New Sailings from Scenic

Award-winning all-inclusive luxury river cruise operator Scenic Cruises has released exciting additions to its 2016 itineraries, including the eight-day Iconic Danube, a river cruise that takes in the extensive history of the region between Passau and Budapest; the 21-day Christmas Markets with Paris and Prague, linking two great cities with a cruise full of holiday traditions; and the 21-day Gems of the Seine and Breathtaking Bordeaux, combining two of France's most breathtaking regions into one longer sailing indulgence.


Scenic Freechoice land excursions are always included in cruise itineraries and feature a diverse selection of immersion-based activities, allowing guests to explore key cities and regions at their own pace. Sundowners, introduced in 2015, provides exclusive cocktail receptions to toast the days' end at some of Europe's most picturesque locations, including Austria's Wachau Valley and France's Tournon Castle. Pre- and post- trip packages are also available with each itinerary.


The Iconic Danube journey kicks off in Munich before setting sail from picturesque Passau. In Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, guests can enjoy Scenic's newest Freechoice, the Best of Sound of Music and Salzburg Show, an exclusive production of the timeless film of the same name performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg; and in Vienna will be enchanted by an evening of champagne and a private concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart in Palais Lichtenstein, an exclusive Scenic event.


Christmas Markets with Paris and Prague spotlights the centuries-old traditions found in the market towns along the 21-day itinerary. The trip begins with three nights in Paris at the Marriott Opera Ambassador, a luxury hotel at the heart of the city's opera district, with time for guided excursions in Paris, include the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, followed by a dinner and show at the world-renowned Lido. Other highlights include a visit to the Bishop's Residenz Palace inWurzburg; and Oktoberfest celebration in Freudenberg; and Vienna’s magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. The itinerary concludes with three nights in the Prague Marriott hotel, allowing guests to explore the city's Communist-era history or tour the highly acclaimed Lobkowicz Palace.


The Gems of the Seine and Breathtaking Bordeaux itinerary highlights the 17th-century architecture of Lyons-la-Floret, named one of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World; Normandy's D-Day beaches in Honfleur; the house and gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny; the Palace of Versailles in Paris; and the winemaking traditions of the Sauternes and Medoc regions. There is even time for dinner at Chateau Giscours winery in Bordeaux.


Scenic has the newest fleet of ships to sail the European rivers, and offer some of the largest suites on the rivers they sail. Additionally, Scenic's signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included: personalised service with a 3:1 guest to staff ratio, butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages, full-size private balcony suites with exclusive Scenic Sun Lounges, which allows guests to convert the balcony from open air to a sealed sun lounge with a press of a button, a choice of six dining options that include dégustation at Table La Rive, fine dining at Portobellos and more casual fare at River Café, plus on the newest Space-Ships, vitality pools on the Sun Deck.


All Scenic river cruise guests enjoy included tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events. Onboard river highlights and on-shore experiences are made exceptional by Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour systems, while Scenic's new laundry concierge service for 2016 entitles all river cruise guests in Europe and France to 1kg of laundry free on each cruise.

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