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

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

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Pearl
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, May 19, 2021
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Overview

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Book early and receive an additional savings of $700 per couple ($350 per person) plus receive Free Premium Economy Air on 8 to 10 day sailings, 50% per person deposits and when you reserve a suite on the Diamond Deck receive an additional $250 per person discount (Applicable on all 2021 sailings). Also, receive our AffordableTours.com 5% everyday savings. Not all dates or itineraries will qualify, please contact your travel consultant for applicable vacations.
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Offers are valid on 2021 Europe river cruises for new bookings made June 15 – August 31, 2020. Free roundtrip economy air with a maximum value of $1,400 per person for 8-10 day sailings. Free roundtrip premium economy air with a maximum value of $2,000 per person for 11+ day sailings. Savings in lieu of air: $1,200/pp for economy air, $1,800/pp for premium economy air. On select departures: Business Class air offered at $1,995/pp and 50% Single Supplement. Contact Scenic for details. Bonus offer of $250/pp savings applicable only to Diamond Deck guests. Pay in full within 14 days of booking and receive an additional $350 off per person, or pay in full by 8/31 and receive an additional $250 off per person. Full payment must be made by the specified dates to obtain the corresponding savings. Offers are based on number of cruise days and exclude the land portion of the trip. Please ask about upgrading your economy airfare offer to premium economy or business class. These offers are combinable with past passenger offers, referral offers, future travel vouchers, travel show & agent training vouchers. Not combinable with groups or any other offers. Early Payment Discount is not combinable with Future Travel Credits or other full payment offers.Air offers are only valid 61 or more days prior to departure. All flights will be booked on Scenic’s choice of airline and routing, and are subject to flight availability. Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125/pp and is applicable if guest needs to cancel or change a cruise for whatever reason the plan allows them to reallocate their non-refundable deposit for use towards an alternative future sailing. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferable, and only covers the cruise. Air deposits are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees such as hotels will be subtracted from your deposit amount. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit is required at the time of air ticketing. All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, twin share and include taxes and charges. Single Supplement price available upon request. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and Scenic reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Availability is correct at the time of publishing but cannot be guaranteed. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please call your Professional Travel Advisor or Scenic USA. Offers applicable for legal residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit scenicusa.com


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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, May 19, 2021): Budapest

Welcome to the wondrous city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel, and unpack for your overnight night stay. Tonight you will meet your fellow travellers and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Thu, May 20, 2021): Budapest - Zagreb

Today we head south and cross the Croatian border, travelling to the capital Zagreb. Located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain and on the banks of the Sava River, Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city and it beautifully encompasses its traditional European history with its modern function as the economical and governmental hub of the country. Upon arrival discover this majestic city on a guided tour. Then, check in to your hotel for your two night special stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Fri, May 21, 2021): Zagreb

Today, journey to beautiful Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, May 22, 2021): Zagreb - Sarajevo

This morning we leave Croatia and journey to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is referred by many as the city with a soul; with its unique blend of Western and Eastern styles, the way of life and its pleasant and good natured people is what makes Sarajevo so alluring. This afternoon arrive at your hotel, your base for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 (Sun, May 23, 2021): 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 6 (Mon, May 24, 2021): Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

Today we head towards the beautiful Mediterranean coast towards the stunning city of Dubrovnik. On the way we stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. On your guided tour of the city, visit the Turkish house and the Old Bridge which was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1565. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Dubrovnik where you will be accommodated for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 (Tue, May 25, 2021): Dubrovnik

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

Freechoice: Take a scenic journey through the pretty countryside, 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 8 (Wed, May 26, 2021): Dubrovnik - Budva

After breakfast continue our journey to Montenegro; although the country is relatively small in terms of area, it boasts stunning mountainous landscapes, truly beautiful walled towns, dramatic coast lines and historic monuments. Today you will discover the Bay of Kotor, the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean, which is presented in its full beauty on your included guided tour. Kotor is locked between a cliff on one side and the blue Adriatic Sea on the other; here you will wander through labyrinths of narrow and cobblestoned streets and see all the major sights including the Romanesque Cathedral of St Triphun which is encircled by walls and the fortress, and included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Continuing through this beautiful region you will arrive at your overnight stay in the historic town of Budva.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Thu, May 27, 2021): Budva - Tirana

Today travel to the byzantine city and the capital of Albania, Tirana and check into your hotel. The city was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614, and since then it has become the largest city and capital of Albania.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, May 28, 2021): Tirana - Ohrid Lake

After breakfast enjoy your informative city tour of Tirana taking in sights such as Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower and the Et’hem Bey Mosque. This afternoon we journey from Albania to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the fascinating town of Ohrid Lake. The area has been declared a World Heritage protected site due to its outstanding natural beauty, historical and cultural heritage, this is your base for the next two nights.

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This evening enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show in a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, May 29, 2021): Ohrid Lake

Today we enjoy an Included tour of Ohrid town. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is considered one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans. The name Ohrid comes from its location – built on a hill; the whole town is surrounded by walls and its Fortress is considered to be the oldest and best-preserved in Macedonia.

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 12 (Sun, May 30, 2021): Ohrid Lake - Sofia

Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Skopje was part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, these influences are still present in this modern capital. Continuing our journey we arrive in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and our centrally located hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Mon, May 31, 2021): Sofia

With your local guide, you’ll get to discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and balconied buildings by 19th-century Russian and Viennese architects.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Tue, Jun 01, 2021): Sofia - Bucharest

This morning enjoy the landscapes of Bulgaria as we journey to the Romanian capital of Bucharest for your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Wed, Jun 02, 2021): 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

Day 16 (Thu, Jun 03, 2021): 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

Day 17 (Fri, Jun 04, 2021): 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

Day 18 (Sat, Jun 05, 2021): 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

Day 19 (Sun, Jun 06, 2021): 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.

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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 20 (Mon, Jun 07, 2021): 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

Day 21 (Tue, Jun 08, 2021): 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 22 (Wed, Jun 09, 2021): 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, Dinner

Day 23 (Thu, Jun 10, 2021): Budapest

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 24 (Fri, Jun 11, 2021): 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.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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