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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)
$ 8,920
  • 2019 Budapest > Istanbul

    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 beautiful Budapest and cruise along the Lower Danube through the iconic Iron Gates and a handful of unspoilt lands to Giurgiu. Go on to explore the pristine stretches of the Black Sea, Gallipoli and end in the magnificent, history-rich Istanbul.

    Tour Code:

    BUIS

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Budapest

    Return City:

    Istanbul

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest

      Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Budapest

      Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Budapest

      This afternoon board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Kalocsa

      Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Osijek
      Freechoice

      Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

      Enrich

      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

    • Day 6 - Belgrade
      Freechoice

      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

    • Day 7 - 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.

      Sundowners

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse
      Freechoice

      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

    • Day 9 - 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

    • Day 10 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

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

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided tour of Bucharest and learn details of its communist past. Or tour the local Open Air Museum.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Bucharest > Nessebar

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Nessebar

      Take a guided tour of Nessebar. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore this ancient town at your leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Nessebar > Canakkale

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Canakkale > Gallipoli

      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, 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

      After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you will enjoy a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Istanbul
      Freechoice

      Join a cooking class or try your hand at the ancient art of writing during a calligraphy course. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a popular Turkish bath.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Istanbul

      This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar.

      Enrich

      Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you attend 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

      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