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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO RIVER CRUISING


Your Essential Guide to Luxury River Cruising

Guide to scenic river cruising intro

Deluxe Balcony Suite


Many rivers are steeped in history, having one time or another been the method for the transportation of goods and people. Such history makes these waterways of constant intrigue to worldwide travellers and, a result, creates the perfect platform for an exciting adventure.

This helpful handbook is here to guide first-time river cruisers through their journey on the water. What can you expect from your luxury floating hotel? How will you explore the culture and heritage of each wonderful location? And how will it differ from that of an ocean cruise?

Guide to scenic river cruising intro


“Once a year go somewhere you have never been before” – Dalai Lama

Scenic Jasper, Moselle Valley


Contents 06 – What is a river cruise? 08 – Who are we? 10 – Scenic All-Inclusive 12 – Dining & Beverages 14 – Suites & Butler Service 16 – On-board Entertainment 18 – Freechoice Activities 19 – Enrich Encounters 20 – A World of Wonder 22 – The Danube River 24 – The Rhine River 26 – Our ships on the Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers 28 – France 29 – Portugal 30 – Our ships in France 31 – Our ship on the Douro 32 – A Week On-Board a Scenic River Cruise 34 – Russia 35 – Our ship on the Volga 36 – The Mekong 37 – Our ship on the Mekong 38 – The Irrawaddy 39 – Our ship on the Irrawaddy


What is a River Cruise?

A river cruise is a voyage of discovery along the world's most fascinating rivers, stopping in the heart of iconic cities, towns and villages along the way.

Iron Gate, Romania

A Luxury Floating Hotel

Destinations in Depth

Scenic's 5-star Space-Ships boast all the amenities you would expect from that of a world-class hotel. With custom-built, spacious communal areas, beautifully-appointed suites with balcony options and a choice of dining venues, guests can also spend their time on-board relaxing in the rooftop Vitality Pool, keeping fit in the gym, or indulging in a treatment at the on-board spa and salon.

With 15 river cruise ships across Europe, France, the Douro region of Portugal, and South East Asia, getting up close and personal with the day-to-day life of these wonderful destinations is a perfect way to learn about their heritage and culture. What’s more, river cruises introduce travellers to hidden hideaways that they may not have visited otherwise. UNESCO World Heritagelisted Bamberg in Germany, the sun-soaked, vineyard-laden French south coast, or the historically magnificent Austrian capital, Vienna, are just some of the breath-taking locations you can look forward to exploring.

The difference? This floating hotel passes beautiful landscapes, historic monuments and rolling hills, before docking centrally so you can learn about the culture of the many towns and cities that line the river banks. Portobellos Fine-Dining

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Avignon, France


Onshore Exploration

Butler Service

On-Board Our Space-Ships

Scenic's award winning shore excursions are the best in class. Taking guests into the heart of each destination with a choice of included excursions, Freechoice literally means 'freedom to choose' a tour to suit you and your interests. You could be witnessing the beauty of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey on a guided walking tour, or perusing a market in Avignon with your on-board chef. Day trips are included to neighbouring countries to ensure you get the most from your adventure, while on-board e-bikes and group walking tours will please the more active. Organised exclusive evening events, like private classical concerts in palatial settings, showcase the work of local composers, such as Johann Strauss II and Mozart, while Sundowner evenings offer the opportunity to watch the sunset on castle terraces, while enjoying an aperitif with your fellow travellers. Rastatt Palace Private Event

With Scenic, the on-board service is as highly considered as the onshore excursions so that every minute of your river cruise is as relaxing and luxurious as possible. Your butler ensures you have everything you need, while spacious suites range from 15m² to 47m², most of which are home to our innovative Sun-Lounge system, allowing guests to transform their balcony into an all-weather conservatory-style space, at the touch of a button. Spacious communal areas are perfect for making new friends, relaxing with a book, or simply enjoying the scenery as it passes by the window. An evening meal in a choice of restaurants can be followed by traditional entertainment in the Bar and Lounge, where complimentary drinks are served all day every day. Your dining options on-board range from thoughtfully-prepared breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to speciality fine-dining with wine pairing, and a chef’s degustation table. Fine-Dining

