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Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania from Budapest

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 14 nights
  • Departs 17 Oct 2022
  • Sails from Budapest, Hungary
  • Ship Scenic Pearl
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1809089
  • Voyage code ‍BBTR171022.1

Your Itinerary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary Mon 17 Oct 2022

Budapest, Hungary

Upon arrival, transfer to a luxurious hotel for your two night stay. 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary Tue 18 Oct 2022

Budapest, Hungary

Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. (B,D)

Austria, Danube river cruises

Budapest, Hungary Wed 19 Oct 2022

Austria, Danube river cruises

This afternoon you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At tonight’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead. (B,D)

Kalocsa, Hungary

Kalocsa, Hungary Thu 20 Oct 2022

Kalocsa, Hungary

Located on the Great Hungarian Plain, Kolocsa 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 practised for centuries. (B,L,D)

Osijek, Croatia

Osijek, Croatia Fri 21 Oct 2022

Osijek, Croatia

Freechoice - Explore Osijek on a city tour, or take a bike ride through Osijek’s countryside, or visit Ancestry of the Kitchen.

Later, 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 is a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life intimately. (B,L,D)

Austria, Danube river cruises

Belgrade, Serbia Sat 22 Oct 2022

Austria, Danube river cruises

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 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, where you can 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 (B,L,D)

Iron Gates

Iron Gates Sun 23 Oct 2022

Iron Gates

Relax and admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. A magnificent setting for a cruise and the natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Svishtov, Bulgaria

Svishtov - Rousse, Bulgaria Mon 24 Oct 2022

Svishtov, Bulgaria

Freechoice - Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise towards the Bulgarian town of Rousse, where you’ll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour. (B,L,D)

Silistra, Bulgaria

Silistra, Bulgaria Tue 25 Oct 2022

Silistra, Bulgaria

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 a local school, and learn about life in Bulgaria. (B,L,D)

Cruises to Europe

Giurgiu - Bucharest, Romania Wed 26 Oct 2022

Cruises to Europe

Bid a fond farewell to your crew as you disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest.

Freechoice - Explore Bucharest and learn about its communist past including a tour of Ceausescu’s Spring Villa, or tour the Village Open Air Museum.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Bucharest. (B,L,D)

Peles Castle

Bucharest - Brasov, Romania Thu 27 Oct 2022

Peles Castle

Your journey into the Transylvanian region begins this morning as you transfer from Bucharest to Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. It is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. Then visit Sinaia Monastery before continuing to Brasov where your local guide will show you the sights before you check into your hotel.

Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner complete with Romanian folklore. (B,D)

Bran Castle

Brasov - Sighisoara, Romania Fri 28 Oct 2022

Bran Castle

A true highlight awaits. Visit Bran Castle, home of the legend of Count Dracula.  This afternoon you will arrive into the Saxon town of Sighisoara for an overnight stay, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes and the inspiration for the legend of Count Dracula. (B)

Sibiu, Romania

Sighisoara - Sibiu, Romania Sat 29 Oct 2022

Sibiu, Romania

This morning you will have a choice of touring options in Sighisoara.

Freechoice - Take a guided tour of this fortified city, or if you’re feeling more active, hike to the Church on the Hill for superb views over the city.

After some free time continue to the medieval town of Sibiu. Explore its lively squares and colourful streets before checking into your hotel. (B,D)

Cozia Monastery

Sibiu - Bucharest, Romania Sun 30 Oct 2022

Cozia Monastery

Today visit Cozia Monastery before returning to Bucharest for an overnight stay. (B,D)

Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Mon 31 Oct 2022

Fly to London

(regional flights may be available on request) (B)

What's included *

  • Scenic Freechoice – a choice of sightseeing activities throughout your journey
  • Scenic Enrich experiences – unforgettable and exclusive events
  • Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted cocktails in a stunning location (on selected sailings)
  • Fly from a selection of UK airports
  • All-inclusive luxury river cruising on board a 5 star Scenic Space-Ship
  • Butler service for all guests (excludes Russia)
  • Complimentary premium branded beverages all day, everyday (excludes Russia)
  • The freedom of e-bikes (excludes Asia, Russia and Portugal)
  • Expert local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Up to six dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring (excludes Asia, Russia and Portugal)
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (excludes Asia)
  • Overseas transfers
  • Plus, book an Oceanview cabin or above by 8pm 17th January 2022 and receive DOUBLE Cruise Miles
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection

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Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they 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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Royal Panorama Suite

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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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Junior Balcony Suite

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These spacious Suites (250ft²), located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, 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

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These suites 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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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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The Ship - Scenic Pearl

  • Occupancy167
  • Tonnage2,721 tons
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Explore Europe on board the Scenic Ruby or Scenic Pearl and enjoy stunning views from the Sun Deck, exclusive dining and a choice between five spacious suite categories. Setting a new benchmark in luxury river cruising; Scenic’s original Space-Ships, Ruby and Pearl, have been fastidiously refurbished to ensure they adhere to our illustrious standards of luxury and comfort, without forgoing their charm, character and timeless innovation. Measuring 445 feet, the founding members of our luxury European Space-Ship fleet are slender enough to negotiate the waterways of the continent’s most esteemed cities. Each vessel is exquisitely appointed in-line with other ships in the Space-Ship line-up, boasting a trove of features and amenities, and capable of carrying 167 passengers in blissful comfort and luxury. Like every ship in the Scenic fleet, these vessels feature spacious luxury suites that are class-leading in terms of size and refinement. Suites and cabins are complete with lavish extras like large private balconies fitted with the pioneering Scenic Sun Lounge screen, as well as a 32-inch Samsung HD TV linked to a Mac computer and complimentary access to a high speed WiFi system. Other in-cabin features include a minibar, luxurious double (or twin) bed complete with pillow menu, and perfectly appointed bathrooms featuring the very latest shower and wet-room technology. Every Scenic European river cruise begins aboard one of our boutique vessels or custom-built Space-Ships, so named for their spacious guest cabins, dining, and entertaining areas. Each of these four-deck Scenic Space-Ships includes numerous dining and sightseeing areas, as well as a lounge and bar area that offers panoramic views. Additionally, guests can retreat to the wellness center, which is equipped with a beauty salon, and massage rooms. These ships are noteworthy for their luxury suites, which are outfitted with sun lounges, 32-inch high-definition TVs, and complimentary wireless internet access.

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
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  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating over 25th years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Assistance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Scenic River Cruises

Does Scenic have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Scenic Cruises does have a flexible cancellation policy. Scenic is allowing you to either defer your travel plans or transfer to an alternative Scenic sailing up to 60 days prior to departure, up until 31 December 2022.

Scenic cancellation fees will be waived and you will receive a refund of monies paid in form of a Future Cruise Credit to use on a future Scenic cruise.

This policy is applicable across all Scenic’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises (excludes Russia sailings).

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Scenic cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK. 


Last updated: 22.01.21

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