HOLLYWOOD, FL – Planning and booking vacations early often results in the best rates, more choices of cabins, and better airfares. So Scenic unveiled its 2024 European River Cruise offerings earlier this year. Leading the way are two new itineraries – the 10-day Danube in Depth that digs deep into the cultures, history, and local flavors of the historic cities and towns on the Budapest to Nuremburg (and reverse) route; and the 11-day Iconic Danube with Prague, which spends three nights exploring the capital city of the Czech Republic before (or after) taking in the highlights of three other countries.
For guests looking to go to France in 2024, it is even more important to book early as it promises to be a busy year – the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the 2024 Paris Olympics. The eight-day Highlights of Normandy & the Seine are the best itinerary for learning the history and importance of the D-Day landings in Normandy – and enjoying the beauty of the countryside along the Seine River. And Scenic offers two-and three-night Paris extensions to allow for more time in the City of Light.
Scenic offers 12 different city stays and extensions, available to augment nearly every itinerary. The five-day Ljubljana & Zagreb extends several itineraries including the 14-day Jewels of Europe and takes in the natural beauty of Slovenia and Croatia combined with history, cobblestone streets, and glacial lakes. Three nights in either Lisbon or Madrid allow for exploration of the culture and styles of the two capital cities before or after sailing on the Douro. Or maybe extending an 11-day Black Sea Explorer cruise with six days in Transylvania and visiting the former summer residence of the Romanian family Bran Castle, home of the legend Count Dracula.
Known for its immersive experiences (Scenic Freechoice) and exclusive events (Scenic Enrich), 2024 offers a wonderful variety of opportunities that are sure to capture guests’ attention. Scenic Enrich events range from an enchanting private classical evening concert held within the grand and opulent Palais Liechtenstein, available on several Danube sailings, to an immersion into the heart and soul of Portuguese music during a private concert at Porto’s historic São Francisco Church – offered on the Douro sailings.
Scenic Freechoice focuses on the several possibilities of daily excursions – shopping and cooking lessons with the chef, wine tastings at some of the finest vineyards, city walking and cycling tours, hikes through stunning scenery, kayaking on the Danube, meeting with local businesses to learn about how they make cheeses or grow olives or even produce silk, and so many more – all structured to allow for as much local interaction as possible.
For travelers looking to spend even more time exploring Europe, Scenic has Ultimate River Cruise Combinations, combining some of their most popular itineraries to create the ultimate vacation experience. The 23-day North Sea to the Black Sea is a full sweep of European history, taking in the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers as they wind through eight countries. Or mix it up a bit with the 21-day Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro, sailing two incredible rivers with very different sceneries – the cathedrals, architectural wonders, and the history or the D-Day landings in Normandy as compared to the vibrant city of Portugal’s Porto and the serenity of a land that time seems to have forgotten – while both sharing a love of great foods and wines. A sum of six offerings run from 21 to 23 days.
The 5-star Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences – from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to six on-board dining options and a wellness area and fitness center. And guests will never have to reach for their wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that permit for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 37-year history to include award-winning river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has set the benchmark for truly all-inclusive, luxury five-star river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2019, Scenic introduced Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht, a 228-guest ultra-luxury ship, and will deliver a second yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, in 2023. Scenic is part of Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises, Mayflower Cruises & Tours, and Evergreen Tours.