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Who Are We? Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours are an independent, Australian-owned company, founded in 1986 by CEO Glen Moroney. Since, we’ve grown into a global business, with offices around the world, in the UK, Canada, the US, New Zealand and Switzerland. Throughout our fleet of 15 Space-Ships we combine innovative technology with opulent designer finishes, and we’ve won awards for our ships, including ‘Favourite River Cruise Line’ three years running at the Telegraph Travel Awards. Our unrivalled Sun-Lounge system is ingenious, while our impressive staff-to-guest ratio of 1:3 and butler service makes sure guests receive 5-star treatment from the minute they join us on-board. Our butlers have all graduated from our Scenic Butler Academy so, whether you fancy a light lunch in your suite or require your clothing to be pressed in preparation for the evening, no request is too troublesome. We think loyalty should be rewarded so, as a result, every time you satisfy your wanderlust with us, we’ll reward you as part of our Scenic Club Loyalty Program. Membership is free and you automatically become a member after your first adventure, so you can begin making the most of the benefits straight away. Access to exclusive deals, discounts and offers are just some of the perks and differ depending on your status of either Scenic Gold, Platinum, Diamond or Emerald. Scenic are leaders in luxury river cruising and offer a truly all-inclusive 5-star service.

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ALL-INCLUSIVE With Scenic, the perks and privileges come included. Our Space-Ships are truly an all-inclusive luxury package. On board Space-Ships

Return flights from a selection of up to 15 UK airports or NO FLY option via Standard Premier Eurostar and First Class rail on selected cruises 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships

Suites

Balcony suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge Butler service for all guests Laundry concierge Complimentary beverages all day, every day*

Butler

Six dining options, from casual to fine dining Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary Authentic local entertainment

Dining & Beverages

Wellness Area and Fitness Centre The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles Cruise Directors to guide and assist

Enrich

Expert local guides Complimentary Wi-Fi internet Return airport transfers All tipping, taxes & gratuities

Freechoice

Onshore Scenic Enrich – unforgettable and exclusive once in-a-lifetime experiences

Tailormade

Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted cocktails in some of Europe’s most beautiful locations Scenic Freechoice – a choice of wonderful activities throughout your journey

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* All drinks included on board our Scenic-Spaceships except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits. Please note Russia cruises operate on a fully inclusive service.


The Nth Degree We’ll personally greet you on arrival and transfer you to your Space-Ship. Travel in style and comfort, both on and off the ship, as part of our seamless all-inclusive experience. All tipping and gratuities have been taken care of, so you won’t need to spend a penny on-board. Our local tour guides ensure you have a truly authentic experience whilst exploring every location. Scenic Cruise Directors are the best in the business and at your service throughout your cruise.

Benedictine Palace, Fécamp

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Dining & Beverages Where to eat and drink on board Portobellos fine dining

On Board Dining Venues Crystal Dining

The ship's main restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily a la carte menus and an eclectic buffet showcase a wide variety of cuisines, accompanied by sommelierselected wines.

Portobellos/L'Amour

Five courses of locally-sourced Italian, French or Portuguese fine-dining, paired with wines from the region's best wineries. Every guest will be invited to dine here and it is sure to be a highlight.

Table La Rive/Table d'Or

An intimate six-course dining experience for those staying on the Diamond Deck and in Junior Suites. Complete with sommelier-paired wines.

River CafĂŠ

A casual venue to enjoy flexible dining to suit your schedule. Expect buffet-style food, gelato and light snacks, great for all day grazing and the perfect place to socialise with new friends.

24-Hour Room Service

Perfect for when you just want to relax in your suite, your butler will happily bring you drinks or food to your door.

Sun Deck

We like to celebrate the beautiful weather, so when it's at its finest you'll be invited to make your way up to the Sun Deck where your chefs will fire up the BBQ for an al fresco feast.

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* All drinks included on board our Scenic-Spaceships except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits. Please note Russia cruises operate on a fully inclusive service.


Table La Rive

A Wealth of Choice A big part of how you explore a country comes in the tasting of its wares. Scenic’s aim is to take every guest on a gastronomical journey of the continent’s much-loved flavours. Whether you’re enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner in our Crystal Dining restaurant, sampling Italian fine-dining with wine pairing at the delightful Portobellos, or relaxing in your suite with room service on your balcony, all ingredients are fresh and locally-sourced.

