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Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans on Scenic Jade

Bucharest, Romania Round-trip
Length: 23 Days - Departs: Wed, May 03, 2023
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Departure
May 03, 2023
Arrival
May 25, 2023

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During this Summer Sales Event, second guest sails FREE on select 2022 & 2023 Scenic Europe and Southeast Asia river cruises. (Not all dates may apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings).
Must Book By Sun, Aug 14, 2022
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Offers are available for new bookings only made between July 25th – August 14th 2022 on select 2022 & January thru June 2023 European and Asia rivers. Full payment is required within 72 hours of booking. Please use the code SUMMER23 for this offer.
Second guest free: When paying full fare for the first guest, receive the second guest fare free. Both guests must be in the same cabin for offer to be applicable. Savings are based on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes airfare, port charges, land extensions, hotel stays or any other additional items. Not combinable with any other offers. Not combinable with groups. Full payment is required within 72 hours of booking. Some dates exclusions apply.
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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Bucharest
    Wed, May 03, 2023

    Welcome to Bucharest. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Bucharest > Sofia
    Thu, May 04, 2023

    Today journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Sofia
    Fri, May 05, 2023

    With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Sofia > Ohrid
    Sat, May 06, 2023

    Your first stop today is Skopje, which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through Macedonia before arriving in Ohrid, where you’ll stay for two nights.

    Enrich
    Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Ohrid
    Sun, May 07, 2023

    Tour the town with your knowledgeable guide this morning. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans.

    Freechoice: Take in the lush green scenery during a boat ride on stunning Ohrid Lake, or learn traditional recipes during a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, explore the lake by kayak.


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Ohrid > Tirana
    Mon, May 08, 2023

    Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel, before embarking on a city tour of the Albanian capital.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Tirana > Budva > Kotor
    Tue, May 09, 2023

    Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva. On arrival take an orientation tour before continuing onto Kotor for your overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Kotor > Dubrovnik
    Wed, May 10, 2023

    Let a local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy a two night stay.


    Meals: Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Dubrovnik
    Thu, May 11, 2023

    This morning, see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.

    Freechoice: Journey through to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

    Tonight visit a local farm house and meet the owners and taste delicious home grown produce during dinner.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Dubrovnik > Sarajevo
    Fri, May 12, 2023

    En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the renowned Old Bridge. Later, check into your hotel for two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Sarajevo
    Sat, May 13, 2023

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo, including Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

    Enrich
    Tonight you’ll be treated to a private home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Sarajevo > Zagreb
    Sun, May 14, 2023

    Continue to the Croatian capital, where you will enjoy an overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb
    Mon, May 15, 2023

    Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways, passing emerald green lakes, linked by magnificent waterfalls.


    Meals: Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Zagreb > Budapest
    Tue, May 16, 2023

    Journey to Budapest and stay overnight.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Budapest
    Wed, May 17, 2023

    Explore this beautiful city before boarding your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    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
  17. Day 17
    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
  18. Day 18
    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
  19. Day 19
    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
  20. Day 20
    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
  21. Day 21
    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
  22. Day 22
    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
  23. Day 23
    Bucharest
    Thu, May 25, 2023

    After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for your onwards flight. It may be the end of your cruise, but there are many wonderful memories to look forward to.

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.


    Meals: Breakfast

Rivers Visited

Danube

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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
4.7
Accommodations
4.7
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.7

Ratings based off 6 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

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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