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Scenic Reviews: (11)
River Cruises on Sale: 108
Gratuities: All Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
Destinations: Europe

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11 Scenic River Cruise Reviews

Read the reviews for Scenic from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients


Average 4.6 out of 5 based on 11 user reviews.

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  “Wonderful Rhine holiday”
Trip:    Trip Date: 13/09/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Truly indulgent luxury, every need catered for and thought of. Can't recommend Scenic enough for their excellence. Sightseeing was the major attraction, with streamline efficiency getting to each destination and a well thought out program with choice of options. Local guides enhance the understanding of each place and being able to hear them with the Tailor Made device was wonderful.
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  “Jewels of Europe”
Trip:    Trip Date: 09/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Really enjoyed the trip, very well run and more relaxed than on a cruise ship there being less people it was easier to get on and off the ship. We had a fantastic cruise director in Cathy who just made everything so easy.
The best thing is all the tours are included so there is no hassle deciding on what you want to do. The E bikes were great as well. All in all a wonderful experience.
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  “Wonderful ship and organisation ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 12/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Definitely all costs included. Only needed money for coffee ashore. Extremely well organised. Be prepared for large crowds ashore. Docking is no problem with good access at all times.
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  “Fantastic holiday”
Trip:    Trip Date: 17/05/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Our Scenic cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was fantastic! Everything was so easy right from the start of booking with Hannah at Global Journeys, to the transfer from the ship to the Airport. The crew on board the Scenic Jasper were so polite, enthusiastic and willing to help and the food and drink was terrific and endless.
As for the passengers on board, they too were wonderful. We made special friends from around the world including a couple from Texas and another from England. Plus many more. The sights from the ship were so stunning and there was so much to see that you almost didn't want to go to bed in case you missed some of it. We will definitely choose Scenic again and also book a holiday through Hannah at Global Journeys.
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  “Not Quite Scenic At It's Best”
Trip:    Trip Date: 30/04/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Our Cruise was the first of the season on a ship which had just come out of a major upgrade and had a new crew. It was clear that things were not quite 100% with plywood where there should have been glass on stairs and some of the evening meals were very slow and a bit chaotic. We did however enjoy the cruise and these minor issues were easily overlooked. The crew did try very hard to satisfy everybody and the tour director was excellent. I'm sure that when the ship is completed and the crew are more experienced in operating together that this cruise would be very good.
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  “Great River Cruise from Bordeaux and back”
Trip:    Trip Date: 29/04/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
The cruise with Scenic as usual was great, places visited and tours were very well done by Scenic. The ship had just had a refit and this was their first cruise, not up to Scenic's usual standards as staff were new but improved as the trip continued.
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  “A peaceful and spiritual place”
Trip: Scenic River Cruise (MYST.2)    Trip Date: 28/12/2016    Overall Rating: 5/5
Scenic ‘Luxury Irrawaddy’, 11 days, Yangon to Mandalay (28th December 2016 to 7th January, 2017)

We had a great time cruising the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The Scenic Aura is a lovely ship – it has only been operational since September. There were 44 passengers on board (full capacity). Most were Australian. The cabins were very spacious, including a bedroom, separate lounge room, bathroom and toilet. They also had balconies. There were great facilities on board, including a pool. We chose a perfect time to travel: 30 – 31 degrees each day, very little humidity and no rain. The itinerary was very interesting. We stayed overnight in Yangon at the Sule Shangri-La, then travelled by bus to Pyay where we boarded the ship. The cruise went for 11 days, ending in Mandalay. It was lovely gliding past the small villages and seeing the many different types of watercraft travelling along the river.

We visited many different pagodas, local markets, traditional villages and schools, and a monastery and nunnery. We really enjoyed interacting with the Burmese people – they were all so friendly and kind, with lots of smiles and very happy dispositions. There were two tour guides (Pa Pa and Pu Pu); both were Burmese and they really made the trip a lot of fun. It was interesting learning about Buddhism from our guides. The sight of all the temples in Bagan was amazing. The staff members on board the ship were lovely, and the food and facilities were excellent.

