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 Days
Budapest to Istanbul
From (AUD)
$ 9,055
Dates & Pricing

2021 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 Budapest, and cruise along the lower Danube towards the pristine stretches of the Black Sea. Then journey onto history-rich Gallipoli and beyond that, Istanbul.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BUIS
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Istanbul

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kalocsa

    Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osijek

    Freechoice

    Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew.

    Later, be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or take a walk through the city with a local. Or, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.

    Enrich

    Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the
    Temple Crypt.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Iron Gates

    Admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    Discover the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Or, stay on board and cruise towards Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Silistra

    Freechoice

    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 a local school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

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

    Freechoice

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Enjoy an overnight stay at in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bucharest > Nessebar

    From Bucharest travel to the Black Sea coast for a two night stay in Nessebar. Delight in a delicious local dinner and take in a folklore show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Nessebar

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Nessebar > Canakkale

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Canakkale > Gallipoli

    Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the Allied Forces, including ANZAC troops.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Istanbul

    Enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy, the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Later, travel to Istanbul for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Istanbul

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a cooking class, or join an ancient writing calligraphy course. Alternatively, visit the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Istanbul

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, then see Hagia Sophia and spend time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a farewell dinner with views over the Golden Horn.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Istanbul

    Depart today after breakfast, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 18 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 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 premium 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

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