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Board your luxurious ship to cruise the Danube river through Eastern Europe toward the Black Sea. Begin your adventure in Budapest, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, then journey through unspoiled lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that still look as they might have over a century ago. Discover the rich culture of Hungary in Kalocsa, cruise through the striking gorge of the Iron Gates, and learn about the long and storied history of Belgrade. With stops in Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria, this cruise is sure to inspire travelers seeking an experience in Eastern Europe.

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 | Bucharest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore one of Europe’s oldest capitals, lovely Belgrade
  • Discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia
  • Visit historical Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge in the mountains

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Scenic Pearl

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania Explore Budapest from the serene Danube Admire Roman-inspired architecture in Bucharest Explore Romania's capital city, Bucharest
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Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Board your luxurious ship. 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.

Enrich:
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 intimately understand the local way of life.

Day 4 Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
Join your local guide for an in-depth discovery of Belgrade and visit Tito’s Memorial, or see Belgrade on an orientation tour before time at leisure. Alternatively, choose a guided bike ride along the Danube, or journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can explore the town and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. You also have the option of gaining some true insights into everyday life on a walking tour with a local.

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 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 | Bucharest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your ship, depart this afternoon upon arrival at Bucharest airport. Please book flights to depart after 3pm.
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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.
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Standard Stateroom D
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Single Balcony Suite BS
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Balcony Suite C
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite BA
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite BB
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite B
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire Deck these cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Junior Balcony Suite BJ
These spacious Suites (250ft²), located on the Sapphire Deck, have a private full-length balcony and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin, bathtub with shower above.
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Balcony Suite A
Located on the Diamond Deck these 205ft2 cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite P
Located on the Diamond Deck these 205ft2 cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite PA
Located on the Diamond Deck these 205ft2 cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite PP
Located on the Diamond Deck these 205ft2 cabins feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Junior Balcony Suite RJ
These spacious Suites (250ft²), located on the Diamond Deck, have a private full-length balcony and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin, bathtub with shower above.
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Royal Balcony Suite RA
315ft2. These suites are located on the Diamond Deck and are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
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Royal Balcony Suite R
315ft2. These suites are located on the Diamond Deck and are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
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Royal Panorama Suite RS
At 325ft², this suite is the largest on the ship. At the rear of the Diamond Deck, enjoy panoramic views of the breathtaking passing scenery through floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin.
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Royal Owner's Suite RO
520ft2 including the outdoor balcony. These Suites are located on the Diamond Deck and 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
- exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
- Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
- Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
- 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
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