The only way to cruise the grand waterways of Europe is with Scenic Tours. You will experience our
signature of all-inclusive luxury on board a Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. The newest and most consistent fleet
to sail these rivers, Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ deliver uncompromising attention to detail, quality, inclusions
Quite simply, the best
The truth is, you will not find a more luxurious fleet on Europe’s rivers. We set the benchmark in
2008 with the launch of our first Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ and now all ships in the fleet, from the youngest
of 18 months to the oldest of only four years, have been rebuilt to ensure that the entire fleet sets
the utmost standard in river cruises and an unsurpassed level of luxury.
It’s the attention to detail
Meticulous attention to detail can be seen throughout all aspects of the ships. From the Port Laurent
marble from Morocco in the reception and Panorama Lounge, the personally selected gallery of
art lining the walls to the exemplary 5-star service and inclusions. No matter where or when you
travel with us in Europe you will always be guaranteed to enjoy the most luxurious cruise on board a
More space to relax, indoors and out
Our Scenic Space-Ships are designed for just that – space. Because in our experience, we know
our guests appreciate a real sense of space. In fact, the wonderful scenery gliding by is often the only
reminder you have that you’re actually on a ship. Our Panorama Lounge is 22 per cent larger than any
you’ll find on ordinary river cruise ships so you can relax while taking in the breathtaking views. There
are also three outdoor areas affording superb views of the forever-changing fairytale landscapes.
Exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’
Our beautiful and contemporary luxury suites feature private balconies that are 24 per cent larger
than cabins on other ships. Our balcony cabins include exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’, which
enclose the entire balcony at the touch of a button for a unique indoor lounge with full window
views. All suites and staterooms enjoy the service of a private butler as well as deluxe amenities
including complimentary mini-bar stocked daily, the superior comfort of a queen size Scenic Slumber
bed with Egyptian cotton linen and pillow menu. State-of-the-art technology is fitted to all cabins
including Mac mini computers for in-cabin infotainment including complimentary internet.
Superb dining inclusions to tempt your palate
Our chefs source the freshest local produce to create a wide variety of dining experiences on board.
The Crystal Dining Restaurant boasts atmosphere and views that match the superb cuisine and
gracious service, the River Café is open for all day dining of casual fare, and on selected days a High
Tea or barbeque on the Sun Deck promises extraordinary alfresco dining experiences. Whilst Italian
flavour comes to life with fine dining at Portobellos, and for our Danube Deck guests an intimate
dégustation affair is the highlight of Table La Rive.
In April 2013, we were proud to announce the maiden voyage of Scenic Jewel, a brand new $27 million addition to our world-class fleet of Scenic ‘Space-Ships’. Along with Scenic Crystal, which launched in 2012, Scenic Jewel brings our fleet to seven ships, representing the next generation of Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ and setting an unprecedented level of all-inclusive luxury river cruising on the grand waterways of Europe.
We recently completed a $10 million rebuild of the Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle and Black Sea routes to ensure the entire fleet meets the exacting standards of Scenic Jewel and Scenic Crystal. The fleet ranges in age from only 18 months to four years includes Scenic Diamond, Scenic Pearl, Scenic Ruby, Scenic Sapphire, and Scenic Emerald, which has now relocated to Southern France.
The rebuild includes luxury suites boasting the largest private balconies fitted with Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’* and in-suite inclusions from private butler service and a complimentary mini-bar stocked daily; to queen size slumber beds, pillow menu, L’Occitane products and 32 inch Samsung HD TVs linked to Mac mini computers. Complimentary internet access is enhanced by an upgraded Wi-Fi system using both Satellite and UMTS Mobile technology, whilst each ship also features new carpet, soft furnishings and designer furniture. The reception is also made over with new floors, light fixtures, marble desks and designer Bolon wallpaper.
Unique touches include a floating gallery of Australian artworks and sculptures and a wine list handpicked by our sommelier from boutique European wineries. Part of the unlimited complimentary beverage offering, the wines have been selected to complement the exceptional range of cuisine prepared from fresh local produce on show in all dining venues including the new casual River Café, which now has pizza ovens for gourmet pizza to order; and dégustation menu at Table La Rive. Portobellos has also been upgraded and the Panorama Lounge has a new bar, additional coffee machines and Eurocave wine dispensers.
All your drinks whilst onboard, all the time. Whenever and wherever you are - cocktails at the bar, wine with your meals or maybe a nightcap from your mini-bar.
All meals and highlight dinners
Whether it’s a meal in one of the many onboard venues, or going ashore to dine in a spectacular and exclusive setting.
Amazing onshore experiences
Exclusive experiences, and authentic insights into local culture and traditions are all included.
Exclusive Butler Service
A touch of luxury that you only get on a Scenic Tours river cruise.
