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FIRST TIME WONDERS YOUR GUIDE TO RIVER CRUISING

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WELCOME Scenic has more than 30 years of experience creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys for our guests. We are a privately-owned company and have introduced itineraries that travel to over 60 countries and visit every continent on earth. Our guests are at the forefront of all we do, from the design of our ships to the creation of our exclusive Scenic Enrich once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We want to deliver the best all-inclusive luxury experience possible across the globe, so that all you need to do is focus on making memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re new to river cruising, this guide has been tailored to answer all your questions and help you choose one of our many award-winning cruises that’s right for you. We will explain to you why Scenic luxury all-inclusive river cruising is a great way to see the world, let you know what to expect on board and provide insights into the many exciting destinations and more.


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WHO SHOULD DO A RIVER CRUISE A sense of adventure, curiosity and passion are just a few of the key qualities that many of our river cruise guests share. You’ll meet a range of like-minded people on board a Scenic cruise; those who are interested in discovering the many artistic, historical, culinary and cultural aspects of our destinations. They enjoy the laid-back pace of river cruising and its appreciation for individual choice and exploration. A mix of independent travellers, couples and small groups, they are looking for diverse, culturally enriching experiences, and like to take their time exploring each layer of the countries we visit, rather than rushing through a busy itinerary. An appreciation for the finer things in life – great food, music, knowledge and a thirst for new experiences – drives their journey.

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With a balance of both working and retired guests, luxury and great service is a must, along with a reassurance that everything is allinclusive, including tipping and gratuities. You’ll enjoy sharing your experiences with fellow open-minded travellers who appreciate similar things in life, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities to forge new friendships during each cruise.

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Going solo It’s not just couples and groups who seek out a river cruise experience. Solo travellers are choosing the delights of a river cruise too. Offering comfort, peace of mind and the chance to meet like-minded people, river cruising is ideal for those travelling on their own. As a solo traveller you’ll have the flexibility to join in Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich activities, or if solitude is more what you crave, simply kick back and relax on board in 5-star luxury. Our ships along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers, as well as those traversing the waterways of Bordeaux and the South of France, all offer dedicated single balcony suites, complete with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge. Consider it your own private oasis.

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WHY SCENIC Since our start in Newcastle, Australia in 1986, our passion for all-inclusive luxury travel, a dedication to our guests, handcrafted experiences and continuous innovation is what sets us apart. Our Journey Designers are experts in the destinations we travel to. They know the hidden gems that will turn your cruise with Scenic into a truly memorable experience, and they are always on the lookout for new inclusions that will add more value to your time with us. With our wholly-owned fleet traversing the waterways of Europe and South East Asia, Scenic’s innovative, custom-designed ships have set the benchmark in 5-star luxury river cruising. Each balcony suite features creative technology, which transforms your balcony into a Sun Lounge at the touch of a button. In 2017, we became the first river cruise line to offer a Salt Therapy Lounge and the dedicated Scenic Culinaire cooking school on board Scenic Sapphire in the South of France and Scenic Diamond in Bordeaux. A Scenic river cruise is a truly all-inclusive experience. All your meals, drinks and shore excursions are included and early booking deals often mean that your flights are included too. You’ll find our difference is in the details. We’ll greet you personally at the airport and arrange for your transfer, regardless of when you arrive. And we’ve taken care of all the finer points, including an array of extras from Wi-Fi to gratuities. From the second you step on board to the moment you leave, you can be sure that Scenic has thought of every possible thing to make your trip more luxurious and inspiring than anything you’ve experienced before.

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ALL-INCLUSIVE IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU GET When you book a river cruise with us, you can be confident that we’ve taken care of everything to offer you the highest quality experience, and the best value. Embark on the journey of a lifetime from the spacious surrounds of your stylish suite and contemplate which exclusive, included once-ina-lifetime experience to enjoy next. Savour worldclass dining and top shelf beverages in one of the elegant lounges, or relax in your private Scenic Sun Lounge, as your butler brings your lunch and a cocktail, before collecting your laundry.

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With Scenic’s signature all-inclusive commitment, you can enjoy multiple dining venues – instead of one, unlimited beverages – instead of just wine or beer with lunch and dinner, butler service, transfers, tipping – even bottled water – everything is included in the price you pay upfront. Scenic offers the most diverse range of allinclusive, exclusive excursions on the rivers of Europe and South East Asia, so you can tailor your holiday to ensure it’s the trip of a lifetime.

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The River Cruise checklist: Before you embark on a cruise along one of the beautiful rivers of Europe or South East Asia, you should ask:

Does the ship have a choice of dining venues? Are all my meals included during shore excursions?

Are all my drinks included or just during lunch and dinner?

Is it house wine, or top-shelf beer, wine and spirits?

Are cocktails included? Is my mini-bar included? Scenic gives you piece of mind with a choice of up to six dining experiences in Europe, and up to four in South East Asia. All meals are included, even during shore excursions, and room service is complimentary. We also include the finest regional wines, top-shelf spirits and cocktails all day every day, plus your mini-bar, which is restocked daily with a selection of world-class wines and spirits.

Do I have to pay for room service? Do I have to pay for shore excursions? Is there a range of tour options or just the one? Can I tailor my excursions to meet my needs and interests?

Can I travel at my own pace? Are there options for self-guided touring? Do I have to tip my guide?

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With Scenic’s handcrafted itineraries, we offer the biggest range of all-inclusive excursions including exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences, such as private concerts and gala dinners in a variety of remarkable locations. Scenic Freechoice sightseeing allows you to explore your interests at your own pace and Scenic Tailormade, offers GPS guided tours and commentary. We also provide e-bikes on selected ships and take care of all the gratuities for your guides.

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5-STAR LUXURY RIVER CRUISING At Scenic when we say all-inclusive luxury river cruising, that is what you get. Luxury is having a butler at your call, crisp white sheets, and your own private balcony to watch the sun rise and set in a different country. Luxury is having chef-prepared meals and top shelf beverages. Luxury is all-inclusive tours, events, experiences and having someone else arrange it all for you, to pick and choose as you please. And luxury certainly is not having to reach for your wallet for any of it. Welcome to the Scenic experience, where all-inclusive means exactly that. This is the essence of the Scenic experience.

SCENIC ENRICH Our expert Journey Designers have handpicked and curated a range of unique experiences that will be among the highlights of your cruise. These exclusive multi-sensory moments will add a deeper dimension to your journey and leave you with amazing memories to treasure.

SCENIC FREECHOICE Whether you want to travel at a relaxed pace or to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice provides a diverse range of activities for you to choose from. From history to culture, gastronomy to nature, there’s something for everyone, and you can do it at a pace that suits you.

SCENIC TAILORMADE In Europe, our exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS devices allow you to explore on your own, either by foot or on two wheels with our e-bikes, in more than 140 locations. Each tour features insightful commentary about the destination you’re visiting and has been designed to start and return to your ship’s location. not available in Russia or Portugal ^


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BUTLER We know it’s the small things that make your cruise special, and so do our butlers. From nightly turndown to laundry service included for all guests, our butlers are there to make your Scenic journey extra special. They won’t be happy unless you are.

SCENIC FLEET Our focus on innovation and luxury design ensures Scenic is the world leader when it comes to delivering the ultimate in river cruising on our state of the art fleet. With some of the largest suites on the river, a high staff-to-guest ratio plus incredible facilities on board, you’ll never want to leave.

DINING & BEVERAGES From casual fare to fine dining, we cater for every style on board. We source from regional suppliers so our food is both extremely fresh and in season. Our chefs draw inspiration from the countries we pass through so you’ll experience true regional cuisine. And of course there’s an extensive selection of complimentary beverages all day too.

SUITES We set the benchmark for the standard of suites on board, the most spacious on the river. Our balcony suites also feature innovative technology, transforming to a Sun Lounge at the touch of a button, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape.

THE NTH DEGREE We’ll personally greet you at the airport and transfer you to and from your cruise, regardless of when you arrive. Onshore, all our transport, whether it’s by coach or rail, is of the highest standard. We use local guides as we believe nobody knows an area like someone who lives there. Absolutely everything is taken care of, including all tipping and gratuities.


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WHAT TO EXPECT ON BOARD With Scenic the perks and privileges are part of your all-inclusive on board experience. Largest balcony suites Scenic Sun Lounge, your private outdoor

balcony Butler service Dining options from casual to fine dining Complimentary beverages all day, every day Complimentary mini-bar, restocked daily On board entertainment Wellness and fitness areas# Cruise Directors to guide and assist Expert Tour Directors Wi-Fi Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

European River Cruises also include: Laundry concierge The freedom of our e-bikes (electronically

assisted bicycles) Exclusive Scenic Tailormade* GPS for selfguided touring and on board commentary

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A Royal Owners Suite, Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux B Scenic butler service C On board dining D Royal Panorama Suite, Scenic Aura, Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

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WHAT TO EXPECT ONSHORE An exclusive range of handcrafted experiences are all included when you disembark along the cruise route. With group numbers kept small to ensure a personal experience, we take care of everything, even tipping. So you can simply relax and enjoy the journey.

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A Honfleur, France B Scenic Sundowners, Irrawaddy River, Myanmar C Rastatt Palace, Germany

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Assisting your Cruise Director will be an array of knowledgeable local guides. We use local guides as we believe nobody knows a place like the people who live there. As a result, our tours will not only make sure you see all the highlights, but we’ll also take you in search of the hidden gems known only to locals. The best local food, entertainment and culture - we even invite you into homes so that you can experience true local hospitality.

Scenic Enrich These once-in-a-lifetime experiences have been handcrafted exclusively for Scenic guests. Designed to bring out the truly wondrous aspects of history, culture and location, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the hospitality and traditions of some of the world’s most unique experiences.

Scenic Freechoice Our guided sightseeing program, Scenic Freechoice was created to give you the freedom to engage in the things that truly interest you. You’ll get to choose from a range of diverse activities, which can be completed at your desired pace, whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or something more active. Whatever your interest, fitness or mobility level, you’re in charge. C

Scenic Tailormade* Exclusive to our Europe cruises, our Scenic Tailormade GPS devices guide you through your own personal excursion on shore, offering fascinating commentary on major points of interest along your route. With your Tailormade device, you’ll be able to wander on or off the beaten path without any danger of getting lost. And best of all, you’ll miss none of the attractions along the way.

Scenic Sundowners Scenic Sundowners are bespoke cocktail events for Scenic guests to celebrate the day’s adventures. What could be a better ending to an incredible day than sharing your experiences with friends against a truly idyllic backdrop? That certainly calls for a toast.

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EXPLORE EUROPE Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers

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Experience Europe from a luxurious new perspective as you cruise the magnificent waterways of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The sheer wealth of beautiful and historic sites on Europe’s grand rivers is unequalled anywhere in the world. From Amsterdam’s famous canals, enchanting Vienna and breathtaking Budapest, to the magnificent castles that line these waterways, you will get a taste of the very best of Europe. From Koblenz, enjoy the twists and turns of the beautiful Moselle River as it travels along one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. As you pass by timeless little towns, flanked by the picturesque ruins of once impressive castles, admire the many terraced vineyards, home to some of the world’s best Rieslings.

Waterways of France Scenic are the France specialists and offer cruises in three of the country’s most spectacular regions. In the north of France, the iconic Seine River winds its way through Paris, east towards Honfleur and the English Channel. For art lovers, a cruise through Normandy provides plenty of inspiration, while history buffs will find moving memorials to historic figures and key events, such as the Somme battlefields and D-Day landing sites. Our cruises along the Rhône and Saône rivers in the South of France have no overnight sailings, so you won’t ever feel hurried. Explore pretty Avignon, cycle through the vineyards of the famous Beaujolais region or visit the Benedictine Abbey in Cluny. There are also plenty of experiences for foodies, including truffle tasting in Tournus. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers that wind their way across Bordeaux offer myriad opportunities to explore Grand Cru estates, elegant châteaux and the many culinary delights on offer. Scenic is the only luxury cruise operator to offer longer cruises in Bordeaux, docking right in the heart of each port of call.

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Portugal’s Douro River From glittering Porto to the hidden gems of the Douro Valley, northern Portugal is wonder in waiting. With its authentic traditions and warm local hospitality, not to mention its world-class port wines and tantalising local fare, you’ll be in awe of a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. Far from the tourist hubs, this region is packed with unique wonders, from the archaeologically significant Côa Valley to serene viticultural attractions like Vega de Terrón.

Russian Waterways Russia is as vast as it is magnificent. Opulent palaces and cathedrals, where the history is as fascinating as the architectural design, recall the grandeur of a bygone era, while smaller towns along Russia’s great waterways appear as if in a fairytale.

A Scenic Jasper, Moselle Valley, Germany B Scenic Sapphire, Avignon, South of France C Scenic Azure, Douro Valley, Portugal

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DISCOVER SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Gain a new perspective on life as you cruise along the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers – two of South East Asia’s most fascinating and important waterways. Marvel at the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia during an exclusive gala dinner featuring an Aspara dance performance, delight in the simplicity of rural riverside life in Vietnam as you gently meander by, and spend time with local monks in Myanmar. We promise it will be a journey of discovery. Designed to encapsulate the essence of South East Asia, our boutique vessels - Scenic Spirit on the Mekong River and Scenic Aura on the Irrawaddy River - represent a stylish connection between tradition and innovation. Catering for just 68 and 44 guests respectively, the ships feature world-class facilities that would not be out of place in a boutique luxury hotel. From the Sun Deck, complete with a resort-style pool, to the sumptuous spa and wellness centre, gym and beauty salon, every conceivable need has been catered for.

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Mekong River Travelling nearly 5,000 kilometres through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Mekong River carries with it many stories of these complex and beautiful lands. One of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world, second only to the Amazon, the mighty Mekong will capture your imagination and sense of wonder. From floating markets to traditional sampans, it is mesmerising to see how so many cultures live in harmony with this giant waterway.