Portobellos

Premium Branded Drinks

River Cafe

Unlimited Premium Branded Drinks* Considering the thought that goes into our dining options, it would only be right to pair it with the perfect liquid accompaniments. Our wide selection of cocktails, regional wines, top shelf spirits, local beers and soft drinks are complimentary all day every day, so you can enjoy a glass of Moët with breakfast or, perhaps, a selection of teas or coffee, wherever the mood takes you. 13


One bedroom Royal Owner's Suite

Mac Mini Infotainment Internet

Butler Service

Butler Service

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Royal Panorama Suite Bathroom

Part of what makes a Scenic river cruise so special is the attention to detail from our butlers who provide guests with 24-hour service. No request is too troublesome and we will do our best to help with anything we can. If breakfast in bed or lunch on your balcony takes your fancy, your choice of food and beverage will be delivered to your door. Additionally, a complimentary laundry concierge is available, or you can make the most of our nightly turndown service.


Suites & Butler Service The perfect way to relax and unwind Royal Panorama Suite

In-Suite Dining

Suites Our suites are some of the most spacious on Europe’s rivers. Exclusively designed to combine the latest innovative technology with awardwinning comfort, luxurious flourishes like slumber beds, an Apple TV, complimentary L’Occitane toiletries and mini bar, transforms your cabin into your own private retreat. All of our Balcony Suites boast our Scenic Sun Lounge function, transforming your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space at the push of a button. Flick through our pillow menu and relax in a fleecy bathrobe and slippers for the ultimate relaxation. 15


On-Board Entertainment Simple, refined and enjoyable evenings Panorama Bar & Lounge

Complimentary Drinks

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Quartet On-board Entertainment


Bar & Lounge Sit back and relax with a cocktail, glass of wine, local beer or something stronger, in the comfort of our bar and lounge. An extensive drinks menu is sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated of palettes, while our comfortable seating means you can recline on the sofa with a whiskey or sit around the table and play a game of cards with new-found friends.

Entertainment The traditional music of a country can tell a thousand tales, and we like to share these with guests during our post-dinner entertainment. From Bavarian oom-pah bands to Hungarian dance groups, be swept up in the energy and excitement of music that dates back centuries, complete with authentic costumes and instruments. Accordion On-board Traditional Entertainment

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Freechoice Activities A plethora of included excursions Rothenburg

Spanish Riding School, Vienna

E-Bikes

Freechoice Activities We believe choice is a wonderful thing and part of what makes a Scenic adventure so special is that guests can choose to do as much or as little as they please, at a pace that suits them. Daily Freechoice activities may come in the form of guided city tours or perusals of historically-significant castles, or it might be a bicycle ride along the river bank or a shopping trip around a local market with your chef. Selected by expert Journey Designers, and at no additional cost, these fascinating opportunities are yours to take advantage of, as and when you please. Mateus Palace

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Palais Liechtenstein Exclusive Concert

Enrich Encounters

Once-in-a-lifetime events & experiences Rastatt Palace

Enrich Excursions An exclusive world is opened up to Scenic guests that offers unprecedented access to some of Europe’s most illustrious cultural hotspots. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are handpicked by our expert Journey Designers and all included in the price of your trip. Soak up the magnificence of the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, the oldest Baroque residence in the Upper Rhine Valley, as you’re treated to a classical concert, or enjoy a Medieval banquet in the brooding halls of Germany’s Marksburg Castle. Each of our itineraries features at least one exclusive Enrich event. Benedictine Palace

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Scenic offer 18 river itineraries in Europe & 7 in South East Asia


A world of wonder waiting to be discovered

From the enchanting palaces and fairy tale castles that line the Rhine and Danube, to the romance of the Moselle, the majesty of the east and spiritualism of South East Asia, a Scenic river cruise knows no bounds. Cosmopolitan cities that co-exist seamlessly with ancient tradition and unique cultural encounters, offer worldwide travellers a deeper understanding into the inner workings of each awe-inspiring destination.

