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Black Sea Explorer

(10 days, Budapest - Bucharest, 2014)

Flexible travel arrangements to suit you

  • You have the option of flying from Heathrow with British Airways, with Lufthansa indirect from Manchester or Birmingham or with KLM* from a choice of 15 UK airports- whichever you choose, you won’t pay any extra
Please note if taking a Limited Edition Offers cruise, a supplement of £95 per person applies when travelling with KLM or Eurostar.
 

Europe’s newest, most luxurious ships

  • 7 nights in the most spacious ships on Europe’s waterways and 2 nights at the Marriott Bucharest
  • Understated elegance and luxury amenities in all our suites
  • 84% with spacious private balcony and Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’
 

An unsurpassed standard of service

  • An onboard butler service for every one of our guests, irrespective of cabin grade - and yes, it’s all included
  • With our dedicated and experienced Cruise Director and the best crew-to-passenger ratio, you’ll notice the difference
 

All fabulous dining experiences included

  • 20 meals onboard: including 7 breakfasts, 1 highlight lunch,5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner included during Bucharest hotel stay
  • An irresistible selection of onboard dining venues availableduring your cruise; the opportunity to dine at Portobellos Restaurant, the Crystal Dining Restaurant, River Café, the Riverview Terrace, and an exclusive invitation to Table La Rive for Danube Deck, Royal and Junior Suite guests
  • Onshore dining experience in a Croatian family home
 

Unlimited complimentary drinks

  • All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst onboard your cruise (drinks not included in Bucharest) - cocktails at the bar,gin and tonic on your balcony. Choose from outstanding regional and international wines, boutique beers, cocktails and spirits, freshly ground coffee and speciality loose leaf teas, plus your mini-bar is replenished every day at no extra cost**
 

Unforgettable experiences every day

  • An incredible array of spectacular experiences including authentic Croatian family life
  • 7 Scenic FreeChoice options - flexible touring in 3 ports
  • Scenic Tailormade - numerous opportunities to explore viaa hand-held GPS device, on foot or complimentary bike
 

A brilliant programme of entertainment

  • Vibrant and colourful performances onboard
  • Fascinating guest lectures bring local culture to life
 

No hidden extras whatsoever

  • Tipping? We take care of all that. We also include port charges, transfers and airport taxes worth £440 per couple, as well ascomplimentary onboard WiFi
 

From the 22nd April 2013, KLM are introducing a fee for checking in a bag. You can check in a suitcase at a fee of EUR 15 (one way) if arranged prior to your arrival at the airport. The airport fee will be EUR 30 (one way). However, Scenic Tours has been working hard with KLM to find a solution that will mean our guests do not have to pay this additional luggage fee. By spending a couple of minutes enrolling in their frequent flyer programme ‘Flying Blue’ you can avoid paying these additional fees (and you’ll earn Miles too!) To enrol in the Flying Blue programme click here.

** All drinks included except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits.

Please note, the Bucharest stay is not all-inclusive.

Please note: these are the inclusions for 2014, there may be small changes for 2015.

 
 
Black Sea Explorer
SAVE £750 ON ALL 2014 CRUISES

May 03*   2 CABINS LEFT
Jun 16    SOLD OUT
Jun 21*   SOLD OUT
 
 
WAS FROM

£3,295
£3,295
£3,295
 
 
NOW FROM

£2,545
£2,545

£2,545
 
 
SAVING

£750
£750
£750
 

As this website does not display live availability, please call us to check the availability of your preferred cabin.

Prices are per person and are based on a Category E stateroom.

* Please note that on these dates the cruise runs in reverse from Bucharest to Budapest
 
 

Cabin upgrades

To upgrade to one of our suites, simply add the cabin upgrade price to the NOW FROM cruise price above to generate the overall price per person.

