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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 Day
Between Bucharest and Budapest
Danube
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Departing 01 June 2018
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This special 9-day river cruise between Bucharest and Budapest introduces you to some of the extraordinary highlights of Eastern Europe, from the impressive fortresses of Belgrade to the scenic splendour of Croatia.

Eastern Europe provides a tapestry of untouched natural beauty and unforgettable cultural encounters, making it the perfect destination for an enriching river cruise. The great river Danube bisects the region from west to east, flowing through eight countries as it makes its way to the Black Sea in Ukraine. This makes the river the very best possible way to experience the cultural highlights and wonderful scenery of Eastern Europe. As part of our 9-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe itinerary, you’ll travel west along the Danube, alighting in captivating towns and cities like Rousse, Vidin, Belgrade and Kalocsa as your Emerald Star-Ship makes its way to Budapest, the undisputed queen of the river. From a traditional performance from a Bulgarian choir in Rousse to a special home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family in Osijek; this unforgettable river cruise across Eastern Europe promises countless authentic experiences you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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Day 1
UK > Bucharest

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 Bucharest, Romania. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vidin

Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates.
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.
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration

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.
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

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: Local School Visit

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Budapest > UK

After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.

** 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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