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Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania 2020
(Budapest to Bucharest)

15 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay. (Dinner)

Day 2 Budapest
Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Budapest
This afternoon board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 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 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 10 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 11 Bucharest > Sibiu
Visit Sibiu in the region of Transylvania for a tour of this medieval town. Explore its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Sibiu > Sighisoara
Arrive in the Saxon town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes and inspiration for the legend of Count Dracula.

Freechoice: Take a guided tour of this fortified city, or if you’re feeling more active, hike to the Church on the Hill for superb views over the city.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Sighisoara. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Sighisoara > Brasov
This morning visit Bran Castle, home of the legend of Count Dracula. Upon arrival in Brasov, enjoy a guided walking tour before checking into the Kronwell Hotel or similar. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner complete with Romanian folklore. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Brasov > Bucharest
Enroute back to Bucharest visit Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and considered by some to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe.

This afternoon return to Bucharest for an overnight stay. (Breakfast)

Day 15 Bucharest
Depart today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

All This Included
From Budapest to Bucharest, enjoy a luxury cruise that takes you through the Iron Gates. In Brasov, visit Bran Castle, home to the legend of Count Dracula.
  • 33 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Crystal, Scenic Ruby, or Scenic Jade
Notes
  • Pre release itinerary 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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