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Black Sea Explorer

From £2,995 pp

Cruise on board a Scenic Space-Ship down the Danube. Begin your adventure in Budapest, held by many to be the most fetching city in Europe, then journey through unspoilt lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that still look as they might have over a hundred years ago, to Romania’s capital Bucharest.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Scenic Travel Tour Manager.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six Dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 85% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  •  Personalised butler service
  •  Laundry concierge
  •  Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Gym & Wellness area
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities
  • Return flight from a selection of upto 14 UK airports

On Shore

  • Scenic  Enrich – An unforgettable and exclusive event
  • Scenic Freechoice – A Choice of flexible excursions and activites
  • Scenic Sundowners – An exclusive hosted event in a stunning location

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Scenic Travel Tour Manager.

See Budapest on your Danube river cruise
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Day 1 - Arrive in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, one of the most enchanting cities on the banks of the Danube. At this evening’s welcome reception, you’re invited to raise your glass to the journey ahead.

Day 1 - Arrive in Budapest

Dinner

Day 2 - Kalocsa

Highlights: Hungarian horse show

Enjoy 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.

Today you’ll get to attend a traditional Hungarian Puszta horse show

Day 2 - Kalocsa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Osijek

Highlights: Enrich home hosted meal

You’ll enjoy options galore during your time in the Croatian city of Osijek.  The region itself is modestly sized, picturesquely positioned on the river Drava.  Although the city was bombed in the wars that followed the break up of the old Yugoslavia in 1991,  much of its Baroque heart survived, in tact.

Freechoice

Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or if you’re the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek’s countryside.

Enrich

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

Day 3 - Osijek

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Belgrade

Highlights: Scenic Sundowners

The Sava and Danube rivers meet in the city of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.  Communist blocks rub shoulders with Art Nouveau masterpieces, and you’re invited to explore this intriguing region of stark contrasts, to see how Belgrade is heading towards a brighter future.

Join your local guide and discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market through our Shop with a Chef offering. Or for some true insight into local life join a walking tour with a local.

Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day, it’s a moment to savour and a chance to reflect on all you’ve seen and experienced.

Day 4 - Belgrade

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Iron Gates

Highlights: Danube Gorge

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 for a cruise, it’s also the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 5 - Iron Gates

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Svishtov & Rousse

Highlights: Byzantine treasures

As you continue your journey further east, another day full of wonderful choices presents itself

Journey from Svishtov to the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo, a town with a rich historical past.  You’ll venture to the nearby leafy village or Arbanassi, which features on the World Heritage cultural list.

Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.  Its the fifth biggest city in Bulgaria and home to a grand square enlivened by cafes and Austro-Hungarian influenced architecture.  The city’s past is abundantly displayed in several museums, and it’s ruined Roman fortress, which overlooks the Danube.

Day 6 - Svishtov & Rousse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Silidtra

Highlights: Black Sea and Varna

Silistra is a port city located on the southern bank of the lower Danube.  During your visit, you may be surprised at the abundance of historical landmarks found here.

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 7 - Silidtra

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Giurgiu & Bucharest

Highlights: Palace of the Parliament

This morning you will disembark your cruise ship and travel to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.  The city displays a perplexing mismatch of eras, grey housing blocks form the Ceausescu’s brutal rebuilding phase, French influenced palaces with Baroque clam shaped canopies, the ruins of medieval churches and courts, sand 21st century office buildings.  even a short walk is a revealing history lesson.

Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay in Bucharest.

Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.

Day 8 Giurgiu & Bucharest

Breakfast

Day 9 - Bucharest Return Home

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

Breakfast

Scenic Jade Exterior

Introduced to the Scenic fleet in 2014 with a capacity of just 169 guests in 85 suites, with 53 crew, the Scenic Jade accommodates excellent levels of service.  Since then, she’s been attentively upgraded to bring her in line with newer members of the fleet, offering enhanced comfort, luxury and technological innovation without forgoing the charm which made this ship so popular with previous guests.

Depending on the class of suite or stateroom you opt for, you’ll enjoy a wealth of luxurious features, including Scenic Sun Lounges, 32-inch HD TVs and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with revolutionary massage shower and wet room.  All balcony suites feature Scenic’s exclusive ‘Sun Lounge’ system which transforms your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space.

From the Panorama Lounge Bar and the spacious Sun Deck, to the well appointed fitness and wellness suite, you’ll enjoy luxury wherever you stray aboard this elegant river cruise ship.

Scenic Crystal Sun Deck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Riverview Terrace
  • Sun Deck
  • Walking Track
  • Portobellos Restaurant
  • River Cafe
  • Table La Rive Private Dining (Diamond deck guests only)
  • Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Lift
  • Complimentary use of E-bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Gym and Wellness Area
  • Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks

Accommodation & Amenities

85 elegantly appointed Staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-320 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 2 Royal Panorama Suites, situated at the rear of the ship at 325 sq ft² in size.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

Offering a roster of distinct dining venues, including Crystal Dining, Riverview Terrace, Portobellos, Table La Rive and the Panorama Lounge Bar, guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to dine aboard a Scenic space ship. Couple this with the option to take breakfast, lunch or dinner from the privacy of your suite, and your dining preferences will be all perfectly accommodated aboard these majestic Space-Ships.

Scenic offer levels of service which are differentiated by the level of stateroom or suite booked.  Please see the individual room type description for details.

Royal Suites

Royal Panorama Suite 325 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

Royal Balcony Suite 315 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with upgraded bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO ROYAL SUITE GUESTS: unlimited complimentary laundry service, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml), morning delivery of newspapers, in-suite beverage and meal service, packing and unpacking of suitcases, 200 Euros on board credit, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive, priority dining reservations.  Private chauffeur service in Europe – restrictions apply.

Scenic Crystal Royal Suite
Scenic Space Ship Junior Suite

Junior Suites

250 ft² – Diamond (Upper) & Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO JUNIOR SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, in-suite beverage and meal service, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.

Balcony Suites

Deluxe Balcony Suite 225 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

Balcony Suite 205 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.

Scenic Crystal Balcony Suite
Scenic Crystal Stateroom

Standard Suites

160 ft² – Jewel (Lower) Deck

  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service
Scenic Jade Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

Scenic sit at the top of the luxury river cruise market.  A luxurious mix of contemporary, luxurious ships with top level touring and inclusions which add up to a relaxing, high level river cruise holiday.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 10Scenic CrystalBudapest£2995SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed Windows£2995  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3645  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4290  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3940  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£5090  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£5190  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside Balcony£5390  
Apr 16Scenic CrystalBucharest£2996SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed Windows£2996  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3646  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4291  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4591  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4591  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside BalconySold  
May 22Scenic CrystalBudapest£4240SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside BalconySold  
May 28Scenic CrystalBucharest£3420SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed Windows£3420  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£4090  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£5490  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Sep 26Scenic CrystalBudapest£3295SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed Windows£3295  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3945  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4890  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£5390  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£5490  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside Balcony£5690  
Oct 2Scenic CrystalBucharest£Sold OutCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside BalconySold  


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