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Jewels of Europe with Greece & Turkey on Scenic Pearl 2022

From Athens, Greece to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 36 Days - Departs: Wed, Jul 20, 2022
Jul 20, 2022
Aug 24, 2022

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Wed, Jul 20, 2022

    Begin your journey in Athens, where a world of ancient myths and intriguing culture awaits. Join your Tour Director for a welcome drink, before settling in for your two night stay.

  2. Day 2
    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    This morning, discover the bustling Greek capital with a guided city tour. Explore the city’s mix of ancient and contemporary with your local guide, including a visit to the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the impressive Panathenaiko Stadium. You’ll also visit many of the city’s ancient wonders, such as the World Heritage-listed Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon, just to name a few.

    Freechoice: Visit the Acropolis Museum, situated overlooking the famed Acropolis offering stunning 360-degree views of the city. Alternatively, take a walking tour through Plaka, the oldest district in Athens, and discover everything this charming neighbourhood has to offer, including a workshop on local handicraft.

    Tonight, enjoy a delicious included dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Athens > Nafplion
    Fri, Jul 22, 2022

    Today travel towards Nafplion, Greece’s historic first capital. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and admire the 23-metre wide Corinth Canal, before continuing to the small village of Epidaurus, where you’ll visit the renowned Great Theatre of Epidaurus, dating back to 4th century BC. This afternoon, arrive in the charming town of Nafplion and discover this picturesque seaside port with a guided city tour. Notice the many Venetian and Ottoman influences that make this city unique, as your guide takes you through the narrow streets of the Old Town, finishing your tour at the imposing Palamidi Fortress. Relax tonight at your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Nafplion > Olympia
    Sat, Jul 23, 2022

    This morning begins with a visit to the important archaeological site of Mycenae. Learn about the legendary Agamemnon, as you marvel at the fortified ruins where once stood the most powerful kingdom in Greece. As we continue towards Olympia, stop at local winery Skouras Domaine for a wine tasting. Then join a cooking class followed by a delicious lunch in the traditional village of Vytina. Continue to the small ancient town of Olympia, renowned as the site of the first Olympic Games held over 2,800 years ago. Here we’ll visit the Olympia Archaeological site, home to many extraordinary monuments such as the Temples of Hera and Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is still lit today. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, which proudly displays relics dating back to prehistoric times. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Olympia > Delphi > Itea
    Sun, Jul 24, 2022

    Depart today for the mountainside town of Delphi, considered by Zeus to be the centre of the world. Explore significant historical sites such as the ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. As we head towards Itea for our overnight stay, stop at local honey farm for a tour and olive tasting.

    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Itea > Meteora > Kalambaka
    Mon, Jul 25, 2022

    Continue today to the World Heritage-listed site of Meteora. See the natural wonders of 60 million year old rock formations, with incredible Byzantine monasteries dating back to the 14th century balanced high on the rock pillars above.

    Freechoice: Take a panoramic drive through the mountains for breathtaking views of this remarkable site and visit a local monastery, or follow the old footpaths monks have walked for centuries on a guided hike.

    Tonight you’ll be treated to a home hosted dinner, before your overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Kalambaka > Athens
    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    Today we journey back to Athens, as we make our way to the city centre’s highest point, Lycabettus Hill. Take an enjoyable ride on the funicular railway to the peak, and be rewarded with spectacular views across the city. At the top is the setting for our unforgettable farewell dinner. Return tonight to your hotel in Athens.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Athens > Istanbul
    Wed, Jul 27, 2022

    After breakfast this morning, transfer to Athens airport for your included flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Thu, Jul 28, 2022

    After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of this amazing city. See magnificent Hagia Sophia and visit the stunning Blue Mosque, the remains of the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with views overlooking the mighty Bosphorus.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Istanbul > Canakkale
    Fri, Jul 29, 2022

    This morning your local guide will show you around the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world before continuing towards Canakkale for your two night stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Sat, Jul 30, 2022

    Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the WWI landings by allied forces including ANZAC troops on the morning of April 25, 1915. Visit many of the landmark sites such as the Cape Hellas Memorial, ANZAC Cove, the ominously named Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Canakkale > Izmir
    Sun, Jul 31, 2022

    Journey today to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, where you will visit the site of Asclepion, the famed ancient medical centre dating back to 4th century BC. Then see the magnificent Acropolis containing the ruins of Pergamon’s acclaimed 200,000 volume library. See monuments such as the Altar of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the Theatre, before enjoying authentic Turkish cuisine at a home hosted lunch in a local village. Then depart for Izmir for an overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  13. Day 13
    Izmir > Kusadasi
    Mon, Aug 01, 2022

    Tour Izmir, starting at the heart of the city Konak Square. From here you’ll see the ruins of Agora and the Old Market Place. After visiting a local winery for a tasting of their delicious produce continue to Kusadasi for a two stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Tue, Aug 02, 2022

    Visit Ephesus, perhaps the world’s best-preserved ancient city that once housed the Temple of Artemis. Walk the Marble Road, the construction of which started in the 1st century AD and see many preserved buildings such as the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Great Ampitheatre. Then venture behind the Ephesus hills to where the House of Virgin Mary once stood.

