Black Sea Explorer

23 April - 30 April 2018

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from Romania

Ports

9 Ports

23 April

Setting sail from Bucharest

Once known as the 'Paris of the East', it's fair to say that modern Bucharest bears some pretty ugly architectural scars from the 22-year dictatorship of the late Nicolae Ceauşescu. Of all the concrete monstrosities bequeathed by Ceauşescu, the enormous Palace of Parliament is both the most grotesque and the most fascinating, a monument to one man's staggering vanity. Looks aren't everything though, and Romania's capital has emerged from the ashes of communism as a feisty, dynamic city with some lovely parks, interesting museums and a lively nightlife.

Don't miss

The Old Town will reveal to you some of Bucharest's pre-communist treasures.

23-25 April

Romania: Giurgiu

Bulgaria: Silistra, Svistov

26 April

Romania: Iron Gates

27 April

Serbia: Belgrade

28 April

Croatia: Osijek

29 April

Hungary: Kalocsa

30 April

Arriving in Budapest

Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's most appealing cities, a vibrant and welcoming capital that straddles the Danube. The history of Budapest has been somewhat turbulent - ransacked by the Mongols in 1241, occupied by the Ottoman Turks for over a century, and almost flattened by the Soviets in 1945 - but plenty of older buildings survive, including the imposing Parliament and iconic St Stephen's Basilica. Although a pedant might point out that Budapest has only really existed since 1873; up until then the city's two distinct halves, Buda and Pest, were separate towns.

Our tip

Hungarian cuisine is vastly underrated; don’t visit Budapest without trying goulash, the paprika-infused national dish.

The Ship

Your home from home

Scenic Crystal in Budapest
Scenic river cruising - Sun deck
Scenic river cruises - Sun deck

Scenic Crystal, Jewel and Jade accommodate 169 guests in stylish surroundings and offer a luxurious way to explore the great rivers of Europe.

What we love

Sleek and contemporary, with an extensive list of onboard inclusions, Scenic's aptly named Space-Ships are renowned for their high levels of personal service, relaxed ambience and inviting public areas.

Capacity 169 Guests
Crew 53 European Staff
Style

Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.

Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • All alcholic drinks
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Butler service
  • WiFi on board
  • Electronic bicycles
  • All gratuities
Year Built 2012 (Crystal); 2013 (Jewel); 2014 (Jade)
Length 443 feet
More about Scenic Jade

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
JW Marriott, Bucharest

Extend your stay in Bucharest

Stay in grand style at the JW Marriott – an imposing palace!

Corvinesti Castle, Transylvania

Explore Romania

Bucharest is the jumping off point for Transylvania and a gothic castle extravaganza.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest

Our favourite hotel in Budapest

We like the Hotel Palazzo Zichy on the Pest side of the river, which used to be the residence of Count Nándor Zichy.

Tokaji aszú wine, Hungary

A taste of Hungary

If you’re a wine lover, you really should visit the world’s oldest classified wine region, known for its sweet Tokaji aszú dessert wine.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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