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Behind the Scenic: Meet Hotel Manager Vasilije Stankovic

A Trek Travel River Cruise isn’t your everyday boat trip. Our attention to detail, exceptional bikes and world-class guides together with Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury create a whole new way to explore the world. Recently, we had the pleasure to chat with Hotel Manager of the luxurious Scenic Jasper, Vasilije Stankovic, about what life is like on board and how he got into the business of 5-star service.

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from?
My name is Vasilije Stankovic and I am from Belgrade, Serbia. I am 37 years old, married and having one beautiful daughter, Angela, who’s 19 months old. I finished Hotel Management University in Belgrade and have been working in the industry so far for around 18 years.

What led you to be an Hotel Manager?
18 years ago I started working as an assistant waiter in a 5-star hotel in Cyprus. The more I was trained by the management team about 5-star service, the more I was interested to learn. Each year I was able to progress in my career and had the opportunity to be a waiter, junior bartender, bartender, restaurant manager, F&B manager, front office manager, assistant hotel director and finally hotel director. It was never about my career, it was more about passion and love towards my job and my will to always learn more.

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What drew you to Scenic?
Scenic was recommended by my colleagues as an excellent company with even better working conditions.

What part about your job do you enjoy the most?
Working with people and making them happy.

What’s your favorite part about working on the boat?
I really do enjoy sailing and having the opportunity to spend every day in a different place.

What’s your favorite feature of Scenic?
Enrich events definitely. The Vienna concert or Marksburg castle medieval dinner are my favorite ones.

Where all have you traveled and what has stuck with you the most in your travels?
I had the opportunity to travel from Amsterdam all the way down to the Black Sea and back. Beautiful surroundings, nature, small towns and big cities as well as unique architecture that you can see along the river is something I will remember till the end of my life.

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If you could pick one meal on board what would it be?
Slow whole roasted beef tenderloin which we serve for our welcome dinner. Meat is very tender and served with cauliflower mousseline, asparagus duet, vine cherry tomato confit and finished with Pinot Noir reduction. Delicious.

Best view from the ship?
On Scenic ships have two Panorama suites. The best view for our guests is from those suites. Large windows and a beautiful balcony provide stunning views and pure pleasure on sailing days, along with being able to see stellar sunrises and sunsets.

What’s the one thing you’d recommend all guests try?
For the potential guests who are still thinking about who to travel with, I would suggest a trip with Scenic of course. And for the guests who already chose Scenic, I would recommend Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht and first ocean cruise ship from Scenic.

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This isn’t your average cruise. Journey along the Danube and sample the cuisine and cultures of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. You’ll explore the heart of each historic region by bike then kick back and relax on the deck of a five-star luxury Scenic Space Ship.


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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.


Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.


These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.


On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.


Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself