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+44 1756 706500

Black Sea Explorer

All-inclusive voyage from Budapest through Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria towards the legendary Black Sea ending with a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions, butler service, complimentary drinks and gratuities on board

Fly Cruise
8 nights from £3245pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Hungarian Parliament, Budapest
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest
  • Heroes Square, Budapest
  • National Assembly, Belgrade
  • Bucharest
  • Trimuphal Arch, Bucharest

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Exclusive Blue Water Savings of up to £1800 per couple!

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Save an extra 10% on balcony cabins in 2022 when you pay in full by 30 November 2021

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Black Sea Explorer Special Offer

Voyage from Budapest along to the furthest reaches of the Danube and on to the Black Sea, cruising through the dramatic Iron Gates, a gorge separating Serbia and Romania.

Discover the local traditions with excellent included shore excursions, with highlights including a Hungarian Putza horse show in Kalocsa and a home-cooked lunch from a local family in Croatia. See architectural highlights including the Fortress Kalemegdan and Tito's Memorial in Belgrade and discover the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

From Silistra, perhaps take an excursion to Varna on the coast of the Black Sea, before ending this fascinating Black Sea Voyage with a hotel stay in Bucharest, with guided tours around the fascinating mix of architecture in the city.

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Black Sea Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from your choice of 15 regional airports to Budapest. A representative will transfer you to your luxury ship. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 - Kalocsa

Enjoy early morning cruising to the Baroque town of Kalocsa which lies on the periphery of the great Hungarian plain and is renowned for its paprika production. Visit a Hungarian Pustza horse farm to watch a traditional horse show. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Osijek (Croatia) - Vukovar

Today choose from a guided walking tour of Osijek or a guided cycling tour of Osijek's countryside. As a special Scenic guest, you will be invited into the home of a local family for a home cooked traditional lunch to learn about everyday life in Croatia. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Today explore the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, which is home to Tito's Memorial, Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride along the banks of the Danube, join a native Belgradian for a tour of the city or journey to Sremski Karlovci. Scenic Enrich - Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt. There is also the opportunity to explore independently with Scenic Tailormade. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Iron Gates

Be sure to have your camera ready as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gate, a narrow gorge carved by the River Danube between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Svishtov (Bulgaria) - Rousse

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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Silistra (Romania)

Enjoy a visit to Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast or take an active walk to Silistra Fort or perhaps visit a local village and primary school to learn about everyday life in Bulgaria. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Bucharest (Romania)

This morning disembark and travel to Bucharest for an overnight hotel stay. Bucharest is a mismatch of eras with 21st-century offices, French Baroque-style palaces and remains of medieval churches. Join the guided tour of the Village Open Air Museum. (B)

Day 9 - Bucharest

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all inclusive cruise
  • 1-night hotel stay at the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar with breakfast only
  • Flights from up to 15 regional airports to Budapest and return from Bucharest
  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • On board entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Special Features

