Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans

Black Sea Explorer with Best of the Balkans

Starting at $10,095


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Over 24 days, discover the Balkans history & culture on a round-trip tour & cruise from Budapest. Sail through the Iron Gates & admire the stunning scenery.
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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Budapest
Welcome to Budapest and your luxurious hotel for a two night stay.

Budapest
Wander the cobblestone streets with your expert local guide as you explore the two sides of this great city, Buda and Pest. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

Budapest > Giurgiu
This afternoon you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.

Kalocsa
Today you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional Puszta horse show.

Osijek
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside. Alternatively, join a local and learn to make a traditional fish stew. Later, be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked meal and discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia.

Belgrade
Freechoice: Enjoy an in-depth city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, or take an orientation tour of Belgrade and see the highlights of the city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or take a walk through the city with a local. Or, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. Enrich Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt.

Iron Gates
Admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Svishtov > Rousse
Freechoice: Discover the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Or, stay on board and cruise towards Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

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 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 Bucharest. Freechoice: Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, or tour the Village Open Air Museum. Enjoy an overnight stay at in Bucharest.

Bucharest > Sofia
Depart Romania today and journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia where you will stay for two nights.

Sofia
With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.

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, where you’ll stay for two nights. Enrich Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.

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: 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 Lake > Tirana
Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel, before embarking on a city tour.

Tirana > Budva
Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.

Budva > Dubrovnik
Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where youll enjoy a two night stay.

Dubrovnik
This morning, see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery. Freechoice: Journey through the pretty countryside to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, those more active can take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts. This evening, visit a local farm house and meet the owners as you taste their delicious home grown produce during a mouth- watering 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.

Sarajevo
Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour, including Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo 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 Sarajevo.

Sarajevo > Zagreb
Continue to the intriguing Croatian capital of Zagreb, 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 that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.

Zagreb > Budapest
Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Budapest
Depart after breakfast, taking with you a lifetime a wonderful 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.

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