Scenic Enrich is our exclusive program of truly exceptional activities, allowing you to be immersed in local European cultures. Every Scenic Enrich event adds to the experience of the region you are visiting, whether dining at the towering spectacle that is Marksburg Castle, enjoying a private Viennese concert at Palais Lichtenstein or visiting the homes of local European villagers for the day, your Scenic Enrich excursions will ensure your European adventure is unforgettable.
Scenic Enrich – live the destination, don’t just travel through it.
To highlight some of the unique and exclusive events and activities that you won't find anywhere else, Scenic Tours has developed Scenic Enrich. This innovative program adds that finishing touch to every part of your vacation. You'll live the destination you're in, not just travel through it. Scenic Enrich activities are all included at no extra cost to you.
Marksburg - Step back in time on a private tour and Medieval Banquet dinner at Marksburg Castle, a 12th century hilltop castle overlooking the Rhine.
European Village Day - Today you will be taken off the beaten track as an invited guest to experience European Village life, just for a day - exclusive to Scenic Tours. Choose from a selection of Scenic FreeChoice activities, from baking a traditional German cake to discovering private castles and family wineries.
Vienna - Over a glass of Austrian ‘Sekt’ (sparkling wine) at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein, enjoy a private Viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.
Black Forest - Enjoy a full day excursion to the majestic Black Forest; watch a Black Forest cake demonstration, the world’s largest cuckoo clock and Germany’s largest waterfalls.
Vukovar - Enjoy a home-made lunch as a guest in a family home where you can learn about every-day living in Croatia
Istanbul - Enjoy the sounds of the mosque calls with stunning views over Istanbul’s Golden Horn whilst dining in Istanbul’s famous Hamdi Restaurant.
Seefeld, Austria - Indulge with an apple strudel and coffee at a local inn, then enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride amongst the woods of Seefeld.
Innsbruck - Visit Swarovski World, a museum built to mark the 100 year anniversary of the company. Be amazed by the Crystal sculptures.
Berlin - Gain special entry to the Reichstag in Berlin for a tour, coffee and cake under the famous glass dome.
Potsdam - Join our local expert historian in Potsdam, who will guide you through the Cecilienhof.
Warsaw - Enjoy an exclusive Chopin piano concert in Warsaw’s Manor House prior to dining at a traditional restaurant.
Krakow - Visit the nearby 800 year old Wieliczka Salt Mines. The tour includes statues of historic and mythical figures, all sculpted by miners out of rock salt.
Schloss Rastatt - only on the Amsterdam/Basel itinerary - Experience an extraordinary evening of music and cuisine at this enchanting palace in the Black Forest. This oldest baroque residence on the Upper Rhine was modelled after the opulent French Palace of Versailles. View magnificent ceiling paintings by Italian Masters. Only with Scenic Tours will you enjoy a guided tour of the palace, experience a superb classical concert and dine on exceptional cuisine. The palace survived World War II intact, allowing you to be truly immersed in the romance and grandeur of its baroque architecture.
Scenic FreeChoice provides an abundant selection of activities in the key cities and regions of Europe allowing you to choose the activities that interest you the most, including visiting Vienna’s Spanish Riding School and our sponsored stallion; witnessing the peasant villages of Skanzen, the largest outdoor museum in Hungary; and enjoying a guided cycling tour through the suburbs of Belgrade. Regardless of what you choose to see, you can do so in the knowledge that there’s no extra to pay!
Scenic FreeChoice – Enjoy the camaraderie of group travel with the flexibility of individual travel.
**Please note that not every FreeChoice option is available on every cruise itinerary. Some FreeChoice options are subject to minimum/maximum number requirements. The option at the Spanish Riding School is subject to the riding school schedule.
