Black Sea Explorer
Budapest to Bucharest aboard Scenic Cruise Lines
12 Days | April-May 2020
Starting At $5195
Cruise on board Scenic Cruises down the Danube and from there journey all the way to Romania on this 12 day itinerary. Begin your journey in Budapest, regarded by many as the most beautiful city in Europe, where you spend two nights before boarding the cruise. Relax as you sail the Danube through unspoiled lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that look like they have been set back in time. After your seven night cruise disembark in Bucharest. End this magnificent journey with an included city tour and overnight stay.
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Day 1: Overnight Flight from the US to Budapest
Day 2: Budapest
Your journey begins with a two night stay at the majestic Marriott Budapest Hotel.
Day 3: Budapest
After breakfast at the hotel, join a guide for a tour of the most beautiful city in Europe.
Day 4: Budapest
This afternoon you will board your Scenic Ship, for a seven night sailing. This evening attend the welcome reception and raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.
Day 5: Kalocsa
Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa 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 practiced for centuries.
Day 6: Osijek
Explore Osijek on a guided city tour or, if you’re the more active type, you could take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. 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. With great food and wonderful company, this is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.
Day 7: 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 and see the highlights of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: Svishtov-Rousse
Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
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 a primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.
Day 11: Giurgiu -Bucharest
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Ship. This afternoon explore Bucharest and learn about it’s communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum. Check into the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel (or similar). Dinner is included this evening.
Day 12: Bucharest-USA
Start your morning with breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.