Bring your passport, not your wallet
Don’t bother looking for hidden extras. On a Scenic Tours river cruise, there aren’t any. All travel by rail or air, gratuities, tipping and port taxes are included in the price.
You can feel it the moment you step aboard - it begins with the exquisite surroundings and continues through to the impeccable and thoughtful service.
Your own butler - now that’s a luxury
Unwind and enjoy having your every wish taken care of with a thoughtful and attentive in-suite service, unprecedented on Europe’s rivers. Every cabin enjoys the service of a private butler.
Spacious, stylish and modern
By strictly limiting our passenger and cabin numbers on our fleet of immaculately presented modern ships, there’s more space onboard per guest - a luxury that you won’t find on any other river cruise.
Your private balcony
Only Scenic Tours provides two full decks of suites, each with a genuinely private outdoor balcony, including an ingenious new feature that transforms your balcony into a private Sun Lounge.
The little touches that really matter
We’ve thought about every last detail of our stateroom and suite design. From your Scenic ‘slumber bed’ with crisp Egyptian linen to the luxurious amenities by L’Occitane.
A passion for fabulous food
From classic Italian in Portobellos or a degustation menu at the Table La Rive, to the relaxed River Café, al fresco dining on the Sun Deck, or High Tea on the Terrace.
Each new day on a Scenic Tours river cruise brings something refreshingly different. We often exceed expectations and bring unforgettable experiences.
From the spectacular…
A fantastic range of exclusive experiences, like a drink reception and classical concert in the magical setting of the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna.
…to hidden gems
We also love taking our guests beyond the usual tourist veneer to offer an authentic insight into history, culture and traditions.
Your holiday, your choice, your memories
We never forget that everyone is different. That’s why we give you the freedom to choose activities and excursions to create a river cruise that’s perfect for you, and only you.
Delicious food in sensational surroundings
Unique culinary experiences, from meals in breathtaking, historical surroundings like the baroque Rastatt Palace, to authentic local dishes and home-cooked specialities.
What validity do I need on my passport?
All passengers are required to possess a passport valid for 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip.
Should I bring copies of my passport and visas?
Yes. As your passport will be kept on board the ship throughout the cruise portion for transit formality reasons, we recommend you bring a photocopy of your passport/visas with you to carry on you at all times when on shore.
Please note: passengers who have selected the Guided Excursion to Bratislava as a Scenic FreeChoice activity from Vienna are required to carry their passports with them on this sightseeing tour as Customs may wish to view passenger passports.
What visas do I require?
It is the sole responsibility of each passenger to have necessary visas and to comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited.
Please note: If your nationality (passport) differs from the country in which you reside, please take the time to check especially carefully with your local consulates concerning visa and passport requirements for your travels. Holidays can be disrupted or have to be altered altogether if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or borders, so check very carefully that you have the required papers.
Can Scenic Tours arrange my passport and visas?
No, Scenic Tours and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited, and will not be liable for any costs or cancellation penalties or inconvenience where travellers do not have a travel authorisation, and are not permitted to travel.
Can Scenic Tours organise my travel insurance?
No, this is the responsibility of the passenger; however your travel agent can do this on your behalf. We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances, which may arise as defined in the respective proposal forms. It is a good idea to take your travel insurance documents with you.
How much luggage can I bring?
The luggage allowance whilst on tour is one suitcase with a maximum size of 76 x 53 x 28 cms (30 x 21 x 11’’) and weight of 20 kilograms. You may also carry a small backpack or the Scenic Tours issued overnight bag on board the coach for the duration of the tour. Additional bags beyond the luggage allowance may incur additional charges and are to be settled directly to the hotel or as required. It is advised that you check airline luggage requirements directly with your most significant airline carrier.
Is porterage included?
Handling and porterage of your luggage (as per the luggage allowance above) is included in your tour. Additional bags beyond the allowance may be charged or it may be the responsibility of the passenger to forward the baggage to another destination. Luggage handling is not included during any independent or non-escorted touring. In this situation, luggage handling and porterage will need to be organised directly with the hotel porters.
Should I attach the Scenic Tours luggage label provided prior to departure?
No, please wait until you have claimed your luggage at your destination airport. This will ensure airline companies will not tear off this tag, as it is required to easily identify your luggage for transfer services and hotels.
Will my luggage be secure?
We strongly advise that you do not pack anything of value in your check-in luggage and that you check-in ONLY your own suitcases. Do not carry items packed by other people. Never accept packages or articles from anyone unknown to you to carry on board the aircraft. As a sensible precaution against luggage tampering, including theft, lock your luggage.
What happens if my luggage goes missing?
It is highly unlikely for your luggage to be mislaid, however we suggest if travelling as a couple to pack each suitcase with back up clothes and toiletries for each person. We also suggest writing your personal and tour details on a label INSIDE each suitcase (including name, address, telephone number, departure and return flight details). Write only your name and destination address on outside labels.
What clothing should I pack?
What else do I need to pack?
The following list may be useful when packing for your trip:
Should I provide Scenic Tours with my health and fitness details prior to travelling?
We will supply a Health and Fitness form in your travel wallet. These forms are designed to provide us with instant information if an emergency should arise. These forms will be returned unopened at the completion of the tour. It is not compulsory to fill out these forms but is strongly recommended.
Can I take prescription medication into Europe?
Yes and its advisable to pack an ample supply of any medicine you are taking, copies of prescriptions and the telephone/fax number of your doctor. Because of strict drug laws in some countries, drugs you take on doctor’s orders should be carried in their original container showing the prescription label. Always keep your medication in your hand luggage.
Are there any health risks that I should be aware of?
Viral gastroenteritis is a very common virus that can be found almost anywhere, but its opportunity to spread is greater in contained environments. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It may also include fever, stomach issues and headache. The symptoms usually start 12 to 48 hours after viral infection and can last from 1 to 10 days. Most people who become sick with viral gastroenteritis recover quickly with no further problems. However if the illness is more severe, further medical care may be required to treat dehydration. The most effective protection from personal contamination is ensuring strict attention to personal hygiene and in particular, frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water and refraining from hand-to-mouth contact.
Colds and other viruses can spread quickly in an enclosed area such as a ship. Continue to practice common-sense hygiene and respiratory courtesy. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It is recommended that passengers carry an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, which does not require rinsing with water. Use a sanitizer frequently i.e. after shore excursions, prior to meals and throughout the day. If you have any questions regarding your health or safety while on tour, please do not hesitate to ask your Tour Director.
Motion sickness can be a problem for some people when cruising, flying or travelling on coaches and trains and it is a good idea to take precautionary measures. Drugs for treating motion sickness can be purchased at most pharmacies in Australia, however a side effect can by drowsiness. Alternatives such as ginger tablets and acupressure wristbands are also available and work well for some people.
What sort of fitness level do I require to travel in Europe?
It is not possible for large coaches to be used for some city sightseeing therefore many towns and cities will be visited by way of walking tours and accordingly, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Much of Europe is based on a myriad of old buildings and there are split-levels, steps and uneven surfaces everywhere. High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets and steep inclines in medieval towns and cities. It is essential to have comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes. Due to the amount of walking on your cruise shore excursions, which typically run for up to 3 hours, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Can I travel in a wheelchair?
Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchair use, and facilities for the disabled in general may be limited. Many areas are pedestrian only. Marksburg Castle has a number of stairs which may impact guests with limited mobility access to all touring areas, but this will not impede participation of the medieval banquet.
There are also areas of the ship that cannot be accessed by wheelchair and passengers will need to be able to get on and off the ship out of the wheelchair, due to space. For more information please contact us.
What sort of first aid and medical items should I bring with me?
It may be useful to bring a supply of basic items with you. A first aid kit may include band-aids, antiseptic, aspirin, cough medicine, throat lozenges, cold and flu medication, diarrhoea medication, mild laxative, eye ointments/drops for minor infections, a general antibiotic and any special medications you may need personally. Please remember to bring a letter from your doctor or a copy of the prescription for any medication that you are carrying with you.
Will my special requirements be met throughout the tour?
Your special requirements have been passed onto all suppliers. Special requirements refer to airline seating, special dietary and medical needs. These requirements are on a request basis only and cannot be guaranteed by Scenic Tours. We strongly advise that you reconfirm your meal requests with the Scenic Tour Director upon joining your tour.
Are there medical personnel available on the ship?
Doctors are not available on board the ship, however we can stop anywhere along the way for medical emergencies.
Please ensure you check with the airline to confirm the departure times of your flights between 48 to 72 hours prior to departure. It is important you arrive at the airport at least two-three hours in advance for international flights. This will allow you to check in your baggage and pass through security and customs.
Passengers with Booked Arrival Transfers: Upon arrival into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, please claim your luggage and advance to the customs exit where your Scenic Tours representative will meet you. Please look out for the Scenic Tours sign. If you arrive before 2:00pm you will be transferred from the airport to the Double Tree by Hilton where a Scenic Tours hospitality room will be available for your comfort. At approximately 3:00pm you and the rest of the group will be transferred to the pier for embarkation. Guests who arrive 2pm onwards, will be transferred directly from the Airport to the pier for embarkation.
In the event that you miss your transfer due to unforeseen circumstances, our transfer company details in Amsterdam are: Partners & Sam, emergency contact is Dorita Vermeulen, +31 20 616 0403. Our Scenic Tours office phone number in Europe is +41 43 521 1839 should you require further assistance.
