Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

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.

13 Days
Budapest to Bucharest
From (GBP)
£ 5,390
£ 4,790
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Bucharest

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.
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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BCTR
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Bucharest

Selected Itinerary

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Budapest

    Fly to Budapest from one of upto 15 UK regional airports. At this evenings welcome reception, you’re invited to raise your glass to the journey ahead.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Kalocsa

    Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Osijek

    Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Belgrade

    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

  5. 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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Svishtov > Rousse

    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

  7. 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

  8. Day 8 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

    Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest.

    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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bucharest > Sibiu

    This morning, journey to Sibiu in the region of Transylvania. Take a tour of this medieval city, visiting its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Sibiu > Sighisoara

    Visit the Saxon town of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Tepes and inspiration for the legend of Dracula, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name.

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

    Sighisoara is your base tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Sighisoara > Brasov

    Visit Bran Castle, once home to Queen Marie of Romania but more famously linked to the legend of Count Dracula. Upon arrival in Brasov, enjoy a guided walking tour before checking into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner complete with Romanian folklore.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Brasov > Bucharest

    En-route back to Bucharest visit Peles Castle. Built in the 19th century in neo-renaissance style, it is the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Bucharest > UK

    After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of up to 15 UK regional airports.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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