Enchantment of Eastern Europe

As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.

9 Days
Budapest to Bucharest
From (GBP)
£ 3,045
£ 2,245
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Bucharest

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
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWBB
Duration:
9 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Bucharest

9 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK - Budapest

    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.

    You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.
    EmeraldPLUS: Evening Cruise of Budapest

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. 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

  3. 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: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. 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

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
    EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Giurgiu Disembarkation - Bucharest

    This morning, disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. 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

  9. Day 9 - Bucharest - UK

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and transfer to the airport. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

     

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • Visit Baba Vida Fortress
  • Visit the hilltop villages of VelikoTarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Guided Drive through Bucharest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Evening Cruise of Budapest
  • Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Meet students from the local village
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Choir Concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Bike Tour in Belgrade
  • Hike to Belogradchik
  • Hike to Ivanovo Church

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 22 superb meals including 8 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability