A warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin, and you’ll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.
Freechoice: Journey to Colmar in France and explore cobblestone streets that are lined with colourfully painted half-timbered houses. The town is a unique blend of German architecture and French charm or enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard in the Kaiserstuhl region. Alternatively, visit Freiburg, located on the edge of the Black Forest, this vibrant city is renowned for its Medieval Old Town and sustainable mind set or, visit Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, overlooking the Alsace plain, it has borne witness to centuries of conflicts and changes. Discover the fully furnished former living quarters of previous occupants as well as a collection of weaponry dating back to the Middle Ages.
Today you can choose from a diverse range of options, each truly unique yet equally fascinating.
Freechoice: Visit Baden Baden, the town is most famous for its casino and remains of the Roman baths, both of which you will learn about from your local guide today or, be transported into a world of luxury cars as you tour the Mercedes-Benz factory to learn how these admired cars are produced (available select departures, will be replaced with Speyer Technical Museum). Alternatively, explore the charming city of Strasbourg. This active walking tour will showcase the highlights of this city including the magnificent Cathedral or visit Schloss Favorite, originally built as a hunting lodge and summer house.
The afternoon visit the charming town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by lush green vineyards and lined with historic half-timbered buildings.
Freechoice: Board the Winzerexpress mini train and wind through the cobblestone streets of the town before a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Marvel at the display of over 150 musical instruments from the 18th and 19th century before taking a cable car ride for magnificent views across the vineyards. Once at the top you will see the historic Neiderwald Monument. Alternatively, take a guided hike from Rudesheim and enjoy breath-taking views across the Rhine River.
A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel like you have directly stepped into a fairy tale.
Freechoice: Explore Cochem during a guided tour and visit the iconic Reichsburg Castle, or if you’re feeling more active, join a bicycle tour and explore the beautiful region.
This afternoon you will appreciate the allure of the Moselle Valley as you glide past charming villages and vine covered slopes towards Bernkastel.
Freechoice: Take a walking tour through beautiful Bernkastel, with its perfectly preserved half-timbered houses located on the picturesque Moselle River or, journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour. Alternatively, explore the slopes covered in green vineyards at a local winery. The Moselle Valley is considered one of the world’s premier locations for producing Riesling and today you have the opportunity to learn all about the wine produced in the region before tasting a delicious drop.
Tonight, you are in for a special treat with a private classical concert in the UNESCO listed Liebfrauenkirche located in the heart of the Roman city of Trier.
Our final stop on this glorious 8-day journey is Koblenz. This UNESCO listed city sits at the junction of where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and has a fascinating past with over 2,000 years of history.
Freechoice: Join a walking tour of Koblenz and explore the charm and history of this impressive city including Duetsches Eck, or German Corner, the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle Rivers and where the memorial to Kaiser Wilhelm I proudly stands or choose to see the city aboard one of our Scenic e-bikes and travel further afield around this mighty city. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the magnificent castle of Burg Eltz. This medieval castle dates back over 850 years and has remained in the possession of the same family during this period.
After a delicious breakfast on board farewell your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Frankfurt airport for your onward or homebound flight.
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.
Guests are required to comply with any government requirements to enter countries on their itinerary at the time of travel. It will remain the responsibility of the guests to ensure they meet all necessary requirements including any necessary proof of vaccination, and/or negative COVID-19 test results, or any COVID-19 Travel Insurance policies should this apply at the time. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website and refer to the Government Health Advice.
We recommend that our guests travel with a supply of their own face masks and hand sanitizer, to be available in their hand luggage for connecting travel arrangements, which may include flights, hotels, and transfer arrangements.
Every Crew Member will be fully vaccinated prior to joining all our river Space-Ships and they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, following 7 days of self-isolation in their home country prior to travel to the vessel.
On arrival, all Crew Members are further isolated for a period of 5 days, following a Rapid Antigen Test. All Crew Members will receive extensive instruction and training in COVID-Security, prior to travel and also prior to starting work on board. Crew Members are empowered to ensure all team members work safely within the strict protocols and a COVID secure way.
All crew members will follow local government and health advisories, and masks will only be required to be worn if it is mandated or deemed necessary by local authorities or for the health and wellbeing of our guests on board.
We have enhanced our already intensive, frequent, and high standard of cleaning protocols in public areas and suites to ensure all surfaces and spaces are kept clean. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities. Any touchscreens such as iPads will be thoroughly disinfected after each use and hand sanitisation stations will be placed throughout the ship.
We will follow local government and health advisories which Scenic must adhere to. Your dedicated on board staff will keep you updated on requirements.
Our ships are fitted with an on board medical facility. The facility is staffed by one doctor and one nurse. Our medical staff have undergone specific training and awareness in infection control, monitoring and treatment. The medical facility is fitted with equipment to perform PCR testing.
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