Itinerary Europe Trip 2012

Sunday April 08

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ236 depart 2.40 PM Brisbane arrive Singapore 8:50 PM

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ392 depart 1.50 AM Singapore (T03) arrive Istanbul 7.45 AM

Monday April 09 Hagia Sophia: (Aya Sofya) closed; Dolmabahce Palace, (Dolmabahçe Sarayı) closed;

Istanbul info at and and

Arrive Istanbul INT (Ataturk Airport) 7.45 AM, pick up from airport by Gulhane Suites


Australians need to pay US$20or 15 Euro (in cash) for a visa that is valid for three months. Visas can be obtained from the airport on arrival, just before passport control.


0542 735 6638

Free high speed internet

175 EURO per night = 175 * 5 =   875 EURO   (CASH), exchange Euro to Turkish Lira

Tuesday April 10 Tokapi palace closed; Dolmabahce Palace, (Dolmabahçe Sarayı) closed


Wednesday April 11 Chora Church Museum closed


Thursday April 12

Istanbul - market food tour 10.30 -16.30. Turkish Flavours: Selin mobile number +90 532 218 06 53.

10:30 am We meet in front of the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Market, which is located just across the street from the Galata bridge on the Old City side of the Golden Horn, along Ragip Gumuspala Caddesi. The Spice Bazaar is set back from the road and shares a piazza with a large mosque called Yeni Cami (Yeni mosque). We meet just to the right of the entrance to the Bazaar where there is a little plaque describing, in brief, the history of the market (called Misir Carsisi in Turkish). There is also a little supermarket here with a red and blue sign saying "Itimat".



Friday April 13


Saturday April 14

Fly to Bucharest    (exchange EURO into RON (lei) at any commercial bank)

Turkish Airlines flight

Depart Istanbul 7.50 am  arrive Bucharest 9.15 am, pick up by Scenic Tours

River Cruise Itinerary (Bucharest – Amsterdam)


Tour Map

River Cruise Highlights

·         Arrive in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum

·         Sightseeing in one of Europe’s best preserved towns – Bamberg

·         Tour of Nuremberg; a self guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre

·         Sightseeing tour of Regensburg, including the Old Chapel and Stone Bridge

·         Guided tour of Melk including entry to Melk Benedictine Abbey

·         Guided sightseeing tour of Austria’s capital Vienna

·         Witness a horse show in Kalocsa and trace the Turkish origins of paprika

·         Visit to Vukovar to enjoy the architectural monuments

·         Guided sightseeing in Novi Sad including the Petrovaradin Fortress

·         Full Day excursion in Serbian capital of Belgrade

·         Cruise through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gate

·         Guided excursion to Veliko Tarnovo including lunch in a local restaurant

·         Guided sightseeing of Bucharest including the Palace of the Parliament

·         Full day excursion to Transylvania including a tour of Bran Castle

All This Included

·         Experienced Cruise Director

·         All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily included on cruise

·         Coffee, premium teas, espresso drinks and hot chocolate

·         Beer, wine and soft drink with lunch and dinner

·         Wonderful local entertainment

·         Airport transfers

·         Spacious full size balcony suites

·         Complimentary bicycles

·         Exclusive private butler service on all Danube Deck cabins

·         All tipping and gratuities included

Day 1 Bucharest (Saturday April 14) - RON (lei)

Welcome to Bucharest! You will be met by your Scenic Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. (D) (JW Marriott Hotel Bucharest)


1)       Suggest  walk or get taxi to Old Town (Lipscani)


– Lipscani Strada, Pasajul Macca- Vilacrosse, Smardan Str


2)       Tour of Parliament House

Day 2 Bucharest (Sunday April 15) - RON (lei)

Today we’ll visit Bran Castle, more widely known as the home of Count Dracula. (FB) (JW Marriott Hotel Bucharest)

Day 3 Bucharest – Embarkation (Monday April 16) - RON (lei)

Today enjoy an Included sightseeing tour of the town. This afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship.’ (FB, D) (Scenic Pearl)

Day 4 Black Sea – Cernavoda (Tuesday April 17) - RON (lei)

Enjoy an excursion to the seaside town of Constanta, the gateway to the Black Sea coast with the largest harbour in the Black Sea. (FB,L,D)

Day 5 Russe - Arbanassi - Veliko Tarnovo - Svistov  (Wednesday April 18)

