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Scenic Tours offers river cruises every bit as picturesque as you’d expect from their name! Their fleet of futuristic ‘Space-Ships’ glide down European waterways with luxurious 5-star interiors, spacious suites and state-of-the-art technologies - balconies transform into private sun lounges with the touch of a button. River cruises are all-inclusive, taking all the guesswork out of fee structures to give you a more relaxing, dynamic experience.
Travel into the heart of France, touring the lush vineyards of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Cotes du Rhone regions, or meander down the Seine calling at quaint villages along the way. Scenic offers river cruises in France and beyond, with itineraries taking you down the mighty Rhine, Rhone, or Danube rivers within Europe. Explore the charms of Portugal’s Douro river, or venture further afield to the Mekong and Irrawaddy in Southeast Asia to experience the rich cultures, cuisine and heritage of these fascinating regions. Expect plenty of excursions to wildlife sanctuaries, secluded temples and bustling markets on these popular itineraries.
All Space Ships feature a selection of dining outlets ranging from casual cafes to elegant dining rooms. The main port of call for your buffet and a la carte dining is the Crystal Dining Restaurant, serving continental and regionally-influenced cuisine in a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience. Scenic offers an open seating policy, with tables suiting between two to eight guests for plenty of choice.
Portobellos Restaurant offers a second dining option in the evening. This boutique restaurant is cosy and intimate, seating up to thirty guests and serving a selection of traditional Italian dishes accompanied with fine wine. And for something truly exclusive, guests on the Diamond Deck have access to the Table la Rive with its six-course tasting menus and wine pairing. Naturally, room service is also available for anyone wishing to dine in privacy – just ask your butler. (Yes, you’ll have your own butler).
Are you in the mood for something a bit more casual? Visit the River Café at any time of day for a light breakfast and lunch service, tempting cakes and ice creams. Positioned on the Sun Deck, you’ll be treated to sweeping views along with your meal.
Scenic river cruises are fully all-inclusive, and this extends to the beverage selection! Tea and coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer are all available any time you wish. You can also select from a range of premium spirits, champagne and specialty cocktails, all included in the price of your cruise. Your minibar comes stocked with the beverages of your choice, including plenty of bottled water and cooling soft drinks, beer and spirits.
There’s never a dull moment during a Scenic tour, with the emphasis on all-inclusive luxury extending to onboard entertainment. You’ll be able to enjoy a livelier programme than most other river cruises, with plenty of musical performances and presentations on the ticket each evening.
Evening performances are designed to complement each region, so you might listen to traditional zither string music as you cruise through alpine Germany and Austria or rollicking brass bands in Bavaria. Sailing through the Strasbourg region brings polyphonic middle Ages music, and Portugal the sounds of classical guitar.
Beyond the music, you’ll be able to enjoy a bevy of traditional artistic demonstrations and presentations, including glass blowing, folk music, dance, and theatre. Excursions complement the onboard entertainment, led by locals to give you an enriching travel experience. Attend cooking classes and taste home-cooked meals alike to get a true taste of each region, and maybe pick up a few tips to bring back home with you!
Scenic’s Space-Ships have the look and feel of a luxurious boutique hotel, with all the amenities that one would expect as part of the package. Public areas include the spacious Sun Deck, capped with plenty of seating areas to enjoy the fine weather or top up your tan. The Sun Deck includes a vitality pool where you can take a dip, and hosts special events and barbecues throughout your journey.
Wellness Area and Fitness
Treat yourself to a spot of pampering during your cruise with a visit to the spa and salon! Trained therapists are experts at the art of massage, or you can enjoy soothing facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, and more. Try out a new hairstyle for the evening’s entertainment, or show your locks a little love with a deep conditioning treatment. The ship’s gym includes facilities for flexibility, resistance and cardio workouts. There’s also the Sun Deck’s walking track on offer whenever you fancy a bit of gentle movement, or you can enjoy using a complimentary electronic-assisted bicycle to explore each destination.
All suites are equipped to a very high standard, with spacious floor plans and private full-sized balconies. A particularly neat feature is that you can transform your balcony into a sun lounge by pushing a button, protecting you from the elements whenever you wish. You’ll have a spacious en-suite bathroom, fully stocked with complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels. Suites also include the complimentary services of a dedicated butler, who can take care of everything from bringing you lunch on the sun lounge to taking away your laundry for cleaning. Just ask!
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As you’d expect from a 5* all-inclusive cruising experience, gratuities are included in the price of your fare. This includes all tips for local guides, porters, waitstaff, and drivers. However, if you decide to explore a port at your own leisure you’ll need to budget for tips outside of the included itinerary. The cruise line recommends budgeting 10-15% for local restaurant and taxi service, should you choose to explore on your own.
Like most river cruise lines, the dress code is fairly relaxed on a Scenic tour. The line recommends packing comfortable walking shoes to make the most of your sightseeing excursions, as well as dressing for the weather. At dinner, the code is smart casual. This means dresses, open-neck shirts and trousers depending on your preference, and while jackets or blazers with ties are certainly welcome, they’re not required!
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