Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

Embark on an 18 day journey along the Danube on a Scenic Space-Ship to the picturesque Black Sea. Cruise through the Iron Gate and visit Gallipoli.

18 Days
Budapest to Istanbul
From (CAD)
$ 8,415
Dates & Pricing

2020 Budapest > Istanbul

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BUIS
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Istanbul

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kalocsa

    Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show. Be greeted by the horsemen of the Puszta region where this type of activity has been practised for centuries.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osijek

    Freechoice

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

     

    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. With great food and wonderful company, this is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts 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

  7. Day 7 - Iron Gates

    Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.  A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse

    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

  9. Day 9 - 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 primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

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

    Freechoice

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bucharest > Nessebar

    From Bucharest travel to the Black Sea coast for a two night stay. Delight in a delicious local dinner and take in a folklore show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Nessebar

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar, followed by free time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Nessebar > Canakkale

    Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Canakkale > Gallipoli

    Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWI landings by the Allied Forces, including ANZAC troops. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, which is now a national park. Explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Istanbul

    Enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy, the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You’ll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan Horse. Later, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Istanbul

    Explore Istanbul including visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Istanbul

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, then visit Hagia Sophia and spend time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before an afternoon at leisure.

    Enrich

    A special treat awaits for your farewell dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant with its outstanding views over the Golden Horn, accompanied by the call to prayer that echoes from the numerous surrounding mosques.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Istanbul

    After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport. 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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