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Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans on Scenic Crystal 2020

Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans on Scenic Crystal 2020

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Crystal
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, Apr 29, 2020
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, May 20, 2020

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Apr 29, 2020): Budapest

Board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Thu, Apr 30, 2020): 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

Day 3 (Fri, May 01, 2020): Osijek

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

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. 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

Day 4 (Sat, May 02, 2020): 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 of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride or for a 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 many beautiful Baroque elements.

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Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, May 03, 2020): 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

Day 6 (Mon, May 04, 2020): Svishtov > Rousse

Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, May 05, 2020): 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 primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, May 06, 2020): Giurgiu > Bucharest

Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest for an overnight stay.

Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, May 07, 2020): Bucharest > Sofia

Journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 (Fri, May 08, 2020): Sofia

With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects. This evening, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and folk show at a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, May 09, 2020): Sofia > Ohrid Lake

Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at Ohrid Lake, where you’ll stay for two nights.

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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

Day 12 (Sun, May 10, 2020): Ohrid Lake

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: Visit the Monastery of St. Naum or enjoy a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, take a guided hike through the Galicica National Park.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Mon, May 11, 2020): Ohrid Lake > Tirana

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, May 12, 2020): Tirana > Budva

Travel to Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 (Wed, May 13, 2020): Budva > Dubrovnik

Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the Bay of Kotor. Take in amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy two nights at your hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 (Thu, May 14, 2020): Dubrovnik

Today see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.

Freechoice: Take a scenic journey through the pretty countryside and visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

This evening visit a local farm house where you will get to meet the owners and taste their delicious home grown produce during a mouth- watering dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 (Fri, May 15, 2020): Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

Enroute to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar and visit the Turkish House and the Old Bridge. 
Later, check into your hotel for your two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18 (Sat, May 16, 2020): Sarajevo

Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

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Tonight you’ll be treated to a private home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 (Sun, May 17, 2020): Sarajevo > Zagreb

Continue to Zagreb and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Mon, May 18, 2020): Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb

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


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 (Tue, May 19, 2020): Zagreb > Budapest

Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22 (Wed, May 20, 2020): Budapest

Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Scenic Crystal


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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