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)
$ 9,025
Dates & Pricing

2022 Budapest > Istanbul

Cruise on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship down the Danube and from there journey all the way to Romania. Begin your adventure in Budapest, regarded by many as the most beautiful city in Europe, then continue 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. 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.

  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

    Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kolocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show. Be greeted by the horsemen of the Puszta region where this type of activity has been practised for centuries.

    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.

    Later, as a special Scenic guest, 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 is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth city tour of one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful location. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local student. 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

    Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise towards the Bulgarian town of 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 including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Enjoy an overnight stay 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. Tonight delight in a delicious local dinner and Bulgarian Folklore show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, 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. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park. Gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Istanbul

    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. Later, travel to Istanbul for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Istanbul

    Explore Istanbul including visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a cooking class, where you will make traditional Turkish favourites. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Istanbul

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait and spend time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before an afternoon at leisure.

    Enrich

    A special treat awaits for your farewell dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant with its outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Istanbul

    After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such, the journey may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 163 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experience with a choir performance in the Temple Crypt at St. Sava Church, Belgrade and dinner in Istanbul with outstanding views over the Golden Horn – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 15 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 40 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages on board all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite throughout your cruise
  • Complimentary full mini-bar throughout your cruise
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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