Day 1 - London - Amsterdam
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival we embark Scenic Pearl (5T) or Scenic Jasper (5T). This evening enjoy a welcome dinner on board.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Explore wonderful Amsterdam, with a huge diversity of sights to fill your day, including its wealth of canals that make a beautiful backdrop for a walk or smooth passageway for your river cruise; the innumerable bicycles that ease your exploration or make wonderful photos, chained in long rows along elegant streets; and major museums for art critics, historians and more.
Day 3 - Cologne - Marksburg
Take a stroll through Cologne, easy to navigate by foot with the guidance of the beautiful filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Step inside this medieval masterpiece to see the gilded Shrine of the Three Magi, the focal point of many pilgrimages, or visit one of the city’s many museums with subjects from chocolate to sport, carnivals, art and fragrance. Take an excursion to the Neanderthal Museum for a look into the long journey of humankind, focusing on the Neanderthals. Alternatively enjoy a cooking demonstration on board your ship. There is also the opportunity to partake in a magnificent medieval feast at Marksburg Castle with fine fare and free-flowing local red wine, whilst being entertained by minstrels and colourful court jesters.
Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim
Enjoy the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Then alight in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, an impressive exhibition of some of the most creative automated music boxes, before enjoying a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument, a colossal statue that symbolises the birth of the new German Empire, for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the river.
Day 5 - Freudenberg
In the small and utterly charming medieval town of Freudenberg, you have the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival. It is a great opportunity to meet the locals, see some regional arts and crafts, and indulge in a Bavarian lunch with large servings of good humour and revelry.
Day 6 - Würzburg
The Würzburg Residence was built at a time when prince-bishops had a passion for building, with creative ideas and a demand for splendour, creating this exuberant palace of imperial Baroque and French château architecture. Spend time visiting the palace before sampling some exquisite local wine, or choose to explore the famous Romantic Road - such an important trade route during the Middle Ages - and take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.
Day 7 - Bamberg
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed old town of Bamberg, barely changed since its time as a prosperous medieval town, which had a great influence on northern Germany and Hungary. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same narrow cobbled streets as medieval traders did, and view sights such as the Imperial Cathedral, romantic Rose Garden, medieval Old Court and Old Town Hall.
Day 8 - Nuremberg
Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century. Nuremberg was an important city for the Holy Roman Empire and the residence of many German kings, whose presence encouraged a wealth of architectural wonders. Spend time exploring the sights which inspired famous artists, or choose to explore the city’s role during and after WWII. Nuremberg became one of Adolf Hitler’s favourite cities, for the vast number of people who rallied here in his name. Hitler commissioned a vast stadium to be built southeast of the city centre. The unfinished building is home of the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, an exhibition on the causes and consequences of the Nazi efforts. Following the war, Nuremberg became the site of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, when former Nazis were tried in Courtroom 600.
Day 9 - Regensburg
Regensburg was a Roman settlement that became Bavaria’s first capital, and the residence of dukes, kings and bishops. Take a guided walk around this predominantly medieval town to appreciate the hundreds of carefully-preserved listed buildings. You may prefer to take a local ferry and sail through the beautiful Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, the oldest monastery in Bavaria. It is home of one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries and you can sample their award-winning dark ale on your visit.
Day 10 - Passau - Salzburg
Salzburg will forever be known as the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’. This picturesque destination is ideal for films and photos, dominated by churches, castles and palaces. After an authentic Austrian lunch, join an excursion to the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’, performed in the rolling hills.
Day 11 - Melk - Dürnstein
Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Originally a palace, the building is truly resplendent, inside and out, with a grand interior of colourful frescos, gold and marble and the exterior is adorned with towers. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike ride along the river banks from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Its ruined castle is where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, after being captured on his return from the Third Crusade. As the day ends, take in the fine views of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley while enjoying a sundowner.
Day 12 - Vienna
Acquaint yourself with this opulent city on a guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse, the 3.3-mile-long boulevard of many of Vienna’s best known sights. The list of magnificent palaces, extensive parks and important monuments includes the Imperial Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, Parliament and the Vienna State Opera which, as well as incredible operas and ballets, holds world-famous balls. Later today, breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein at an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.
Day 13 - Vienna
Take a trip to the beautiful, Baroque Schönbrunn Palace; the former summer residence of the imperial family offers an insight into the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire, with incredible grandeur and priceless art. It is still used today as the location of official state receptions. You may prefer to visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the world-renowned Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise programme in the magnificent Winter Riding Hall. Or head to Slovakia for a tour of Bratislava, a town that prospered on a major trade route for centuries and holds a vast range of architecture from the remains of 14th century city walls to the bold marks of a 40-year communist era. Or why not taste your way around the local market on a ‘Shop with a Chef’ tour with the onboard chef.
Day 14 - Budapest
Spend today in one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities as you choose. On a guided tour of Budapest, explore the elegant boulevards of a capital that has retained much of its individuality, including reminders of its opulent past, before sitting down for a piano concert. Almost 125 thermal springs surface across Budapest, and you may like to spend your day relaxing at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. This natural cave system became an Air Raid Control Centre and refuge in the 1930s, before the modern and very well-equipped hospital was added to care for Hungarian soldiers and civilians during WWII and the 1956 Uprising.
Day 15 Budapest - London
After breakfast we disembark our ship and transfer to Budapest Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.