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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey on Scenic Jade 2023

From Budapest, Hungary to Istanbul, Turkey
Length: 18 Days - Departs: Mon, May 15, 2023
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Departure
May 15, 2023
Arrival
Jun 01, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Budapest
    Mon, May 15, 2023

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.

  2. Day 2
    Budapest
    Tue, May 16, 2023

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Budapest
    Wed, May 17, 2023

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Kalocsa
    Thu, May 18, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Osijek
    Fri, May 19, 2023

    Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, explore one of Europe’s largest natural wetlands, Kopacki Rit, during a boat cruise or join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew.

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Belgrade
    Sat, May 20, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Iron Gates
    Sun, May 21, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Svishtov > Rousse
    Mon, May 22, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Silistra
    Tue, May 23, 2023

    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
  10. Day 10
    Giurgiu > Bucharest
    Wed, May 24, 2023

    Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to the Romanian capital, 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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Bucharest > Nessebar
    Thu, May 25, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Nessebar
    Fri, May 26, 2023

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Nessebar > Canakkale
    Sat, May 27, 2023

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Canakkale > Gallipoli
    Sun, May 28, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Istanbul
    Mon, May 29, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Istanbul
    Tue, May 30, 2023

    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: Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    Istanbul
    Wed, May 31, 2023

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Istanbul
    Thu, Jun 01, 2023

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Turkey

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

Health and Safety Protocols for Scenic

Pre-departure
Guests are required to comply with any government requirements to enter countries on their itinerary at the time of travel. It will remain the responsibility of the guests to ensure they meet all necessary requirements including any necessary proof of vaccination, and/or negative COVID-19 test results, or any COVID-19 Travel Insurance policies should this apply at the time. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website and refer to the Government Health Advice.

We recommend that our guests travel with a supply of their own face masks and hand sanitizer, to be available in their hand luggage for connecting travel arrangements, which may include flights, hotels, and transfer arrangements.

Onboard

Every Crew Member will be fully vaccinated prior to joining all our river Space-Ships and they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, following 7 days of self-isolation in their home country prior to travel to the vessel.

On arrival, all Crew Members are further isolated for a period of 5 days, following a Rapid Antigen Test. All Crew Members will receive extensive instruction and training in COVID-Security, prior to travel and also prior to starting work on board. Crew Members are empowered to ensure all team members work safely within the strict protocols and a COVID secure way. 

All crew members will follow local government and health advisories, and masks will only be required to be worn if it is mandated or deemed necessary by local authorities or for the health and wellbeing of our guests on board.

We have enhanced our already intensive, frequent, and high standard of cleaning protocols in public areas and suites to ensure all surfaces and spaces are kept clean. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities. Any touchscreens such as iPads will be thoroughly disinfected after each use and hand sanitisation stations will be placed throughout the ship.

We will follow local government and health advisories which Scenic must adhere to.  Your dedicated on board staff will keep you updated on requirements.

Our ships are fitted with an on board medical facility.  The facility is staffed by one doctor and one nurse.  Our medical staff have undergone specific training and awareness in infection control, monitoring and treatment.  The medical facility is fitted with equipment to perform PCR testing.

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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
4.6
Accommodations
4.7
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.4

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was exceptional. Even though we had to change ships from low river waters, the Cruise Director and staff made the all inclusive trip a winner! Great food, beverages, and service. We would recommend!

Scenic provided an exceptional trip via staff, meals, and experiences. Our tour guide was extraordinary and handled even the slight setback of low water with ease and grace. I would recommend them to anyone interested in river travel.

Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was a wonderful experience. The ship's staff and amenities afforded us a very comfortable experience. The food sometimes challenged us to try new and regional dishes, which we really enjoyed. But alternate choices were always available, as well. The other passengers were friendly and we made many new acquaintances on our trip. Best part...? All inclusive! We may have made a small tip here and there, but nothing was expected during excursions, tours, dining, bar or hospitality services. Great entertainment on various occasions.

Scenic did a great job. It was all inclusive so we had no bill at the end, including tips. The trip was 14 days down the Danube, Main, and Rhine. The food, service, and excursions were all very good and included. The only note I would make is that you stopped at so many towns that you did not have enough time to really explore them. But overall, it was a very good trip!

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