Irrawaddy River Flowing north to south from its source high in the Himalayas, the Irrawaddy River is the lifeblood of Myanmar and its timeless allure captivates all who sail its waters. Embark on a voyage of discovery and allow yourself to be enthralled by all the country’s many charms, including one of the most remarkable collections of temples in the world on the wide plains of Bagan. A journey along the Irrawaddy is the perfect way to reveal Myanmar’s hidden treasures – its people and culture – which for years were only known to the most intrepid of travellers.

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A Mandalay Lounge, Scenic Aura B Scenic Aura C Crystal Dining, Scenic Spirit D Royal Panorama Suite, Scenic Spirit

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WHERE AND WHEN TO TRAVEL Irrawaddy River Cruises

Mekong River Cruises

Europe River Cruises

Year round except mid APRIL to late AUGUST

Year round except MAY to mid JUNE

MARCH – OCTOBER

Make the most of the wonderful climate in South East Asia and cruise any time of the year that suits you. We have scheduled our departures to ensure we avoid the wet season, leaving you with plenty of options to explore the mystical wonderland that is the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

We schedule our cruises around the wet season, so the times we cruise South East Asia are wellplanned. With a consistently temperate climate and a host of festivals and events year round, there’s always something wondrous happening on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

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There’s nothing more beautiful than watching Europe transition through the seasons. No matter what time you cruise you’ll come across moments of wonder. From French fields of summer sunflowers and lavender to snow-white mountains and misty autumn mornings, you’ll always have something to immerse your senses.

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Christmas Markets Europe River Cruises

Christmas Europe River Cruise

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Europe in the lead-up to Christmas transforms into a glittering kaleidoscope of activity as markets spring to life in every town. Enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein, or sample delicious gingerbread and freshly roasted chestnuts as you shop for the perfect handmade decoration to add to your tree at home.

Christmas is a truly magical time of year in Europe. From streets adorned with festive decorations and twinkling lights to delightful views of snow-dusted churches and medieval palaces, there is nothing quite like it. Enjoy the seasonal traditions that have been part of Europe since recorded memory.

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Christmas Mekong & Irrawaddy River Cruises DECEMBER Indulge in a tropical Christmas as you cruise along the sultry Mekong or the mystical Irrawaddy. A great time of year to experience South East Asia. Warm your bones, avoid the Christmas crowds and treat yourself. Make it a holiday season you’ll look back on with joy.

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TOP 10 REASONS TO LOVE A SCENIC RIVER CRUISE 1. All-inclusive, nothing to pay From the moment you step on board your luxurious Scenic ship you won’t need to spend a thing*. Whether on board or during shore excursions, it’s all taken care of. 2. Majority of suites on board have balconies Our ships feature the largest and most luxurious suites on the rivers, with no inside cabins everyone has a view. Our all-inclusive balcony suites also feature innovative technology, transforming each balcony to a Sun Lounge at the touch of a button, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape. 3. All beverages complimentary Enjoy your favourite cocktail on the Sun Deck or the finest red wine at dinner. With our impressive selection of complimentary premium beverages, including your in-suite mini-bar – the choice is yours, all day, every day. 4. All meals complimentary across a range of dining options From café-style snacks to our fine dining degustation menu, there’s gourmet fare for every taste. Drawing inspiration from the regions travelled through, all our food is seasonal and freshly prepared. Massage and hair salon services are an additional cost.

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5. Handcrafted and comprehensive range of activities and experiences Our onshore Scenic Enrich and Scenic Freechoice programs offer everything from history to culture and cuisine to nature. There’s something for everyone to discover, and it can be done at your own pace. Absolutely everything is included, even entrance fees, tipping and gratuities. 6. Dock in the heart of towns and villages You simply walk off the ship right into the centre of the beautiful towns and villages along our routes. Less commuting, more exploring. C

7. Small numbers of guests on board By keeping numbers small we can provide you with an intimate, exclusive experience. Our ships in South East Asia even have a 1:1 staff ratio. 8. Butler service Our butlers are experts at ensuring every need is taken care of. From the first warm greeting to remembering your preferences, our butlers are always on hand. They won’t be happy unless you are. 9. Local guides Thanks to their inside knowledge, our local guides ensure you’ll get to experience both the highlights and hidden gems of your destination. 10. No seasickness The combination of cruising gentle river routes and the world-class engineering of our fleet of ships ensures nothing but smooth sailing. A Crystal Dining, Scenic Spirit B Butler service C ‘Best of the Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’, Salzburg D Royal Owners Suite, Scenic Diamond

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Scenic First Time River Cruising Guide 2018  
Scenic First Time River Cruising Guide 2018