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Bucharest-Budapest - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Opal
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Board the luxury Scenic Opal for this 11-day European cruise from Bucharest to Budapest. Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past, including a visit to Ceausescu’s Spring Palace. Discover Silistra Fort during an active walking tour and visit amazing Rousse. Cruise the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of Europe’s oldest capitals, Belgrade. On the way, visit Osijek, Kalocsa and finally reach gorgeous Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bucharest
Day 2 : Bucharest | Giurgiu | Embark
Day 3 : Silistra
Day 4 : Rousse
Day 5 : Iron Gates
Day 6 : Belgrade
Day 7 : Osijek
Day 8 : Kalocsa
Day 9 : Budapest | Disembark
Days 10-11 : Budapest

Highlights

  • Discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture
  • Take an excursion to lovely Varna on the Black Sea coast
  • Explore the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo on your voyage
  • View fantastic Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary

Ship

Scenic Opal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Discover the gorgeous architecture of Budapest Morning light in Budapest Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest Romanian Athenaeum Of Bucharest, Romania Explore the vibrant city of Bucharest Explore Bucharest
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Day 1 Bucharest

Welcome to Romania’s capital, Bucharest! Check into a centrally located hotel. 

Day 2 Bucharest | Giurgiu | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 and be personally welcomed by the friendly dedicated staff on board the luxury Scenic Opal. 

Day 3 Silistra

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

Day 4 Rousse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Visit Rousse and be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi.

Day 5 Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax and admire the scenery as the ship cruises the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. It’s a spectacular setting for a cruise and also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 6 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 before the time at leisure to wander this fascinating city. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or for some true insight into everyday life, take a walk through the city with a student. Or, journey to Sremski Karlovci; wander the town with our experts and marvel at the beautiful Baroque elements.

Enrich: Visit the largest orthodox temple in the Balkans, St. Sava and enjoy a choir performance in the Temple Crypt. 

Day 7 Osijek

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

As a special Scenic guest, 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 will be a magnificent meal and a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately.

Day 8 Kalocsa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Today, 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 9 Budapest | Disembark

After breakfast, disembark the ship and join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.

Day 10-11 Budapest

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city.

After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of the journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
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Bucharest

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Deluxe Balcony Suite BD
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Balcony Suite A
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Balcony Suite PA
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.
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Balcony Suite PP
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.
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Deluxe Balcony Suite PD
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.
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Junior Balcony Suite RJ
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Royal Balcony Suite RR
360ft2. 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.
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Royal Panorama Suite RP
475ft2. 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.
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Royal Owner's Suite RO
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
- 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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