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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey and Istanbul on Scenic Opal

From Budapest, Hungary to Istanbul, Turkey
Length: 16 Days - Departs: Mon, Sep 27, 2021
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Departure
Sep 27, 2021
Arrival
Oct 12, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Budapest
    Mon, Sep 27, 2021

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


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Kalocsa
    Tue, Sep 28, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Osijek
    Wed, Sep 29, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Belgrade
    Thu, Sep 30, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Iron Gates
    Fri, Oct 01, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Svishtov > Rousse
    Sat, Oct 02, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Silistra
    Sun, Oct 03, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Giurgiu > Bucharest
    Mon, Oct 04, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bucharest > Nessebar
    Tue, Oct 05, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Nessebar
    Wed, Oct 06, 2021

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Nessebar > Canakkale
    Thu, Oct 07, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Canakkale > Gallipoli
    Fri, Oct 08, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Istanbul
    Sat, Oct 09, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Istanbul
    Sun, Oct 10, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Istanbul
    Mon, Oct 11, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Istanbul
    Tue, Oct 12, 2021

    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: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Croatia, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria

Rivers Visited

Danube, Black Sea

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Ship Information

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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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