Scenic unveils 2021 itineraries plus new booking incentives
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Scenic opens up bookings early for 2022 European river cruises

VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has opened up bookings early for its 2022 European river cruise season due to rising demand for its 2021 itineraries.

As part of its 2022 offerings, the all-inclusive river cruise company is unveiling a new itinerary and several new Scenic Freechoice excursions as well as a number of special promotions for those who plan ahead.

Early-booking savings include free and reduced-price economy flights ($295 and $495) for many of the line’s most popular itineraries. Scenic is also offering $100 per person gift cards for booking eight- to 14-day sailings or $200 on cruises of 15 days or longer.

In addition, a new Love to Travel promotion offers complimentary private door-to-door chauffeur-driven transfers.

All bookings come with the new Book with Confidence program, providing guests with additional flexibility and peace of mind with a free Deposit Protection Plan (value $125) and deposits reduced 50% to $250 per person. The company has also unveiled its Cruise in Confidence plan, detailing the many steps taken to keep guests and crew safe while cruising. Scenic is working closely with IG River Cruise, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and local and international Government Health agencies to ensure developed protocols meet and exceed the latest regulatory requirements.

Scenic is highlighting three relatively new itineraries for 2022: a five-day cruise between Vienna and Budapest; and two highly-regarded culinary itineraries focusing on French gastronomic delights.

The five-day ‘Tastes of Imperial Europe’ introduces guests to the three of the most amazing cities in Europe – Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Highlights include Vienna’s coffee culture, gilded palaces, learning about everyday life in Bratislava from a local family while enjoying food from their kitchen, and in-depth touring of Budapest.

The two culinary itineraries, ‘Tastes of Southern France on the Rhône’ and the ‘Flavours of Bordeaux’ itinerary cruising the Garonne, take a deep dive in all things food. The cruises include an onboard dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and a cooking class at three-star Michelin chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant. Guests can learn the family secrets of regional recipes with Scenic’s new ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ program, which includes a series of authentic cooking classes held in the homes of locals including Dutch Apple Pie baking in Hoorn, Bulgarian Banica in Vidin, and a traditional Portuguese bread-making experience.

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