Scenic River Cruise and Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

Enjoy a full day to explore this romantic city, like the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark and the Doge’s Palace, before boarding the Venice Simplon-OrientExpress train for an overnight rail journey to London. Step aboard this vintage train and navigate Europe’s breath-taking scenery in your private cabin, lovingly restored to its former glory. Embrace the golden age as this iconic Art Deco masterpiece invites you into its luxurious grasp. A sumptuous four-course evening meal, three-course brunch, on-board entertainment and dedicated cabin steward service are just some of its highlights, sure to make your trip truly unforgettable.


  • 7 nights on Europe’s most luxurious 5-star ships
  • 2 nights Special Stay in the 5-star Danieli Hotel, Venice
  • 2 days on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, from Venice to London
  • All flights
  • Transfers
  • Meals

Guide Price £3,995 pp

OverviewItinerary Why Scenic River Cruises

Special Offer

This limited edition 11-day cruise, tour and rail adventure is a reverse journey of one of our most-popular itineraries, Gems of the Danube, beginning in Budapest and ending in Nuremberg.

Make your trip extra special when you extend it to feature a two-night stay in Venice, staying in the 5-star Danieli Hotel, located on the waterfront and a five-minute walk from the city’s central Piazza, San Marco.



Departure Dates and Prices

Departs June 26th 2017

Jewel Deck

Cabin – Standard (D ) £3,995

Sapphire Deck

Cabin Balcony Suite C – £4,515
Cabin Balcony Suite BA – £4,615
Cabin Balcony Suite BB – £4,715
Cabin Balcony Suite B – £4,765

Diamond Deck

Cabin Balcony Suite BA – £4,765
Cabin Balcony Suite PA – £4,815
Cabin Balcony Suite PP – £4,915
Cabin Balcony Suite P – £4,965

11 Day Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest

Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Budapest. Pick from one of up to 4 UK regional airports to travel direct from: London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow. You’ll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship.

Day 2 Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert. Alternatively, relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa, famous for their naturally heated springs and healing properties. Or, if you choose, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Vienna

As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards majestic Vienna.

Enrich: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore it.

Day 4 Vienna

Today you have options galore.

Freechoice: Take a guided tour of the historic city of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program or take a tour of the stables. Or, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef with our Shop with a Chef option.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Day 5 Dürnstein – Melk

Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey, originally built as a palace. Explore the opulence of this grand abbey including the awe inspiring library and abbey church. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk – at your own pace, of course.

As the day ends, you’ll get to take in the fine scenery at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we don’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who’ll provide the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Linz – Passau

Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed Old City, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for ‘The Sound of Music’.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Regensburg

At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.

Freechoice: Join your insightful local guide for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg where you’ll discover the old town, with its array of wealthy merchant houses, the Old Bridge and the Porta Praetoria – a reminder of Regensburg’s Roman heritage. Alternatively, hop on a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, set on the shore of the Danube River. Explore the abbey and sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world.

You could also take a leisurely cycle on your own with your Tailormade GPS device to the Walhalla Temple, a memorial modelled on the Parthenon in Athens and built at the request of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Nurremburg – Venice

Transfer from your ship to Munich airport for your flight to Venice. Take a water taxi to the 5-star Danieli Hotel for a two-night Special Stay, making yourself comfortable in a Deluxe Room. This luxurious waterfront hotel is a five-minute walk from the central Piazza San Marco and the iconic Grand Canal.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Venice

After breakfast embark on a guided walking tour of Venice, including the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark and the Doge’s Palace, before an evening free to do as you please.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Venice – London

(Venice Simplon-Orient-Express) After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Venice Santa Lucia Station to board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Impeccably restored to their former glory, each cabin ensures you have a truly unique and authentic experience, complemented by an exceptional level of personal service. The comfortable bedrooms are transformed by your staff, from banquette seating, to a cosy bedroom in the evening, all while you are enjoying your gourmet dinner in the restaurant car. Every room, complete with original washbasin cabinet, is expertly maintained by staff, and supplies you with soft towels and crisp linen. Enjoy a dedicated steward service, three-course lunch, and an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and pastries, in your cabin. This evening, you can look forward to a sumptuous four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Venice – London

(Venice Simplon-Orient-Express) The next morning, have breakfast in your cabin, brought to you by your steward, before pulling into Gare de Paris-Est for a 40-minute halt and the opportunity to stretch your legs. A delicious brunch will be served as you journey towards Calais to cross the Channel Tunnel‡. Upon arrival in Folkestone, the Belmond British Pullman train awaits to take you on your journey to London. A traditional afternoon tea and glass of English sparkling wine accompanies the final part of your journey. Welcome to London Victoria Station. If required, transfer to London Heathrow for your onward flight or end your journey here.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Why Scenic ?

Travel the iconic waterways of Europe on board a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, and experience all-inclusive river cruising like never before. From unforgettable excursions, fine dining and complimentary beverages throughout your cruise, to the luxury extras you’d expect to pay extra for; our innovative approach to all-inclusive travel means everything is included in the price of your river cruise. We’ve truly gone to the Nth degree to ensure your complete comfort and wellbeing, and because there are no hidden extras, you can afford to leave your wallet at home.
Step aboard one of our 5-star luxury Space-Ships, and enjoy all the benefits of our award winning all-inclusive service. We’re committed to ensuring you enjoy the journey of a lifetime, and our transparent approach to inclusivity reflects this — helping you to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage without the fear of a big bill at the end of your holiday.

What to expect

  • Your own butler
  • Laundry concierge
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 84% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities
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