Canal Boat Cruise - You will marvel at the elegant merchant's residences, magnificent churches and historic warehouses as your boatman navigates the maze of Amsterdam's quaint canals in a glass top boat. Relaxed pace
Windmills and Tulips - Take an excursion to Zaanse Schans, a delightful village on the banks of the river Zaan. Enjoy the wooden houses, typical of the area, charming gardens, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops. Moderate pace
Guided Bicycle Tour - Take a guided bicycle tour and see Amsterdam the Dutch way. As you make your way through the canals stop and see Amsterdam's famous sights. Active pace
Tour of Volendam and Edam - Travel to the fishing village of Volendam before driving to the neighbouring town of Edam, where you will sample some of its famous cheese. Moderate pace
The Hague (Tulip Time cruises only) - Travel to The Hague, government central of The Netherlands. Take a tour of the main sights before exploring the city on your own. Moderate pace
Romantic Road to Rothenburg - Take a Romantic Road excursion to Rothenburg, considered to be the best preserved medieval city in Europe. Along the way see picturesque towns and fairy-tale castles. Moderate pace
Guided Walking Tour and Residenz - Go for a guided walk through Wurzburg and the magnificent Prince Bishop's Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site acclaimed for its baroque architecture and manicured gardens. Moderate pace
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip - Take a full day excursion to the Czech Republic to explore the 13th Century town of Cesky Krumlov, and wonder if you have gone back in time or if you are in a fairy-tale movie set. Located on the Vltava River, this UNESCO World Heritage site was once part of an important trade route. Moderate pace
Salzburg - "The Sound of Music" - Visit Salzburg, the setting for the famous musical 'The Sound of Music' and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Enjoy lunch at Salzburg's oldest restaurant, dating back to 803. Moderate pace
Passau Guided Tour - Walk the streets with your local guide to appreciate Passau's beautiful Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore the cobblestone streets and graceful arcades before cruising to Linz. Relaxed pace
Salzburg Underground Salt Mines - Visit one of the oldest underground salt mines in Austria and discover the story of Salzburg’s White Gold. Active pace
Schonbrunn Palace - Once home to Austria's Imperial family, Schonbrunn Palace is one of Europe's most beautiful baroque palaces. Take a guided tour of this majestic palace and gardens. Relaxed pace
Bratislava - Travel to Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, where you will enjoy a guided tour including the enchanting Old City, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Moderate pace
Spanish Riding School - Visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for either a guided tour or to watch a rehearsal. Visit with the Scenic Tours sponsored Lippizzaner stallion. **This FreeChoice is only available on select departures** Relaxed pace
Thermal Baths - Take your swimming suit and go for a soak at one of Budapest's famous thermal baths. Treat yourself to a relaxing experience that will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated. Relaxed pace
Explore the Labyrinth under Buda Castle - The labyrinth of Buda Castle is one of 7 underground wonders of the world (which include the tunnels of London, Paris and Moscow. This is one of the ten most popular attractions in Budapest. Active pace
Skanzen open-air museum - This popular open air museum is location just outside the city of Budapest and is an authentic reconstruction of village life in Hungary between the 18th and 20th Centuries. Moderate pace
Guided city tour - Join your local guide exploring the highlights of this magical city by both coach and on foot. Visit both Buda and Pest, the 2 districts - separated by the Danube - that comprise the city. See Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and the medieval town on Castle Hill. Relaxed pace
WWII History Tour - Relive the vivid history of WWII Nuremberg on this journey into the past. This tour will include stops at many of the WWII sites in the city. Moderate pace
Tastes of Nuremburg - Tour the city sampling some Nuremburg gastronomic delights such as its famous Bratwurst, Gingerbread and beer. Moderate pace
Audi Museum - Leave Nuremburg for the city of Ingolstadt, famous for its Audi museum. Tour the factory where the Audi A3, A4, A5 and Q5 are built. Moderate pace
Guided tour of Heidelberg - Home to Europe's oldest university and steeped in history, join a local guide through this romantic and picturesque town including the Heidelberg Castle and baroque style town. Moderate pace
Kaffeeklatsch - Gain an understanding of how the locals live by visiting a real German home for a “Kaffeeklatsch”, an informal social gathering for “coffee and conversation”. Relaxed pace
Hockenheim Formula 1 track - If you love Formula 1 car racing here is a chance to travel to the town of Hockenheim with its famous Formula 1 track. Explore the famous track and its impressive museum. Moderate pace.
Guided City Walking Tour - Enjoy a guided walking tour of the charming town of Strasbourg. Visit many of the most important sights of the city including the Cathedral, Petit France and its many half-timbered houses. Strasbourg is located on the boarder of France and Germany with ownership of the town changing hands many times. Because of this, Strasbourg is a unique mixture of both French and German architecture and culture. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Moderate pace
Guided tour to the Alsace Wine Region – Coach - Travel through the beautiful wine growing area of Alsace to a small wine growing village, one of the prettiest towns in the Alsace. Here you will get to experience local wines in one of the wine cellars in the region, followed by free time to explore this enchanting little town. Moderate pace
Guided Bicycle Tour - Join your local guide on a leisurely cycle along the Danube. Experience the natural beauty of the area. Learn about the history and diversity of the city and its people. Active pace
Tastes of Belgrade - A walking tour of the city that includes sampling the gastronomic specialities of the area. Enjoy the traditional Serbian pie, Burek, a pie filled with cheese and covered in light flaky pastry. Moderate pace
Walking with the Locals - Experience the heart of Belgrade through the eyes of a local, as you are guided on your walk by a native Serb. Hear stories of strife and triumph as you gain a greater understanding of the people and their country. Moderate pace
Luxembourg - Coach (3hr roundtrip) to the small country of Luxembourg for a guided city tour and free time to explore. Moderate pace
Trier - Coach (1.5hr roundtrip) to one of Germany's oldest cities for a guided tour. Stroll through history to sites dating back to the Roman times. Moderate pace
Bernkastel - Join your local guide and discover Bernkastel, a town set on the Moselle and famous for its medieval market square and great wine. Active pace - this tour is only for good walkers and good fitness is required.
