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Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans

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Between Budapest and Budapest
Danube, Black Sea
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That’s partly what lends the towns and cities here such an enduring fascination. 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 that supplanted Rome. Of course, the allure of history is just one of the reasons to visit, and you’ll find plenty of time to simply relax, and absorb some of the most stunning natural scenery on view anywhere in the world.
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* From price is for a 26 May 2018 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in CAD, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome

Welcome to the wondrous city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel for a two night stay.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Budapest
Highlights: Buda and Pest

Wander the cobblestone streets with your expert local guide and explore both towns of Buda and Pest, linked by the famous Chain Bridge. This evening you’ll get to experience a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Budapest > Embarkation
Highlights: Embark on cruise

Cruise along the Lower Danube from Budapest towards the Black Sea, through the fabled Iron Gates.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Kalocsa
Highlights: Hungarian horse show

Today you’ll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Osijek:
Highlights: Enrich home hosted meal

Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich
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. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Freechoice

Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich

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. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Belgrade
Highlights: Scenic Sundowners

Freechoice: Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.

Sundowners
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it’s a moment to savour and a chance to reflect on all you’ve seen and experienced.

Freechoice

Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.

Sundowners

Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it’s a moment to savour and a chance to reflect on all you’ve seen and experienced.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Iron Gates
Highlights: Danube Gorge

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 for a cruise, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

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

Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Freechoice

Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Silistra
Highlights: Black Sea and Varna

Freechoice: 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.

Freechoice

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
Highlights: Palace of the Parliament

Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay in Bucharest.

Freechoice

Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

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

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Sofia
Highlights: Folk show and dinner

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. 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
Highlights: Enrich dinner

Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at picturesque Ohrid Lake, 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 included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Ohrid Lake
Highlights: Freechoice

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
Highlights: City tour of Tirana

Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana, then check into your hotel for an overnight stay, before embarking on an informative city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Tirana > Budva
Highlights: Continue to Budva

Continuing your journey to Montenegro, you’ll arrive in Budva, for your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17
Budva > Dubrovnik
Highlights: Adriatic coast to 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 where you’ll enjoy two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Dubrovnik
Highlights: Freechoice; Freechoice dining

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

This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants.

Freechoice

Take a scenic journey through the picturesque countryside, and 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 in to your hotel in Sarajevo for two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20
Sarajevo
Highlights: Enrich

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 home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21
Sarajevo > Zagreb
Highlights: Arrivie in Zagreb

Continue to Zagreb, and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

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

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
Highlights: Journey to Budapest

Journey to your final destination, Budapest and arrive at your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 24
Budapest
Highlights: Farewell

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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