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North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey on Scenic Opal

From Istanbul, Turkey to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 30 Days - Departs: Sun, Sep 18, 2022
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Departure
Sep 18, 2022
Arrival
Oct 17, 2022

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Istanbul
    Sun, Sep 18, 2022

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

  2. Day 2
    Istanbul
    Mon, Sep 19, 2022

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

    Freechoice: Join a cooking class, alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Istanbul
    Tue, Sep 20, 2022

    This morning, visit Dolmabahce Palace as well as the Topkapi Palace before time to wander the evocative Grand Bazaar and an afternoon at leisure.

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    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
  4. Day 4
    Istanbul > Canakkale
    Wed, Sep 21, 2022

    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. Afterwards, travel to Canakkale for a two night stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Canakkale > Gallipoli
    Thu, Sep 22, 2022

    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, Sep 23, 2022

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Nessebar
    Sat, Sep 24, 2022

    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, Sep 25, 2022

    See a deiverse range of sceneray as you journey from the city of Nessebar on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bucharest > Giurgiu
    Mon, Sep 26, 2022

    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
    Silistra
    Tue, Sep 27, 2022

    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, Sep 28, 2022

    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, Sep 29, 2022

    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, Sep 30, 2022

    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 for a true insight into everyday life in Belgrade, take a walk through the city with a local student. Alternatively, journey to the nearby town of Sremski Karlovci where you can wander the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements..

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    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 01, 2022

    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, or visit Ancestry of the Kitchen.

    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 02, 2022

    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
  16. Day 16
    Budapest
    Mon, Oct 03, 2022

    Budapest is often considered to be the most beautiful city in Europe and you have a full day at leisure to see why.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Budapest
    Tue, Oct 04, 2022

    Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of Budapest including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, join a local guide for a tour focused on the past and present of Budapest, or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. Or if you’re feeling more active, you make choose to join a hike to Buda Hill.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Vienna
    Wed, Oct 05, 2022

    While cruising, relax in one of the on board lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

    Enrich
    Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Vienna
    Thu, Oct 06, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a tour of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, or visit Schönbrunn Palace and witness the opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert during a tour, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour to Danube Island.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Dürnstein > Melk
    Fri, Oct 07, 2022

    Freechoice: Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region, to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle, Burg Aggstein. Built in the 12th century, the castle ruins offer spectacular views across the Danube.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Salzburg
    Sat, Oct 08, 2022

    Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town of Salzburg and learn about one of its most famous residents, Mozart, and be mesmerised by the city’s history and architecture. Alternatively, choose to join a walking tour focusing on sights from the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

    Enrich
    Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon humming along to some of the catchy classics.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Regensburg
    Sun, Oct 09, 2022

    There is much to explore in the 2,000 year old town of Regensburg, situated at the confluence of three rivers.

    Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the city, or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey and sample beer from one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Nuremberg
    Mon, Oct 10, 2022

    Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice: Explore the city on foot on a guided walking tour, or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, choose to stay on board for a beer tasting experience.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Bamberg
    Tue, Oct 11, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a guided tour of the Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. Alternatively, taste some of the citys regional specialities on a city walk.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  25. Day 25
    Würzburg
    Wed, Oct 12, 2022

    Freechoice: Visit Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine in a nearby cellar before enjoying some free time at leisure, or visit the impressive estate of Schloss Weikersheim, a true Baroque and Renaissance delight. Alternatively, explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  26. Day 26
    Miltenberg
    Thu, Oct 13, 2022

    Freechoice: Meet a Monk in a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production, or meet a winemaker for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about aristocratic life, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer or a farming family and taste some of their home made products.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  27. Day 27
    Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge
    Fri, Oct 14, 2022

    Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river. The afternoon set sail and enjoy fabulous views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    Discover Germany’s motoring heritage with a special event held at Motorworld. Set amongst a large range of classic, vintage and Formula 1 vehicles, you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of fun filled activities.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  28. Day 28
    Cologne
    Sat, Oct 15, 2022

    Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or step inside the cathedral and let your local guide marvel you with its history. Alternatively, explore the city’s past and present, from Roman times to its Jewish heritage, during a guided tour, or if you are feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  29. Day 29
    Amsterdam
    Sun, Oct 16, 2022

    Explore wonderful Amsterdam, with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.

    Freechoice: Hop aboard one of our e-bikes and take a guided bicycle tour outside of the city, or join a flavours of Holland walking tour and taste some Dutch favourites, such as herring, cheese and poffertjes. Alternatively, take the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  30. Day 30
    Amsterdam
    Mon, Oct 17, 2022

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of wonderful 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.


    Meals: Breakfast

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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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    Scenic Opal
    Starts
    Istanbul
    Ends
    Amsterdam
    Days
    30
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