  • 14 Scenic FreeChoice options
  • Scenic Enrich: Visit the home of a local family in Osijek for a traditional meal
  • Opportunities to explore independently with your Scenic Tailormade device
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 13th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Ruby From: £3345
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
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    • Apr 19th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Ruby From: £3345
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
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  • May
    • May 16th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Jasper From: £4045
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RR Royal Balcony Suite Cat RP Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4245 Brochure Price: £4370 Brochure Price: £4895 Brochure Price: £5040 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5590 Brochure Price: £5740 Brochure Price: £5215 Brochure Price: £5290 Brochure Price: £5340 Brochure Price: £5890 Brochure Price: £6240 Brochure Price: £6840 Brochure Price: £7040
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    • May 22nd - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Jasper From: £4045
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RR Royal Balcony Suite Cat RP Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4245 Brochure Price: £4370 Brochure Price: £4895 Brochure Price: £5040 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5590 Brochure Price: £5740 Brochure Price: £5215 Brochure Price: £5290 Brochure Price: £5340 Brochure Price: £5890 Brochure Price: £6240 Brochure Price: £6840 Brochure Price: £7040
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  • June
    • Jun 15th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Jewel From: £4145
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4345 Brochure Price: £4470 Brochure Price: £4995 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5240 Brochure Price: £5690 Brochure Price: £5840 Brochure Price: £5315 Brochure Price: £5390 Brochure Price: £5440 Brochure Price: £5990 Brochure Price: £6340 Brochure Price: £6540 Brochure Price: £6640 Brochure Price: £6740
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    • Jun 21st - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Jewel From: £4145
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4345 Brochure Price: £4470 Brochure Price: £4995 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5240 Brochure Price: £5690 Brochure Price: £5840 Brochure Price: £5315 Brochure Price: £5390 Brochure Price: £5440 Brochure Price: £5990 Brochure Price: £6340 Brochure Price: £6540 Brochure Price: £6640 Brochure Price: £6740
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  • September
    • Sep 19th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Opal From: £3945
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RR Royal Balcony Suite Cat RP Royal Panorama Suite
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    • Sep 25th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Opal From: £3945
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RR Royal Balcony Suite Cat RP Royal Panorama Suite
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  • October
    • Oct 5th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Pearl From: £3545
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4045 Brochure Price: £4170 Brochure Price: £4695 Brochure Price: £4840 Brochure Price: £4940 Brochure Price: £5015 Brochure Price: £5540 Brochure Price: £5015 Brochure Price: £5090 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5190 Brochure Price: £6040 Brochure Price: £6240 Brochure Price: £6340 Brochure Price: £6440
      Blue Water Price: £3545 Blue Water Price: £3670 Blue Water Price: £3806 Blue Water Price: £3937 Blue Water Price: £4027 Blue Water Price: £4094 Blue Water Price: £4567 Blue Water Price: £4094 Blue Water Price: £4162 Blue Water Price: £4207 Blue Water Price: £4252 Blue Water Price: £5017 Blue Water Price: £5197 Blue Water Price: £5287 Blue Water Price: £5377
    • Oct 11th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Pearl From: £3545
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
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      Blue Water Price: £3545 Blue Water Price: £3670 Blue Water Price: £3806 Blue Water Price: £3937 Blue Water Price: £4027 Blue Water Price: £4094 Blue Water Price: £4567 Blue Water Price: £4094 Blue Water Price: £4162 Blue Water Price: £4207 Blue Water Price: £4252 Blue Water Price: £5017 Blue Water Price: £5197 Blue Water Price: £5287 Blue Water Price: £5377
    • Oct 19th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Scenic Pearl From: £3345
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £4045 Brochure Price: £4170 Brochure Price: £4695 Brochure Price: £4840 Brochure Price: £4940 Brochure Price: £5015 Brochure Price: £5540 Brochure Price: £5015 Brochure Price: £5090 Brochure Price: £5140 Brochure Price: £5190 Brochure Price: £6040 Brochure Price: £6240 Brochure Price: £6340 Brochure Price: £6440
      Blue Water Price: £3345 Blue Water Price: £3470 Blue Water Price: £3606 Blue Water Price: £3737 Blue Water Price: £3827 Blue Water Price: £3894 Blue Water Price: £4367 Blue Water Price: £3894 Blue Water Price: £3962 Blue Water Price: £4007 Blue Water Price: £4052 Blue Water Price: £4817 Blue Water Price: £4997 Blue Water Price: £5087 Blue Water Price: £5177
    • Oct 25th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Scenic Pearl From: £3245
      Cat E Standard Suite Cat D Standard Suite Cat C Balcony Suite Cat BA Balcony Suite Cat BB Balcony Suite Cat B Balcony Suite Cat BJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat A Balcony Suite Cat PA Balcony Suite Cat PP Balcony Suite Cat P Balcony Suite Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite Cat R Royal Balcony Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price: £3945 Brochure Price: £4070 Brochure Price: £4595 Brochure Price: £4740 Brochure Price: £4840 Brochure Price: £4915 Brochure Price: £5440 Brochure Price: £4915 Brochure Price: £4990 Brochure Price: £5040 Brochure Price: £5090 Brochure Price: £5940 Brochure Price: £6140 Brochure Price: £6240 Brochure Price: £6340
      Blue Water Price: £3245 Blue Water Price: £3370 Blue Water Price: £3516 Blue Water Price: £3647 Blue Water Price: £3737 Blue Water Price: £3804 Blue Water Price: £4277 Blue Water Price: £3804 Blue Water Price: £3872 Blue Water Price: £3917 Blue Water Price: £3962 Blue Water Price: £4727 Blue Water Price: £4907 Blue Water Price: £4997 Blue Water Price: £5087

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a cabin
  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
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