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The Danube River Budapest

Finland

Norway Estonia

Sweden Denmark Scotland

Latvia

Baltic Sea Lithuania

North Sea

Northern Ireland

Ireland

Netherlands

Hoorn

Bratislava

Wales

Amsterdam

England

Poland

Germany

Antwerp

Main-Danube Canal

Belgium

Bamberg

Czech Republic

Freudenberg

Luxembourg

Nuremberg

Trier

Paris

Regensburg Passau

Slovakia Melk

France

Austria

Basel

Switzerland Slovenia

Italy Atlantic Ocean

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Russia

Danube

Vienna Budapest

Hungary

Romania

Croatia

Lower Danube

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

Belgrade

Iron Gates

Mile 0

Giurgiu

Serbia Kosovo Macedonia

Bulgaria

Black Sea


The Danube River Known as a river cruiser’s rite of passage, the Danube is Europe’s second-longest river, passing through 10 countries. From its source in Germany’s Black Forest, to its mouth in the Black Sea, it is clear why this stunning waterway has been the muse for many an artist, composer and poet.

Passau

Perfect For:

Classical music enthusiasts: Vienna & Salzburg, Austria Architecture aficionados: Budapest, Hungary Nature-lovers: The Wachau Valley, Austria History buffs: Nuremburg, Germany

Prague Old Town

Melk Abbey Vienna

Highlights Vienna’s artistic and intellectual legacy, combined with its imperial palaces, make the capital a must-see for fans of architecture and history alike, while Budapest’s vibrancy and individualism makes it the perfect stop for artists and culture vultures. Outstanding natural beauty and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites are at every turn, whether it’s the awe-inspiring Wachau Valley or the beautiful Medieval city of Regensburg.

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The Rhine River

Norway

Sweden Denmark Scotland

North Sea

Northern Ireland

Rhine Valley Ireland

Netherlands

Hoorn

Wales

Amsterdam Rhine Cologne

Antwerp

Koblenz

Belgium

Moselle Luxembourg

Freudenberg Trier

Rhine

Strasbourg

Basel

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Cologne

Switzerland

Germany


The Rhine River Starting its life in the Swiss Alps and finishing its journey in the North Sea off the Netherlands, the delightful Rhine river navigates through central Germany. Waterside villages and ancient cities boast signs of regional folklore, appealing to an adventurer’s wanderlust time and again.

Marksburg Castle

Keukenhof Gardens

Perfect For:

Wine connoisseurs: Strasbourg, France Architecture enthusiasts: Cologne, Germany Nature-lovers: The Rhine Gorge, Germany Creatives: The Black Forest and The Rhine Gorge, Germany Bruges

Koblenz

Highlights The 2,000-year-old city of Cologne boasts Gothic architecture, a twin-spired cathedral and breath-taking views of the river, while the evergreen landscape of the Black Forest’s quaint villages and mountainous surroundings are often compared to settings for fairy tales and folklore. Freiburg, the region’s largest town is also known for its Gothic buildings, with bountiful vineyards as a contrasting backdrop, while the Rhine Gorge has long been a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers with its dramatic and varied natural landscapes.

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Our Ships on the Danube, Scenic Jasper, Opal, Amber, Crystal, Jewel & Jade

Built 2012-2016 | Length 135 metres | Passengers 169 | Cabins 85 | Crew 53 | Gross tonnage 2,721

Crystal Dining Our spacious main restaurant serves buffet and รก la carte menus at breakfast, lunch and dinner, from awardwinning chefs.

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Portobellos Our fine-dining speciality restaurant offers five courses of traditional cuisine with paired wines to a select group of just 30 guests in a stunning setting at the rear of the ship.

Table La Rive World-Class Exclusive dining for Suites Diamond Deck and Royal Suite guests. Enjoy a six-course degustation menu crafted by a team of expert chefs and accompanied by a selection of sommelierpaired wines.

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All of our Balcony Suites are spacious with luxury amenities and feature our exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge system, transforming your balcony into an all-weather conservatory-style space at the touch of a button.


Rhine & Main Rivers Scenic Ruby & Pearl

Rebuilt 2013 | Length 135 metres | Passengers 167 | Cabins 84 | Crew 53 | Gross tonnage 2,721

Riverview Terrace & Sun Deck Watch the unfolding tapestry of Europe's beguiling landscape float by as you enjoy the scenery from the Riverview Terrace, equipped with sun loungers, and enjoy High Tea on the Sun Deck.

Vitality Pool Our three newest Space-Ships feature a Vitality Pool on the Sun Deck. Enjoy a morning dip to get you ready for the day, or simply sit and relax with a cocktail as you watch the beautiful sights pass by. (Select ships only)

Wellness & Fitness Area

Panorama Lounge

For a little extra pampering, head to our on-board Wellness Area for a massage or treatment. The Fitness Centre and Walking Track will help keep you active during your trip.

