of mind, body and soul…
Guest wellbeing has long been at the heart of a Scenic river cruise. Truly all-inclusive and extending beyond the on board experience, our Scenic Freechoice excursions and activities have been designed to take care of the mind, body and soul.
Walk the walk
At no extra cost to you, Scenic Freechoice walking tours and hikes not only encourage you to stretch your legs, they unveil hidden passageways, take routes that cross paths with locals and steer off the beaten track. If you’re travelling on one of our Danube River itineraries, you’ll be invited to join a guided hike up Budapest’s Buda Hill for the best views across the Danube. At the top, you can look out from Fisherman’s Bastion to Pest and Parliament Building and witness the inimitable beauty of Matthias Church, all while enjoying the knowledgeable commentary from your expert tour guide.
Several trails of varying difficulty can be taken to reach Belogradchik Fortress, situated on the north slope of the Bulgarian Balkan Mountains. A unique structure, thought to date back to the Romans, its elevated positioning promises rewarding views when you reach the summit. And we provide trekking poles in every suite, so you can wander confidently with that little extra support.
Those travelling on our Bordeaux itineraries will have the opportunity to venture to Arcachon Bay on France’s southwest coast to climb Europe’s tallest sand dunes, Dune du Pilat. Reaching a colossal 107 metres they are mesmerising in their position between a dense pine forest, Arcachon Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. And, in the South of France, why not take a kayak out to sail through Donzère Canyon, one of Europe’s largest and the gateway to Provence.
On two wheels
Our on board e-Bikes are available free of charge for excursions at most of our ports of call. Adopt the local way of life on the cobbles of Amsterdam, cycle along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, and wind your way through French vineyards and lavender fields, with extra assistance should you need it. If you feel like embarking on an independent cycle ride, our ingenious GPS-fitted Scenic Tailormade App will accompany you, ensuring you don’t get lost.
Be kind, unwind
Budapest is not only spectacular for its wonderful architecture and breathtaking views. Culture and tradition are ever-present, never more so than at one of the city’s many thermal baths. An absolute must for anyone visiting the Hungarian capital, these geothermal pools are believed to have therapeutic qualities and act as a natural skin detox, encouraging the healing of skin conditions. Here, you can treat yourself to a massage or simply unwind with a drink, just as the locals have for centuries.
In southwest Germany, the Black Forest town of Baden-Baden is an historic holiday destination for the rich and famous. Grand Art Nouveau villas and elegant boutiques enveloped by spectacular dense green forest give it a serious sense of grandeur, and the opportunity to enjoy the curative properties of its natural springs make it a truly sensational place to visit. Unwind in a sea salt grotto on an all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice excursion, where salt sourced from the Dead Sea and the Himalayas encourages complete relaxation. What better way to care for yourself than with nature in its finest form?