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

2019 Bucharest > Budapest

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

9 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK - Bucharest

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  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 - 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Day 9 - Budapest - 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 Drive through Bucharest
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Visit Baba Vida Fortress
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress

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

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

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

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