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Black Sea Explorer with the Best of the Balkans on Scenic Pearl

Budapest, Hungary Round-trip
Length: 22 Days - Departs: Wed, May 31, 2023
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Departure
May 31, 2023
Arrival
Jun 21, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Wed, May 31, 2023

    Welcome to the wondrous city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel and unpack for your overnight night stay. Tonight you will meet your fellow travellers and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Budapest > Zagreb
    Thu, Jun 01, 2023

    Today we head south and cross the Croatian border, travelling to the capital Zagreb. Located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain and on the banks of the Sava River, Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city and it beautifully encompasses its traditional European history with its modern function as the economical and governmental hub of the country. Upon arrival discover this majestic city on a guided tour. Then, check in to your hotel for your two night special stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Zagreb
    Fri, Jun 02, 2023

    Today, journey to beautiful Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.


    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Zagreb > Sarajevo
    Sat, Jun 03, 2023

    This morning we leave Croatia and journey to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is referred by many as the city with a soul; with its unique blend of Western and Eastern styles, the way of life and its pleasant and good natured people is what makes Sarajevo so alluring. This afternoon arrive at your hotel, your base for the next two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Sarajevo
    Sun, Jun 04, 2023

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, 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 where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Sarajevo > Dubrovnik
    Mon, Jun 05, 2023

    Today we head towards the beautiful Mediterranean coast bound for the stunning city of Dubrovnik. On the way we stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. On your guided tour of the city, visit the Turkish house and the Old Bridge which was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1565. Enjoy some free time before continuing to Dubrovnik where you will be accommodated for the next two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Dubrovnik
    Tue, Jun 06, 2023

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

    Freechoice: Take a scenic journey through the pretty countryside, visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

    This evening visit a local farm house where you will get to meet the owners and taste their delicious home grown produce during a mouth-watering dinner.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Dubrovnik > Kotor
    Wed, Jun 07, 2023

    After breakfast continue your journey to Montenegro; although the country is relatively small in terms of area, it boasts stunning mountainous landscapes, truly beautiful walled towns, dramatic coast lines and historic monuments. Today you will discover the Bay of Kotor, the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean, which is presented in its full beauty on your included guided tour. Kotor is locked between a cliff on one side and the blue Adriatic Sea on the other; here you will wander through labyrinths of narrow and cobblestoned streets and see all the major sights including the Romanesque Cathedral of St Triphun which is encircled by walls and the fortress, and included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Kotor > Budva > Tirana
    Thu, Jun 08, 2023

    Continuing through this beautiful region you will arrive in the historic town of Budva. On arrival take an orientation tour before continuing to the byzantine city of Tirana. The city was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614, and since then it has become the largest city and capital of Albania.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Tirana > Ohrid
    Fri, Jun 09, 2023

    After breakfast enjoy your informative city tour of Tirana taking in sights such as Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower and the Et’hem Bey Mosque. This afternoon we journey from Albania to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the fascinating town of Ohrid. The area has been declared a World Heritage protected site due to its outstanding natural beauty, historical and cultural heritage, this is your base for the next two nights.

    Enrich
    This evening enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show in a local restaurant. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the regions unique culture.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Ohrid
    Sat, Jun 10, 2023

    Today we enjoy an Included tour of Ohrid town. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is considered one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans. The name Ohrid comes from its location – built on a hill; the whole town is surrounded by walls and its Fortress is considered to be the oldest and best-preserved in Macedonia.

    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
  12. Day 12
    Ohrid > Sofia
    Sun, Jun 11, 2023

    Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Skopje was part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, these influences are still present in this modern capital. Continuing our journey we arrive in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and our centrally located hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Sofia
    Mon, Jun 12, 2023

    With your local guide, you’ll get to discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and balconied buildings by 19th-century Russian and Viennese architects.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Sofia > Bucharest
    Tue, Jun 13, 2023

    This morning enjoy the landscapes of Bulgaria as we journey to the Romanian capital of Bucharest for your overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Bucharest > Giurgiu
    Wed, Jun 14, 2023

    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
  16. Day 16
    Silistra
    Thu, Jun 15, 2023

    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
  17. Day 17
    Rousse
    Fri, Jun 16, 2023

    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
  18. Day 18
    Iron Gates
    Sat, Jun 17, 2023

    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. A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Romania and Serbia. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Belgrade
    Sun, Jun 18, 2023

    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.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Osijek
    Mon, Jun 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 discover the ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ where you will  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
  21. Day 21
    Kalocsa
    Tue, Jun 20, 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
  22. Day 22
    Budapest
    Wed, Jun 21, 2023

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.


    Meals: Breakfast

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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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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.

Scenic Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 65 reviews about Scenic Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

First Scenic River Cruise enjoyed and possibly try Danube River Experience.

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!

From start to finish, everything was excellent. I never once had to open my wallet, and the food, drink, and excursion choices were wide and varied. The room was so nice, and the bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in. If you want to be pampered, I highly recommend Scenic.

Scenic Cruises gave me a top-notch experience. They set the standard for the term 'all inclusive.' They went above and beyond (unlike a certain cruise line that i used in 2025) to assure that all passengers had a great experience. Also, I called the operator directly twice while traveling due to flight issues and was immediately connected with representatives who, in both cases, we're very helpful.

Scenic truly provided a lovely, well organized, well planned river cruise. We enjoyed every minute.

Everything about this trip with Scenic was made easy from the moment we got off the plane. All transfers were taken care of and simple. Once onboard the quality of service was exceptional and the food was amazing.

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.

People didn't really dress for dinner. Men in jeans were allowed in the dining room at night for dinner. That did not happen at another Scenic Cruise we were on. Very disappointed about this. We belong to a private Country Club and men will be turned away at the entrance for this dressing in jeans. Scenic is lowering their standards by doing this. We won't travel Scenic again because of the lower dress codes. Not a top of the line company if this is allowed.

Scenic delivered an Above & Beyond Experience that we will cherish forever. The ENTIRE ship personnel was the epitome of what customer service should be!

Scenic River Cruise was fantastic. Service and food were both absolutely wonderful. Exceeded our expectations and will travel again with Scenic.

The ship was luxurious. The staff were professional and attentive. We would definitely travel with Scenic again.

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 were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.

The tour description matched the tour exactly.

Wonderful Trip at the right price

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