Europe cruise with Scenic Tours
Thursday, October 5, 2006
River cruising has become one of the best ways to see Europe. On a Scenic Tours private charter, you travel on a luxury floating hotel, which has incredible advantages. You unpack just once, have a deck to stroll around, can relax with a cocktail or even slip in an afternoon nap.
Below are some of the many extras included on Scenic Tours' 21-day Europe River Cruise trip from Paris to Prague. Fourteen of those days are spent on a deluxe cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds. All of their cruises offer similar comforts and luxury.
- Three nights' luxury accommodation in both Paris and Prague.
- Services of professional Scenic Tours tour directors, cruise directors throughout and fully guided sightseeing tours.
- Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning for on-shore excursions.
- Nightly piano entertainment.
- Airport transfers, porterage, tips and gratuities on land portions included.
- Scenic Tours welcome pack.
- Paris: you will be greeted at Charles de Gaulle Airport by your Scenic Tours tour director and transferred to the elegant Scribe Hotel. You may like to stroll along the Seine or relax in a café on one of the city's boulevards. The following day, enjoy a guided tour of the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Opera Garnier, Concorde Square, Cathédral Notre Dame de Paris and more. A highlight is the second stage ascent of the Eiffel Tower, which offers superb views of the city. Visit Montmartre for a gourmet feast and take in the stunning illumination on the drive back to your hotel.
- Sightseeing is an endless pleasure in Paris and your tour director is there to help you choose what to see the Louvre, a Seine cruise or a visit to Versailles and its magnificent gardens.
- Amsterdam: take in Dutch masters at world-renowned museums in Holland's delightful 700-year-old capital.
- Cologne: take a guided sightseeing tour in one of Germany's largest cities.
- Rüdesheim: the perfect example of a wine town in the Rhine Gorge, this is a beautiful stretch of the river. Ride the Winzerexpress mini train, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
- Miltenberg: a guided tour of the Bavarian village on the Main River, with medieval and Renaissance houses and Gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall.
- Wrzburg: the Pearl of the Romantic Road, visit the Bishop's Residenz and vineyards.
- Bamberg: guided sightseeing in the World Heritage site of medieval Bamberg, its breathtaking cathedral, Old Town Hall straddling the river and serpentine streets with 18th-century mansions and charming houses.
- Nuremberg: despite WWII damage, much of Nuremberg has been restored to its original style. Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses are part of your tour.
- Regensburg: one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, take in architectural highlights of the Old Town Hall and white and gold Old Chapel. Visit Thurn und Taxis Castle and impressive St Emmerammus Abbey buildings.
- Passau-Linz: start your Austrian experience at the confluence of the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube. Graceful arcades and cobblestone streets await.
- Melk-Dürnstein: a guided visit to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein's baroque Stiftskirche with its blue faççade, in the heart of the Wachau wine region.
- Vienna: the City of Music which inspired the genius Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. See the lavish Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, Ringstrasse and St Stephen's Cathedral. Leave some time to enjoy a sachertorte or apfelstrudel in a neighbourhood café.
- Bratislava: the capital of Slovakia at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the charming Old Town with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St Martin's Cathedral.
- Budapest: the capital of Hungary is eastern Europe's liveliest, most cosmopolitan city. See the seven bridges connecting Buda on the right bank of the Danube and Pest on the left. Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion are impressive.
- Prague: three days in the capital of the Czech Republic. The Old Town is riddled with medieval lanes. Enjoy a sweet break at the city's most famous coffee house. Enjoy dinner at a traditional tavern. Explore the baroque quarter of Mala Strana, and Josefov, the Jewish Quarter. Climb the 299 steps of Petrin Hill to the Observation Tower for the best views of the city. After breakfast on your last day, you will be transferred to Prague International Airport.
Dining and highlight meals:
- Forty-nine superb meals including 20 full buffet breakfasts, 13 lunches and 16 dinners.
- Welcome dinner; Captain's gala dinner.
- Quality European wines served with all on-board dinners.
- Cocktail reception.
- Highlight dinner in Czech tavern with entertainment.
The Getaway crew joined the 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest cruise for seven days, as far as Bamberg in Germany. The cruise continued to Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Passengers flew from Budapest to London at the end of their journey.
Highlights of Europe.
Scenic Tours has 21-day Paris to Prague tours featuring three nights in Paris, a 15-day Scenic Tours Private Charter River Cruise and three nights in Prague. Prices start at $7195 per person twin-share. Airfares, taxes and port charges are not included. Accommodation, meals and all sightseeing are included. Tours will depart between April and August, 2007.
Prices quoted are correct at October 5. 2006.
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