    Meals: Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Kusadasi > Pamukkale
    Wed, Aug 03, 2022

    Freechoice: Visit the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, admired for its breathtaking views of terraced calcium pools, then explore the ancient Necropolis site. Alternatively, swim in the Antique Pool of Cleopatra, and experience the legendary healing properties as you soak in the warm waters.     

    At the end of the day be transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Pamukkale > Antalya
    Thu, Aug 04, 2022

    Today we visit Antalya, situated on a cliff over the Mediterranean and surrounded by mountains, the city has been home to multiple civilisations including the Romans, Seljuks and Ottomans. Visit the large archaeological museum rich in Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk artefacts before continuing to Aspendos, highlights include its Roman Theatre that is said to be the best-preserved in the world. Enjoy an overnight stay in Antalya.

    Meals: Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    Antalya > Konya
    Fri, Aug 05, 2022

    This morning drive to Konya, a traditional caravan stop and home of the Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Mevlana Museum, former monastery of the Dervishes which contains the tomb of the groups’ 13th century spiritual leader before an overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Konya > Cappadocia
    Sat, Aug 06, 2022

    This morning we travel towards the moon-like landscapes of Cappadocia. Enroute you will have the opportunity to visit a 13th century Caravanserai, built to house merchants and their animals travelling the famed Silk road that connected the East and West. Afterwards, experience what life is like in a traditional Cappadocian village during a visit to a traditional stone house accompanied by a hearty yet delicious lunch. This afternoon stop in Kaymakli Underground city, an underground settlement built to protect the early Christians living in this region from invaders. Continue to the Argos in Cappadocia for a two night stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  19. Day 19
    Sun, Aug 07, 2022

    Freechoice: This morning choose to take an unforgettable hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over the valleys of Cappadocia, or enjoy a special breakfast in a spectacular location.

    Then visit the main sights of this amazing region, including a tour of the Monastic Centre of Goreme. Founded in the 4th century, the centre now serves as an open-air museum featuring rock-cut churches with beautifully well-preserved frescoes inside.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Cappadocia > Istanbul
    Mon, Aug 08, 2022

    This morning take a short flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, visit the iconic Spice Market and be immersed in the sights and sounds of the bustling marketplace. This afternoon is yours to explore, before dinner at one of Istanbul’s finest restaurants on the shores of the Bosphorus. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Tue, Aug 09, 2022

    Freechoice: This morning relax and rejuvenate at a Turkish Bath, or learn about traditional Turkish cuisine during a cooking class.

    Relax on the waters of the Bosphorus aboard your private cruise.

    Meals: Breakfast
  22. Day 22
    Istanbul > Budapest
    Wed, Aug 10, 2022

    After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport for your included flight to Budapest to join your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Thu, Aug 11, 2022

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Fri, Aug 12, 2022

    While cruising, relax in one of the on board lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  25. Day 25
    Sat, Aug 13, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert during a tour, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  26. Day 26
    Dürnstein > Melk
    Sun, Aug 14, 2022

    Freechoice: Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region, to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle, Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offer spectacular views across the Danube.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  27. Day 27
    Mon, Aug 15, 2022

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

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  28. Day 28
    Tue, Aug 16, 2022

    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 the city, or 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, cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  29. Day 29
    Wed, Aug 17, 2022

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

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  30. Day 30
    Thu, Aug 18, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a guided tour of the Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. Alternatively, taste some of the citys regional specialities on a city walk.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  31. Day 31
    Fri, Aug 19, 2022

    Freechoice: Visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine in the underground cellars, or visit the impressive estate of Schloss Weikersheim, a true Baroque and Renaissance delight. Alternatively, explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  32. Day 32
    Sat, Aug 20, 2022

    Freechoice: Meet a Monk in 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  33. Day 33
    Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge
    Sun, Aug 21, 2022

    Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river. The afternoon set sail and enjoy fabulous views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    Discover Germany’s motoring heritage with a special event held at Motorworld. Set amongst a large range of classic, vintage and Formula 1 vehicles, you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of fun filled activities.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  34. Day 34
    Mon, Aug 22, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or step inside the cathedral and let your local guide marvel you with its history. Alternatively, explore the city’s past and present, from Roman times to its Jewish heritage, during a guided tour, or if you are feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  35. Day 35
    Tue, Aug 23, 2022

    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 of 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, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  36. Day 36
    Wed, Aug 24, 2022

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Rhine, Danube

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Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

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Ratings based off 58 reviews about Scenic Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

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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