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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.

  • Airfare to Bucharest and return from Budapest
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • All transfers between airport, hotel and 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: Guided bike tour in Belgrade
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Belogradchick Fortress
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to the UNESCO Heritage-listed Ivanovo Church
  • Book by Sep 30!
June 30, 2023 Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax
Emerald Stateroom from $4705
Panorama Balcony Suite from $5695
Taxes & Fees $380
Budapest Extension 2 nights add from $470 per person


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.


Day 1 Sat, 01 Jul Bucharest
Welcome to Bucharest, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your perfectly situated hotel for your overnight stay.
Nicknamed 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 Sun, 02 Jul Bucharest – Giurgiu (B,D)
After enjoying the plush surrounds of your hotel this morning, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of Bucharest’s most iconic attractions during a guided drive around the city, including a visit to the Spring Palace. Then, you’ll have 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 from your captain and crew awaits on board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

Included Excursion
Guided drive through Bucharest with a visit to the Spring Palace

Day 3 Mon, 03 Jul Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi (B,L,D)
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Bulgarian history as you explore the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire with your local guide. 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. Explore the past with your local guide, as your tour visits 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.

Choir concert in Arbanasi

Guided hike to Ivanovo Church

Included Excursion
Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

Paint & Wine (extra expense)

Wine tasting at Leventa Complex (extra expense)

Day 4 Tue, 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 winemaking has prospered 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 and is known for being one of only a handful of beautifully preserved castles in the country.
If you are feeling more active, you can instead choose to embark on a guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress, located on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains.

Hike to Belogradchik Fortress

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

Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)

Day 5 Wed, 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 eight 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
Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

Donji Milanovac by bike

Day 6 Thu, 06 Jul Belgrade (B,L,D)
Serbia’s vibrant capital is yours to explore today.
Your local guide will take you on a coach tour through the heart of the city, highlighting its many landmarks and the iconic Belgrade Fortress. The coach will pass through the centre, where you will notice reminders of the country’s turbulent history, set amongst the 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’re 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.

Serbian folklore evening show on board

Guided bike tour in Belgrade

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Belgrade

National Opera Theatre tour (extra expense)

Routes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)

Day 7 Fri, 07 Jul Vukovar – 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.
Embark on a guided walk around Osijek Fortress, a true icon in the romantic old town, before a truly unforgettable EmeraldPLUS experience, as you’re invited into the home of a local family for a traditional Croatian lunch and to meet students from the local village.
Enjoy an evening of sailing further up the Danube towards Hungary, before joining your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.

Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family

Meet the local students

Trek to Adica Park

Included Excursion
Guided walking tour of Osijek Fortress

Vucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)

Day 8 Sat, 08 Jul Kalocsa (B,L,D)
In the morning, we will sail 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 showcase some of their exercise drills.

Puszta horse show

Day 9 Sun, 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.



Budapest Extension

Day 1 Sun, 09 Jul 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 Mon, 10 Jul 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 Tue, 11 Jul 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.

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