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Between Budapest and Budapest
Danube, Black Sea
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That’s partly what leads to such an enduring fascination with the towns and cities here. You’ll have a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the stories that have forged these proud people, stretching from recent times all the way back to the Byzantine Empire.
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Day 1

Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Budapest

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Budapest > Giurgiu

Board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Kalocsa

Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Osijek

Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich
As a 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.

Freechoice

Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich

As a 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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Belgrade

Freechoice: Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.

Freechoice

Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Iron Gates

Relax on board 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. Not only is it a spectacular setting, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Sundowners

Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this spectacular location.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Svishtov > Rousse

Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Freechoice

Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Silistra

Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Giurgiu > Bucharest

Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest.

Later, check-in for your stay at your centrally located hotel.

Freechoice

Enjoy a guided tour of Bucharest and learn details of its communist past. Or tour the local Open Air Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Bucharest > Sofia

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Sofia

With your local guide, discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects. This evening, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and folk show at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Sofia > Ohrid Lake

Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at Ohrid Lake for a two night stay.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Ohrid Lake

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

Visit the Monastery of St. Naum or enjoy a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, take a guided hike through the Galicica National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Ohrid Lake > Tirana

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Tirana > Budva

Travel to Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17
Budva > Dubrovnik

Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the Bay of Kotor. Take in amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy a two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Dubrovnik

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

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20
Sarajevo

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 included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21
Sarajevo > Zagreb

Continue to Zagreb and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb

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

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 23
Zagreb > Budapest

Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 24
Budapest

Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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