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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 Day
Between Budapest and Bucharest
Danube
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Departing 01 June 2018
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The charms of Eastern Europe are beautifully navigated by the Danube River, and this 9-day river cruise between Budapest and Bucharest introduces you to some of the highlights of the region — including Belgrade, Kostolac and Vidin.

The great Danube River is integral to the rural regions of Eastern Europe, bringing life and trade to the local people for thousands of years. From Belgrade to Bucharest, Kalocsa to Rousse; the Danube flows through a diverse array of destinations before it reaches Western Europe, each revealing more about the evocative culture and traditions of the region. As part of our 9-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe river cruise, you’ll travel east from Budapest through Croatia and Serbia, via such destinations as Osijek, Belgrade and Kostolac. Then, it’s onwards into Romania, the heart of Eastern Europe, whose friendly people and exquisite scenery guarantee a warm welcome. The tour offers the chance to dip your feet into the wonders of Bulgaria too, with daytrips to historic Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi available on the seventh day of the itinerary.

 

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Day 1
UK > Budapest

Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.


Welcome to Budapest! On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by a friendly Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award-winning ship. After being welcomed by your Captain and crew, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities, like the on-board heated pool and bar, and the spacious Sun Deck which offers panoramic views of your surroundings.
This evening you’ll enjoy an enchanting night-time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges.
 

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Kalocsa

Early this morning we sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Osijek

Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Belgrade

Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Kostolac

Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions.
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Vidin

In the morning, relax on board as you sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates. The narrow and once dangerous passage boasts spectacular scenery forming the border between Romania and Serbia. Arrive in Vidin, the most eastern town in Bulgaria.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Rousse - Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

Today your ship will cruise to Rousse and visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Giurgiu Disembarkation

This morning disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. Your city tour includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The city's wide avenues have a distinctly French feel; in fact the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. Included is a one night stay in Bucharest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Bucharest > UK
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. ** Please note - Our Discover More excursions are optional excursions that guests can book with their Cruise Director once on board. Further details of all our Discover More excursions and their costs are sent with guests documentation.
Meals included: Breakfast
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