A fully all-inclusive river cruise, Scenic river cruises offer an unrivalled dining experience. Both diverse and delicious, world-class chefs draw inspiration from the local regions travelled through, as well as preparing classic Western dishes, always ensuring ingredients are fresh and seasonal.
Crystal Dining is the main restaurant for both European and Asian ships, where, from a hearty breakfast buffet to degustation fine dining, a delectable banquet of options are offered. With open seating, both regional specialities and home-grown classics are served, catering to all tastes and accompanied by sommelier-chosen wines and indulgent cocktails.
Each ship also features an exquisite speciality restaurant. On European cruises, Portobellos and L’Amour serve an authentic five-course menu with wine pairings to a select group of no more than thirty people, making for an intimate setting, enhanced by ambient floor-to-ceiling windows. On Asian ships, the theatrical Teppanyaki bar fires up for an exciting alfresco experience, with authentic Asian cuisine cooked to order by expert chefs.
All ships also feature the River Cafe, a casual all-day grazing spot, perfect for socialising over a light snack, a treat from the gelato bar or healthy light fare. For those staying on the Diamond Deck or in Royal and Junior Suites on European cruises, an exclusive additional option is offered at Table La Rive. Here, guests will be indulged in a six-course degustation menu featuring meticulously executed dishes paired with the only the finest, hand-picked wines.
Guests who yearn to stop and savour the flavours of their travels will not be disappointed with a Scenic river cruise. Guests are offered exclusive dining experiences, allowing them to pick where they would like to dine during certain parts of the journey, providing insightful culinary highlights. Whether a gala dinner and classical recital or medieval feast within castles walls is on the menu, enriching culinary highlights are bound to making dining one of the most memorable parts of your cruise.
For pampering little extras, Scenic Space-Ships offer an on-board wellness area, where massage treatments and a hair salon ensure you continue to look and feel your best throughout your journey. For something a little more active, the walking track out on the sun deck is perfect for stretching your legs and taking a leisurely stroll along with the ever-changing scenery, while the fitness centre is also available to all guests.
Most suites on board a Scenic river cruise promises a private sun lounge, where guests can relax in privacy. Guests may also wish to relax on the spacious sun deck, or retire to the Panorama Lounge, a sumptuous spot to soak in the scenery with a more social atmosphere before embarking on the next shore excursion.
Scenic prides itself on its commitment to providing the most in-depth and personalised shore excursions possible. Its signature ‘Enrich’ experiences promise unique encounters with every destination, endeavouring to delve into the heart of each region’s culture, history and character. Created by an expert team of ‘Journey Designers’, a selection of exclusive shows, performances and restaurants invite Scenic guests for a one-of-a-kind treat. From stepping behind the doors of spiritual temples and ancient ruins to private performances showcasing the music of Mozart and Strauss, every one of these unforgettable encounters promise to be more than memorable.
Scenic also promises to ensure every guest receives the most out of their journey with their ‘Freechoice’ programme. Offering guests the flexibility to chose experiences to suit their tastes, a diverse selection of sightseeing, active and dining options are available at no extra charge. Whether you would rather spend your day uncovering the art scene, hiking through mystic hills or traversing the streets on a Vespa, the extensive list of excursions are as unique as every guest.
Whether you would rather be part of a group excursion or crave the independence of exploring on your own terms, Scenic offers fantastic freedom and choice. Every guest is provided with a GPS touring device, featuring an interactive map and audio commentary, allowing them to effortlessly guide themselves through their own personalised excursion. In addition, guests may also make use of the ships fleet of electronically assisted bicycles, ensuring that exploring every destination is a breeze.
Saône and Rhone Venture along the Saône and Rhone and discover the highlights of southern France. Embark at Chalon-sur-Saône and prepare to sample world-famous wines, visit beautiful Benedictine abbeys and indulge in the gastronomic delights of Lyon before exploring the historic wonders of villages such as Viviers, Avignon and Tarascon.
