North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey

Uncover the history of Europe on a 30 day journey from Istanbul to Amsterdam. From East to West see the iconic landmarks and make a pilgrimage to Gallipoli.

30 Days
Istanbul to Amsterdam
From (USD)
$ 14,190
Dates & Pricing

2020 Istanbul > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABBI
Duration:
30 days
Departure City:
Istanbul
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

30 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, the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome square and the spectacular Hagia Sophia.

    Freechoice

    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.

    Enrich

    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 a centrally located hotel.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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 primary school to learn about life in Bulgaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rousse

    Freechoice

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Belgrade

    Freechoice

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

    Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa 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 enjoy Budapest at your leisure; perhaps wander the streets of the old town for local crafts or simply relax on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take a hike to Buda Hill or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Vienna

    As you cruise the mighty Danube, relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

    Enrich

    Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle Burg Aggstein and learn about its impressive history while enjoying the views over the Danube.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Passau > Salzburg

    Enrich

    Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. This exclusive performance is based on the timeless movie of the same name. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Regensburg

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Or you could cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Nuremberg

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot or visit moving WWII sites, or stay on board for a beer tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Bamberg

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. Alternatively, explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Miltenberg

    Today is your opportunity to meet the locals of this quaint German town.

    Freechoice

    Visit a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, meet a Baron and Baroness and learn about modern royal life as they guide you through their castle, or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer and taste many of the flavours available. You also have the opportunity to meet a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle

    Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.

    Enrich

    Delight in the ambience at Marksburg Castle and enjoy a magnificent medieval feast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Cologne

    Freechoice

    Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral or learn of the city’s strong Jewish history. Alternatively, cycle to the charming village of Zons or visit Bonn, and learn about Ludwig Van Beethoven’s connection with this city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle or by foot. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Amsterdam

    Depart after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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