Scenic has officially unveiled its full luxury river cruise collection on Europe’s rivers for 2023 – with a range of new itineraries and experiences, and for the first time, First Class airfare upgrade options.
With international borders re-opening and travel requirements easing, demand for small ship river cruising is on the rise and Scenic is encouraging Australians to book now as availability for 2023 suites and offers is limited.
Guests booking before 30 September 2022 can secure exclusive flight offers including Fly Business for $3,995 per person, Fly First Class for $11,995 per person and Economy Flights included.
A spokesperson for Scenic told LATTE the introduction of a First Class airfare upgrade to Europe comes in response to a trend for “luxury consumers taking the ultimate trips now they’re travelling again and also looking for more space and comfort on their flights”. Scenic will offer the First Class fares with the likes of Emirates and Singapore Airlines, with the specific airline confirmed at time of ticketing.
Guests who chose to pay 12 months in advance can also secure a Super Earlybird saving of $1,000pp on their suite.
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New for 2023 – and flagged first by LATTE in November 2021 – is the eight-day Charming Castles & Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle river cruise
Sailing from Frankfurt to Basel and visiting Koblenz, Bernkastel, Cochem, Rudesheim, Rastatt and Breisach.
Highlights include a visit to the majestic Rüdesheim castle overlooking the Moselle valley, a tour of the fairytale city of Cochem and an exclusive private classical concert set within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Liebfrauenkirche, located in the heart of Switzerland’s Roman city of Trier. Prices for the eight-day river cruise start from $5,245pp departing 26 April 2023 (reverse direction).
New Ljubljana & Zagreb extension
Explore Slovenia and Croatia from the comfort of 5-star hotels with the new four-night extension, offering a picturesque glimpse into these fascinating countries. Benefit from the services of an expert Scenic Tour Director, leading a guided tour in Bled including a Pletna boat ride on the extraordinary lake and guided city tours of Ljubljana and Zagreb with entrance to Plitvice National Park. Available as an extension to Jewels of Europe, Gems of the Danube, Black Sea Explorer and Danube Delta Discovery river cruise itineraries. Prices for the 19-day Jewels of Europe with Ljubljana and Zagreb start from $11,125pp departing 14 October 2023.
New immersive experiences to personalise guests’ journeys
For 2023, Scenic’s expert Journey Designers have further enhanced the extensive range of Scenic Freechoice excursions, included in the 5-star luxury Europe river cruises with 12 new experiences to enjoy in 2023.
Options include a hike through the vineyards that cover the slopes of the Rhine River in Rüdesheim on the 15-day Jewels of Europe itinerary. Visit the family home of renowned French artist Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec to discover rooms of the Château Malromé estate on the 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux itinerary. Paddle along the Gardon River towards the impressive Pont du Gard – the aqueduct that dates to Roman times on the 11-day South of France itinerary. Wander the lavish rooms and gardens of Paleis Het Loo in Arnhem, showcasing the rich history of the Dutch royal family during the Romantic Rhine & Moselle or Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights itineraries.