Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

Visit Gallipoli and cruise through the Iron Gate on an 18 day journey from Istanbul to Budapest. Sail along the Danube on board a luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

18 Days
Istanbul to Budapest
From (USD)
$ 6,359
Dates & Pricing

2022 Istanbul > Budapest

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

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Istanbul

    Your journey into wonder begins here, with a three night stay in Istanbul.

  2. Day 2 - Istanbul

    Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait this morning, before a visit to the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome square where you will see the magnificent Hagia Sophia.

    Freechoice

    Join a cooking class, alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Istanbul

    This morning, visit Dolmabahce Palace as well as the Topkapi Palace before time to wander the evocative Grand Bazaar and 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

  4. Day 4 - Istanbul > Canakkale

    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. Afterwards, travel to Canakkale for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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, now a national park, and you’ll have the chance to explore and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location. You also have the opportunity to visit the Kabatepe Museum where you will see a range of historically significant items from the Gallipoli campaign.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Canakkale > Nessebar

    Journey from Canakkale to Bulgaria and stay two nights in Nessebar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Nessebar

    Enjoy a tour of Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nessebar > Bucharest

    See a diverse range of scenery as you pass through Bulgaria to Romania’s capital, Bucharest, where you will check into a centrally located hotel for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bucharest > Giurgiu

    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, travel to Giurgiu where you will be personally welcomed on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Silistra

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rousse

    Visit Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Iron Gates

    Relax 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

    Enjoy an in-depth tour of Belgrade, including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights before time at leisure to wander this fascinating city. Alternatively, join a bicycle ride along the Danube, or for a true insight into everyday life in Belgrade, take a walk through the city with a local student. Alternatively, journey to the nearby town of 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

  14. Day 14 - Osijek

    Freechoice

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

    Later, as a special 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - Budapest

    Today cruise into the mighty city of Budapest, you will be awe-struck by the sheer beauty of this city. Disembark your ship and join your local guide on a tour of the city. Your guided tour will finish at your hotel, where you will check in for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Budapest

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Budapest

    After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

    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
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 163 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experience with a choir performance in the Temple Crypt at St. Sava Church, Belgrade and dinner in Istanbul with outstanding views over the Golden Horn – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 15 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 40 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages on board 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

Pricing & Availability