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Black Sea Explorer with Bucharest & Budapest on Scenic Amber

From Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Wed, Oct 16, 2024
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Departure
Oct 16, 2024
Arrival
Oct 26, 2024

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Available for new bookings only made between July 8 - September 30, 2024 on 2024 & 2025 Scenic Europe River cruise.

2 for 1 Fares: 2 for 1 Fares are displayed as a per person rate in a double occupancy cabin. Fares are based on full fare pricing and may not have resulted in a sale. Offer applies to cruise pricing only; does not apply on land extensions, air or any other add-ons.

Scenic Select Savings: Bonus savings of up to $1,500 per suite are available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2 for 1 Fares and pay in full offers and are capacity controlled.

Pay In Full: Free airfare offers available when you pay in full based on suite category and destination. Free premium economy air available on the RP, RR, RO, R, RA, RS and RJ categories with a max value $2,500pp. Free Premium economy air is available on the RD and RS categories for Southeast Asia with a max value of $4,000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value $1,500pp. Air offers available when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers, or 90 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. All flights will be booked on Scenic's choice of airline and routing and are subject to availability. Savings options are available in lieu of airfare with same payment terms. For RP, RR, RO, R, RA, RD, RS or RJ categories receive $1,500pp savings ($3,000 per suite) when you pay in full within 30 days of booking or 90 days prior to departure; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories receive $1,000pp savings ($2,000 per suite).

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select 2024 departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is applied to the 2 for 1 Fares; single guest pays one guest fare. Free single supplement is not combinable with any other offers. Other dates may have a 45% single supplement; can be converted to a 25% supplement when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6+ months from departure; within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months of departure, or 90 days prior to departure; whichever is soonest Single supplement offers not applicable on RP, RR, RO, R, RA, RD, RS or RJ categories. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

Complimentary Flexible Booking Plan: We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed. Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, until 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months. Offer is valued at $125pp. No substitutions; no cash value.

All offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Scenic reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Port charges are included in the price shown. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please visit our website or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit scenicusa.com.

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Journey on a 5-star, truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise and take advantage of this Summer Black Friday Sale. Receive up to $1,750 per suite ($875 per person) on select river cruises. Savings combinable with 2 for 1 fares and pay-in-full offers. Plus As always, receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. (Not all dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings).
Must Book By Sun, Aug 04, 2024
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Available for new bookings only made between July 22 - August 4 2024 on select 2024 & 2025 Scenic Europe River cruise and 2024 & 2025 South East Asia departures.
Summer Black Friday Savings: Bonus savings of up to $1,750 per suite ($875pp) are available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2-for-1 Fares and Pay in Full offers; not combinable with Scenic Select. Deposit required at time of booking.
All offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Scenic reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Port charges are included in the price shown. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please visit our website or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit scenicusa.com.

Scenic Group Savings

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Enjoy exclusive savings on river sailings, with $400 per couple ($200 per person) in group savings on all river cruises. Don't miss out on this limited-time offer as you discover cultural heritage, natural splendor, and the deep history of these regions' most desired destinations. Plus as always, receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. Contact your travel consultant for more information.
Must Book By Wed, Jul 31, 2024
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Available for new group agreements made between July 1 - July 31, 2024. Book a new group and receive group savings of $200 per person on 2024 and 2025 Scenic river cruise departures. Group savings are available for the life of the agreement based on availability and standard review dates. Combinable with current offers, Scenic Select, loyalty savings, and future travel credits. Excludes Flash Sale offers. Group policies and benefits are subject to change at any time. Refer to Scenic Cruises Guide to Group Benefits for amenity selections. All offers are inventory-controlled and may be extended, canceled, or withdrawn at any time without notice. Scenic Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any fares and promotions at any time. Offer applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit www.scenicusa.com

Military Personnel, $300 Per Suite Savings

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To honor those who serve or have served our nation, we'd like to extend an exclusive offer of $300 per suite savings to all US military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2024
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US military personnel, veterans and their families take an additional $300 off per cabin on Scenic River cruises, with proof of current or past military status. This offer is combinable with 2 for 1 savings, pay in full offers, key account exclusives, Flash sales, Scenic Select. Combinable with groups. Not combinable with any other offers. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States only. Offer ends December, 31, 2024. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit scenicusa.com for complete terms and conditions.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Bucharest
    Wed, Oct 16, 2024

    Welcome to Bucharest. The capital of Romania was once called the Paris of the East; however, WWII changed the face of the city with much of its Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture destroyed. Now a unique mix of Art Nouveau remnants and Brutalist-era architecture, along with wide, tree-lined boulevards and leafy squares, hidden street art and thriving nightlife, splendid Orthodox churches, and a gargantuan Palace of Parliament.   

    This evening you’ll stay in a luxurious city hotel.  


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Bucharest > Giurgiu
    Thu, Oct 17, 2024

    Today you’ll explore the city of Bucharest, with your selected Scenic Freechoice followed by a guided tour of the city by coach. Travel from the south of Bucharest to Primaverii Palace, stopping to see its squares, including Union Square, University Square, Roman Square, Victory Square and Charles de Gaulle Square.

