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Bucharest to Budapest - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Pearl
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Join the amazing journey from lovely Bucharest to extraordinary Budapest city aboard the Scenic Pearl. 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.
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Highlights
  • Discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture
  • View fantastic Silistra Fort during an active walking tour
  • Explore the Iron Gates, a natural border between Serbia and Romania
  • Visit lovely Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Bucharest

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

Day 2: Bucharest | Giurgiu | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>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
strong>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
strong>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
strong>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
strong>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

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark the ship and join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.

Day 10: Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11: Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast

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Book a trip for your group and enjoy free or reduced air, along with an additional group savings of up to $200 per guest.

For 2023 sailings, Travel with your group, and 1 in every 10 guests will travel for free. On Douro cruises, 1 in every 12 guests in your group will travel for free.

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Standard Stateroom E
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
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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Single Balcony Suite BS
160ft2. Single Balcony Suites are located on the Sapphire 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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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-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
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • All standard beverages whilst on board the Scenic Eclipse. This includes champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, specialty teas and coffee and standard spirits. It also includes daily replenishment of the suite minibars
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge

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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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