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18 Day Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

Scenic River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Istanbul

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 18 Day Black Sea Explorer with Turkey. For much of the 20th century the wonders of Eastern Europe were concealed behind a thick veil of secrecy. Fortunately, those once mystery-laden lands are now open to all.If you have a lingering sense of curiosity and wonder, you're...read more
Overview
Operator: Scenic
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Cruise Ship: Scenic Crystal
Duration: 18 Days
From: Budapest to Istanbul
Tour Code: BUIS.1
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey
Our Price From:
$ 9,765
Per Person ($AU)
Save This Month:
$ 290
Per Person ($AU)
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1
Welcome to Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins here, with a two night stay in Budapest.
2
Budapest
Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.
3
Budapest
This afternoon you'll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At this evening's welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead of you.
4
Kalocsa
Today you'll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.
5
Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or try your hand at fishing in a local village stream. Or, if you're the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek's countryside. Enrich: 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 both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.
6
Belgrade
Freechoice: Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local. Sundowners: Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it's a moment to savour, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced.
7
Iron Gates
Relax on board 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. Not only is it a spectacular setting for a cruise, it's also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.
8
Svistov - Russe
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 Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
9
Silistra
Freechoice: Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or, tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.
10
Giurgiu - Bucharest
Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest. Freechoice: Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture. Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay at your luxury hotel in Bucharest.
11
Bucharest - Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two-night stay at your opulent hotel in Nessebar.
12
Nessebar
Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.
13
Nessebar - Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and enjoy a two night stay.
14
Canakkale - Gallipoli
Today 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, which is now a national park, and you'll have the chance to explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.
15
Istanbul
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer's Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You'll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.
16
Istanbul
Freechoice: Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.
17
Istanbul
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. Enrich: Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell 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.
18
Istanbul
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.
1
Welcome to Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins here, with a two night stay in Budapest.
2
Budapest
Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.
3
Budapest
This afternoon you'll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At this evening's welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead of you.
4
Kalocsa
Today you'll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.
5
Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or try your hand at fishing in a local village stream. Or, if you're the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek's countryside. Enrich: 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 both a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet with people who understand the local way of life intimately.
6
Belgrade
Freechoice: Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe – Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local. Sundowners: Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it's a moment to savour, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced.
7
Iron Gates
Relax on board 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. Not only is it a spectacular setting for a cruise, it's also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.
8
Svistov - Russe
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 Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
9
Silistra
Freechoice: Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or, tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.
10
Giurgiu - Bucharest
Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest. Freechoice: Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture. Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay at your luxury hotel in Bucharest.
11
Bucharest - Nessebar
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two-night stay at your opulent hotel in Nessebar.
12
Nessebar
Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by some valuable leisure time. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.
13
Nessebar - Canakkale
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and enjoy a two night stay.
14
Canakkale - Gallipoli
Today 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, which is now a national park, and you'll have the chance to explore it all and gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.
15
Istanbul
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer's Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. You'll even see a giant replica of the famous Trojan horse. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay.
16
Istanbul
Freechoice: Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing. Alternatively, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami Turkish Baths.
17
Istanbul
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. Enrich: Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell 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.
18
Istanbul
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.
Scenic Inclusions
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River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Freechoice activities
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 41 meals – 17 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 16 dinners
Scenic  Freechoice
Scenic Freechoice
  • Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, 'Freechoice' offers a diverse range of sightseeing, activities and dining for you to choose from. And of course, they're all included.
  • All Scenic guests are unique so we appreciate that different people may want different levels of pace during your trip. Perhaps plan to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo or know you can truly unwind throughout.
Scenic Enrich
Scenic Enrich
  • All-inclusive, exclusive, unique. Scenic's 'Enrich' encounters take you behind the scenes to enjoy moments inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. Enrich experiences will take you to the cultural heart of life that has been established over centuries around the waterways of Europe.
  • Scenic's Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of diverse and thrilling moments that will become highlights of your cruise. From great seats of learning to traditional country ways of life, step into a truly memorable experience.
  • Enrich encounters will be indicated in the itinerary.
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
2019 Preview Release & Earlybirds
2019 Pre-Release and Earlybirds
  • Book this month to secure your 2019 river cruise at 2018 prices!
  • Various Fly Free, Air Credits & Early Payment savings available for a limited time only.
  • Preview itineraries and inclusions are based on the 2018 Season brochure. Itineraries and prices are subject to change and will be finalised when the 2019 Europe River Cruising brochure is released.
River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Freechoice activities
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 41 meals – 17 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 16 dinners
Scenic  Freechoice
Scenic Freechoice
  • Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, 'Freechoice' offers a diverse range of sightseeing, activities and dining for you to choose from. And of course, they're all included.
  • All Scenic guests are unique so we appreciate that different people may want different levels of pace during your trip. Perhaps plan to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo or know you can truly unwind throughout.
Scenic Enrich
Scenic Enrich
  • All-inclusive, exclusive, unique. Scenic's 'Enrich' encounters take you behind the scenes to enjoy moments inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. Enrich experiences will take you to the cultural heart of life that has been established over centuries around the waterways of Europe.
  • Scenic's Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of diverse and thrilling moments that will become highlights of your cruise. From great seats of learning to traditional country ways of life, step into a truly memorable experience.
  • Enrich encounters will be indicated in the itinerary.
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Scenic
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Category PA
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Category PP
Balcony Suite
Category PD
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Category RJ
Junior Balcony Suite
Category RA
Royal Balcony Suite
Category R
Royal Balcony Suite
Category RS
Royal Panorama Suite
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Category E & D (Standard Suite)

  • Stateroom size 15m2/160ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
Private Balcony Suite
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Category A, PA, PP, BA, BB & C (Private Balcony Suite)

  • Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 19m2/205ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Beverage service in your private suite
  • Complimentary daily pressing for two pieces of clothing (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • Exclusive invitation to Table La Rive (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
Deluxe Balcony Suite
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Category BD & PD (Deluxe Balcony Suite)

  • Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 21m2/225ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Beverage service in your private suite
  • Complimentary daily pressing for two pieces of clothing (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • daily delivery of afternoon canapés (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • Beverage and meal service in your private suite (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • Exclusive invitation to Table La Rive (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
Junior Balcony Suite
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Category RJ & BJ (Junior Balcony Suite)

  • Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 23m2/250ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Beverage service in your private suite
  • Complimentary daily pressing for two pieces of clothing (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • daily delivery of afternoon canapés (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • Beverage and meal service in your private suite (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
  • Exclusive invitation to Table La Rive (Exclusive to Diamond Deck)
Royal Panorama Suite
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Category RS (Royal Panorama Suite)

  • Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 30m2/325ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service
  • Daily delivery of afternoon canapés
  • Complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml)
  • Morning delivery of newspapers
  • Beverage and meal service in your private suite
  • Packing and unpacking your luggage
  • Euro 200 per cabin on board credit
  • Private transfers in Europe*
  • Exclusive invitation to dine at Table La Rive
  • Priority dining reservations
Royal Balcony Suite
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Category R (Royal Balcony Suite)

  • One bedroom suite including Scenic Sun Lounge - 47m2/510ft2
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed & pillow menu
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms with upgraded bathroom amenities & luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Mac-mini infotainment system with complimentary movies on demand
  • International power sockets, safe, hairdryer, alarm clock & telephone
  • Butler service & complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Shoeshine service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service
  • Daily delivery of afternoon canapés
  • Complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml)
  • Morning delivery of newspapers
  • Beverage and meal service in your private suite
  • Packing and unpacking your luggage
  • Euro 200 per cabin on board credit
  • Private transfers in Europe*
  • Exclusive invitation to dine at Table La Rive
  • Priority dining reservations
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Cabin Upgrades
Cat E (Standard Suite)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Cat D (Standard Suite) $ 275
Cat C (Balcony Suite) $ 1,125
Cat BA (Balcony Suite) $ 1,395
Cat BB (Balcony Suite) $ 1,445
Cat A (Balcony Suite) $ 1,475
Cat PA (Balcony Suite) $ 1,525
Cat BD (Deluxe Balcony Suite) $ 1,545
Cat BJ (Junior Suite) $ 1,695
Cat PD (Deluxe Balcony suite) $ 1,875
Cat RJ (Junior Suite) $ 2,075
Cat RA (Royal Suite) $ 2,995
Cat R (Royal Suite) $ 3,245
Cat RS (Royal Panorama Suite) $ 3,525
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