Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

From Budapest to Bucharest, enjoy a luxury cruise that takes you through the Iron Gates. In Brasov, visit Bran Castle, home to the legend of Count Dracula.

15 Days
Budapest to Bucharest
From (USD)
$ 6,345
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Bucharest

Legendary landscapes

Discover one of Eastern Europe’s most captivating regions as you explore majestic capital cities, the beautiful Danube Delta and delve into the land of legends, Transylvania.
The capitals of Hungary, Serbia and Romania will surprise and delight. Admire Budapest, rightly called the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, and visit one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade. Wind your way through the Iron Gates and spend time exploring Bucharest’s grandiose architecture. Cruise through the pristine Danube Delta wetlands, a bird-watcher’s paradise consisting of an intricate pattern of marshes, channels, streams and lakes, then take a step back in time in the mysterious land of Transylvania, often described as ‘the last truly medieval landscape in Europe’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BBTR
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Bucharest

15 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

    Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osijek

    Freechoice

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

    Enrich

    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

    Freechoice

    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.

    Sundowners

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svishtov > Rousse

    Freechoice

    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.

    Freechoice

    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 > Sibiu

    This morning, journey to Sibiu in the region of Transylvania. Take a tour of this medieval city, visiting its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel in Sibiu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Sibiu > Sighisoara

    Visit the Saxon town of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Tepes and inspiration for the legend of Dracula, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name.

    Freechoice

    Take a guided city tour or, if you’re feeling more active, hike to the Church on the Hill for superb views.

    Sighisoara is your base tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sighisoara > Brasov

    Visit Bran Castle, once home to Queen Marie of Romania but more famously linked to the legend of Count Dracula. Upon arrival in Brasov, enjoy a guided walking tour before checking into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner complete with Romanian folklore.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Brasov > Bucharest

    En-route back to Bucharest visit Peles Castle. Built in the 19th century in neo-renaissance style, it is the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Bucharest

    After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Bucharest airport for your homebound flight, taking wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 16 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 33 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 12 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 to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability