Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

On this luxury 15 day cruise and tour from Budapest to Bucharest, highlights include Belgrade, sailing through the Iron Gates and explore Bran Castle.

15 Days
Bucharest to Budapest
From (NZD)
$ 7,525
$ 7,075
Dates & Pricing

2021 Bucharest > Budapest

Legendary landscape

Discover one of Eastern Europe’s most captivating regions as you explore majestic capital cities. Delve into the land of legends, Transylvania, and be immersed in the beautiful Danube River.
The capitals of Romania, Serbia and Hungary will surprise and delight. Take a step back in time in Transylvania, often described as ‘the last truly medieval landscape in Europe’. Spend time exploring Bucharest’s grandiose architecture, then wind your way through the Iron Gates towards the magnificent city of Budapest.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BBTR
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Budapest

Selected Itinerary

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Bucharest

    Enjoy an overnight stay.

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest > Brasov

    Your journey into the Transylvanian region begins with a visit to Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and considered by some to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. Then continue to Brasov where your local guide will show you the sights before arriving at your hotel.
    Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner complete with Romanian folklore.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Brasov > Sighisoara

    A true highlight awaits. Visit Bran Castle, home of the legend of Count Dracula. This afternoon you will arrive into the Saxon town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes and the inspiration for the story of Count Dracula. Enjoy your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Sighisoara > Sibiu

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of this fortified city, or if you’re feeling more active, hike to the Church on the Hill for superb views over the city. 

    After some free time we continue our exploration of the fascinating Transylvania region visiting the medieval town of Sibiu. Explore its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel.
     

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sibiu > Bucharest

    Make your way back to Bucharest for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bucharest > Giurgiu

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Silstra:

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Rousse

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Iron Gates

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Belgrade

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Osijek

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Kalocsa

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Budapest

    After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. This afternoon check into your hotel in Budapest for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    Enjoy the day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 33 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability