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Scenic rolls out new shore excursions for European river cruises

Scenic Opal will will sail from Amsterdam to Budapest as part of its 15-day ‘Jewels of Europe’ itinerary
Scenic introduced a selection of new history, gastronomy and wildlife-related shore excursions across its river cruises.

These include:

Local dishes in rural France

The 11-day ‘Spectacular South of France’ itinerary sails roundtrip from Lyon, down the rivers of the Saône and the Rhône to the Mediterranean Sea. Passing through France’s southern towns and cities, passengers can participate in the ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ excursion, visit a family run olive farm, and attend a cooking class to learn local recipes.

Alternatively, passengers can visit the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux.

Prices start at £3,775 per person for the 11-day itinerary, based on an April 11 departure onboard Scenic Sapphire.

Scenic revealed details of its eight-day gastronomy-inspired ‘Gems of the Danube’ sailing earlier this month.

The Versailles of Holland

The 15-day ‘Romantic Rhine & Moselle’ voyage now features a visit to the ‘Versailles of Holland’ - the 17th century Het Loo Palace, built in Dutch Baroque style.

Prices for the 15-day voyage start from £4,555 per person based on an April 24 departure onboard Scenic Crystal. The vessel will sail from Amsterdam, through Germany, before concluding at Basel.

Truffle hunting

For the first time, Scenic passengers can visit the provincial town of Grignan in Viviers to visit a truffle nursery as part of the ‘Idyllic Rhone’ cruise from Lyon to Marseille where they will learn about its production and many uses.

Prices for the eight-day voyage start from £2,975 per person based on an August 27 departure onboard Scenic Sapphire.

Eagle spotting in Croatia

The nine-day ‘Black Sea Explorer’ cruise takes passengers from Budapest to Bucharest on the Danube aboard Scenic Amber. They can discover the Kopacki Rit Nature Park by boat in Osijek where 260 species of bird can be found - 140 nesting permanently or temporarily within the wetland. It is home to the great white egret, white stork, black stork, white-tailed eagle, and Eurasian coot.

Prices for this nine-day programme start from £3,645 per person based on an October 11 departure.

Rhine Valley and Niederwald Monument

Sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest, Scenic’s 15-day ‘Jewels of Europe’ voyage traverses the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, calling at a selection of Europe’s iconic cities.

New to the programme, passengers can ride on the Winzerexpress mini train at Rüdesheim, take a guided tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, before hopping onto a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument which marks the 19th century unification of Germany. 

Prices for the 15-day voyage start from £5,005 per person based on an October 25 departure onboard Scenic Opal.

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