This is the third time I have used Global Journeys to manage holiday arrangements. Michelle did a fantastic job and everything went very smoothly. Looking forward to our next holiday, which has also been booked through Global Journeys.
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  “Wonderful cruise down the Rhine”
Trip:    Trip Date: 12/10/2016    Overall Rating: 5/5
Outstanding holiday. We had awonderful time. Staff and crew on the boat were outstanding. The boat was 5 star + and we really enjoyed our time with Scenic. The booking with Global Journeys was seamless, everything went like clockwork in Australia and in Europe.
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  “Worry free cruise in south of France”
Trip:    Trip Date: 11/09/2016    Overall Rating: 4/5
The cruise was very well organized by Scenic, the ship’s crew were very helpful and the shore excursions were very good with excellent local guides. Most helpful was the ‘Scenic Tailormade’ provided to every guest to use when ashore. This device enabled guide commentaries to be heard clearly no matter the distance from the guide and also made it possible to choose your own itinerary at your own pace with the use of Scenic’s GPS Guided Tour system. A particular highlight on the cruise was the guided tour of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon and the return there in the evening for an excellent classical concert.

Disembarkation at the end of the cruise was very well handled even for guests leaving independently for whom taxis were ordered and luggage taken to the taxi. We would be happy to use Scenic on a future river cruise but would not book on the bottom deck where the cabins are very restricted in space and storage. Weather was good in September, except for one wet morning, but strong winds prevented much use being made of the upper deck. We are Australian and about 80% of our fellow travellers were from Canada but we all got on well together. The original booking with Global Journeys was very smooth and we recommend the company to other travellers.
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  “Wonderfully relaxing holdiay”
Trip:    Trip Date: 03/09/2016    Overall Rating: 4/5
Scenic looked after us from the moment we touched down in Bordeaux to a cab ride back to the airport on our departure.
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About Scenic

Why you should choose to travel with Scenic on your next holiday
Scenic River Cruising Through Europe
Scenic River Cruising Through Europe

Board a Scenic Space-Ship through Europe and experience an all-inclusive luxury cruise that inspires you, and fires your senses. There are so many wonderful moments waiting to be uncovered in this beautiful and historically rich continent, and Scenic's handcrafted journeys were designed to do exactly that. You're sure to have many such moments travelling with us along Europe's majestic . After all, this varied and spectacular region has so much to offer - from timeless villages that preserve traditions most other regions have lost, to spectacular cities and architectural masterworks. From rivers that flow through some of the world's most serene settings to dramatic snow-covered peaks that take your breath away.

Beyond All-Inclusive Luxury
Beyond All-Inclusive Luxury

At Scenic, when we say all-inclusive, that's what we mean. You can look forward to luxuriously appointed suites with a queen-size Scenic Slumber Bed, complimentary menu, mini bar, L'Occitane amenities and Mac mini infotainment system. A choice of up to six dining options, from casual dining at River Café to a six course dégustation menu at Table La Rive. A butler for each and every guest, available for requests that range from salon appointments and shoe-shining to meals served in your suite. Unlimited complimentary beverages, as well as an in-suite mini bar. Choose the exclusive sightseeing activities that interest you, and that move at your pace and handpicked experiences, exclusive to Scenic guests, that you'll remember fondly for years to come, from exclusive private concerts in magnificent surrounds, to specially arranged meals where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals.

Discovering Countless Treasures
Discovering Countless Treasures

The entire continent is at your feet. Cruising Europe's will lead you from one magical moment to another - through narrow gorges carved out by the Danube, to the incomparable Balkan Mountains. Wherever you find yourself, you're escorted through your exploration of all Europe's greatest marvels. Not only will you benefit from the expertise of local guides, all Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich and Scenic Sundowners activities are fully escorted. In addition, your Scenic Tailormade device gives you the best choices of destinations to explore. So you can make every day of your cruise as different and astonishing as the last.

Your Scenic Gracious Floating Hotel
Your Scenic Gracious Floating Hotel

Cruising on a Scenic Space-Ship is, quite simply, the indulgence of a lifetime. And our two next generation Scenic Space-Ships - Scenic Jasper and Scenic Opal - confirm our commitment to providing experiences that are beyond exceptional. From the moment you step on board you'll be spoilt for choice, and you can look forward to a wide array of luxuries designed to enhance the wonder you'll encounter off the ship, from our bubbling vitality pool, to suites that the largest of any river cruise ship anywhere. Read more about Scenic Space-Ships here.

Spectacular Earlybird Offers
Spectacular Earlybird Offers

Scenic in partnership with Global Journeys offer the very best exclusive Earlybird deals. These incredible offers are designed to stop you wavering, and to start you thinking about the wondrous experiences awaiting you. Earlybird deals are strictly limited so the sooner you book the better the offer available to you, and the greater your choice of departures and suites.

Scenic Club
Scenic Club

Scenic Club is an exclusive loyalty program extended to guests who have toured with Scenic Tours or Connoisseur's Choice by Scenic Tours. It is Scenic's way of saying thank you for entrusting your holiday travel with us. Book your next Scenic holiday with Global Journeys and your membership is free and packed with incredible benefits and offers including access to exclusive deals and competitions. Read more about the Scenic Club here.

Scenic River Cruise Fleet

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  Scenic European Space-Ships

Scenic FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Scenic receive from their clients
Do I still receive my Scenic Club benefits if I book with Global Journeys?

Yes, you can rerad more about Scenic Club here. Your Global Journeys Consultant will help you with any questions you have abou this.

Can I book any Scenic trip with Global JOurneys?

Yes, you can, however at the moment we only have Scenic's European river cruises on our website. Until the rest of Scenic's portfolio is listed you'll need to contact us to organise a quote for you.

Will there be a Cruise Director on my cruise?

Yes, an experienced English speaking Cruise Director accompanies every Tour.

Will there be a Cruise Director on my cruise?

Yes, an experienced English speaking Cruise Director accompanies every Tour.

What is the electricity on the ships?

On Board Electricity on board all ships is 220V. A power plug adaptor will be required to use small appliances such as electric shavers, clocks, mobile phone chargers etc. We do not provide the required adaptors.

Are there hairdryers in the cabins?

Hairdryers are available in all cabins on river cruise ships.

Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?

Yes. If you have not already advised your Global Journeys Tour Consultant at the time of booking please let your Tour Director know at the start of the tour any special needs or dietary requirements so they can be best accommodated. Remember your favourite food items will not always be available.

Are there laundry facilities on the ships?

Limited laundry facilities are available on board cruise vessels and costs are additioanl and the responsibility of the guests. When stay in a hotel you can generally arrange laundry direct with the hotel although it can be costly. Some hotels will provide an iron for you upon request.

What are the seating arrangements in the Crystal Dining Room?

The Crystal Dining rooms are single dining sessions with open, unreserved seating. The restaurant manager is responsible for the seating arrangements.

What clothing do I need to pack?

We recommend casual and comfortable clothing. Please bring comfortable walking shoes as you will need these daily whilst sightseeing, which includes walking over rough and uneven ground. Closed-in shoes are recommended to keep out the dust and sand. Dinner attire is casual-open-neck shirts, slacks and dresses. Coats and ties may be worn but are not required. For winter months we recommend a warm coat, gloves, water-resistant footwear and an umbrella.

What currency will I need to take?

Most countries visited in Europe will use the Euro although some still have their own local currency (eg. Scandinavia, Switzerland, Russia & Baltic States). For small purchases ashore or in small towns, local currency is advantageous. Many locations accept major credit cards. ATM machines are located onshore at some stops. Prior to departure you should confirm your ATM card and PIN will work overseas. All purchases on board are charged to your shipboard account. The on board currency on river cruise ships is the Euro. Shipboard accounts may be paid by Euro or credit card. The on board currency on Russian river cruise ship is the Rouble however shipboard accounts may only be paid by credit card.

How much luggage can I bring on a cruise?

The luggage allowance whilst on tour is one suitcase with a maximum size of 76 x 53 x 28 cms (30 x 21 x 11'') and weight of 20 kilograms. You may also carry a small backpack or the Scenic Tours issued overnight bag. Additional bags beyond the luggage allowance may incur additional charges and are to be settled directly to the hotel or as required.

Is porterage included?

