Black Sea Explorer with the Best of the Balkans

23 Days
Bucharest to Bucharest
From (CAD)
$ 11,785
Dates & Pricing

2022 Bucharest > Bucharest

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BBBC
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Bucharest

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bucharest

    Welcome to Bucharest. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest > Sofia

    Depart Romania today and journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia where you will stay for two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Sofia

    With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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, 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

  5. Day 5 - 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

    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 Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - Tirana > Budva

    Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Budva > Dubrovnik

    Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where you'll enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Dubrovnik

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

    Freechoice

    Journey through the pretty countryside to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, those more active can take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Sarajevo

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour, including 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

  12. Day 12 - Sarajevo > Zagreb

    Continue to the intriguing Croatian capital of Zagreb, where you will enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - 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, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Zagreb > Budapest

    Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kalocsa

    Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Osijek

    Freechoice

    Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew.

    Later, be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or take a walk through the city with a local. Or, journey to 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Iron Gates

    Admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    Discover the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Or, stay on board and cruise towards Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Silistra

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

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

    Freechoice

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Enjoy an overnight stay at in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Bucharest

    After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for your onward flight. It may be the end of your cruise, but there are many wonderful memories to look forward to.

    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 note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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