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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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Day 1

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 Hungarian welcome dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Budapest - Zagreb

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 included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Zagreb

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

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Zagreb - Sarajevo

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
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 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 6
Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

Today we head towards the beautiful Mediterranean coast towards 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 lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Dubrovnik where you will be accommodated for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Dubrovnik

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

This evening, choose to 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 8
Dubrovnik - Budva

After breakfast continue our 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. Continuing through this beautiful region you will arrive at your overnight stay in the historic town of Budva.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Budva - Tirana

Today travel to the byzantine city and the capital of Albania, Tirana and check into your hotel. The city was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614, and since then it has become the largest city and capital of Albania.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Tirana - Ohrid Lake

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 Lake. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Ohrid Lake

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

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 12
Ohrid Lake - Sofia

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 included: Breakfast
Day 13
Sofia

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 14
Sofia - Bucharest

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Bucharest > Giurgiu
Highlights: Palace of Parliament

Travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed by your friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome cocktail in the lounge.

Freechoice

Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Silistra
Highlights: Black Sea & Varna

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Russe > Nikopol
Highlights: Byzantine treasures

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Russe. Or discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi; continue to Nikopol in Bulgaria before re-boarding your ship.

Freechoice

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Russe. Or discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi; continue to Nikopol in Bulgaria before re-boarding your ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
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 19
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 20
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 for one-on-one contact with people who understand the local way of life intimately. Enjoy.

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 for one-on-one contact with people who understand the local way of life intimately. Enjoy.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Kalocsa
Highlights: Hungarian horse show

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Budapest

Today cruise into the mighty city of Budapest, you will be awe-struck by the sheer beauty of this city. Disembark your ship and join your local guide on a tour of the city. Your guided tour will finish at your hotel, where you will check in for your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 23
Budapest
Highlights: Beautiful Budapest

Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore this city on your own.

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

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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