DANUBE DELTA DISCOVERY16 days & 15 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Kalocsa, Mohacs, Osijek, Belgrade, Svistov, Russe, Silistra, Braila & Bucharest
Elegant Vienna provides a great point of contrast with the rest of this exceptional itinerary. From here on, the towns take on a subtle Eastern character. Vienna is a city inspired by the great composers, and you're likely to pick up the strains of a melody you recognize even while walking its quaint cobblestone streets. From Vienna, you'll travel to Bratislava and Budapest - every bit as elegant as Vienna, and even more exotic. And beyond that, among other highlights, beautiful Croatia, and the magnificent Iron Gates. Your voyage will wrap up at last with a visit to the Danube Delta, teeming with over 300 species of birdlife, and offering some of the region's most beautiful backdrops before spilling into the famous Black Sea.
Day 1Welcome to Vienna
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (D)
Freechoice: Tour the city of Vienna, or be guided through majestic Schonbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore beautiful Bratislava with a knowledgeable local guide. Alternatively, discover Bratislava's communist-era history during a guided tour. Or journey to the nearby Devin Castle where you'll tour the castle's ruins and sample some of the local specialty - the Devin's currant wine.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Join a guided tour through a city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. Alternatively, choose to relax at the Thermal Baths and Spa, or roam the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in Budapest's imperial past by attending an exclusive private classical music concert at the majestic Godollo Royal Palace. Royal Palace, was one of the favorite residences of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary.
Today you'll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover the Zsolnay ceramic factory, one of the most unique porcelain factories in the world, where you'll enjoy a ceramic making presentation. Alternatively, explore the village of Villany and learn about everyday life in Hungary, while sampling some of the fine local wines.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or try your hand at fishing in a local village stream. Or, if you're the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek's countryside.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
As a special Scenic guest, you'll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked dinner 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 people who understand the local way of life.
Today you'll discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe - Belgrade, a city that has always had a huge impact on the entire region. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy in your own time before tonight's magnificent Serbian folklore performance.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour. Or for some true insight into local life, you can join a walking tour of the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements with our local guide.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day. It's a moment to savor, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced.
Day 10Iron Gates
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.Scenic Space-Ship (B, D)
Day 11Svistov - Russe
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the cruise towards the Bulgarian town of Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of the Silistra Fort, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and a primary school to learn about daily life in Bulgaria.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Embark on a small boat exploration of Tulcea and the surrounding Danube canals, home to Europe's largest white pelican colony (weather permitting).Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 14Saint George - Danube Delta
The World Heritage-listed Danube Delta is the best preserved of Europe's deltas and hosts over 300 species of birds. Be sure to have your camera ready as you sail through the passage of Saint George and the magnificent Danube Delta, to reach the Black Sea coast. Admire spectacular scenery during your small boat cruise to Mile 0, where the mighty Danube River meets the Black Sea.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 15Braila - Bucharest
This morning disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay at the Marriott hotel.Marriott hotel (B, L, D)
After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your cruise, but there'll still be many wonderful memories to look forward to.(B)