Multi-Day Tour

Black Sea Explorer With Turkey (18 days)

Cox and Kings

Budapest, Hungary To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Black Sea Explorer With Turkey (18 days)

Day 7

Iron Gates

Day 8

Svistov - Russe

Day 10

Giurgiu - Bucharest

Day 12

Nessebar

Day 13

Nessebar - Canakkale

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Budapest, Hungary
Marriott Hotel - 2 Nights Dinner
Your journey into wonder begins here, with a two night stay at the majestic Marriott Hotel.
Day 2
Budapest, Hungary
Marriott Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
Join a guided tour through the city often considered the most beautiful in Europe.
Day 3
Budapest, Hungary
Scenic Space-ship - 7 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
This afternoon you'll board your Scenic Space-Ship. At this evening's welcome reception, raise your glass to the wonderful cruise ahead of you.
Day 4
Kalocsa, Hungary
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you'll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.
Day 5
Osijek, Croatia
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

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 people who understand the local way of life intimately.
Day 6
Belgrade, Serbia
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided city tour of Belgrade. Alternatively, choose a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef offering. Alternatively, for some true insight into local life take a walk through the city with a local.

Sundowners:
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 experienced.
Day 7
TBD
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 8
Svistov - Russe
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the trip towards the Bulgarian town of Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.
Day 9
Silistra, Bulgaria
Scenic Space-ship Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 life in Bulgaria.
Day 10
Giurgiu - Bucharest
Athenee Palace Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark your ship and travel to Bucharest.

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Palace of the Parliament. Or tour the Village Open Air Museum and discover ethnography exhibits depicting Romanian heritage and culture.
Afterwards, check-in for your overnight stay at the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel.
Day 11
Bucharest, Romania
Royal Castle Elenite Hotel - 2 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
Travel to the stunning Black Sea coast for a two-night stay at the opulent Royal Castle Elenite Hotel.
Day 12
Nessebar
Royal Castle Elenite Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a guided tour of Nessebar, followed by leisure time. Tonight, delight in delicious local cuisine and take in a folklore show.
Day 13
Nessebar - Canakkale
Parion Hotel - 2 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
Journey from Bulgaria to Canakkale, Turkey and stay two nights at the Parion Hotel.
Day 14
Gallipoli, Turkey
Parion Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of WWII landings by the Allied Forces. There are over 31 cemeteries on the peninsula, and you'll have the chance to gain a unique perspective on this moving and historically poignant location.
Day 15
Istanbul, Turkey
Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel - 3 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast enjoy a fascinating tour of Homer's Troy - the legendary site of the Trojan Wars. Afterwards, travel to Istanbul, where you can look forward to a three night stay at the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel.
Day 16
Istanbul, Turkey
Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel Breakfast
Freechoice: Try your hand at a cooking class or join a calligraphy course and master the ancient art of writing. Or, relax and rejuvenate during your visit to a traditional Turkish Bath.
Day 17
Istanbul, Turkey
Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
This morning visit Hagia Sophia and spend some time wandering the evocative Grand Bazaar before an afternoon at leisure.

Enrich
Tonight, a special treat awaits you as you partake in your farewell dinner at the stunning Hamdi Restaurant.
Day 18
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast
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.

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For much of the 20th century the wonders of Eastern Europe were concealed behind a thick veil of secrecy. Fortunately, those once mystery-laden lands are now open to all. If you have a lingering sense of curiosity and wonder, you're free to explore them in unabashed luxury. Cruise on board a Scenic Space-Ship down the Danube, and from there you can journey all the way to the picturesque Black Sea. Begin your adventure in Budapest, held by many to be the most fetching ci...

About Us

With a history spanning more than 260 years, Cox & Kings is the world's most enduring luxury travel brand. Born in 1758 as a custom travel outfitter, the company's U.S. operations today remains unwavering in its commitment to providing travelers with exquisite aspirational cultural and wildlife journeys. Specialized destination teams comprised of industry experts share their extensive local product knowledge and offer extraordinary insider access. Together, they create exclusive individual bespoke and tailored group experiences to the world's most exotic destinations.

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Terms & Conditions

Booking Procedures

A contract is entered into once your travel agent or East India Travel Company, Inc. (DBA Cox & Kings) receives your deposit and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings. Payment of any monies constitutes acceptance and understanding of Cox & Kings’ Terms & Conditions as laid out below, as listed on our website and in our pre travel documentation.

Payment

For most trips, a per person deposit of 25% of the program price is required to secure the arrangements, and will be your only obligation until 90 days prior to your departure date. For trips with other deposit and cancelation requirements, your travel specialist will inform you at time of booking. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payment should be made to Cox & Kings in Los Angeles, California. If the final balance is not received on time, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 90 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.

Alterations

A fee of $150 per alteration will be charged for any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements.

Cancellations

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

Days Before Departure || Cancellation Charge

90 days or longer || $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)

89 to 61 || 20% of total land program price

60 to 31 || 50% of total land program price

30 to Day of Departure || 100% of total land program price

We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. that have not been consumed or utilized, when these services have been included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets. Certain programs and holiday departure dates may have higher penalties for cancellation, your travel specialist will advise at time of booking. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

For full Terms & Conditions, please visit http://www.coxandkingsusa.com/



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highly recommended

By: rebecca


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Not Recommended

Never again

By: Johnstew


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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Excellent

By: Fellow Traveler


Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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recommended

By: LC47


Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee


Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert


Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue


Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz
Not Recommended

Great guides but didn't listen to clients

By: Travel with Granny


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2018

We had a difficult time getting what we wanted with this company. They wanted to fill every minute and we wanted lots of time to wander and explore. Also, my physical limitations made so much public transportation very difficult. The two guides we had were absolutely marvelous and tried to make up for some of the scheduling over programming. I cannot praise our guides enough for their kindness, competence, and knowledge.