Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans

Over 24 days, discover the Balkans history & culture on a round-trip tour & cruise from Budapest. Sail through the Iron Gates & admire the stunning scenery.

24 Days
Budapest to Budapest
From (USD)
$ 9,695
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Budapest

History's most fascinating chapters

The dynamics that have shaped the Balkans, located at the crossroads of Europe, have left deep impressions in the cultures that call this beautiful region home.
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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BBBC
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Budapest

24 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 > Giurgiu

    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

    Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osijek

    Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    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

  7. 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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse

    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

  9. 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

  10. Day 10 - Giurgiu > Bucharest

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

    Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bucharest > Sofia

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    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

  14. 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.

    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

  15. 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

  16. Day 16 - Tirana > Budva

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. 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

  18. Day 18 - Dubrovnik

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

    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.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. 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

  20. 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.

    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

  21. Day 21 - Sarajevo > Zagreb

    Continue to Zagreb and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. 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

  23. Day 23 - Zagreb > Budapest

    Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. 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

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 19 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 51 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director and Tour Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability