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Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe. In Kalocsa, visit a Puszta Horse Show, enjoy lunch in the home of a local Croatian family in Osijek and, in Belgrade, enjoy a guided city tour, before a Serbian folklore show on board. Taste Romanian wine, attend a choir concert in Arbanasi, and journey by road to Bucharest.

Inclusions
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 1 night in a hotel in Bucharest
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Dining Highlights:
    -21 superb meals including 8 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
    -Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
    -Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included Excursions:
    -A guided walking tour of Osijek Fortress
    -Guided tour of Belgrade
    -Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum
    -Visit to local vineyard with wine tasting
    -Visit to Baba Vida Fortress
    -Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi
    -Guided drive through Bucharest with visit of Spring Palace
    -EmeraldPLUS: A Puszta horse show
    -EmeraldPLUS: Meet the local Students
    -EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian family
    -EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Band evening show
    -EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guide bike tour in Belgrade
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Belogradchick Fortress
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to the UNESCO Heritage-listed Ivanovo Church
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July 1, October 7, 16 or 22, 2022 Cruise Only *Early Payment Discount
Riverview from $4595 $2425 from $4595 $2223
Panorama Balcony Suite from $5455 $3091 from $5455 $2828
Taxes & Fees $380 $380
Budapest Extension 2 nights add from $450 per person

 

*Early Payment Discount: additional savings of 5% if paid in full by Dec 15, 2021.

 

Book with Confidence: Change or cancel 60 days prior to travel. The value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Credit (FTC) which is valid for 24 months.

 

Bucharest-Budapest: Jul 1, Oct 7, 22, 2022 (itinerary below)
Budapest-Bucharest: Oct 16, 2022 (reversed itinerary)

Day 1 Fri, 01 Jul Bucharest
When you arrive in Bucharest, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your perfectly situated hotel, including a one-night stay in Bucharest.

Welcome to the “Paris of the East”. The centre of Bucharest perfectly encapsulates a distinctive Parisian atmosphere, with wide avenues adorned by famous landmarks and quaint leafy boulevards that cross the city.

Day 2 Sat, 02 Jul Bucharest – Giurgiu (B,D)
After enjoying the plush surrounds of your hotel this morning, you will get the opportunity to learn about some of Bucharest’s most iconic highlights during your guided drive around the city, including a visit to the Spring Palace, before enjoying some time to explore the leafy boulevards at leisure.

After your insightful tour, you will be transferred from Bucharest to Giurgiu, on the banks of the Danube, where a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

Included Excursion
A guided drive through Bucharest

Day 3 Sun, 03 Jul Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi (B,L,D)
Today, you will have the opportunity to learn about Bulgarian history as you explore the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire with your local guide, an ancient city that was strategically positioned overlooking the surrounding area. On your included tour, you will have the opportunity to traverse its cobbled streets and witness its medieval fortifications.

Afterwards, you will be taken to neighbouring Arbanasi, situated overlooking the Yantra River, a tributary of the Danube that is known for its many scenic gorges. Your local guide will enable you to explore the past, as your tour touches on a number of traditional houses and ancient churches.

If you would prefer to do something more active, then you could instead choose to embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, known for their famous 14th-century frescoes.

Tonight, your crew will welcome you back on board for a welcome reception and dinner.

EmeraldPLUS
A choir concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE
Hike to Ivanovo Church

Included Excursion
A tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

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Paint & Wine (extra expense)

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Wine-tasting at Leventa Complex (extra expense)

Day 4 Mon, 04 Jul Vidin (B,L,D)
Viticulture forms the heart of life in the most western town in Bulgaria, where sun-kissed vineyards pepper the banks of the Danube and the region has prospered from winemaking for generations. Your included tour of Vidin will introduce you to a peaceful side of life that revolves around wine, as you weave through a local vineyard and learn about their produce, before enjoying a tasting. Afterwards, your local guide will take you to Baba Vida, a fortress that was originally constructed at the turn of the 10th century; known for being one of only a handful of beautifully preserved castles in the country.

If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress, located on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains. It’s easy to imagine how this stronghold would have offered the Romans a perfect lookout point.

EmeraldACTIVE
Hike to Belogradchik Fortress

Included Excursion
Visit a local vineyard with wine tasting & Visit to Baba Vida Fortress

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Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)

Day 5 Tue, 05 Jul Donji Milanovac – Golubac (B,L,D)
This morning, relax on board and admire your surroundings as we sail along the mighty Danube to Donji Milanovac, where a visit to the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, one of Europe’s best-hidden gems, awaits. Located right on the riverbanks, the Palaeolithic site is one of the most important of its kind on the continent, effortlessly capturing more than 8 millennia of history. Archaeologists from around the world have used this site to learn about a number of different Stone Age settlements and the way that prehistoric cultures moved across Europe.

Included Excursion
A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

Day 6 Wed, 06 Jul Belgrade (B,L,D)
Serbia’s vibrant capital is yours to explore today, as your local guide takes you on a coach tour through the heart of the city, highlighting its many landmarks and the iconic Belgrade Fortress. Your coach will pass through the centre, where you will be able to catch glimpses of Serbia’s turbulent recent past, set amongst now quiet and peaceful streets. Witness the ornate beauty of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest religious buildings in Europe, before stopping for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to learn about Belgrade’s history during a guided bike tour.

This evening, you will be invited to the Horizon Lounge to watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.

EmeraldPLUS
A Serbian folklore evening show

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour in Belgrade

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Belgrade

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National Opera Theatre tour (extra expense)

Day 7 Thu, 07 Jul Osijek (B,L,D)
Today, you will have the opportunity to explore one of Croatia’s postcard-worthy historic university towns, full of delightful waterfront promenades and quaint cobbled streets. As you walk around the city, you will notice that damage from the Homeland War is still visible, but it’s difficult to imagine turbulent times in this peaceful area.

Embark on a guided walk around Osijek Fortress, a true icon in the romantic old town. This traditional star fort houses a number of different buildings, including a military hospital and armouries, making it perfect for times of conflict. Your EmeraldPLUS experiences today are certain to be a highlight of your trip, as you dine on traditional cuisine with a local Croatian family and meet some students from a local village.

Enjoy an evening of sailing further up the Danube towards Hungary, before joining your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.

EmeraldPLUS
A home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family

EmeraldPLUS
Meet the local students

Included Excursion
A guided walking tour of Osijek Fortress

Day 8 Fri, 08 Jul Kalocsa (B,L,D)
In the morning, we will sail away from Osijek and on to Kalocsa, a place known for its paprika production and colourful festivals. Discovering Hungary’s culture is an easy task in Kalocsa, where traditional folk art can be found around every corner and old traditions pave the way for daily life.

Later, you will venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, to visit a traditional Puszta horse farm. Your guide will teach you about the traditional performances of the Magyar cowboys, and you will have the opportunity to witness some of their exceptional equestrian skills first hand, as they perform for you during their horse parade and showcase some of their memorable exercise drills.

EmeraldPLUS
Puszta horse show

Day 9 Sat, 09 Jul Budapest (B)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of a traditional Puszta equestrian performance and viticulture on the banks of the Danube with you.

 

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Day 1 Budapest
Transfer to your centrally located accommodation in Budapest, where a two-night stay in the city is certain to delight. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the city, touching on its two distinctive faces and the ornamented Buda Castle district.

Included Excursion
A guided coach tour of Budapest

Day 2  Budapest (B)
Today, the storied capital of Budapest is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the Chain Bridge to see how the city differs in Buda and Pest or stopping to try some delightful Hungarian treats.

Day 3 Budapest (B)
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you leave your accommodation for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of a home-hosted Croatian experience and the ornamented Buda Castle district with you.

 

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

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