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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey and Istanbul on Scenic Opal

From Istanbul, Turkey to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 16 Days - Departs: Sun, Sep 26, 2021
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Departure
Sep 26, 2021
Arrival
Oct 11, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Istanbul
    Sun, Sep 26, 2021

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

  2. Day 2
    Istanbul
    Mon, Sep 27, 2021

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait this morning, before a visit to the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome square, see the magnificent Hagia Sophia.

    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 the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Istanbul
    Tue, Sep 28, 2021

    This morning, visit Dolmabahce Palace as well as the Topkapi Palace before time to wander the evocative Grand Bazaar and an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a special treat of traditional Turkish fare and outstanding views over the Golden Horn awaits.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Istanbul > Canakkale
    Wed, Sep 29, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Canakkale > Gallipoli
    Thu, Sep 30, 2021

    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 and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location. You also have the opportunity to visit the Kabatepe Museum where you will see a range of historically significant items from the Gallipoli campaign.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Canakkale > Nessebar
    Fri, Oct 01, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Nessebar
    Sat, Oct 02, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Nessebar > Bucharest
    Sun, Oct 03, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bucharest > Giurgiu
    Mon, Oct 04, 2021

    Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Or, tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

    Later, travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Silstra
    Tue, Oct 05, 2021

    Freechoice: Discover Silistra Fort on an active walk, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and school to learn about life in Bulgaria.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Rousse
    Wed, Oct 06, 2021

    Freechoice: 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Iron Gates
    Thu, Oct 07, 2021

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Belgrade
    Fri, Oct 08, 2021

    Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth tour of Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights before time at leisure to wander this fascinating city. Alternatively, join a bicycle ride along the Danube, or take a walk through the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to the nearby town of Sremski Karlovci.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Osijek
    Sat, Oct 09, 2021

    Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, take a guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local for a fish stew cooking class.

    Later, 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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Kalocsa
    Sun, Oct 10, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Budapest
    Mon, Oct 11, 2021

    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.

    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: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Croatia, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria

Rivers Visited

Danube, Black Sea

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.

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