Welcome to London, the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The city has many wonders to be explored and you will have the opportunity to see them all during your stay. Start your journey with a three night stay.
Take a guided tour of incredible London where you will see the highlights such as Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben. Admire Kensington Gardens, the former private gardens of Kensington Palace followed by a visit to the history-rich Westminster Abbey. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner of hearty English fare with your fellow travellers.
Explore this magnificent city at your leisure. London is famous for its magnificent ancient buildings, its iconic shopping streets and its traditional timeless food. No matter what your interests, your Tour Director is on hand to help you plan your day.
Today take the Eurostar train from London to Amsterdam where you will embark on your Scenic Space-Ship.
Freechoice: Join a knowledgeable local for a guided tour of Rotterdam. A dynamic, international city with a bold and passionately beating heart, Rotterdam is known as the architectural capital of the Netherlands. Or, you could choose to explore beautiful Delft before dropping into the pottery factory and museum to discover more about the world famous Delft Blue Pottery. Alternatively, discover picturesque Kinderdijk, famous for its historic windmills. Or visit Gouda, a town synonymous with cheese, and visit its local cheese market that dates back centuries. Alternatively, take an excursion to Leiden, the vibrant university city with its traditional Dutch architecture and artistic heritage. Discover the city’s fascinating history with a local guide, from its link to the Pilgrims who sailed to America on the Mayflower to the birthplace of renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn.
Freechoice: Visit the Delta works, including the famous Storm Surge Barrier, an incredible feat of modern engineering, purpose-built to protect the flooding Delta Plain. Alternatively, you can choose to explore the charming village of Veere, located on a series of regional dykes, with a history that extends all the way back to the 15th century. Or, for something more active, embark on an enjoyable guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings. Alternatively, choose to visit an oyster farm for a tour and tasting.
Freechoice: Let a local expert guide you through Ghent, one of Belgium’s most historic cities with a myriad of medieval buildings and charming canals, or explore Antwerp, renowned as the diamond capital of the world, see sights such as the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady, the Medieval fortress and the main square lined with many ornately decorated buidings.
Freechoice: Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Arnhem 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 historic houses, farms and windmills. Alternatively, join a cycling tour through pretty surrounds of Nijmegen, or visit the Gardens of Appelltern, home to over 200 inspirations gardens. From the sustainable to the colourful, enjoy walking through these incredible gardens at your leisure.
Freechoice: Visit the Veldzicht Hoeve cheese Farm, here you will meet the family that owns and runs it. During your tour you will learn about their passion for energy neutral and sustainable dairy farming as well as how their delicious Beemster cheese is produced, Or, discover Hoorn with a local guide and be immersed into the local life while tasting fine regional cheese and seafood. Alternatively, discover the long held family secrets to making traditional apple pie with a cooking class hosted by a local, while learning about life in this region. Alternatively, you can choose to explore Hoorn by bike, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous, sail into open waters on a Tall Ship sailing experience.
A special experience awaits as you are treated to a choir performance in the 17th century Dutch reformed church of Oosterkerk.
Discover Keukenhof Gardens, complete with over seven million flowering bulbs.
Depart Amsterdam after breakfast and travel to Bruges, the historic Flemish city that was founded in the 9th centruy by the Vikings.
This morning you will have the pleasure of exploring the beautifully preserved medieval centre with your local guide. Meander through the cobbled laneways that reveal charming town squares, see sights such as the Belfry of Bruges, the medieval bell tower, and enjoy a tasting of local Belgian beer while learning about the fascinating history of this ancient town.
Enjoy this fabulous city at your leisure. Perhaps wander along the romantic canals crossing some of the 80 plus bridges of the city, some dating back to medieval times. If you’re feeling active, climb the 366 steps of the Belfry Tower for sweeping views across the city or indulge in some of the local specialities such as the famed Belgian waffles and chocolates.
After breakfast, farewell beautiful Bruges, taking with you many wonderful memories.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such, the journey may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.
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.
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 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!
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