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

18 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Istanbul 
Welcome to Istanbul, famously the only city in the world crossing two continents and linking east with west. You will be met at Istanbul airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel, for a three night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure, before meeting up this evening over a welcome drink with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.
Day 2 Istanbul
Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and master the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 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 4 Istanbul > Canakkale 
Today travel along the Northern Aegean Coast to Canakkale. This afternoon explore the historical city of Troy, where you will discover the remaining sites, including a giant replica of the Trojan Horse. Then, check in into your hotel for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 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 6 Canakkale > Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay in Nessebar. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Nessebar 
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your free day. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Nessebar > Bucharest 
See a diverse range of scenery as you pass through Bulgaria to the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Then, check-in for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 Bucharest > Giurgiu
Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.
Travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed by your friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome cocktail in the lounge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Silistra
Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village, and learn about life in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Russe > Nikopol
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Russe. Or discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi; continue to Nikopol in Bulgaria before re-boarding your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 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 13 Belgrade
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 14 Osijek
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 for one-on-one contact with people who understand the local way of life intimately. Enjoy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Kalocsa
Today you’ll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Budapest 
After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and join your local guided on a city tour.   Your guided tour will finish at your hotel in Budapest, where you will check in for your two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 17 Budapest
Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore this city on your own. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Budapest
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
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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