Have questions? We're here.
Parliament Building at night, Budapest

Black Sea Explorer

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Crystal
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Danube River trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert Ask a Question
Begin your journey in Hungary's capital, Budapest, regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Board your luxurious ship to cruise the Danube through unspoiled lands, where lush landscapes are dotted with towns and cities that still look as they might have over a hundred years ago. Stop in Kalocsa and learn about traditional Hungarian culture; discover a slice of everyday life in Osijek, Croatia; pass through the spectacular gorge of the Iron Gates, a natural border between Romania and Serbia. End your adventure with tours of Svishtov, Rousse, Silistra, and Giurgiu, before disembarking in Bucharest and continuing on your Eastern European exploration. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest | Embark
Day 2 : Kalocsa
Day 3 : Osijek
Day 4 : Belgrade
Day 5 : Iron Gates
Day 6 : Svishtov | Rousse
Day 7 : Silistra
Day 8 : Giurgiu | Disembark | Bucharest
Day 9 : Bucharest

Highlights

  • Witness a traditional Hungarian horse show in Kalocsa
  • Take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside
  • Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates
  • Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi

Ship

Scenic Crystal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Parliament Building at night, Budapest Cruise through the Iron Gates Discover the history of Belgrade Romanian Athenaeum Of Bucharest, Romania Explore Romania's capital city, Bucharest Discover the architecture and history of Budapest Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Board your shop after a day of exploring Budapest. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead.

Day 2 Kalocsa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa 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 practiced for centuries.

Day 3 Osijek

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

As a 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. With great food and wonderful company, this is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Day 4 Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
Enjoy an in-depth 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 city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride, or for a true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can wander the town with our experts 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.

Day 5 Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise through the spectacular Iron Gates – a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Not only is it a spectacular setting, but it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Sundowners:
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in this spectacular location.

Day 6 Svishtov | Rousse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. Or stay on board and cruise to the town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.

Day 7 Silistra

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the Silistra Fort during an active walking tour, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Or tour a local village, including a visit to the primary school, and learn about life in Bulgaria.

Day 8 Giurgiu | Disembark | Bucharest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

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 ethnographic exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Later, check-in for your stay at your centrally located hotel.

Day 9 Bucharest

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for your onward flight. It may be the end of your cruise, but there are many wonderful memories to recall!

Scenic Crystal

Per person starting at
$5,145
Select a Date
Standard Suite E
Dimensions: 160ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
Select a Date
Standard Suite D
Dimensions: 160ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite C
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite BA
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Single Balcony Suite BS
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite BB
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Deluxe Balcony Suite BD
Dimensions: 225ft2. Located in prime locations at the front of the ship on both the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, they offer all the features of the private Balcony Suites with the ingenious Scenic Sun Lounge, but with even more space to relax.
Select a Date
Junior Balcony Suite BJ
Dimensions: 250ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony complete with a Scenic Sun Lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite A
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite PA
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Balcony Suite PP
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Deluxe Balcony Suite PD
Dimensions: 225ft2. Located in prime locations at the front of the ship on both the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, they offer all the features of the private Balcony Suites with the ingenious Scenic Sun Lounge, but with even more space to relax.
Select a Date
Junior Balcony Suite RJ
Dimensions: 250ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony complete with a Scenic Sun Lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.
Select a Date
Royal Balcony Suite RA
Dimensions: 315ft2. These Suites located on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
Select a Date
Royal Balcony Suite R
Dimensions: 315ft2. These Suites located on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
Select a Date
Royal Panorama Suite RS
Dimensions: 325ft2. At 325ft², these are the largest suites on the ship. Located on the Diamond Deck, both suites enjoy fantastic views of the passing scenery from your private balcony complete with Scenic Sun Lounge. Each Suite has a lounge area and a luxurious bathroom.
Select a Date
Royal Owner's Suite RO
Dimensions - 520ft2 including outdoor balcony. These Suites on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space (315ft²), impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Please contact us for the Single Supplement Rate.

All-inclusive highlights:

- 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
- 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
- Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
- Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
- 23 meals – 8 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
- Complimentary beverages all day, every day
- Butler service for all guests
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
- The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Expert local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- All tipping and gratuities
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Travel Agents
Sarah Senior Employee Headshot
Sarah S

We Love to Talk Travel

Call +1.406.541.2677
or
Chat Now
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
Lindsay Gompf

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Awards and Accolades

All News