The Panorama Lounge is where most of the entertainment takes place, with emphasis on simple, refined and relaxed evenings, enjoy traditional performances and music from our resident pianist.

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France

The Seine, Rhône & Saône Rivers

Avignon

Norway

Denmark Scotland

Finland

Gastronomy, art and natural beauty, combine. With the chic city streets and pastel-coloured serenity of the north, and the bright lavender fields and Medieval Estonia villages of the south, France truly is a magical treasure trove for the senses. Fall in love and discover your joie de vivre Sweden as you explore the world’s most popular Latvia tourist destination. Baltic Sea Lithuania

North Sea

Lake Onega

Wales

Kizhi Island

Netherlands

Hoorn

Poland

Germany

England

Belgium

Highlights Czech Republic

Seine Rouen

Strasbourg

Chalonsur-Saône

Dordogne Gironde

Saône

Saint-Émilion

Rhône

Bordeaux Garonne

Sauternes

Basel

Switzerland Lyon

Vo

St. Petersburg

Italy

Avignon

Tarascon

Paris

Perfect For:

Spain

Mediterranean Sea

Rybinsk Reservoir

Russia

Danube Visit the Somme battlegrounds and M experience what it may have been like Slovakia Passau for those Melkin battle during the First World Vienna Moscow War on a day excursion commemorating Austria Budapest 101 years. EnjoyHungary a four-course dining Romania experience, expertly paired with Grand Slovenia Cru wine and accompanied by live Croatia Lower Danube classical music, indulge in an Enrich dinner at the Benedictine Palace inIron Gates Giur Belgrade Bosnia & Fécamp or visitHerzegovina Monet’s House Serbia and Gardens in Giverny. Adriatic Sea

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Lake Ladoga

Nuremberg

Luxembourg

Paris

France

Volga-Baltic

Neva brandy Cognac's famous

Antwerp

Honfleur

Svir

Montenegro

Kosovo

Bulgaria

Macedonia Albania

Wine-connoisseurs: Bordeaux and Burgundy Greece and Military historians: Somme battlefields Normandy D-Day beaches Foodies: Bordeaux and Bergerac Art enthusiasts: Monet’s house and gardens, Giverny


Norway

Portugal

The Douro River

Dramatic landscapes set the scene for a sun-drenched river cruise down the Iberian Peninsula’s major waterway. Home to the production Swede of port wine, remarkable buildings used for such purposes line its Denmark banks, as well as unique cities, prehistoric wonders and impressive North Sea quintas adorning the lands.

Douro Valley

Scotland Northern Ireland

Lisbon

Highlights

Ireland Wales

England

Seine Rouen

Honfleur

Paris

France Dordogne

Explore charming Porto as you listen Netherlands Hoorn to tales of the sea from fisherman of Amsterdam the Afurada villageRhine on returnGermany from an excursion, and embark on a guided tour Cologne Antwerp of the beautiful capital, Lisbon, with Main-Danube Can Koblenz its pastel-coloured buildings and hilly Belgium Bamberg landscapes, before a relaxing day by the sea. Moselle Freudenberg Not forgetting Salamanca in north-western Cz Trier Nuremberg Spain,Luxembourg with its sandstone architecture, dating backRhine to the Celtic era, where you’ll Regensburg Strasbourg Passau dine on traditional Spanish cuisine before a Flamenco dance performance. Chalonsur-Saône Aust Basel Switzerland

Perfect For: Saône

Lisbon, Porto and Salamanca Explorers:Lyon ItalyPochinho Valley Museum, History buffs: Côa Rhône and the Douro Museum, Régua enthusiasts: Ducal Palace, Avignon Architecture Entre-os-Rios Tarascon Wine-lovers: Quinta da Aveleda and Portogardens, Giverny

Atlantic Ocean

Douro Porto

Spain

Porto

Portugal Mediterranean Sea 29

Slove


Our Ships in France Scenic Gem, Sapphire & Diamond

Rebuilt 2017 | Built 2008/2009 | Length 135 metres | Passengers 155 | Cabins 78 | Crew 53 | Gross tonnage 2,721

RENOVATED SHIP IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

Scenic Culinaire Exclusive to our Bordeaux and Rhône Space-Ships, Scenic Culinaire is a series of intimate on-board cooking classes, taught by experts featuring the finest in local ingredients. We've also renovated our two ships to include a beautiful spa with salt wall and a vitality pool on the top deck. 30

New Royal Owner's Suites As part of the upgrades for 2017, the Scenic Diamond and Sapphire will feature two new one-bedroom Royal Owner's suites. At 47m2, these suites boast opulent furnishings and all the extra touches Scenic is famous for.

