Looks like there’s plenty happening on the rivers of Europe with Scenic Tours for 2015. Here’s a round-up of some of the things happening with the Australian-owned company.
|Tournon on the Rhone River, France.|
Photo: River Cruise Insight
A brand new experience in 2015 for all guests on all Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ will be Scenic Sundowners, or cocktail receptions where guests can toast the day’s end and the beauty of the riverside destinations as the sun sets on some of Europe’s most majestic locations. The newest social soiree will be held on shore at a scenic location. The beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley will be toasted from the slopes of the Danube where you’ll listen to the music of the masters and sip locally produced wine. In Koblenz, you’ll take a cable car high above the town to the 19th century Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which reveals incredible views of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. And in Belgrade, you’ll be taken to a restaurant atop the Kalemegdan Fortress, which overlooks the majestic site where the Sava River flows into the Danube River. You might also enjoy a tasting of regional wines on the terrace of the historic Castle of Tournon, originally founded in the eleventh century, with spectacular views over the Rhône River and the surrounding rolling hills and vineyards.
|Shopping with the ships' chef in a French market.|
Photo: Scenic Tours
Captain Rivers reckons that’s all good – who would pass up the chance for an evening cocktail? – but he is also liking some of Scenic’s new ‘Free Choice’ activities for 2015. With ‘Shop with a Chef’ passengers can choose to join the Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ chef and a local culinary specialist on a guided tour of a gourmet food market in cities such as Vienna, Strasbourg, Begrade, Paris and Bordeaux, before returning to the ship where the culinary team will create regional dishes prepared with ingredients purchased from the market.
Another new activity involves a visit to the world’s most exceptional mine. The former Zollverein coal mine is a large industrial site in Essen, near Düsseldorf. It is inscribed into the list of World Heritage Sites and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The first coal mine on the premises was founded in 1847 and Shaft 12, built in Bauhaus style, was opened in 1932 and is considered an architectural and technical masterpiece of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.
And we also like the sound of the visit to Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Weltenburg near Kelheim on the Danube in Bavaria. A majestic cruise from Regensburg to the abbey, which is situated on a peninsula in the Danube, reveals the ‘Weltenburg Narrows’ (Danube Gorge), which is only available for small ships to traverse and is one of the most scenic sections of the Danube River. The abbey also has its own brewery, considered to be one of the oldest monastery breweries in the world.