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)
$ 7,195
Dates & Pricing

2019 Istanbul > Budapest

Satisfy your curiosity

If you have a lingering sense of curiosity and wonder, you’re free to explore them in unabashed luxury over 18 days of in-depth exploration.
Start your journey in magnificent, history-rich Istanbul and beyond that, Gallipoli and the pristine stretches of the Black Sea. Begin your cruise in Giurgiu, and journey back in time through a handful of unspoilt lands. Cruise along the Lower Danube and from there you can explore all the way to beautiful Budapest.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BUIS
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Istanbul
Return City:
Budapest

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to 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, then visit Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome square and the spectacular Hagia Sophia.

    Join a cooking class or try your hand at the ancient art of writing during a calligraphy course. 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.

    Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your welcome dinner at the stunning Hamdi Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you attend a dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to 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. 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 you centrally located hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bucharest > Giurgiu

    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 by your friendly dedicated staff on board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Silistra

    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 primary 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. It’s a spectacular setting for a cruise and 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

  13. Day 13 - Belgrade

    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 before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts and marvel at the beautiful Baroque elements. Or, for some true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Osijek

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kalocsa

    Today witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Budapest

    After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Budapest

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 42 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 16 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

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