L’Amour Exclusive to our French ships, L’Amour offers guests a five-course menu of the very best regional cuisine paired expertly with the finest local wines, in a stunning panoramic setting.

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Our Ship on the Douro Scenic Azure

Built 2016 | Length 80 metres | Passengers 96 | Cabins 48 | Crew 36 |

Table d’Or Exclusive to the Douro river, Diamond Deck and Royal Suite guests will experience a six-course degustation menu crafted by a team of expert chefs and sommelierpaired wines with each course.

Panorama Lounge Bar The perfect place to unwind and take in the endless scenery or chat to new friends. Help yourself to a selection of specialty teas and coffees or enjoy a complimentary beverage from the bar.

SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED BY SCENIC TO SAIL THE DOURO

Special Events Weather permitting, a lunchtime barbecue is held on the Sun Deck offering guests the best in local seafood and produce.

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A Week On-board a Scenic River Cruise...

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

We were met in Munich by a Scenic representative and taken to the ship in Nuremburg.

After breakfast, it was time to explore Nuremburg on a tour of the WWII sites.

I asked my butler to bring me a pot of tea so I could sit on my balcony and watch the sunrise.

I was given a hot towel and a glass of champagne on arrival before my butler showed me to my suite. It was spacious, with a fully-stocked mini bar and balcony area. The welcome dinner was three courses, with unlimited drinks.

The guide was excellent, supported by my personal GPS device. We were docked in the heart of the city meaning we could explore more after lunch. Dinner did not disappoint; four courses were paired with delicious German wines.

A ferry took us to view historic Weltenburg Abbey. I sampled beer from one of the oldest breweries in the world. This evening I dined at Portobellos.

Today included a full day in the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. The tour showcased the UNESCO highlights and quaint squares.

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Five Italian courses were paired with local wines.

Later, I enjoyed a relaxing massage before ordering room service and watching movies in my suite.


Sophie Pearson, Scenic Reservation Consultant travelled on her first Danube Cruise in August 2016

“I asked my butler to bring me a pot of tea

so I could watch the sunrise from my balcony”

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

The beautiful Benedictine Abbey was the highlight of today, as well as a guided tour through Melk. I sampled the electric bikes and rode along the river bank.

This morning, we docked in the heart of Vienna. A guided walking tour with visits to the famous Schonbrunn Palace offered a great insight into the city.

I woke in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Budapest, and enjoyed a guided walking tour with piano recital.

After breakfast our transfers arrived and we began our journey home.

The day was topped off by a private cocktail party overlooking the Wachau Valley.

This evening was spent at Palais Liechtenstein for a private classical concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. I’ve never encountered anything so special.

My final night on-board was spent with newfound friends, enjoying dinner and drinks.

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Russia

The Volga River A remarkable country, rich with historic cities, idyllic countryside and culture. The Volga river is a magnificent way to see the best of Russia’s vast offering, opening the doors to hidden treasures, world-famous art and imposing architecture. A landscape boasting tundra, forests and subtropical beaches, this remarkable country is one to be thoroughly explored.

Moscow

Kizhi Island Volga-Baltic Canal

Svir

Finland

Private Russian Ballet Goritsy

Lake Ladoga

Mandrogi

14 Rybinsk Reservoir

St. Petersburg

Russia

Uglich

Yaroslavl

Volga

Estonia

Moscow Canal

Moscow

St Petersburg

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Perfect For: Performance art enthusiasts: Catherine’s Palace, St. Petersburg and the Russian Circus, Moscow Vodka-lovers: On-board tasting session Scientists: Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow Historians: Peterhof Palace and Yaroslavl

Highlights In St. Petersburg, visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens, taking in a private ballet performance. Visit the charming museum village of Mandrogi which was reconstructed after First World War, and embark on a city tour of the ancient city of Yaroslavl, dating back to 1010. In Moscow, attend the internationally renowned Russian Circus and take part in a meet and greet with a real Russian cosmonaut as you learn about space exploration.


