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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Eastern Enlightenment

Explore the hidden treasures and natural splendours of Eastern Europe on this unique all-inclusive luxury cruise along the spectacular River Danube to the Black Sea, with an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest

Fly Cruise
8 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • National Assembly, Belgrade
  • Varna, Bulgaria
  • Athenaeum, Bucharest
  • Triumphal Arch, Bucharest

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This unique cruise explores the River Danube in style on a luxury 5-star ship, uncovering the secrets of Eastern Europe including the canals of Tulcea in Romania and the World Heritage-listed Danube Delta.

Explore the historical delights of Belgrade then admire the spectacular Iron Gates whilst sailing to Bulgaria where excursions include a hike to the magnificent Belogradchik Fortress, a wine tasting at a local winery and a tour taking in the Silistra Fort.

Romania is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Admire the spectacular wildlife and stunning scenery whilst cruising to Mile 0, where the mighty Danube River meets the Black Sea, before enjoying an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, with plenty of time to discover the treasures of this historic city.

G158 Operated by Scenic


Eastern Enlightenment Itinerary

Day 1 - UK – Belgrade (Serbia)

Fly from a choice of regional airports to Belgrade before transferring to the luxury ship. Tonight enjoy dinner on board. (D)

Day 2 - Belgrade

Explore one of the oldest capital cities in Europe during a walking tour accompanied by a local. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market on our ‘Shop with a Chef’ tour. Or perhaps travel to Sremski Karlovci and marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements. Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day at an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Kostolac - Iron Gates

This morning, enjoy a drive to Viminacium and discover the ruins of impressive Roman ampitheatres and hippodromes. Later, relax on board and admire the scenery whilst cruising the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge carved by the Danube between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

Vidin is situated on the border of Bulgaria and Romania and has a strong history. Perhaps join a hiking tour to the Belogradchik Fortress constructed during the Roman Empire or head to the local winery for a tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Vidin - Silistra (Romania)

Relax on board as you spend the day cruising the Danube towards Silistra. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Silistra

Silistra is home to a fascinating selection of historical landmarks, including an Ottoman Fort. Join a walking tour and see the Silistra Fort or travel to a local village and visit a primary school for an insight into daily life. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Saint George – Danube Delta

The World Heritage-listed Danube Delta is home to over 300 species of birds. There is plenty of spectacular wildlife and stunning scenery to admire on the cruise through the passage of Saint George and the magnificent Danube Delta to Mile 0, where the mighty Danube River meets the Black Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Braila – Bucharest (Romania)

This morning disembark your ship and travel to the Romanian capital of Bucharest for an overnight hotel stay. There is plenty to discover in this elegant city, from splendid 17th-century Orthodox churches and graceful art nouveau villas, to Ceausescu’s grandiose Palace of the Parliament. (B)

Day 9 - Bucharest – UK

After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all inclusive cruise
  • 1-night stay at the Marriott hotel or similar, Bucharest with breakfast only
  • Flights from up to 9 regional airports to Belgrade and return from Budapest
  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • On board entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Special Features

  • 8 Scenic FreeChoice options
  • Scenic Sundowner experience in Belgrade
  • Opportunities to explore independently with your Scenic Tailormade device
Map for Eastern Enlightenment