Day 1 Welcome to Vienna
Your journey into wonder begins here. Raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Vienna
Freechoice: Tour the city of Vienna, or be guided through majestic Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, take in the sights of the city on a guided bicycle tour or visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Bratislava
Freechoice: Explore Bratislava with a knowledgeable local guide and discover all that this majestic city has to offer. Alternatively, discover Bratislava’s communist-era history during a guided tour or enjoy a guided cycling excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Budapest
Freechoice: Join a guided tour through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, or if you’re feeling active, take a walking tour of the Buda side of the city. Alternatively, discover Budapest’s Jewish heritage with a local guide.
Immerse yourself in Budapest’s imperial past by attending an exclusive private classical music concert at the majestic Gödöllõ Royal Palace, one of the favourite residences of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Kalocsa
Witness a traditional Hungarian horse show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Mohacs
Freechoice: Discover Pécs, a city of art and history, or explore the village of Villány and learn about everyday life in Hungary while sampling some of the fine local wines. Alternatively, tour Zsolnay Porcelain museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you can take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.
As a 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Belgrade
Today you will discover one of the oldest capitals in Europe, Belgrade, a city that has always had a huge impact on the entire region.
Freechoice: Join an in-depth city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial or take an orientation tour of the city before time at leisure.
Tonight, enjoy a Serbian folklore performance on board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Belgrade
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour. Or, for some true insights into local life, you can join a walking tour of the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Kostolac > Iron Gates
Travel to Viminacium and discover the ruins of Roman amphitheatres, hippodromes and mausoleums at this archaeological site dating back to the 1st century, and at its peak believed to have had 40,000 inhabitants. Later, relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this scenic location.
Day 11 Vidin
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided walking tour of Vidin. Alternatively, take a hike to the Belogradchik Fortress and discover the ruins of the ancient stronghold, which was constructed when the region was part of the Roman Empire. Or venture to a local winery for a tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Vidin > Silistra
As you cruise the mighty Danube, relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery on your way to Silistra. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Silistra
Freechoice: Discover Silistra Fort during an active walking tour or journey to a nearby local village where you’ll visit the primary school and discover wonderful insights into daily life in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Saint George > Danube Delta
The World Heritage-listed Danube Delta is the best preserved of Europe’s deltas and hosts over 300 species of birds. Sail through the passage of Saint George and the magnificent Danube Delta to reach the Black Sea coast. Admire spectacular scenery during your small boat cruise to Mile 0, where the mighty Danube River meets the Black Sea. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Braila > Bucharest
This morning disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Bucharest > Sibiu
Visit Sibiu in the region of Transylvania for a tour of this medieval city. Explore its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 17 Sibiu > Sighisoara
Visit the Saxon town of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Tepes and inspiration for the legend of Dracula, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name.
Freechoice: Take a guided city tour or, if you’re feeling more active, hike to the Church on the Hill for superb views.
Sighisoara is your base tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Sighisoara > Brasov
Visit Bran Castle, once home to Queen Marie of Romania but more famously linked to the legend of Count Dracula. Upon arrival in Brasov, enjoy a guided walking tour before checking into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner complete with Romanian folklore. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 19 Brasov > Bucharest
En-route back to Bucharest visit Peles Castle. Built in the 19th century in neo-renaissance style, it is the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. (Breakfast)
Day 20 Bucharest
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Bucharest airport for your homebound flight, taking wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)
Journey from Vienna to Bucharest for an enchanting cruise along the Danube, passing through the iconic Iron Gates. Stop at Budapest, Pecs, Osijek & Vidin.
Elegant Vienna provides a great point of contrast to the rest of this exceptional itinerary.
Vienna is a city inspired by the great composers and you’re likely to pick up the strains of a melody you recognise, even while walking its quaint cobblestone streets. From here on, the towns take on a subtle Eastern character. Travel to Bratislava and Budapest – every bit as elegant as Vienna and even more exotic – and beyond that, among other highlights, beautiful Croatia and the magnificent Iron Gates. Your voyage will wrap up with a visit to the Danube Delta, offering some of the region’s most beautiful backdrops before spilling into the Black Sea.
41 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners