24 Day Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans
Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans
From: Budapest to Budapest
Countries Visited: Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia
Our Price (from): $12,611 pp
1. Welcome to Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins with a two night stay.
Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.
3. Budapest - Giurgiu
Board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.
Today, witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.
Freechoice: Explore on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through ’s countryside. Enrich: 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.
Freechoice: Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.
7. Iron Gates
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular – a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania. Sundowners: Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this spectacular location.
8. Svishtov - Rousse
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
Discover the 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
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest. Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Bucharest and learn details of its communist past. Or tour the local Open Air Museum. Later, check-in for your stay at your centrally located hotel.
11. Bucharest - Sofia
Journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.
With your local guide, discover neo-classical 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.
13. 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 for a two night stay. Enrich: Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.
14. 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.
15. Ohrid Lake - Tirana
Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel before embarking on a city tour.
16. Tirana - Budva
Travel to Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.
17. 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 a two night stay.
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, visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk ’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.
19. Dubrovnik - Sarajevo
En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the Old Bridge. Later, check into your hotel for your two night stay.
Explore the treasures of on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old , Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the 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 .
21. Sarajevo - Zagreb
Continue to Zagreb and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.
22. 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.
23. Zagreb - Budapest
Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay.
Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.