little different with a visit to the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe, today a World Heritage-listed Site.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Koblenz

    Freechoice

    Take a guided city tour and be enchanted by the history and beauty of Koblenz, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful waterways. Alternatively, explore the city on two wheels on a guided cycling tour, or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Cochem

    A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping into a fairytale. Explore this charming city on a tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Moselle Valley Cruising

    Admire the beautiful Moselle Valley from the comfort of your Scenic Space-Ship as you relax on board during a full day of cruising. This afternoon if you’re feeling energetic, take a guided bike ride to the pretty village of Bernkastel, where you can rejoin the cruise.

    Sundowners

    Today you’ll have a great opportunity to mingle with newfound friends against yet another spectacular backdrop, while toasting the day’s end.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bernkastel

    Freechoice

    Travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and tour this exquisite city. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Trier, or get acquainted with beautiful Bernkastel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

    Succumb to charming Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Mannheim

    Freechoice

    Experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 track with a museum visit and an insider tour of the circuit, or join an expert local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Alternatively, join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt. It’ll be an evening of grandeur and a rare chance to collect memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Kehl > Strasbourg

    Freechoice

    Visit Strasbourg and discover La Petite France, or journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Breisach

    Freechoice

    Be immersed in a truly magical experience during a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active discover the Black Forest during a hike, or take a guided bike ride.

    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 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Tournus > Mâcon

    Freechoice

    Experience Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Or join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Mâcon

    You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.

    Freechoice

    Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Lyon

    Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare (available on selected dates, will be replaced with In Cuisine Lyon when not available, enquire for details).

    You have the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city further or visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

    Enrich

    Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can among other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Tournon

    Cruising from Lyon, take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. If you are feeling more active you have the opportunity to cycle around this beautiful region.
    On arrival, enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

    Sundowners

    Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see, both for its historic interest and breathtaking outlook. You’ll enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Tournon > Viviers

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines.

    Enjoy scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the Ardèche National Park and canyon including a visit to the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons (seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details), or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon

    Freechoice

    Sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard or take a guided hike through the vines. Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon where you’ll take a walking tour including a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Popes’ Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - 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 l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.

    Enrich

    Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Popes’ Palace of Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll enjoy an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - La Camargue

    Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

    Freechoice

    Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. Alternatively, visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes, or join a guided cycling tour to the Abbey of Saint-Roman cave monastery. Or for something more relaxed, stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop.

    This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Tarascon

    The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Avignon > Marseille

    All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille or Nice Airport. Please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm if flying out of Marseille and after 1pm if flying out of Nice.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire available on board in the South of France
  • Your choice of 54 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 76 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 24 lunches (L) and 26 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • 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
  • All tipping and gratuities

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