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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

Embark on an 18 day journey along the Danube on a Scenic Space-Ship to the picturesque Black Sea. Cruise through the Iron Gate and visit Gallipoli.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,885
  • 2018 Budapest > Istanbul

    Hidden treasures rediscovered

    For much of the 20th century the wonders of Eastern Europe were concealed behind a thick veil of secrecy. Fortunately, those once mystery-laden lands are now open to all.

    If you have a lingering sense of curiosity and wonder, you’re free to explore them in unabashed luxury. Cruise on board a Scenic Space-Ship down the Danube, and from there you can journey all the way to the picturesque Black Sea. Begin your adventure in Budapest, held by many to be the most fetching city in Europe, then journey through a handful of unspoilt lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that still look as they might have over a hundred years ago. Beyond them, pristine stretches of the Black Sea beckon, and beyond that, Gallipoli, and the magnificent, history-rich Istanbul.

    Tour Code:

    BUIS

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Budapest

    Return City:

    Istanbul

  • 18 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

      This afternoon you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At this evening’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead of you.

      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 > Nessebar
      Highlights:
      Folklore show and dinner

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Nessebar
      Highlights:
      Pristine beaches

      Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Nessebar > Canakkale
      Highlights:
      The Dardanelles

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Canakkale > Gallipoli
      Highlights:
      Gallipoli ANZAC heritage

      Today 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, which is 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 15 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Homer’s Troy

      After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You’ll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan Horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Europe meets Asia
      Freechoice

      Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Enrich Hamdi Restaurant dinner

      This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

      Enrich

      Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in 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 18 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      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