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Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans on Scenic Pearl 2021

Budapest, Hungary Round-trip
Length: 24 Days - Departs: Mon, May 24, 2021
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Departure
May 24, 2021
Arrival
Jun 16, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Budapest
    Mon, May 24, 2021

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Budapest
    Tue, May 25, 2021

    Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Budapest > Giurgiu
    Wed, May 26, 2021

    This afternoon you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Kalocsa
    Thu, May 27, 2021

    Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Osijek
    Fri, May 28, 2021

    Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew.

    Later, be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Belgrade
    Sat, May 29, 2021

    Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or take a walk through the city with a local. Or, journey to 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Iron Gates
    Sun, May 30, 2021

    Admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Svishtov > Rousse
    Mon, May 31, 2021

    Freechoice: Discover the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Or, stay on board and cruise towards Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Silistra
    Tue, Jun 01, 2021

    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 local school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Giurgiu > Bucharest
    Wed, Jun 02, 2021

    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, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

    Enjoy an overnight stay at in Bucharest.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Bucharest > Sofia
    Thu, Jun 03, 2021

    Depart Romania today and journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia where you will stay for two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12
    Sofia
    Fri, Jun 04, 2021

    With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Sofia > Ohrid Lake
    Sat, Jun 05, 2021

    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.

    Enrich
    Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Ohrid Lake
    Sun, Jun 06, 2021

    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: Take in the lush green scenery during a boat ride on stunning Ohrid lake, or learn traditional recipes during a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, explore the lake by kayak.


    Meals: Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Ohrid Lake > Tirana
    Mon, Jun 07, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Tirana > Budva
    Tue, Jun 08, 2021

    Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  17. Day 17
    Budva > Dubrovnik
    Wed, Jun 09, 2021

    Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where you'll enjoy a two night stay.


    Meals: Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    Dubrovnik
    Thu, Jun 10, 2021

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

    Freechoice: Journey through the pretty countryside to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, those more active can take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Dubrovnik > Sarajevo
    Fri, Jun 11, 2021

    En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the renowned Old Bridge. Later, check into your hotel for two nights.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  20. Day 20
    Sarajevo
    Sat, Jun 12, 2021

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour, including Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

    Enrich
    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Sarajevo > Zagreb
    Sun, Jun 13, 2021

    Continue to the intriguing Croatian capital of Zagreb, where you will enjoy an overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  22. Day 22
    Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb
    Mon, Jun 14, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Zagreb > Budapest
    Tue, Jun 15, 2021

    Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Budapest
    Wed, Jun 16, 2021

    Depart after breakfast, taking with you a lifetime a wonderful 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.


    Meals: Breakfast

Rivers Visited

Danube

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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.

Scenic Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 58 reviews about Scenic Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Scenic provided an exceptional trip via staff, meals, and experiences. Our tour guide was extraordinary and handled even the slight setback of low water with ease and grace. I would recommend them to anyone interested in river travel.

People didn't really dress for dinner. Men in jeans were allowed in the dining room at night for dinner. That did not happen at another Scenic Cruise we were on. Very disappointed about this. We belong to a private Country Club and men will be turned away at the entrance for this dressing in jeans. Scenic is lowering their standards by doing this. We won't travel Scenic again because of the lower dress codes. Not a top of the line company if this is allowed.

Scenic delivered an Above & Beyond Experience that we will cherish forever. The ENTIRE ship personnel was the epitome of what customer service should be!

Scenic River Cruise was fantastic. Service and food were both absolutely wonderful. Exceeded our expectations and will travel again with Scenic.

The ship was luxurious. The staff were professional and attentive. We would definitely travel with Scenic again.

Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was a wonderful experience. The ship's staff and amenities afforded us a very comfortable experience. The food sometimes challenged us to try new and regional dishes, which we really enjoyed. But alternate choices were always available, as well. The other passengers were friendly and we made many new acquaintances on our trip. Best part...? All inclusive! We may have made a small tip here and there, but nothing was expected during excursions, tours, dining, bar or hospitality services. Great entertainment on various occasions.

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.

The tour description matched the tour exactly.

Wonderful Trip at the right price

Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.

Scenic did a great job. It was all inclusive so we had no bill at the end, including tips. The trip was 14 days down the Danube, Main, and Rhine. The food, service, and excursions were all very good and included. The only note I would make is that you stopped at so many towns that you did not have enough time to really explore them. But overall, it was a very good trip!

The Scenic Jewel Amsterdam to Budapest cruise certainly exceeded our expectations. The Scenic Jewel staff could not have been better. We were certainly pampered the entire cruise and the staff could not do enough to insure the trip was a success. We did not have one staff person who was only average--everyone was exceptional. Our cruise director kept everything humming right along and he and the captian went above and beyond to solve a water level issue.

Scenic was more expensive than our other trips But quality was outstanding!

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