European river cruising is all the rage at the moment and for good reason too. Spring is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked your next holiday yet it might be worth considering seeing a slice of Europe from the seaside. For now, come with us as we day dream our way down the Danube River all the way from Budapest to Amsterdam.

Imagine relaxing aboard the Scenic Crystal as she floats majestically down Germany’s mighty Danube River, you could be forgiven for mistaking the ship for a luxury hotel.

Your ship boasts air-conditioned cabins, two dining rooms with world-class gourmet kitchens and stunning views of the ever changing European countryside. From your departure point at Budapest’s neo-Gothic Parliament Building you’ll pass Vienna, Melk, Linz, Passau and Regensburg until finally reaching Amsterdam.

With almost one crew member for every two passengers, you’re guaranteed a world-class service as the Scenic Crystal makes its fortnight long journey. A personal butler is even on hand to tend to your every waking need, from your morning cup of lapsang souchong tea to an evening cocktail on the sun deck.

As you drift down the river there are plenty of stops. In Passau you can visit the birthplace of Mozart as you wander the markets and gardens of Salzburg, then enjoy his music at a private evening concert at the Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna.

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School will make you appreciate the cruise stops for two days in this majestic city, giving you a chance to get a front row seat to the world famous Lipizzaner stallions.

If you enjoy comfort and luxury (and who doesn’t!), then the Scenic Crystal presents a terrific way of experiencing a perfect slice of Europe.

Jewels of Europe River Cruise’s run from May through to November in 2015 and bookings are available from Scenic Tours.

Note: Scenic Crystal is one of the seven boats owned by Scenic Travel.

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