Passengers With Scenic Pre Tour Accommodation: Passengers with Scenic pre-tour accommodation in Amsterdam will be transferred from the airport to their pre-tour hotel. On the day of embarkation, passengers will be transferred from their hotel to the pier by our shuttle transfer company. Please ensure you are waiting at the front of the hotel for your 3:00pm transfer.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements to Join the Tour: Passengers will also have notation in their joining instructions advising of the 3pm shuttle OR alternatively they will need to make their own arrangements to the ship (they will need to call the ship directly to get exact location of ship, contact number is in documents also.)
Embarkation at the ship starts no earlier than 3pm
Passengers With Booked Arrival Transfers: Upon arrival into Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, please claim your luggage and proceed to the arrival hall. Flights from the EU countries (excl. Great Britain) arrive at terminal 2A. Flights from any other destinations arrive at terminal 2B. A Scenic Tours representative will meet you in the respective arrival hall. Please look out for the Scenic Tours sign. You will be transferred from the airport to the Marriott Hotel Budapest, where a Scenic Tours hospitality room will be available for your comfort. At approximately 3:30pm you and the rest of the group will be transferred to the pier for embarkation. Guests who arrive 2pm onwards, will be transfered directly from the Airport to the pier for embarkation.
In the event that you miss your transfer due to unforeseen circumstances, our transfer company details in Budapest are: Central European Tours - emergency contact no.: +36 703 624 649. Our Scenic Tours office phone number in Europe is +41 43 521 1839 should you require further assistance.
Passengers With Scenic Pre Tour Accommodation: Passengers with Scenic pre-tour accommodation in Budapest will be transferred from the airport to their pre-tour hotel. On the day of embarkation, passengers will be transferred from their hotel to the pier by our shuttle transfer company at 3:30pm. Please ensure you are waiting at the front of the hotel for your 3:30pm transfer.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements to Join the Tour: Make your own way to the shuttle bus departure point, details below, where a bus transfer to the embarkation pier is provided to you free of charge. Please arrive at the shuttle bus departure point in time for the 3:30pm transfer. Passengers will also have a notation in their joining instructions advising of the 3pm shuttle OR alternatively they will need to make your own arrangements to the ship (they will need to call the ship directly to get exact location of the ship, contact number is in documents also.)
Shuttle bus departure point: (Budapest)
At the hotel Marriott bus parking on Apaczai Csere Janos street.
Down the small ramp to the left of the main entrance
Janos Ut 4, Budapest
Embarkation at the ship starts no earlier than 3pm
Passengers With Booked Arrival Transfers: Upon arrival into Bucharest International Airport, please claim your luggage and proceed to the arrival hall. A Scenic Tours representative will meet you in the respective arrival hall. Please look out for the Scenic Tours sign. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel.
In the event that you miss your transfer due to unforeseen circumstances, our transfer company details in Bucharest are: Central European Tours - emergency contact no.: +36 703 624 649. Our Scenic Tours office phone number in Europe is +41 43 521 1839 should you require further assistance.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements: Passengers must make their own way to the hotel.
Passengers With Booked Transfers: Upon arrival into London Heathrow International Airport you will be transferred by our London transfer company Dot2dot to your hotel.
To join your transfer, collect your luggage and pass through Customs. Once you have passed through Customs make your way to the Dot2dot customer service desks located in the Arrivals Hall. The location of Dot2dot customer service desks varies depending on which terminal you arrive in. A transfer voucher is enclosed in your booking summary and should be presented at the Dot2dot customer service desk.
Please note that the Dot2dot counter at Heathrow Airport does not open until 6am. If your flight arrives earlier please wait close to the desk until this time. Your transfer will be provided once the desk opens.
A Dot2dot representative will escort you to the departure point and remain with you until the transfer to your hotel departs.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements: The following transport options are available from the airport to the city. Please note train and taxi charges are approximate only and subject to change.
Taxis: London Heathrow is 32 km (20 miles) west of central London. Follow the signs in each terminal Arrivals areas for taxi ranks. The journey time to central London is approximately 45-60 minutes and will cost you between £35 and £60.
Train: The London Underground, Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals including Terminal 5, with frequent services to central London between 05:00 and 23:40 (Heathrow Terminal 4 station closes at 23:35 Monday to Saturday, and 23:05 on Sunday). Journey time approximately 50 minutes to central London.
Passengers with Booked Transfers: Upon arrival into Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, please ensure that you have collected all your baggage prior to clearing customs. Advance to the Arrivals Hall, where our Scenic Tours representative will assist you with your transfer to your Paris hotel. Please look out for the Scenic Tours sign.
In the event that you miss your transfer due to unforeseen circumstances, our transfer company details in Paris are: Scenic Paris, Emergency number: +41 43 521 1839.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements: The following transport options are available from the airport to the city. Please note train and taxi charges are approximate only and subject to change.
Taxis: Travel time is approximately 45mins and the fare would be €50-70. Surcharges may apply for extra luggage, at night, Sundays and public holidays.
