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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey 2020
(16 Days, Budapest to Istanbul)

16 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest
Board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead. (Dinner)

Day 2 Kalocsa
Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show. Be greeted by the horsemen of the Puszta region where this type of activity has been practised for centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour or, if you’re the more active type, you could 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. With great food and wonderful company, this is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Belgrade
Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.

Enrich
Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Iron Gates
Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.  A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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 7 Silistra
Freechoice: Discover Silistra Fort during an active walking tour or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and a primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Giurgiu > Bucharest
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest for an overnight stay.

Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Bucharest > Nessebar
From Bucharest travel to the Black Sea coast for a two night stay. Delight in a delicious local dinner and take in a folklore show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Nessebar
Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Nessebar > Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12 Canakkale > Gallipoli
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. Explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Istanbul
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. Later, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Istanbul
Explore Istanbul including visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace.

Freechoice: Enjoy 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 15 Istanbul
Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, then visit Hagia Sophia and spend time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before an afternoon at leisure.

Enrich
A special treat awaits for your farewell dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant with its outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 Istanbul
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories. (Breakfast)

All This Included
Start your journey in beautiful Budapest and cruise along the Lower Danube through the iconic Iron Gates and a handful of unspoilt lands to Giurgiu. Go on to explore the pristine stretches of the Black Sea, Gallipoli and end in the magnificent, history-rich Istanbul.
  • 37 meals including 15 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 14 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Crystal, Scenic Ruby, or Scenic Jade
Notes
  • 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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