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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

16 Day
Between Budapest and Istanbul
Danube, Black Sea
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Escape to the fringes of Eastern Europe over 17 unforgettable days on our Black Sea Explorer with Turkey river cruise and city break. Travelling the Danube River towards the Black Sea, you’ll sample local culture in five countries, including Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, before leaving the river and continuing your journey on land to explore the rich history and traditions of Turkey. Taking you beyond the ordinary tourist trail, this wonderful tour between Budapest and Istanbul promises an enriching European adventure.

Travelling from the heart of Budapest through rural Hungary, witness a traditional Puszta horse show in Kalocsa, before crossing the Croatian border to Osijek. Here, Scenic Enrich provides an intimate cultural experience, as you dine in the home of a local family. Continuing steadily south on the Danube, raise a toast to the Serbian capital of Belgrade, as part of an exclusive Sundowners event, before enjoying the captivating scenery of the Iron Gates – a natural divide between west and east.

From Svishtov to Bucharest, discover the captivating heritage of Bulgaria and Romania, including a visit to the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. From here, enjoy a two-night stay on the Black Sea Coast in Nessebar, before continuing on to Turkey, where you’ll uncover the ancient legacy of Homer’s Troy in Istanbul, the poignant WWII heritage of Gallipoli and the exquisite beauty of the Dardanelles – the perfect end to this incredible journey.

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* From price is for a 26 September 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Fly to Budapest from one of up to 15 UK airports, where you will be transferred to board your Scenic Space-Ship.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Kalocsa

Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Osijek

Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich
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.

Freechoice

Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Belgrade

Freechoice: Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.

Freechoice

Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
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, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Sundowners

Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this spectacular location.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Svishtov > Rousse

Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Freechoice

Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Silistra

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.

Meals included: 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.

Later, check-in for your stay at your centrally located hotel.

Freechoice

Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Bucharest > Nessebar

Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay at Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Nessebar

Take a guided tour of Nessebar. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore this ancient town at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Nessebar > Canakkale

Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey for a two night stay.

Meals included: 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, 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Istanbul

After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you will enjoy a three night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Istanbul

Freechoice: Join a cooking class or try your hand at the ancient art of writing during a calligraphy course. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a popular Turkish bath.

Freechoice

Join a cooking class or try your hand at the ancient art of writing during a calligraphy course. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a popular Turkish bath.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Istanbul

This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar.

Enrich

Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you attend 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Istanbul

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Istanbul airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of 15 UK regional airports.

Meals included: Breakfast
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