Train: Charles de Gaulle has two train stations - 1 station for Train and 1 station for RER connection on line B (direction "Robinson / Saint-Remy les Chevreuse"). A free shuttle links the train stations and the terminals.
Passengers With Booked Transfers: Upon arrival into Prague International Airport, please ensure that you have collected all your baggage prior to clearing customs. Advance to the Arrivals Hall, where the Scenic Tours representative will assist you with your transfer to your Prague hotel. Please look out for the Scenic Tours sign.
In the event that you miss your transfer due to unforeseen circumstances, our transfer company details in Prague are: Milmark - emergency contact phone number is +420 602 361 385. Our Scenic Tours office phone number in Europe is +41 43 521 1839 should you require further assistance.
Passengers Under Own Arrangements: The airport is 16km west of the city. The following transport options are available from the airport to the city. Please note bus or taxi charges are approximate only and subject to change.
Taxis: Travel time is approximately 20-30mins and the fare would be approx. CZK600-900. Prague taxi drivers have a poor reputation due to overcharging so negotiate price before journey.
Bus: The airport is well serviced by buses. Buses stop across the road from the arrivals hall on the ground level of both terminals. There is a non-stop service running from both terminals to the city. Buses leave every 30 minutes 0500-2100. Transfer time to city 30-35 mins. Adult fare CZK45. Buy tickets from the driver.
9am All guests disembark the ship and are transferred to our Hospitality rooms at either the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel or the Budapest Marriot. (this includes all passengers on their own and any passengers with flights after 2:30pm)
There will then be a standard coach transfer at 3pm from the Hotels to the airport for all passengers on later flights.
*Passenger with flights departing 2:30pm or earlier transfer directly to the Airport
Important Note: ALL PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO DISEMBARK SHIP BY 9:00am
Who will be escorting the tour?
Your holiday is a special time and our Tour Directors and Cruise Directors make all the difference. From your very first day their warm greetings and professionalism signal the start of a wonderful rapport. For all land tours and cruises that have city extensions in Paris, London or Prague, you will have the services of a Tour Director. Whilst on your cruise you will be taken care of by a Cruise Director. Our Directors have your best interests at heart and will take care of all arrangements for you. Please note that that your city extension or land Tour Director will not join you on the cruise.
Are there likely to be changes to my itinerary?
On certain occasions, for operational or local reasons, it may be necessary to change your hotel accommodation or a brochured attraction in a particular location. If this does occur, you will be notified of such changes as soon as possible.
Is there any specific cruise information I need to be aware of?
Cabin Allocations: Please be aware that cabin allocations as per your Booking Summary are subject to change. Once on board your Cruise Director will be available should you have any queries.
Changes in Programs: Scenic Tours reserves the right to change vessels at any time for any reason including water level problems, excessive winds or ‘force majeure’ event. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. If this occurs, the ship detailed in your documents may change. For further details please refer to our full Terms and Conditions.
Cruise Director: Whether you’re looking for theatre tickets, a local landmark or a service to the nearest golf course, our Cruise Director or the team at Reception look forward to taking care of you and also offer helpful suggestions.
On board Language: The official language on board is English. All staff, crew and local guides speak fluent English. All announcements and lectures will be presented in English.
Currency/Exchange of Money: We offer an on board currency exchange service. Contact Reception for more information when on board.
On board Account: All purchases are charged to your on-board account. The final bill can be settled in cash or by credit card at the end of the cruise. The currency on board the ship is the Euro.
Pre-Paid Money Cards: Please note Scenic Cruise Ships are unable to accept Cash Passports, Travelex Cards or similar as they do not have a function to refund on these cards.
Tipping: All gratuities and tipping on land tours and river cruises whilst with Scenic Tours are included.
Passports: It is a requirement of the European Authorities that passports be available for inspection at any time. Therefore we will keep your passport secure in our safe at Reception.
Reception: The reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day.
Butler Service: A personal butler is available at all times for guests in our Royal, Junior Suites and all cabins located on the Danube Deck. Your service includes: packing and unpacking, complimentary ironing for two items per person per day, shoeshine, arranging cocktail drinks with friends, reservations for any additional requests such as theatre tickets, limousines, shore arrangements, salon appointments and more. Our cabin attendants are happy to deliver drinks to guests staying in other cabins at any time.
Cabin Service: The mini bar will be restocked daily. Please advise us if you require any additional drinks in your cabin. Housekeeping staff are available to serve you at any time.
Tea/Coffee: The making of tea and coffee in cabins is prohibited by law for safety reasons.
Dining: It is our pleasure to provide a maitre d' seating service for your convenience and comfort at the Crystal Dining Room for all meals. We operate an open seating service. Having a free choice of seating allows you to join friends for dinner as you wish. Breakfast and lunch are a full buffet service offering a wonderful selection of hot and cold dishes. Dinner will be à la carte and will be served personally. Beer and wine is included during the lunch and dinner service.
Portobello's Italian Restaurant: Scenic Cruises are pleased to offer a second dining experience on board our ‘Scenic Space-Ships’. Every guest has the opportunity of dining in this intimate environment at least once per 14 night cruise.
Dietary Requests: If you have special dietary requests, please advise your travel agent or Scenic Tours at least 4 weeks prior to departure, and also advise the your Cruise Director. Please note that facilities to accommodate special dietary requests on board are limited and, while the chefs will try to accommodate requests, no guarantees can be made.
Refreshments: All Scenic Cruises provide an additional specialised tea and coffee service for your enjoyment at no additional charge. This self-service, state-of-the-art facility is located in the lounge and available at your convenience.
Air Conditioning and Heating: All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, allowing you to regulate the temperature to your own needs.
Electricity: On board electricity is 220 volt.
Bicycles: We provide bicycles on board for your convenience and we encourage you to take the opportunity to make use of the many scenic rides along the waterways and local villages. A safety helmet and bike lock is provided. Please contact reception for bookings.
Safe: There is a safe in every passenger cabin. Please contact reception or housekeeping staff for assistance. Please remember to remove all items from the safe before disembarking the vessel at the end of your cruise.
Telephone: With your cabin telephone you may call cabin to cabin and also outside the ship.
Television: For your enjoyment we feature state-of-the-art satellite televisions. For technical reasons reception may be interrupted during particular parts of the journey or while we pass through locks.
Internet: The internet on the ships is intermittent. Connectivity is variable and is impacted by bridges, locks and mountains etc. The internet is not broadband speed and cannot be used to download large amounts of data (e.g. videos, music etc).
Dress Code: There is no special dress code on board. A casual atmosphere prevails during the day either on excursion or on board the ship. For the evening meal there is no requirement for formal jackets or ties and casual evening attire is welcomed. However as the welcome and farewell evenings are more formal occasions you may wish to dress accordingly. There also will also be entertainment nights that you may wish to dress up for. Please note shorts are not appropriate for the evening meal.
Bathrobes: You will be provided with a Scenic Cruises bathrobe in your cabin for the duration of the cruise. Should you wish to purchase one, you may order from the gift shop.
Laundry Service: We provide an on board service for all laundry for a fee. You will find the order form in your wardrobe and housekeeping will collect this from your cabin.
Travel Irons: The use of travel irons in cabins is prohibited by law for safety reasons. There is a pressing service available on board at a charge.
Hairdryers: There is a hairdryer in every passenger cabin.
Public Bathrooms: In some locations you will be charged a small fee when using a public bathroom. We recommend you carry a small amount of local currency with you at all times.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted inside any of the motor coaches or on board the Scenic River Cruise Ships. Inclusive of the public areas, smoking is not permitted in the cabins or on the private balconies.
Entertainment: Every evening in the lounge, a musician will perform for your enjoyment. We will also welcome special guest performers on board to entertain you.
Library: You may borrow books from the ship's library, free of charge. Please return any books that you have borrowed before the end of the cruise.
Hairdresser: Our hairdresser is available in the salon located on the Moselle deck. You can make an appointment for a selection of hair services with Reception.
Massage: The massage facilities are located in our wellness room on the Moselle Deck. You can make an appointment with Reception.
Gift Shop: Daily essentials from toothpaste to shaving items may be purchased from our on board shop located in the Atrium. Logo items are also available in the shop.
Questionnaire: We kindly ask you to fill in the questionnaire given to you at the end of the cruise. We are looking forward to all comments in order to constantly improve our service.
What monetary currency is in use across Europe?
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain all use the Euro as their currency. One Euro is divided into 100 cents. Euro coins differ according to country, but bank notes are of uniform EU design.
Hungary’s currency is the forint, which is divided into 100 fillér (please note that fillér coins are no longer in circulation).
The Czech Republic’s currency is the koruna (Kc) or crown divided into 100 haler.
How much foreign money should I bring with me?
Before you leave on your trip, it is a good idea to obtain a small amount of cash in the currency of the country you arrive in. If it is not possible to obtain the currency you require, then it can be purchased at the airport on arrival. Many locations will accept travellers cheques or credit cards. For incidentals and small vendors we recommend getting some local currency.
Are all credit cards accepted on all legs of the tour?
MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards are accepted in all countries in major shops, restaurants and hotels as well as to settle your shipboard account. Before travelling ensure your credit cards are valid for at least 30 days after the completion of the tour. We recommend that you have a pin number for your credit cards, as many businesses now only accept payment with a pin. Also ask your credit card company for the emergency number (suitable for international access) to report loss. Some shops and restaurants require a minimum purchase amount when using them. Due to increasing credit card fraud worldwide, be prepared to show identification (i.e. your passport) when making a transaction with your credit card. Most credit cards charge a fee (about 3%) for currency exchange, which means that every time you use your credit card, you add this fee to the price of goods and services. Check with your credit card company before you go to see what their policy is. It may be worthwhile to take more than one type of credit card as not all types of credit cards are accepted.
