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11 Day Black Sea Explorer River Cruise 2015
(Budapest to Bucharest)

11 days with Scenic Tours  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 | BUDAPEST 
Welcome to Budapest. You will be met at the airport by your Scenic Cruises Representative and transferred to your hotel. Two Night Stay: Budapest Marriott. (D)
 
DAY 2 | BUDAPEST 
This morning's included tour will visit both towns of Buda and Pest, linked by the famous Chain Bridge. This evening enjoy an included Highlight Dinner at a Hungarian restaurant. (FB,HD)
 
DAY 3 | BUDAPEST 
This afternoon your Scenic Cruises Representative will transfer you from your hotel to your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. Tonight join your fellow guests for a Welcome Cocktail in the lounge. (FB,D)
 
DAY 4 | KALOCSA 
The Baroque provincial town of Kalocsa is renowned for its decorative embroidery and paprika production. Today visit a Hungarian Puszta horse farm and enjoy a show before tracing the origins of paprika. (FB,L,D)
 
DAY 5 | OSIJEK – VUKOVAR 
Included Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) a guided walking tour of Osijek; or (2) a guided cycling tour of Osijek's countryside. Scenic Enrich: As a special Scenic guest, you will be invited into the home of a local family for a home cooked traditional lunch and learn about everyday life in Croatia. You will also taste some local wines from boutique family vineyards. (FB,HL,D)
 
DAY 6 | BELGRADE 
Today explore Serbia’s capital Belgrade. Visit Tito’s memorial, Fortress Kalemegdan and see St. Sava Church on your Included tour. This afternoon's included Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) enjoy a guided bicycle tour along the Danube; or (2) enjoy the ‘Tastes of Belgrade’, during your walking tour sample traditional Serbian specialities; or (3) explore the city on a tour with a local. (FB,L,D)
 
DAY 7 | IRON GATE 
Cruise the spectacular Iron Gate, a narrow gorge carved by the Danube between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. (FB,L,D)
 
DAY 8 | SVISTOV – VELIKO TARNOVO – ARBANASSI – RUSSE 
From Svistov in Bulgaria, venture to Veliko Tarnovo. In the 14th century as the Byzantine Empire weakened, the town was the Bulgarian capital and known as the third Rome. We then venture to the nearby picturesque village of Arbanassi, a UNESCO world heritage site. (FB,L,D)
 
DAY 9 | CERNAVODA – BLACK SEA 
Cernavoda in Romania is your ship’s base today for an excursion to the seaside town of Constanta, followed by a visit to the popular resort town of Mamaia. (FB,L,D)
 
DAY 10 | BUCHAREST
This morning disembark the cruise ship and travel to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city, with a visit to Ceauçescu’s imposing Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe. One Night Stay: Marriott Bucharest. (FB,D)
 
DAY 11 | BUCHAREST
This morning after breakfast your Scenic Cruises Representative will transfer you to the airport. (FB)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Enjoy a homemade lunch as a guest in a family home where you can learn about everyday living in Croatia
  • In Vukovar enjoy a guided walking tour; or take a guided cycling tour
  • Enjoy a guided bicycle tour along the Danube River; or sample some of Belgrade’s gastronomic specialities; or explore Belgrade on a walking tour with the locals
  • Enjoy full day excursion to Transylvania including a guided tour of Bran Castle; or visit Snagov Lake, rumoured to be a burial place of Count Dracula
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception and Captain’s dinner on board the cruise
  • Witness a horse show in Kalocsa and trace the Turkish origins of paprika during a visit to the Spice Museum
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour in Belgrade
  • Be entertained by a Serbian Folklore show on board with musicians and dances
  • Cruise through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gate dividing Serbia from Romania
  • Guided excursion to the town of Veliko Tarnovo including lunch in a local restaurant
  • Enjoy wine tasting and a tour of the UNESCO world Heritage listed town, Arbanassi including Konstanzeliev Ethnographic House and the “Christ Nativity Church”
  • Captain’s farewell cocktail reception and farewell dinner
  • Guided sightseeing of Bucharest including a visit to Ceauçescu’s imposing Palace of the Parliament
All This Included
  • Spacious full size balcony suites in 84% of all cabins
  • Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’
  • Four dining venues: including River Café and Table La Rive
  • Relax in our three viewing areas
  • Private butler service
  • All on shore excursions and activities
  • Scenic Riverview – interactive on board commentary
  • All meals included
  • In room dining
  • On board entertainment
  • Wellness Centre
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Airport transfers
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: Budapest Marriott
Cruising: Cabin onboard a Scenic Tours 'Space-Ship'
Bucharest: Marriott Bucharest
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change. Final itineraries will be available in Summer 2014. 
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port charges of $250 per person are not included in the prices shown above.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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