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Black Sea Explorer

9 Day
Between Budapest and Bucharest
Danube, Black Sea
From * £3,195
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The ancient and diverse lands of Eastern Europe are a hotbed of hidden cultures and traditions, providing the ultimate journey of discovery and wonder for the curious at heart. Our Black Sea Explorer itinerary aims to uncover the enigma of the East, revealing authentic traditions and beautiful heritage sites beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller. From Budapest to Bucharest via the great Danube, we invite you to discover the hidden treasures of East Europe.

Your nine-day itinerary commences in Budapest and continues through southern Hungary, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Hungarian horse show in the frontier town of Kalocsa. From Hungary, you’ll travel to Croatia and the historic city of Osijek, where you’ll be invited to the home of a local family for a traditional meal – an intimate Scenic Enrich experience which lets you delve into local customs and folklore. Sailing through the inimitable Iron Gates, discover the Byzantine treasures of Rousse and Arbanassi, before exploring the coastal wonders of the Black Sea in Silistra and Varna. Disembarking your Space-Ship in Giurgiu, you’ll begin your journey to Bucharest, the ancient capital of Romania. Here, Scenic Freechoice provides a guided tour of the impressive Palace of the Parliament building or a chance to discover the historic highlights of the Village Open Air Museum, before a farewell dinner marks the end of your journey.

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* From price is for a 10 April 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

Welcome to Budapest, one of the most enchanting cities on the banks of the Danube. At this evening’s welcome reception, you’re invited to raise your glass to the journey ahead.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Kalocsa
Highlights: Hungarian horse show

Today you’ll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Osijek:
Highlights: Enrich home hosted meal

Freechoice: 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.

Enrich
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 to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Freechoice

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.

Enrich

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 to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Belgrade
Highlights: Scenic Sundowners

Freechoice: 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.

Sundowners
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.

Freechoice

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.

Sundowners

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Iron Gates
Highlights: Danube Gorge

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.

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

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Silistra
Highlights: Black Sea and Varna

Freechoice: 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.

Freechoice

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
Highlights: Palace of the Parliament

Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay in Bucharest.

Freechoice

Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Bucharest

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.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change

Meals included: Breakfast
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