 
CATEGORY
& DECK


D Moselle
C Sapphire
BA Sapphire
BB Sapphire
B Sapphire
BD Sapphire
BJ Sapphire
A Diamond
PA Diamond
PP Diamond
P Diamond
PD Diamond
RJ Diamond
RA Diamond
RS Diamond
R Diamond
 
 
CABIN / SUITE


Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Royal Suite
Royal Panorama Suite
Royal Suite

 
ADD
Crystal

£125
£645
£695
£845
-
£975
£1,245
£895
£975
£1,045
-
£1,145
£1,345
£1,995
£2,095
£2,095

 
ADD
Other ships

£125
£645
£695
£845
£895
-
£1,245
£895
£975
£1,045
£1,095
-
£1,345
£1,995
£2,095
£2,095
 
Terms & Conditions: Savings valid on new bookings only made by 30th April 2014. All prices and upgrades are per person, twin share in GBP, based on Cat. E stateroom and are subject to availability. Other cabins are at an upgraded price. Single supplement - Cat. E is approx. 50%, other cabins are approx. 100%. Please call for details. Deposit is £750 per person. Full payment is required within 90 days of departure. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change. If taking a Limited Edition New Year Offers cruise, flights from London Heathrow are included, but a supplement of £95 per person will apply if you choose to travel with KLM or Eurostar.
For full terms and conditions and all the information you need to book your holiday click here.
 
 
2015 Preview Prices
2015
Departure dates
2014 price
from (pp)
Save
(pp)
Preview price
from (pp)
Apr 13 19*
£2,845
£750
£2,095
May 03
£3,295
£750
£2,545
Jun 17* 23
£3,295
£750
£2,545

Prices are per person and are based on a Category E stateroom.

* These departures operate in reverse.
 
 

Cabin upgrades

To upgrade to one of our suites, simply add the cabin upgrade price to the NOW FROM cruise price above to generate the overall price per person.
 
 
CATEGORY
& DECK


D Moselle
C Rhine
BA Rhine
BB Rhine
B Rhine
BD Rhine
BJ Rhine
A Danube
PA Danube
PP Danube
P Danube
PD Danube
RJ Danube
RA Danube
RS Danube
R Danube
 
 
CABIN / SUITE


Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Royal Suite
Royal Panorama Suite
Royal Suite
 
ADD
Crystal

£125
£645
£695
£845
-
£975
£1,245
£895
£975
£1,045
-
£1,145
£1,345
£1,995
£2,095
£2,095
 
ADD
Other ships

£125
£645
£695
£845
£895
-
£1,245
£895
£975
£1,045
£1,095
-
£1,345
£1,995
£2,095
£2,095
 

Terms & Conditions: Prices are based on a Cat. E Stateroom and are correct at the time of going to print. The savings apply to 2015 European river cruises and to new bookings made by 30th April 2014. There are a limited number of cabins available on each departure date at the Preview Prices. Please note, the ship sailing a particular departure is subject to change. Please call for current availability and prices on your preferred itinerary and cruise. The Bucharest stay is not all-inclusive.
 
 

Black Sea Explorer (10 days, Budapest - Bucharest)

Take a voyage of discovery to the furthest reaches of the Danube, from Budapest and Belgrade, through the towering ‘Iron Gate’, a river gorge with the Carpathian Mountains pressing from the north and Balkan Mountains barricading from the south. Sail into mystical lands, rich in legend, before travelling to the Black Sea and Bucharest.

2015 offers - Book your 2015 cruise at 2014 brochure prices, plus save £1,500 per couple.

2014 offers - Save up to £2,500 per couple.

Please note: the Black Sea Explorer will be a 9 day itinerary for 2015, and there may be other small changes.
 

