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Black Sea Explorer with Turkey & Istanbul

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River View
$8,846
Balcony
$10,182
Suite
Sold Out
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 Cruise Length
16 Days
 Cruise Starts
Istanbul
 Cruise Finishes
Budapest
16 Day Black Sea Explorer with Turkey & Istanbul Itinerary (Scenic)
Countries Explored: Turkey Bulgaria Romania Serbia Croatia Hungary
Cruise Line:
River Ship
Departures
Passengers
159
Crew
59
Launched
2009
Refurbished
2019
Cruise Code
BUBI-2

Overview

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 free to explore them in unabashed luxury. Cruise on board a Scenic Space-Ship down the Danube, and from there you can journey all the way to the picturesque Black Sea. Begin your adventure in the magnificent, history-rich Istanbul, then journey through a handful of unspoilt lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that still look...read more as they might have over a hundred years ago. Your journey ends in Budapest, held by many to be the most fetching city in Europe.

Itinerary

Your journey into wonder begins here, with a three night stay in Istanbul.

Take a cruise on the Bosphorus strait this morning, before a visit to the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome square, see the magnificent 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. (B/D)

This morning, visit Dolmabahce Palace as well as the Topkapi Palace before time to wander the evocative Grand Bazaar and an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a special treat of traditional Turkish fare and outstanding views over the Golden Horn awaits. (B/D)

Enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer’s Troy – the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Canakkale for a two night stay. (B/D)

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. (B/L/D)

Journey from Canakkale to Bulgaria and stay two nights in Nessebar. (B/D)

Enjoy a tour of Nessebar. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show. (B/D)

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. (B/D)

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 on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. (B/L/D)

Freechoice: Discover Silistra Fort on an active walk, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and school to learn about life in Bulgaria. (B/L/D)

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. (B/L/D)

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. (B/L/D)

Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth tour of 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, join a bicycle ride along the Danube, or take a walk through the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to the nearby town of Sremski Karlovci. Enrich: Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt. (B/L/D)

Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, take a guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local for a fish stew cooking class. Later, 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. (B/L/D)

Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show. (B/L/D)

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. 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. Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change. (B)

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