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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

Visit Gallipoli and cruise through the Iron Gate on an 18 day journey from Istanbul to Budapest. Sail along the Danube on board a luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,095
  • 2018 Istanbul > Budapest

    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:

    Istanbul

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Istanbul, famously the only city in the world crossing two continents and linking east with west. You will be met at Istanbul airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel, for a three night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure, before meeting up this evening over a welcome drink with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.

    • Day 2 - Istanbul
      Highlights:
      Turkish cooking class
      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - 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 4 - Istanbul > Canakkale
      Highlights:
      Homer’s Troy

      Today travel along the Northern Aegean Coast to Canakkale. This afternoon explore the historical city of Troy, where you will discover the remaining sites, including a giant replica of the Trojan Horse. Then, check in into your hotel for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 6 - Canakkale > Nessebar
      Highlights:
      The Black Sea coast

      Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two night stay in Nessebar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Nessebar
      Highlights:
      Pristine beaches

      Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your free day.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nessebar > Bucharest
      Highlights:
      Romania’s capital

      See a diverse range of scenery as you pass through Bulgaria to the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Then, check-in for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bucharest > Giurgiu
      Highlights:
      Palace of Parliament
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

      Travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed by your friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome cocktail in the lounge.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Silistra
      Highlights:
      Black Sea & Varna
      Freechoice

      Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Russe > Nikopol
      Highlights:
      Byzantine treasures
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Russe. Or discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi; continue to Nikopol in Bulgaria before re-boarding your ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 for one-on-one contact with people who understand the local way of life intimately. Enjoy.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Kalocsa
      Highlights:
      Hungarian horse show

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Chain Bridge

      After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and join your local guided on a city tour.   Your guided tour will finish at your hotel in Budapest, where you will check in for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Beautiful Budapest

      Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore this city on your own.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Budapest
      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