Is it easy to exchange cash?
You can exchange cash or travellers cheques at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus as well as small amounts of currency on board your ship for most local currencies, for a fee.
Are ATMs readily available?
Yes, using a debit or credit card is becoming a popular method of obtaining money whilst travelling. In most cases, you pay only your usual bank fee rather than a commission, although this may vary depending on your bank’s policy. Generally, you will get the best available exchange rate as well. Be sure to check with your bank before departing to activate your card and don’t forget to bring your pin number. We suggest however that you don’t rely on ATM’s for all your spending money, as machines may be unreliable. The best idea is to take a mix of cards and travellers cheques so that you are always covered.
Can I take travellers cheques or pre-paid travel money cards?
Yes and they can be easily obtained from your bank. You will find it an advantage to have your travellers cheques in a currency that is easily exchanged such as US dollars or Pounds Sterling and pre-paid travel money cards can be loaded with the currencies of the destinations you are travelling to. Remember to make a separate note of all the numbers and denominations of your travellers cheques as well as an international emergency contact phone number in case of loss or theft. It is worth carrying some cheques in small denominations as it may be difficult to cash larger cheques in hotels and shops. Travellers cheques can be changed at your hotel or a local bank. Many banks charge a set rate, so it could be worth your while cashing more money, less often. Banks usually offer a better rate of exchange than hotels, restaurants and large shops.
Please note: Scenic cruise ships are unable to accept Cash Passports, Travelex Cards or similar as they do not have a function to refund on these cards.
Does Scenic Tours cover tips?
Yes, Scenic Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you, including all drivers, local guides, porters, and meals included in your tour.
What hours are most shops open?
In Europe, stores may close earlier than back home and are usually not open on Sundays (nor Saturday afternoons in some places).
Are internet cafés readily available?
Yes, internet cafés are throughout Europe and are a much more cost-effective way of communicating with friends and family than by telephone.
Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Yes. If you have not already advised your travel agent at the time of booking please let your Tour Director know at the start of the tour any special needs or dietary requirements so they can be best accommodated. Remember your favourite food items will not always be available.
What type of food can I expect?
Be mindful that meals on tour will often reflect the local cuisine and delicacies, which may be different to what you are normally accustomed to. Your dining experiences are certain to enhance your tour and introduce you to the local region and culture.
What else should I be aware of?
Europeans generally dine slightly later than might be your custom and they tend to be less sensitive to issues regarding smoking.
How do I judge how safe it is to travel in these countries?
You must make your own inquiries regarding safety warnings and government warnings in relation to the destinations you are travelling to.
Are pickpockets prevalent?
Crowded tourist sites all over the world are at pickpocket risk so you should always be on alert. Keep your money hidden preferably in an inside pocket or money belt. Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
What else should I be aware of?
While travelling don't carry too much cash and remember that expensive watches, jewellery and cameras may be tempting targets for thieves.
What side of the road do cars drive?
Be aware that motorists drive on the right on the continent of Europe, so take care when crossing roads. Please also pay particular attention to bicycle lanes, which are often on the sidewalk. In The Netherlands a red pavement usually designates them. Exercise utmost care when crossing them as trams also often cross or share bicycle and pedestrian paths.
What else should I be aware of?
Air-conditioning is not yet as popular in Europe as back home and you may not find it everywhere. In some places due to environmental concerns it is strictly regulated.
European festive days, especially religious holidays, are quite numerous. On these occasions, particularly in May/June, you may find services in general slightly reduced.
Are there any unforseen costs I should be aware of?
Sometimes there is a small charge for public toilets, food and drinks usually cost more and the service may be a little more leisurely than you might expect.
Are there any restrictions on photography?
It may not be possible to use your camera or video camera at some sites of interest, or there may be a fee; please ask your Tour Director for further details. Not everyone might appreciate being on your souvenir home video or holiday photo, so please respect the privacy of local people and cruise directors/local guides by asking permission before filming or taking a photograph, especially in holy places.
Scenic Tours European River Cruises embark and disembark in such magical cities as Amsterdam, Budapest , Bucharest, and Zurich. If you would like to spend some extra time exploring these cities, either before or after your cruise, Scenic Tours offers exclusive rates at specially selected five-star hotels - the perfect places for your adventure to begin or end.
Choose the number of nights you'd like to stay, and, when you book through Scenic Tours, we provide your arrival transportation from the airport to your hotel, then from the hotel to your cruise, or from the cruise to hotel to airport upon your departure.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is an exciting, new hotel located on the riverbank, within easy reach of local attractions such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank and Van Gogh museums. Major shopping districts are just a short walk away. The hotel is a destination in itself. City Café brings a stylish new award-winning restaurant concept, where you can choose to dine in or eat al fresco on the large waterfront terrace with its magnificent views.
Each bedroom is an airy, modern sanctuary that offers all the creature comforts you’d expect and some you might not, like an Apple iMac and free high-speed Wi-Fi.
And then there’s Skylounge, a truly spectacular setting to enjoy the unique views over the old town and beyond.
Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel is the largest hotel in Basel, ideally located within walking distance to Basel's many cultural sites such as ‘Fondation Beyeler’ or ‘Zoo Basel”, and directly connected to the Congress Centre Basel.
The Marriott Budapest is the perfect base to explore this enchanting World Heritage city of vibrant contrasts. Located in the city center, on the bank of the Danube River, all hotel guestrooms feature spectacular Danube views. Just minutes away are attractions like Parliament and Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Vaci Utca. Unwind with a cocktail or espresso in the contemporary AQVA Lounge Bar before dining at stylish Peppers! Mediterranean Grill, where you will find a mix of artfully prepared Hungarian-Mediterranean flavours.
The JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel surrounds you with elegance befitting the chosen hotel of European royalty and international dignitaries. Prestigiously located next to the stunning Parliament Palace, the JW Marriott Bucharest is its own "city within a city" complete with shopping gallery and casino, state-of-the-art fitness club, World Class Health Academy and 6 of Bucharest's finest restaurants including an American sports bar.
There are 5 star luxury hotels, and then there is The May Fair: an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service.
Close to the main train station and the historic Old Town, Le MERIDIEN Grand Hotel Nuremberg is the first hotel on the square. It is centrally located opposite the main train station and at the entrance to the historic Old Town. From here, guests can easily reach many sights on foot, such as the Christkindlmarkt, the most popular Christkindlmarkt in the world.
In the elegant heart of Paris, surrounded by all the enticements of the first arrondissement, we are moments from the Place Vendôme, Louvre Museum, Place de la Concorde, Tuileries Garden, and the boutiques of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
The Ambassador was founded in 1927 and has been a part of Paris' history since the day Charles Lindbergh celebrated his Atlantic crossing here. This refurbished Art Deco landmark of class and elegance is located in le quartier de l'Opéra, near the Place Vendôme and the Galeries Lafayette. Absorb some Parisian ambiance by dining at 'Le 16 Haussman' restaurant or savouring a nightcap in the cosy 'Bar Lindbergh', a sanctuary from the bustling city outside.
Ideally located in Paris' Opéra district near the exclusive Vendôme, Madeleine and Concorde squares, this luxury hotel in Paris is housed in a beautiful historic building where the Lumière brothers invented cinema in 1895. With 213 sumptuous rooms and suites, a glass-roofed French fine dining restaurant, stylish cocktail bar, elegant tea room, indulgent spa and fitness center, first-rate business facilities and 5 star service, Hotel Scribe Paris offers the ultimate in luxury Paris accommodation.
Scribe Hotel Paris Website
The Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague is located in the heart of the Czech Republic's capital city in the state of Bohemia. Surrounded by historic buildings, shops and restaurants, the hotel is just a few steps from the famous
Wenceslas Square Boulevard, the commercial and social centre of modern Prague. Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge landmark also are nearby this central Prague hotel's location in the Golden City. The famous Prague Castle, perched on a hilltop above the city, can be seen from the hotel. For a flight and hotel
package to Prague, guests can travel via Ruzyne-Prague Airport, located about 15 kilometres from the hotel.
One of the most romantic Prague hotels in Old Town, the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel puts guests in the centre of art and culture, near the National Museum, National Theatre and Prague State Opera, among other popular galleries, museums and theatres. Several of Prague's stunning churches and palaces nearby the hotel also offer hour-long evening concerts for a unique experience in the capital city. Walk the cobblestone streets, browse the city's charming boutiques, and dine at outdoor cafés and restaurants along the Vitava River easily from the hotel.
The modern Art Deco décor of the hotel seamlessly blends with the architectural styles of the city's beautifully preserved buildings, churches and palaces. Architecture buffs will appreciate the blend of Art Nouveau/Deco,
Baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque styles that paint a vivid reminder of Prague's long and fascinating history.
The Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich is located opposite the main railway station at the beginning of the famous Bahnhofstreet. The elegant stone façade is a typical example of Zurich architecture. This hotel offers attractive rooms with elegant warm interiors, electrically adjustable beds and bathrooms of Italian granite. Triple glazed windows offer soundproofing for undisturbed relaxation and ultimate comfort – right in the heart of town.
The international business hotel Zurich Marriott is situated in the center of the city on the banks of the river Limmat and offers you unlimited comfort, innovation and high end technology in all the guest rooms. The location allows easy access to the business district, shopping and nightlife.