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18 Day Black Sea Explorer with Turkey
(Budapest to Istanbul)

18 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Welcome to Budapest
Welcome to the wondrous city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel for a two night stay. (Dinner)
Day 2 Budapest
Wander the cobblestone streets with your expert local guide and explore both towns of Buda and Pest, linked by the famous Chain Bridge. This evening you’ll get to experience a delicious dinner in a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Budapest
This afternoon you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At this evening’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead of you. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Kalocsa
Today you’ll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

As a special Scenic guest, you’ll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and the chance to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Belgrade
Freechoice: Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.

Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it’s a moment to savour and a chance to reflect on all you’ve seen and experienced.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Iron Gates
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates – a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting for a cruise, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Svishtov > Rousse
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Silistra
Freechoice: Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or, tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Giurgiu > Bucharest
Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay in Bucharest.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Bucharest > Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two-night stay Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Nessebar
Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time.(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Nessebar > Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and enjoy a two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 14 Canakkale > Gallipoli
Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the Allied Forces, including ANZAC troops. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park, and you’ll have the chance to explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Istanbul
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You’ll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan Horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 16 Istanbul
Freechoice: Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths. (Breakfast)
Day 17 Istanbul
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 18 Istanbul
After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Meet your fellow guests at a lavish Captain’s welcome dinner on board your Scenic
  • ‘Space-Ship’
  • Witness a horse show in Kalocsa and trace the origins of paprika during a visit to the spice museum
  • Be entertained by a Serbian Folklore show on board
  • Cruise through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gate dividing Serbia from Romania
  • Overnight in the Romanian capital, Bucharest and visit Ceausescu’s Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe
All This Included
Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ Ultimate Inclusions
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Private butler service for all guests
  • Scenic Riverview – interactive on board
  • commentary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’
  • Six dining venues, including River Café and
  • Table La Rive
  • Return airport transfers

Scenic Enrich

  • Be invited into the home of a local Croatian family for a home cooked traditional lunch and to learn about everyday life in Croatia

Scenic Sundowners

  • Overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, enjoy an afternoon cocktail at the historic Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade

Scenic Tailormade

  • 12 options to choose from in 7 locations

Scenic FreeChoice

  • 11 included options to choose from in 7 locations

Dining Experiences

  • 27 superb meals including, 10 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L) and 10 Dinners (D)
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard the Scenic Jade
Bucharest: To be determined
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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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