Your journey begins in glorious Berlin. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
Your introduction to Berlin begins with a guided tour. See the Brandenburg Gate and State Opera House, then drive along the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area. Enjoy a true highlight with coffee and cake under the glass dome of the renovated Reichstag Building that was set on fire in 1933.
This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore this magnificent city further, you may wish to discover the cities thriving art scene or soak up it’s cafe culture.
Freechoice: Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn about the city’s Cold War period. Alternatively, journey to Potsdam, where a local guide will share insights on the town and its history, and visit Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945.
Journey by train through Poland’s serene countryside. This afternoon, arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. Enjoy a two night stay.
Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre was rebuilt and has since attained World Heritage-listed status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a sombre reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial.
Freechoice: You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or learn more of the plight of the Jewish community on a visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
This evening, enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a manor house, followed by dinner. Indulge in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer.
After breakfast, depart Warsaw. Your route will take you into the Mazurian region before crossing the border into Lithuania. Continue to the capital Vilnius your base for the next two nights.
Delight in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many examples of Baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn with its remarkable chapel, and the Vilnius Cathedral.
Depart Vilnius and drive north to the extraordinary Hill of Crosses. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small crosses which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. Continue on to Riga and visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens before checking into your hotel for the next two nights.
Embark on a discovery of Riga’s Old Town, then tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for an insight into Latvia’s heritage. Tonight, enjoy an evening of traditional Latvian folk music with dinner.
Visit Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the ‘Switzerland of Latvia’. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. After lunch, continue towards Tallinn, passing through Parnu, Estonia’s summer capital. Arrive in Tallinn for your two night.
Discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall during a city tour.
Freechoice: Visit the KUMU Art Museum, with its wide range of classic and contemporary art. Alternatively, be intrigued by the exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Maritime Museum.
This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Tallinn’s superb local restaurants.
Relax during your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to the trendy Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour before arriving at the Radisson Blu Plaza* for your overnight stay.
Travel on the high-speed Allegro train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board the boutique Scenic Tsar.
Freechoice: Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof.
Enjoy lunch in a local St. Petersburg restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful metropolis.
Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, or Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall where you will be treated to a gourmet tasting of local delicacies such as Caviar and Blini. Alternatively, tour Yusopov Palace and discover its link to Grigori Rasputin.
After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals. This evening, you’re invited to join Scenic Tsar’s Captain for your official welcome dinner.
Visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards, enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore St. Petersburg or simply relax in style on board Scenic Tsar.
Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir.
A special highlight awaits as you visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. Today, it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. This evening, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as you set sail down the Neva River. Tonight, cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake.
Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings before trying shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Back on board, toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.
Explore the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the former Governor’s house that is now a fine arts museum.
Explore Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, on a guided tour.
Sail towards Russia’s mightiest city, Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before a ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art.
After lunch, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War, commonly known as the World War II museum.
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances.
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also 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.
Scenic provided an exceptional trip via staff, meals, and experiences. Our tour guide was extraordinary and handled even the slight setback of low water with ease and grace. I would recommend them to anyone interested in river travel.
People didn't really dress for dinner. Men in jeans were allowed in the dining room at night for dinner. That did not happen at another Scenic Cruise we were on. Very disappointed about this. We belong to a private Country Club and men will be turned away at the entrance for this dressing in jeans. Scenic is lowering their standards by doing this. We won't travel Scenic again because of the lower dress codes. Not a top of the line company if this is allowed.
Scenic delivered an Above & Beyond Experience that we will cherish forever. The ENTIRE ship personnel was the epitome of what customer service should be!
Scenic River Cruise was fantastic. Service and food were both absolutely wonderful. Exceeded our expectations and will travel again with Scenic.
The ship was luxurious. The staff were professional and attentive. We would definitely travel with Scenic again.
Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was a wonderful experience. The ship's staff and amenities afforded us a very comfortable experience. The food sometimes challenged us to try new and regional dishes, which we really enjoyed. But alternate choices were always available, as well. The other passengers were friendly and we made many new acquaintances on our trip. Best part...? All inclusive! We may have made a small tip here and there, but nothing was expected during excursions, tours, dining, bar or hospitality services. Great entertainment on various occasions.
Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.
The tour description matched the tour exactly.
Wonderful Trip at the right price
Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.
Scenic did a great job. It was all inclusive so we had no bill at the end, including tips. The trip was 14 days down the Danube, Main, and Rhine. The food, service, and excursions were all very good and included. The only note I would make is that you stopped at so many towns that you did not have enough time to really explore them. But overall, it was a very good trip!
The Scenic Jewel Amsterdam to Budapest cruise certainly exceeded our expectations. The Scenic Jewel staff could not have been better. We were certainly pampered the entire cruise and the staff could not do enough to insure the trip was a success. We did not have one staff person who was only average--everyone was exceptional. Our cruise director kept everything humming right along and he and the captian went above and beyond to solve a water level issue.
Scenic was more expensive than our other trips But quality was outstanding!
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