Our Ship on the Volga Scenic Tsar

Reconstructed and Renovated 2012 | Passengers 112 | Cabins 56 | Gross tonnage 3,019

Finest Suites Amongst the most spacious on Russia's rivers, our suites are embellished with luxury features, elegant appointments and the finest amenities akin to a luxury hotel.

Everything You Need Intimate and friendly, Scenic Tsar is an incomparable blend of luxury, comfort and cultural immersion. On board you'll have access to WiFi, entertainment and a Wellness Area.

Fully-Inclusive There's a choice of delicious dining options, including in-room dining, airport transfers and a range of fascinating shore excursions. Allow your cruise director and ever member of our team to create a perfect river cruise experience.

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a a Caves aunggyi

akku

The Mekong Viewing car, Eastern & Oriental Express

Beginning in the Tibetan Plateau and twisting its way across South East Asia’s unique landscape, the Mekong is the lifeblood of the people who call the banks home. Passing through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, rice China paddies, French Colonial architecture, temples and Hanoi Halong Bay busy cities are a breath-taking contrast. Laos

South China Sea

Vientiane

Tonle Sap Lake

Hue Hoi An

Thailand Cambodia

Siem Reap

Tonle Sap

Kampong Tralach Oudong Phnom Penh

Gulf of Thailand

Angkor Wat

Vietnam

Kampong Cham Mekong

Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City Tan Chau Chau Doc Vung Tau Sa Dec Cai Be My Tho

Highlights In Siem Reap, marvel at the magnificence of Angkor Wat and, while in Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam war. Bask in colonial-style elegance as you embark on a breath-taking journey along the route of the Mekong aboard the worldrenowned Eastern and Oriental Express train.

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Our Ship on the Mekong Scenic Spirit

Built 2016 | Passengers 68 | Suites 34 | Crew 50 | Length 85 metres

Largest Suites on the Mekong Our balcony suites are the most spacious on the Mekong and offer modern and elegant furnishings, HDTV, individual climate control and a pillow menu.

Diverse and Delicious Dining Experiences Our chefs draw inspiration from the regions you travel. Our food is seasonal and freshly prepared.

Luxurious Public Spaces With a resort-style pool, library, lounge and bar, our public areas are the sort of facilities you would expect to find in a world-class hotel.

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The Irrawaddy Plains of Bagan

Nepal

Flowing from north to south Myanmar, the Irrawaddy is known as ‘The Road to Mandalay’. Opening up doors to hidden civilisations, the river is the best way to see life through the eyes of locals. Discover the history of the beautiful country in a way that wouldn't be possible through other forms of transport and you’ll soon understand why Rudyard Kipling once described Myanmar as ‘unlike any other place you know’.

India Bangladesh

Highlights In Yangon, hunt for antiques at Bogyoke Aung San market or sample its unique art scene. Admire colonial architecture and visit Myanmar’s oldest golf course while in Thayetmyo, embark on a journey of spiritual enlightenment at the Monastic Education School, complete with lunch in the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, and don’t miss out on drinks beneath the U-Bein Bridge during sunset.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Mingun Monywa

Sagaing

China

Mandalay

Amarapura Pindaya Caves Bagan Taunggyi Heho Mount Popa Salay Kakku Inle Lake Magwe Yandabo

Minhla

Inwa

Irrawaddy

Laos

Thayetmyo

Pyay (Prome)

Sri Ksetra

Vientian

Myanmar Yangon

Thailand

Perfect For: Antique-lovers: Bogyoke Aung San market, Yangon Architecture enthusiasts: Thayetmyo, Gulf of Thailand Myanmar Culture vultures: Sagaing and Inwa, Monastic Education School, Myanmar Wine-lovers: Red Mountain Estate vineyards, Mandalay

Siem Rea

Kampon

P


Our Ship on the Irrawaddy Scenic Aura

Built 2016 | Passengers 44 | Suites 22 | Crew 35 | Length 65 metres

An Intimate Setting The smallest ship in the Scenic fleet and accommodating just 44 passengers, the Scenic Aura provides an intimate and relaxed setting.

Personal Service

Open-Air Cinema

With an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and a butler for every guest, the Scenic Aura provides a level of service not seen on other river cruises.

Enjoyed relaxed evenings at the Open Air Cinema, located on the Sun Deck - the perfect spot to watch a selection of films.

Take a 360 Tour@ scenic.co.uk/360

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