Handling and porterage of your luggage (as per the luggage allowance above) is included in your tour. Additional bags beyond the allowance may be charged or it may be the responsibility of the passenger to forward the baggage to another destination. Luggage handling is not included during any independent or non-escorted touring. In this situation, luggage handling and porterage will need to be organised directly with the hotel porters.

Should I attach the Scenic Tours luggage label provided prior to departure?

No, please wait until you have claimed your luggage at your destination airport. This will ensure airline companies will not tear off this tag, as it is required to easily identify your luggage for transfer services and hotels.

What sort of fitness level do I require?

We welcome you if you have a disability or other special need, provided you are able to care for yourself or are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all the assistance you require. Please note that although we will use reasonable endeavours to provide you with all the activities on your Itinerary, depending on your disability, you may not be able to participate in every activity and the Tour Director will have the right to refuse your participation if the Tour Director believes your health and safety or the health and safety of other passengers may be impacted by your participation. You must advise Global Journeys of any disability, medical condition or dietary requirement at the time of booking.

Can I travel in a wheelchair?

Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchair use, and facilities for the disabled in general may be limited. Many areas are pedestrian only. There are also areas of the ship that cannot be accessed by wheelchair and passengers will need to be able to get on and off the ship out of the wheelchair, due to space.

How much foreign money should I bring with me?

Before you leave on your trip, it is a good idea to obtain a small amount of cash in the currency of the country you arrive in. If it is not possible to obtain the currency you require, then it can be purchased at the airport on arrival. Many locations will accept travellers cheques or credit cards. For incidentals and small vendors we recommend getting some local currency.

Does Scenic Tours cover tips?

Yes, Scenic Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you, including all drivers, local guides, porters (1 piece of luggage only), and meals included in your tour. Please note: Tipping is NOT included for meals, drinks, taxis and transfers that are not included as part of the tour (including Asian stopovers). As a guide for taxis, tip 10-15% of the fare on the meter. We recommend you pre-negotiate taxi fares to avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the journey. In restaurants and bars, tip 10-15% of the total bill. If a service charge has already been added there is no need to tip as much or at all.

Who will be escorting the tour?

Your holiday is a special time and our Tour Directors and Cruise Directors make all the difference. From your very first day their warm greetings and professionalism signal the start of a wonderful rapport. For all land tours and cruises you will have the services of a Tour Director. Whilst on your cruise you will be taken care of by a Cruise Director. Our Directors have your best interests at heart and will take care of all arrangements for you.

What is the quality like in European hotels?

Europe's tourist industry is centuries old and its hotels very often reflect the varied traditions and cultures of each country, so do not expect European hotels to be the same as those back home. You may find hotel rooms are slightly smaller. Most European hotel rooms do not have tea/coffee or ironing facilities in the room.

What time can I check-in to my hotel?

If your flight arrives before noon (usually 14.00 is check-in time) at the city where your tour starts, the hotel may not have your room available until mid afternoon. We endeavour to ensure that rooms are ready for your arrival times however this is not always possible and is outside our control. Some people use this time to explore the neighbourhood, shop or relax in the hotel public areas. On arrival at your hotel, please check to see if your Tour Director has already posted tour information in the foyer.

Are there likely to be changes to my itinerary?

On certain occasions, for operational or local reasons, it may be necessary to change your hotel accommodation or a brochured attraction in a particular location. If this does occur, you will be notified of such changes as soon as possible.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Scenic

Airport transfers are only available on the first and last day of your river cruise and at times Scenic designate. Transfers outside these times will be at your expense and must be secured by your own arrangements. Passengers who have purchased Scenics pre and post hotel accommodation and airfares (through Scenic & Global Journeys) will be provided airport transfers to/from their hotel in the river cruise start or end city only, on the day of the pre or post accommodation booking. No refund will be given for unused transfers. If you miss the pre-booked transfer, you will be responsible for making your own way to the Tour departure point, at your own expense. Airport transfers may be group transfers scheduled to coincide with multiple flight arrival times.

Royal and Royal Panorama Suite guests enjoy private transfers on arrival and departure and are welcomed with a bottle of French champagne. Private transfers, including Royal Suites transfer are not available in all locations.

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