The leafy village of Arbanassi, is Included in UNESCO’s world heritage list of valuable cultural sites. We venture to Veliko Tarnovo, a town with a rich historical past and then on to Svistov in Bulgaria. (FB,L,D) Bulgarian currency is Lev (BGL), plural: Leva: tied to the EURO and the exchange rate is fixed at EURO 1 = BGL 1,95583

Day 6 Iron Gate (Thursday April 19)

Be sure to have your camera ready as we cruise the spectacular Iron Gate, a narrow gorge carved by the Danube between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. (FB,L,D)

Day 7 Belgrade (Friday April 20) Serbia Dinar

Today we explore Serbia’s capital Belgrade. We’ll visit Tito’s memorial, Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church on our Included tour. (FB,L,D)

Day 8 Novi Sad – Vukovar (Saturday April 21) Serbia Dinar

We cruise to Novi Sad where our Included guided tour reveals the multicultural origins of the city. Then see architectural monuments, along with sombre reminders of the Balkan Wars on your Included guided tour of Vukovar. (FB,L,D)

Day 9 Kalocsa (Sunday April 22) Hungary is part of EU but still uses Forint,  1 Euro = 275 Forint

Today we will visit a Hungarian Puszta horse farm and enjoy a show before tracing the Turkish origins of paprika. (FB,L,D)

Day 10 Budapest (Monday April 23) Hungary Forint

Today enjoy Budapest at your leisure. (FB,L,D). suggest Castle hill walking tour, Central market hall – seeing walking tours in Dropbox. Museums are closed on Mondays.  Depending on the weather, Margaret Island also sounds nice.

Day 11 Budapest (Tuesday April 24) Hungary Forint

Included Scenic FreeChoice tour: (1) Guided City tour; or (2) Thermal Baths and Spa; or (3) Communism Heritage Museum. Tonight celebrate with Folklore music before a wonderful farewell dinner. (FB,L,D)

Day 12 Vienna (Wednesday April 25) Euro

Included Scenic FreeChoice tour: (1) Schönbrunn Palace; or (2) Opera House and coffee and cake; or (3) excursion to Bratislava. (FB,L,D)

Day 13 Vienna (Thursday April 26) Euro

Vienna sightseeing or Scenic FreeTime: Self guided audio tour. Tonight ScenicEnrich highlights include a glass of Austrian ‘Sekt’ at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein. Then an enchanting private viennese evening concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. (FB,L,D)


Frommer walking tours:


Day 14 Vienna - Durnstein – Melk (Friday April 27) Euro

FreeTime: Dürnstein or guided bike tour. Visit Melk Abbey. ScenicEnrich organ recital, performed by one of the housing Benedictine Monks. (FB,L,D)

Day 15 Linz – Passau (Saturday April 28) Euro/ Czech koruna

Included Scenic FreeChoice: (1) tour of Passau; or (2) Visit to Salzburg; or (3) an excursion to Cesky Krumlov. (FB,L,D)

Day 16 Regensburg (Sunday April 29) Euro

Enjoy an Included guided walking tour. (FB,L,D)

The Regensberg cathedral's boys' choir (Domspatzen - "Cathedral Sparrows") are highly acclaimed and can be heard during Mass at 10am on Sundays. Frommers info on Regensberg


Day 17 Nuremberg (Monday April 30) (FB,L,D) Euro

Passengers will be transported by coach from Regensburg to Nuremberg (approximately 110km) for the Nuremberg Scenic Free Choice.  Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant. After free time in the afternoon you will be transported by coach back to the ship, which will be docked in Regensburg.   

Day 18 Bamberg (Tuesday May 1) (FB,L,D) Euro

Passengers will be transported by coach from Regensburg to Bamberg (approximately 160km) for the city sightseeing tour of Bamberg. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant. After free time in the afternoon you will be transported by coach back to the ship which will be docked in Regensburg.


Day 19 Regensburg-Wurzburg (Wednesday May 2) (FB,L,D) Euro

Relax onboard today as the ship sails from Regensburg to Wurzburg.

Day 20 Würzburg (Thursday May 3) Euro

This morning your Scenic Space-Ship arrives in Gerlachschausen. Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) A guided walking tour of Würzburg including the Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace and a wine tasting in the underground cellars; or (2) Enjoy an excursion down the Romantic Road to unforgettable Rothenburg.   (FB,L,D)


Day 21 European Village Life (Friday May 4) Euro

SCENIC ENRICH Today you will be taken off the beaten track as an invited guest to experience Village life just for a day- Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Choose from a selection of activities from everyday life like cooking onion pie, or be welcomed into private castles and family wineries. Enjoy home-grown entertainment as you are invited to dine with the locals and relish on their specialities and delicacies prepared just for you.


Day 22 Rüdesheim – Marksburg Castle (Saturday May 5) Euro

Please note that due to the amended sailing schedule we will no longer be docking, or spending time in Cologne.

Today in Rüdesheim board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument, for a bird’s eye view overlooking the river. Cruise this afternoon through the spectacular Rhine Gorge with its stunning castles and vine-covered slopes. Tonight SCENIC ENRICH highlights include a Medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle. Set high above the banks of the Rhine this 12th Century castle is the only one never to have been destroyed. Step back in time and enjoy a private tour of the castle.


Day 23 Amsterdam Scenic Free Choice (Sunday May 6) Euro

This morning your Scenic Space-Ship will dock in Duisburg, where you will be met for your Amsterdam Scenic Free Choice.  Please note that the Biking Tour of Amsterdam and Excursion to Zaanse Schans are not available on this sailing, in lieu of this we will be including an additional Scenic Free Choice of a visit to the city of Nijmegen.


Included Scenic FreeChoice Options:

(1) A visit to Venlo for the 2012 Floriade –you will travel to Floriade in the morning returning to the ship for lunch and then enjoy sailing in the afternoon ; or (2)  A sightseeing tour of the charming, picturesque city of Nijmegen - you will travel to Nijmegen in the morning returning to the ship for lunch and then enjoy sailing in the afternoon;  or (3) A sightseeing canal cruise in Amsterdam –you will travel to Amsterdam in the morning and enjoy a canal cruise, you will lunch in a local restaurant and have the afternoon free in Amsterdam before returning to the ship later in the day.

Day 24 Amsterdam (Monday May 7) Euro

After breakfast, we disembark. (FB)


Hotel details (free wifi and breakfast): € 368,00 per rooms/2 night
Hotel Sint Nicolaas
Spuistraat 1a
1012 SP Amsterdam


Netherland Ideas:

·         Amsterdam

o        Canal tour of

o        Museums

§         Van Gogh

§         Rijksmuseum- huge museum – mainly Dutch art

o        De Gooyer windmill – one of only 6 remaining

·         Lisse (high priority)

o        nearby bulb fields – 30km drive from Haarlem to Leiden centred on Lisse (called the Bollenstreek)

o        Keukenhof – spectacular public garden


·         Hague

o        Maurithuis – major art gallery

·         Gouda

o        St Janskerk Cathedral

·         Kinderdijk – famous 19 windmills

·         Edam – cheese market not until July

·         Volendam – old fishing village on Ijsselmeer, famous for dyke, traditional costumes


·         Zaanse Schans – open air museum


·         Zuiderzee – huge museum

·         Alkmaar

o        Ancient town, canals

o        Cheese market – Friday mornings

o        Cheese museum

o        Beer museum with sampling

·         Haarlem – looks kind of interesting in ancient sort of way

·         Aalsmeer – biggest flower auction

·         Paleis Het Loo – near Apeldoorn in Gelderland (probably too far)

Tuesday May 8

Hotel details (free wifi and breakfast):
Hotel Sint Nicolaas
Spuistraat 1a
1012 SP Amsterdam

Wednesday May 9 Euro

Travel to Paris – leaving 8:16am (arriving 11:35) balance due 585 euros (cash), plus 500 Euro security deposit authorise on card

2 bed 2 bath Apartment at 18, rue du Pont Neuf 75001, Paris.

[Contact: Olivier Migette,, +33 6 37 14 18 57]

Free wifi internet


Perhaps if time visit Jim Morrison's grave

Thursday May 10 Euro


2 bed 2 bath Apartment at 18, rue du Pont Neuf 75001, Paris.

[Contact: Olivier Migette,, +33 6 37 14 18 57]

Friday May 11 Euro


2 bed 2 bath Apartment at 18, rue du Pont Neuf 75001, Paris.

[Contact: Olivier Migette,, +33 6 37 14 18 57]

Saturday May 12

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ333 depart 12:00 PM Paris (Charles De Gaulle) T01 arrive Singapore 6.40 AM (Sunday)

Sunday May 13

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ245 depart Singapore 9.50 AM arrive Brisbane 7.30 PM