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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)
$ 8,825
  • 2019 Istanbul > Budapest

    Satisfy your curiosity

    If you have a lingering sense of curiosity and wonder, you’re free to explore them in unabashed luxury over 18 days of in-depth exploration.

    Start your journey in magnificent, history-rich Istanbul and beyond that, Gallipoli and the pristine stretches of the Black Sea. Begin your cruise in Giurgiu, and journey back in time through a handful of unspoilt lands. Cruise along the Lower Danube and from there you can explore all the way to beautiful Budapest.

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    18 Days

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  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul

      Your journey into wonder begins here, with a three night stay in Istanbul.

    • Day 2 - Istanbul

      Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and master the ancient art of writing. Or relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a traditional Turkish bath.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Istanbul

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


      Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Istanbul > Canakkale

      Enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Canakkale for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Canakkale > Gallipoli

      Visit 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. Explore and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Canakkale > Nessebar

      Journey from Canakkale to Bulgaria and stay two nights in Nessebar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Nessebar

      Enjoy a tour of Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nessebar > Bucharest

      See a diverse range of scenery as you pass through Bulgaria to Romania’s capital, Bucharest, where you will check into you centrally located hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bucharest > Giurgiu

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

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Silistra

      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 11 - Rousse

      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 12 - 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.


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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Belgrade

      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 14 - Osijek

      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.


      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 15 - Kalocsa

      Today witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Budapest

      After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Budapest

      Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - 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

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 42 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 16 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
    • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Director to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
    • All tipping and gratuities