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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

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The cities and towns accompanying the Danube’s journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe all have a unique story to tell. Prepare to visit some of the region’s most arresting destinations and uncover tales of triumph and tribulation as you cruise through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.The Enchantment of Eastern Europe cruise winds though the wonderful cities of Budapest, Osijek and Belgrade before exploring enigmatic Bulgaria. Soviet-era architecture emerges following stretches of unspoilt beauty, creating a vibrant clash of cultures. Nothing will prepare you for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Iron Gates – the gorge forming the natural border between Serbia and Romania. The 83-mile stretch navigates between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan Mountains, providing mile after mile of gorgeous scenery.

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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

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. Extensive re-building was undertaken at the end of the communist era. EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy meeting a local family who will welcome you for a traditional home hosted lunch and an opportunity to learn about everyday life. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

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. Emerald Active: Biking Tour. EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy a Serbian Folklore Evening Show

Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Iron Gates

Relax on board today 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 Serbia and Romania. EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Svishtov - Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi

Cruise into Bulgaria where the ship docks at the former roman town of Svishtov. Travel by coach to the Impressive cliff top town of VelikoTarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Then visit the historic town of Arbanassi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra valley and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert at Church in Arbanasi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

Relax in the riverside city of Silistra which was once a Roman fort under the Byzantine empire and was later part of the Ottoman conquest. EmeraldPLUS: Later enjoy a visit to a local village to experience the traditional farming community.

Discover More: Excursion to the Varna (extra expense) please note guests on this tour will not be able to participate on the included village tour.

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

This morning disembark your Emerald Waterways 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.
Two Night Stay: Bucharest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9

Enjoy free time in Bucharest, with its wide boulevards and designer shops.

Discover More: Excursion to Snagov Monastery (extra expense) or enjoy a visit to the open air museum (extra expense).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
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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