Welcome to Bucharest. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Bucharest > Sofia
Today journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.
With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.
Sofia > Ohrid
Your first stop today is Skopje, which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through Macedonia before arriving in Ohrid, where you’ll stay for two nights.
Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.
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.
Ohrid > Tirana
Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel, before embarking on a city tour of the Albanian capital.
Tirana > Budva > Kotor
Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva. On arrival take an orientation tour before continuing onto Kotor for your overnight stay.
Kotor > Dubrovnik
Let a local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy a two night stay.
This morning, see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.
Freechoice: Journey through to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.
Tonight visit a local farm house and meet the owners and taste delicious home grown produce during dinner.
Dubrovnik > Sarajevo
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.
Explore the treasures of Sarajevo, including Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.
Tonight you’ll be treated to a private home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine.
Sarajevo > Zagreb
Continue to the Croatian capital, where you will enjoy an overnight stay.
Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb
Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways, passing emerald green lakes, linked by magnificent waterfalls.
Zagreb > Budapest
Journey to Budapest and stay overnight.
Explore this beautiful city before boarding your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.
Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kolocsa 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.
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, explore one of Europe’s largest natural wetlands, Kopacki Rit, during a boat cruise or join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew.
Later, as a special Scenic guest, 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 is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.
Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth city 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 of the city before enjoying time at leisure to wander this beautiful location. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a local student. Or, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements.
Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the
Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Svishtov > Rousse
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
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.
Giurgiu > Bucharest
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.
Enjoy an overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for your onwards flight. It may be the end of your cruise, but there are many wonderful memories to look forward to.
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