Call Scenic 138 128

Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans

Discover the Balkans history and culture on a 24 day round trip from Budapest. Cruise the Danube through the Iron Gate and explore the stunning scenery.

24 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,485
  • 2018 Budapest > Budapest

    Discover some of history’s most fascinating chapters

    The Balkans have always stood right at the crossroads of Europe. The dynamics that have shaped its history have left deep impressions in the cultures that call this beautiful region home.

    That’s partly what lends the towns and cities here such an enduring fascination. You’ll have a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the stories that have forged these proud people, stretching from recent times all the way back to the Byzantine Empire that supplanted Rome. Of course, the allure of history is just one of the reasons to visit, and you’ll find plenty of time to simply relax, and absorb some of the most stunning natural scenery on view anywhere in the world.

    Tour Code:

    BBBC

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Budapest

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to the wondrous city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Buda and Pest

      Wander the cobblestone streets with your expert local guide and explore both towns of Buda and Pest, linked by the famous Chain Bridge. This evening you’ll get to experience a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Budapest > Embarkation
      Highlights:
      Embark on cruise

      Cruise along the Lower Danube from Budapest towards the Black Sea, through the fabled Iron Gates.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Kalocsa
      Highlights:
      Hungarian horse show

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - 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 8 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Giurgiu > Bucharest
      Highlights:
      Palace of the Parliament

      Disembark your ship and travel to 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.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Bucharest > Sofia
      Highlights:
      Historic Sofia

      Journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Sofia
      Highlights:
      Folk show and dinner

      With your local guide, you’ll get to discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and balconied buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects. This evening you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and folk show at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Sofia > Ohrid Lake
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner

      Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at picturesque Ohrid Lake, where you’ll stay for two nights.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Ohrid Lake
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Tour the town with your knowledgeable guide this morning. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans.

      Freechoice

      Visit the Monastery of St Naum or enjoy a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively take a guided hike through the Galicica National Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Ohrid Lake > Tirana
      Highlights:
      City tour of Tirana

      Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana, then check into your hotel for an overnight stay, before embarking on an informative city tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Tirana > Budva
      Highlights:
      Continue to Budva

      Continuing your journey to Montenegro, you’ll arrive in Budva, for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 17 - Budva > Dubrovnik
      Highlights:
      Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik

      Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the Bay of Kotor. Take in amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where you’ll enjoy two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Dubrovnik
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Freechoice dining

      Today see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.

      Freechoice

      Take a scenic journey through the picturesque countryside, and visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

      FreechoiceDining

      This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

      En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the Old Bridge. Later, check in to your hotel in Sarajevo for two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 20 - Sarajevo
      Highlights:
      Enrich

      Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

      Enrich

      Tonight you’ll be treated to a home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Sarajevo > Zagreb
      Highlights:
      Arrivie in Zagreb

      Continue to Zagreb, and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb
      Highlights:
      Green lakes

      Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 23 - Zagreb > Budapest
      Highlights:
      Journey to Budapest

      Journey to your final destination, Budapest and arrive at your hotel for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast