Black Sea Explorer with the Best of the Balkans

23 Days
Bucharest to Bucharest
From (USD)
$ 10,045
Dates & Pricing

2022 Bucharest > Bucharest

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 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:
23 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Bucharest

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bucharest

    Welcome to Bucharest. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest > Sofia

    Today journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next 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

    Your first stop today is Skopje, which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through Macedonia before arriving in Ohrid, 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

    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 > Tirana

    Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel, before embarking on a city tour of the Albanian capital.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tirana > Budva > Kotor

    Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva. On arrival take an orientation tour before continuing onto Kotor for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kotor > Dubrovnik

    Let a local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy two nights at your hotel.

    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 to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

    Tonight visit a local farm house and meet the owners and taste delicious home grown produce during 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

  11. Day 11 - Sarajevo

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo, 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sarajevo > Zagreb

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb

    Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways, passing emerald green lakes, linked by magnificent waterfalls.

  14. Day 14 - Zagreb > Budapest

    Journey to Budapest and stay overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    Explore this beautiful city before boarding your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kalocsa

    Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kolocsa 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

  17. Day 17 - Osijek

    Freechoice

    Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

    Later, as a special Scenic guest, 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

  18. Day 18 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth city 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 location. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local student. 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

    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

  20. Day 20 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise towards the Bulgarian town of 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 including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Enjoy an overnight stay in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Bucharest

    After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for your onwards 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 refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • The comfort of small group sizes on your land journey with a maximum of just 24 guests
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 163 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 3 Scenic Enrich experiences including a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show, a home hosted dinner in Sarajevo and an enchanting choir performance in the temple crypt at St. Sava Church – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 20 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 47 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 16 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium on board beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite throughout your cruise
  • Complimentary full mini-bar throughout your cruise
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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