Bran Castle - Journey by coach to Bran Castle (approx. 3 hours each way), the rumored home of Count Dracula, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the ancient castle before returning to Bucharest. Due to the high number of stairs, uneven ground this tour and long transfer times this tour is deemed as an active paced activity. Active pace
Snagov Lake - Journey to Snagov Lake where you will visit the monastery, situated on the isolated island in the middle of the lake - accessible by boat. The monastery is said to be the burial place of Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Count Dracula. Moderate pace
Guided walking tour of Cologne - Explore the city of Cologne on foot, with sights such as its grand cathedral. Moderate pace
Guided walking tour of Dusseldorf - Discover Dusseldorf on a guided walking tour of the city, taking in such sights as old town and the gothic town hall. Moderate pace
Guided Hike in Botanical Gardens - Discover Cologne’s glorious botanical gardens, marvelling at some of the 10,000 plus species of plants and trees. Active pace
Melk Benedictine Abbey - Tour Melk’s impressive Benedictine Abbey. Built between 1702 and 1736 the monastery sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the town. Moderate pace
Guided walking tour of Melk - Walk the cobbled streets of historic Melk while your guide relates the history of this ancient town. Moderate pace
Guided bicycle tour to Durnstein - Join your guide on a bicycle tour along the Danube to the quaint village of Durnstein. Active pace
Middelburg Only available on Amsterdam/Basel itineraries
Delta Works - Tour the Delta Works, a complex series of dams purposely created to protect the population on the Delta plain from flooding. Discover the impressive Storm Surge Barrier on your guided tour of this engineering marvel. Moderate pace
Middelburg Guided Tour - Join your local guide to explore this town which dates back to the early 9th Century. Moderate pace
Biking Tour of Middelburg - In typical Dutch fashion, explore the streets of Middelburg on a bike. Your local guide will show you the sights. Active pace
Scenic FreeChoice Dining - Choice of dinner at a local Middelburg restaurant.
Guided Walking Tour and Organ Recital - Your local guide will join you for a walking tour of Regensburg, a town dating back to the Stone Ages. you will see many of its most famous and important sights such as the stone bridge, the Church of St James and its famous cathedral. In the Cathedral you will witness an impressive organ concert. Moderate pace
Guided Walking Tour and Golf Museum - Your local guide will join you for a walking tour of Regensburg, a town dating back to the Stone Ages. you will see many of its most famous and important sights such as the stone bridge, the Church of St James and its famous cathedral. You will later visit the popular golf museum, home to many historic golf artefacts. Moderate pace
Bicycle tour to Walhalla - Join your local guide on a picturesque bicycle journey to the town of Walhalla, famous for its neo-classical white marble temple. Active pace
Guided Walking Tour of Vukovar - Located at the confluence of the Vuka and the Danube rivers, Vukovar is the largest river port town in Croatia. See how this town has been transformed since the recent war. Although much of the city was severely damaged during the war many buildings such as Eltz Manor have been lovingly restored. Moderate pace
Guided Cycling Tour of Vukovar - Get out of the city and explore, by bicycle, the countryside surrounding Vukovar. Leave the beaten track and experience the unique landscape of this area while discovering some of the volatile history of this area. Active pace
As we dock in the beautiful cities and villages along Europe's grand waterways, you have the choice of taking a self-guided walk or cycling tour. Scenic Tailormade is our new, independent free choice tour option, enhanced by GPS-activated directions and commentary. Once onboard, a free Scenic Tailormade app can be downloaded to your Apple iPhone or iPad, or you can choose to take one of our pre-loaded devices. Whether it's following Amsterdam's iconic canals or uncovering the secrets of Austria's Habsburg Empire, discover Europe your way. These exclusive bespoke tours allow you to explore:
NOT available in Russia
While Scenic has always offered the use of bicycles in Europe, in 2013 we will be offering electrical-assisted bicycles. Spend your free time cycling through the European countryside and pretend that you are a local. Bikes are equipped with special mounts for your personal GPS-guided tour-system device. *NOT available in Russia