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Black Sea Explorer

9 Day
Between Bucharest and Budapest
Danube, Black Sea
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The once-hidden wonders of Eastern Europe are revealed during this epic 9-day journey, which takes you from Bucharest to the Black Sea to the wonderful Hungarian capital of Budapest, the undisputed queen of the Danube. A region once shrouded in mystery is now open for cultural exploration and boundless discovery, allowing you to chance upon unique destinations like Osijek, Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

Travel through the breath-taking Iron Gates on your way to the Black Sea, and discover once-overlooked destinations like Silistra and Giurgiu. The capitals of Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest offer up a feast of cultural highlights, so you can uncover the history, traditions and customs of this incomparable corner of Europe.

From the ancient capitals of Budapest, Bucharest, and Belgrade to the hidden wonders of Svishtov, Silistra, and the Iron Gates; the countries lining the western bank of the Black Sea offer a tapestry of cultural highlights.

In Osijek, you’re invited to dine with a local Croatian family during a special Scenic Enrich excursion, giving you an intimate taste of local life. These special experiences continue in Bulgaria, where you’ll visit a local village primary school to discover more about what life is like for children growing up in eastern Europe – a memorable encounter exclusively available to Scenic river cruise guests.

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* From price is for a 16 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 Romania’s capital, Bucharest, where you will check into your centrally located hotel.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Bucharest > Giurgiu

Later, travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed by your friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

Freechoice

Explore Bucharest and learn of its communist past, or tour an Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
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 primary school to learn about life in Bulgaria.

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 primary school to learn about life in Bulgaria.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Rousse

Freechoice: Visit Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

Freechoice

Visit Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Iron Gates

Relax 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. It’s a spectacular setting for a cruise and 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
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 before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the beautiful Baroque elements. Or, for some true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local.

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 before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the beautiful Baroque elements. Or, for some true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Osijek

Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you can 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 a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet 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 can 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 a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Kalocsa

Today witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Budapest

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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