Day 1: UK - Budapest (D)
There are a number of ways to travel to Budapest. Fly from your choice of 15 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM; travel from London Heathrow with British Airways; or fly with Lufthansa from Manchester or Birmingham indirect. A Scenic Tours Representative will transfer* you to your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Kalocsa (B,L,D)
Enjoy early morning cruising to the Baroque provincial town of Kalocsa, which lies at the periphery of the great Hungarian plain and is renowned for its decorative embroidery and paprika production. Be impressed by a Hungarian Puszta horse farm and enjoy a show before tracing the interesting Turkish origins of paprika. Alternatively, explore with Scenic Tailormade and choose a city tour of Kalocsa. More than 1,000 years old, Kalocsa is a quaint town filled with culture and is a great place to see Hungarian crafts. Highlights include the House of Folk Arts and Cathedral. Tonight join your Captain in the Crystal Dining Restaurant for your Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Osijek - Vukovar (B,HL,D)
Today choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a guided walking tour of Osijek (2) a guided cycling tour of Osijek’s countryside. Scenic Enrich: As a special Scenic guest, you will be invited into the home of a local family for a home cooked traditional lunch and an opportunity to learn about everyday life in Croatia. You will also have an opportunity to taste some local wines from boutique family vineyards.
Day 4: Belgrade (B,L,D)
Today explore Serbia’s capital Belgrade, one of the oldest capital cities in Europe. Visit Tito’s memorial, Fortress Kalemegdan and see St. Sava Church on your included tour. This afternoon choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) join your guide as you take a leisurely bicycle journey along the banks of the Danube (2) enjoy the ‘Tastes of Belgrade’; during your walking tour you will have the opportunity to sample traditional Serbian specialities (3) see Belgrade through the eyes of the locals when you meet a native Belgradian who will take you around the city. Alternatively, explore with Scenic Tailormade and choose from two self-guided tours, Belgrade through the ages and the Wonder of Zemun, one of the most beautiful residential areas in the city, with an ideal location next to the Danube and bursting with picturesque cobblestone streets.
Day 5: Iron Gate (B,L,D)
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, which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Relax on the Riverview Terrace or in the Panorama Lounge as you have a relaxing day of cruising.
Day 6: Svistov - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Russe (B,L,D)
From the former Roman fortress town of Svistov in Bulgaria, venture to Veliko Tarnovo, a city with a rich historical past which you can discover with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace. In the 14th century as the Byzantine Empire weakened, the city was the Bulgarian capital and known as the third Rome. We then venture to the nearby leafy village of Arbanassi, which is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list of valuable cultural sites. Upon arrival in Russe in the late afternoon, why not enjoy a self-guided city tour with Scenic Tailormade? Russe is the fifth biggest city in Bulgaria and is home to a grand square enlivened by cafés and Austro-Hungarian influenced architecture, often illuminated to great effect at night. The city’s past is abundantly displayed in several museums, and in its ruined Roman fortress that stands guard high over the Danube.
Day 7: Cernavoda - Black Sea (B,L,D)
Cernavoda in Romania is your ship’s base today for an excursion to the seaside town of Constanta, the gateway to the Black Sea coast with the largest harbour in the Black Sea. Visit the Archaeology Museum and the Greco-Roman style St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. Also visit Mamaia, this popular resort town stretches eight kilometres in length, with only a 300 metre sliver of land separating the Black Sea shore from the waters of Lake Siutghiol.
Day 8: Bucharest (B,D)
This morning disembark your cruise ship and travel to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Its perplexing mismatch of eras - grey housing blocks from Ceausescu’s brutal rebuilding phase, deliberately French palaces with Baroque clam-shaped canopies, remains of medieval churches and courts, 21st-century office buildings - means that even a short walk is a lesson in history. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to the Ceausescu’s imposing Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe.
Two Night Stay: Bucharest
Day 9: Bucharest (B)
Today choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) journey to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Count Dracula. See the castle that is steeped in history and is one of Romania’s national treasures (2) visit Snagov Lake and see its famous Monastery, that is situated on an island in the middle of the lake. This is said to be the burial place of Count Dracula.
Day 10: Bucharest - UK (B)
After breakfast, transfer* to the airport for your flight home: fly with British Airways to London Heathrow, via Amsterdam with KLM to one of 15 UK regional airports, or indirect with Lufthansa to Manchester or Birmingham.

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, HL – Highlight Lunch, D – Dinner

* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office.

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Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.
Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.
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Duration
10 Days
From
£3,990
per person twin share
Great savings on all cruises
 
Dates
16 Jun 2014
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