Friday, 3 June 2011

Scenic Tours announces new exclusive enrichment experiences for river cruising

Marksburg - Scenic Enrich Medieval Banquet
Leading European river cruise operator Scenic Tours is offering a range of special enrichment activities, included in the cruise fare, for guests to discover the history, culture and cuisine of the countries visited.

From private tours of renowned castles and exclusive dining experiences to visiting local villages and meeting local wine vintners, the Scenic Enrich program allows guests to truly immerse themselves in local cultures and discover the essence of Europe, with a range of new and exciting options on offer for the 2012 river cruise program.

In 2012, guests aboard the 15 day Jewels of Europe River Cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest will have the opportunity to enjoy a day in the life of a traditional German village. With the Scenic Village experience, guests become part of the local community for a day, visiting the homes of local families and choosing from a range of traditional activities, from wine tasting and baking to visiting a dairy, an iron foundry or a private castle to meet a piano maker who restores 18th century pianos. The day ends with a magnificent barbecue with local villagers.

Also new is a host of Scenic Enrich experiences for those joining the 15 day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow. Guests will enjoy a traditional Russian lunch at the old-world wooden 'Podvorie' restaurant in St Petersburg, where all produce and wine is home-grown at the owner's private summer residence. They will also experience a private Russian ballet performance, a home visit to taste authentic Russian tea and piroshky, and a private tour of Moscow's celebrated St Basil's Cathedral. Finally, guests will have the opportunity to meet a real Cosmonaut on a guided tour of Star City space training centre.

Scenic Tours' new river cruising program in France includes a visit to a typical French family homestead in Tournon for a delicious home-cooked meal. Guests will also meet a local wine vintner in the Beaujolais region and sample some of the best wines, cheese and sausages the region has to offer, as well as visiting a real working farm in La Camargue, France's 'wild west', where cowboys tend to herds of bulls destined for bullfighting in Spain.

Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of Scenic Tours commented: "We are delighted to be introducing these exciting new Scenic Enrich activities for 2012. These special events are developed exclusively to appeal to our discerning clientele. We aim to create memorable experiences that allow guests to really have a taste of the region they are visiting, meeting with locals and experiencing authentic European life."

Other popular Scenic Enrich activities include a guided tour of Marksburg Castle in Germany, a stunning building dating back to the 12th century with spectacular views over the Rhine. After a guided tour, guests enjoy a sumptuous private dinner and a night of entertainment provided by knights, musicians and jugglers all in medieval dress.

Also popular is a private concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss at the magnificent Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, a baroque palace which was which was commissioned in the 17th century by the Prince of Liechtenstein. Guests are greeted with a glass of Austrian Sekt on arrival before enjoying an exclusive performance of Viennese music and dancing in the grand concert hall.

Scenic Tours' 2012 river cruise program includes spectacular journeys on beautiful waterways such as the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube aboard the Scenic 'Space-Ships', which are akin to travelling aboard a five-star floating hotel. In Russia, Scenic has exclusively chartered the Sergey Kutchkin – the newest ship on Russia's waterways, offering private outdoor balconies and the highest standards of service - and in France, the MS Symphony has exclusively been chartered to accommodate guests in quintessential Scenic style.

For more information or to book, call 1300 SCENIC (1300 723 642) or visit www.scenictours.com.au.