    Freechoice:
    This morning’s Scenic Freechoice:

    Ceausescu’s Spring Palace: Located in one of the wealthiest districts in Bucharest, this 1960s residence is made up of 80 spacious and elegant rooms decorated with silk wallpaper, wood panels, paintings by famous Romanian painters, mosaics, marble, chandeliers and mirrors made of Murano glass.

    Village Open Air Museum: Take a visit to the ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture at the Village Open Air Museum. The museum depicts traditional peasant houses, barns, churches and more, rebuilt by craftsmen using traditional techniques.

    This afternoon, you will be transferred to Giurgiu, where you will be welcomed on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.  


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Silistra
    Fri, Oct 18, 2024

    Arrive in Silistra early this morning, a Bulgarian town that played a significant role in the Russian-Turkish wars.
     

    Freechoice: This morning’s Scenic Freechoice:

    Active walk to Silistra Fort: Transfer to Silistra Fort by coach. Upon arrival take a guided walking tour of the fort and learn about its history. It is the best preserved of the six points of the Turkish fortification system, which played an important role in the Russian-Turkish wars.

    Visit Alfatar Village: Take an excursion to the small village of Alfatar, located just outside of Silistra. Visit the ethnographic museum featuring a typical country house, where visitors will see how the residents of this region have lived over the centuries and have kept their traditions alive. Also see the beautifully restored Holy Trinity temple, a treasured symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox religion, and visit the Alfatar school to meet local children and learn about daily life for young Bulgarians.

    Excursion to Varna: Take a full-day excursion to the Black Sea coast. Varna is a cosmopolitan city, home to Roman bath ruins, a white-sand beach, and many open-air bars and restaurants. Your local guide will be delighted to show you through the city, including the recently renovated Cathedral and the Military Naval Museum Excursion to Varna: Take a full-day excursion to the Black Sea coast. Varna is a cosmopolitan city, home to Roman bath ruins, a white-sand beach, and many open-air bars and restaurants. Your local guide will be delighted to show you through the city, including the recently renovated Cathedral and the Military Naval Museum (Please note: The Military Naval Museum is closed on Sundays, and will be replaced with Varna Archaeological Museum).


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Rousse
    Sat, Oct 19, 2024

    This morning you’ll arrive in Rousse (or Ruse), which has been described as ‘Little Vienna’.
     

    Freechoice:
    Choose one of today’s Scenic Freechoice excursions:

    Guided city tour of Rousse: Join a local guide on a sightseeing tour of this opulent town, resplendent in Belle Epoque architecture and leafy manicured squares. Afterward you’ll enjoy a short piano recital and some free time to wander, before returning to the ship.

    Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi: Take a full-day excursion from Rousse to Veliko Tarnovo, one of Bulgaria’s oldest towns which is built among lush forested hills and on the banks of the twisting Yantra River. In the 14th century as the Byzantine Empire weakened, Veliko Tarnovo was the Bulgarian capital and was known as the third Rome. On the way to town, you will stop to enjoy the panoramic views of the old town and see the Asenevtsi Brothers Monument. You will then venture to the nearby leafy village of Arbanassi, stopping to see the 17th century Konstantsalieva House for an insight into how affluent locals lives, and the Christ Nativity Church. 

    This afternoon, relax on board as you continue to sail along the Danube. Mingle with other guests as you sit back with a regional wine or beer in the Panorama Lounge & Bar and soak up the scenery.   


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Iron Gates 
    Sun, Oct 20, 2024

    Today you will cruise through the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. This stretch of the Danube is the natural border between Serbia and Romania and features four narrow gorges, soaring cliffs and the might rock carving of Decebalus, the former Romanian king.  

    Spend some time relaxing in your suite, many of which have a window that converts into a Scenic Sun Lounge, allowing you uninterrupted views to watch a rolling tapestry of river life as you cruise the Danube. Or perhaps you’d prefer to sweat it out in the state-of-the-art gym or take time out in the wellness centre.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Belgrade
    Mon, Oct 21, 2024

    Arrive in the capital of Serbia this morning. Belgrade is known as the ‘Door to Central Europe’ and lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. This eclectic city is steeped in history, with Neolithic ruins found nearby, a fortress built by the Romans, Brutalist buildings that sit beside Art Nouveau buildings and a bohemian vibe. One of the oldest capitals in Europe, Belgrade has been rebuilt almost 40 times.
     

    Freechoice:
    This morning’s Scenic Freechoice:

    Guided city tour with extended free time: By coach and foot, you’ll tour the major sites of the city with a guide. You will explore the city’s highlights such as cobbled streets of the Bohemian Quarter and Kalemegdan Fortress, an imposing structure that has been the site of more than 100 battles and offers panoramic views of the rivers below. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore on your own.

    Guided city tour including Tito's Memorial: Join a more in-depth tour of Belgrade with a local guide. See and learn about the major sites of the city including the Ottoman heritage of the old town, the imposing fortress and Republic Square followed by some free time in the city centre. During this tour you will also visit the memorial dedicated to Tito, the former ruler of Yugoslavia.

    Cycling tour along the Danube: Trace the banks of the Danube on two wheels during this guided cycling tour. Learn about the region and its people, including the history of Yugoslavia and Belgrade from WWII to today.  You will see the Palace of Serbia (the former seat of the government of Yugoslavia), the historic neighbourhood centre of Zemun, which became part of Belgrade in the early 1900s and still has a distinct character, and Staro Sajmiste, a former concentration camp.

    Walking tour with a student: Learn about life in Belgrade from a local. Get to the heart of the city and understand the troubles and triumphs that Belgradians have experienced. You’ll get to know these happy and resilient people as you are guided through their city with a local student.  

    This afternoon is free at leisure to explore Belgrade further. Soak up the bohemian culture with a wander along cobblestoned Skardalija Street, a district once frequented by writers and artists and other creative souls, now home to traditional restaurants, local stores and galleries.
     

    Enrich
    Tonight, we have a special treat in store for you with our Scenic Enrich event:

    Classical concert at St. Sava Temple: Visit the St. Sava, the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans. Have a chance to explore the frescos-lined walls of the cathedrals crypt where the church choir will perform some of the most beautiful hymns just for you. Because of the acoustics in the crypt, this is a once of a lifetime opportunity.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Osijek
    Tue, Oct 22, 2024

    Today you will visit   Osijek, a small city with a turbulent history. Osijek was at the epicentre of the 1990s war, and its scars are still evident on its buildings today.

    Freechoice:
    Today, explore the region in one of these Scenic Freechoice excursions:

    Walking tour of Osijek: Take a guided walking tour of Osijek to see the highlights of the town including the well-preserved Baroque Old Town and fortress. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear some traditional and classical music popular in the region.

    Boat cruise at Kopacki Rit: Covering 238 hectares, Kopacki Rit is one of the largest natural wetlands in Europe, , and you will have the opportunity to explore it by boat. Learn more about this beautiful untouched nature in the easternmost part of Croatia through a presentation by one of the park’s rangers. During a 50-minute boat ride, you will cruise among lush greenery, hundred-year-old willow woods, meadows and spot the variety of flora and fauna including deer, wild boar, white tailed eagle and black stork.

    Ancestry of the Kitchen: Recipes have long been passed down through generations and often kept as family secrets. Today, guests will meet with a local who will divulge a family recipe of traditional fish stew, while also chatting to you about life in this region.

    After your touring this morning, all guests will visit the home of a typical Croatian family and have lunch with the family members. Immerse yourself in this cultural and culinary experience, and enjoy an authentic meal prepared with fresh vegetables from the host’s garden. North-eastern Croatia is the ‘bread basket’ of the country, so it is only natural that the villagers take great pride in their gardens, from which ingredients are used to make a feast for both the palate and the eyes.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Kalocsa
    Wed, Oct 23, 2024

    Your space ship will arrive early this morning in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary. This historic town has some of the richest folk art in the world and was an important agricultural centre in the 19th century.

    Freechoice:
    Todays’ Scenic Freechoice:

    Hungarian Traditions: The region of Kalocsa is teeming with culture and traditions. It is famous for its traditional handicrafts such as needlework and embroidery. Learn about the origins of these beautiful designs as well as other crafts.

    Hungarian Horse Show: Kalocsa is located on the Great Hungarian Plain, with an agricultural history dating back more than 2,000 years. Witness a traditional horse show, meet the local horsemen who will demonstrate impressive equestrian skills and enjoy a tasting of local delicacies.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Budapest
    Thu, Oct 24, 2024

    Arrive in Budapest this morning, one of Europe’s most diverse and vibrant cities. Divided by the Danube, with Buda on one side and Pest on the other, this city became united in 1873 when a newly built bridge connected the two. The city is an architectural treasure trove comprising styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau and everything in between. It is also well known for its hot springs and thermal baths and has a vibrant nightlife scene. 

    You will disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and be transferred to a luxury hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy dinner with your fellow guests and enjoy the evening to wander around Budapest as the sky darkens and city lights begin to sparkle. Perhaps check out the Jewish Quarter’s famous ruin bars, which are housed in old and abandoned buildings that were left in decay after WWII. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Budapest
    Fri, Oct 25, 2024

    Today you’ll have the entire day at your own leisure to explore this magical city.  

    You may wish to cross the bridge between Buda and Pest to see Matthias Church, the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion where you’ll have enchanting views of Budapest, and the medieval town on Castle Hill, located on a limestone plateau 170 metres above the city.  

    Or pack your swimsuit and make your way to one of the city’s thermal baths for a relaxing soak in the therapeutic waters. Szechenyi Baths are the largest, boasting 15 indoor baths and three vast outdoor pools.  


    Meals: Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Budapest
    Sat, Oct 26, 2024

    After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your onward journey. 

    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

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

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
4.5
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.4

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

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.

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.

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

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