Seine From Paris, look forward to sampling cider in Les Andelys, taking a walking tour of the sites of Joan of Arc, paying respects at Somme and Normandy, witnessing the beauty of the Alabaster Coast and visiting the spots that inspired Monet. Experience France at its finest by strolling the colourfully flowered half-timbered houses of Lyons la Forêt, and enjoying a fabulous cooking demonstration and tasting at a Patisserie.
From Germany, across Austria and into Hungary, travel through some of Europe’s finest capital cities and discover the trove of cultural treasures along the way. Starting in Nuremberg, seek out the Roman heritage of Regensburg before gilding through the beautifully Baroque city of Passau, from where you may wish to embark on a Freechoice excursion to Salzburg. Heading deeper into Austria, embark on a guided bike tour through enchanting Dürnstein and savour sundowners in the beautiful Wachau Valley before continuing on to the opulent cities of Vienna and Budapest.
Beginning in the quirky streets of Amsterdam, the next stop is Cologne, with its elaborate castles and gothic cathedral. Passing through the Rhine Gorge, discover the historical streets of Koblenz and the charm of Rüdesheim and Mannheim before reaching Strasbourg, where you can sample some of the best wines of the region or venture out to the beautiful Black Forest.
Combine a journey down the Rhine with a detour along the Moselle. First cruising the sights from Amsterdam to Koblenz, you will join the Moselle and weave down past the medieval gem of Cochem, and have the option to join a guided bike ride to the pretty village of Bernkastel before heading back to the Rhine through its renowned gorge.
Along the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne, be immersed in the sensual pleasures of the beautiful Bordeaux region. Starting in the city of Bordeaux, cruise along the Garonne to Cadillac for a guided walk and tasting of dessert wines. Joining the Dordogne, explore the medieval wine-making town of Libourne and soak up stunning riverside panoramas before reaching the unique shores of the Gironde estuary, home to hundreds of birds and known for its fine brandy. Continue along the scenic wine route and discover culinary delights at Arcachon before returning to Bordeaux.
Douro With the option to begin your journey with an exploration of Lisbon before flying to Porto to embark on your river cruise, the Douro offers excursions through UNESCO listed towns, eighteenth-century palaces and world-class wine regions.
Dutch Waterways Take in the best the Netherlands has to offer beginning in Amsterdam, where you may chose to take a tour of a working windmill or enjoy a clog making demonstration, before exploring Antwerp, Volemdam, Edam and Rotterdam and visiting the delightful Keukenhof Gardens, featuring displays of millions of flowering tulips.
In addition to all ‘Enrich’ and ‘Freechoice’ options offered during the river cruise, guests may wish to add on a little extra luxury with a two night journey from Singapore to Bangkok with the renowned Eastern & Oriental Express. Tethered before or after your cruise, embrace a world of timeless elegance and the Old World charm of this beautiful train as the exotic landscape unfolds before you.
Mekong A spectacular way to experience south east Asia, you may wish to start your journey in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and cruising Halong Bay before flying to Ho Chi Minh City to embark on your cruise. Along the Mekong, you will visit ancient villages, experience the spirituality of beautiful temples and taste traditional aromatic cuisine before disembarking in the intriguing Siem Reap. An option of this itinerary is also available with an additional journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express, or with a stay on the stunning beaches of Thailand.
Irrawaddy Beginning in the vibrant streets of Yangon, visit the magnificently gilded Shwedagon Pagoda before taking to the waters on a cruise from Pyay to Mandalay, savouring mystical monasteries and temples. After disembarking, transfer to Inle Lake, where you will explore the town of Nyaung Shwe with a ride in a trishaw before venturing to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards.
Rest of the World
Embarking in St Petersburg, traverse Russia's mighty Volga River and its waterways, immersing yourself in the culture of historic Mandrogi, the timbered churches of Kizhi Island, the Orthodox monastery of Goritsy, the ancient city Yaroslavl and the ‘Golden Ring’ city of Uglich, before reaching the magnificent Moscow, where you will admire the stunning architecture, experience a Russian circus and marvel at the Kremlin.