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Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

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Between Bucharest and Budapest
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Weave through the enigmatic lands of eastern Europe, passing cities once shrouded in mystery that now offer a showcase of forgotten culture, customs and traditions. From Bucharest to Belgrade and on to the warm climes of Croatia, experience unique destinations few travellers have witnessed, before dipping into the cultural cradle of Budapest, queen of the Danube River. Staying in a luxury hotel in the heart of this illustrious city, you’ll savour a guided tour which showcases the famous sights, from the Hungarian Parliament Building to Buda Castle and the historic Chain Bridge. Budapest is a place where east meets west, and exploring the rich tapestry of the city is something you’ll never forget.

Welcome to Bucharest, the lively capital of Romania. During a guided tour, marvel at the Palace of Parliament, Europe’s largest civic building. Transferring to Giurgiu, board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and cruise to Rousse, where you can enjoy an enchanting choir performance in Arbanasi or delight in an invigorating guided hike to Ivanovo Church. Sailing through the Iron Gates, visit Kostolac, once one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire, before entering Belgrade, the up-and-coming Serbian capital. A guided tour introduces Tito’s Memorial and the imposing Fortress Kalemegdan, before an evening folklore performance introduces Serbia’s rich customs and traditions. Budapest is the end point of your journey, and here you have a day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city before returning home.

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Day 1

Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation

Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Rousse – Arbanasi &Veliko Tarnovo

Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was 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 welcome reception and dinner.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vidin

Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

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. Return to the ship and sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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 upstream towards Hungary. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Kalocsa - Budapest

Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
EmeraldPLUS: Evening Cruise of Budapest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Budapest

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel accommodation in the vibrant city of Budapest. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 10
Budapest

Take the day to enjoy this lively and exciting city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Budapest - Farewell

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast
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