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Passage to Eastern Europe
(Bucharest to Budapest)

11 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Bucharest
Arrive at the Bucharest airport and transfer to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 1-night stay.* Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or begin doing a bit of exploring on your own.

Day 2 Bucharest & Giurgiu
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a morning tour of the city. See the Arch of Triumph, the Antim Monastery and the iconic Palace of Justice, completing your tour at the Palace of Parliament. You then proceed to Giurgiu to board your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
Today you disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. There you will see Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Proceed to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Rejoin your ship at Nikopol/Svishtov and dine aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Vidin & Belogradchik
Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin during breakfast, then take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress’s amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian czars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Lunch aboard is followed by free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. Depart during dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Scenic Cruising & Iron Gate
Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders, a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Your cruise director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward Belgrade. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Belgrade
Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a beautiful park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Lunch aboard, then free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine aboard or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife—we depart very late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Osijek
Cruise along the Danube, arriving at Vukovar around noon. Disembark for an afternoon excursion to the charming Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited by humans since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Habsburgs; now it is a pleasant town popular for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Kalocsa
Sail into Hungary this morning, arriving in Kalocsa after lunch. Take a guided city tour including a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return to the ship and enjoy a festive final dinner aboard as we depart for Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Budapest
Disembark after breakfast and take a tour of Hungary’s capital, exploring both the “Buda” and “Pest” sides. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you stroll Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Check in to the deluxe Budapest Hilton (or similar) for a 2-night stay, then take the rest of the day to sightsee on your own—explore a museum, do some shopping or peek inside one of the Art Deco spas. (B)

Day 10 Budapest
Take a full day to explore Budapest on your own—ride around the city on its wonderful subway system, walk through the City Park or along the Pest embankment for views of the Buda Castle District, explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth, visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the beautifully restored Dohány Street Synagogue. (B)

Day 11 Budapest
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in a different country’s gracious capital: Vienna, Austria or Prague, Czech Republic. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Let us take you to the cities, towns and natural wonders of Eastern Europe, where so many fairy tales began. Experience two nights in bustling Budapest, cosmopolitan capital of Hungary; sail past dramatic natural wonders like the soaring white cliffs of the Iron Gate region; visit the Serbian capital of Belgrade and the Croatian town of Osijek; discover historical treasures of Bulgaria; and admire the graceful charms of the Romanian capital of Bucharest where you will enjoy one overnight stay. This itinerary is, quite simply, a revelation.
  • 7 included guided tours
  • 7 nights in your river-view stateroom plus, 2 nights in Budapest hotel & 1 night in Bucharest hotel
  • Included Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Port Charges Included on all itineraries
  • Complimentary Beverages Wine, beer & soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Internet Access Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Bucharest: Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar)
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Aegir, Viking Embla, or Viking Rinda
Budapest: Budapest Hilton (or similar)
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Bucharest & Transylvania
3-night pre-extension - From $699 to $799 per person

Begin your Eastern European journey with three nights in Romania. Encounter the mysteries of Transylvania with an excursion to Brasov featuring tours of Peles and Dracula’s Castle. Optional excursion to the resort-lined beaches of the Black Sea.

Post-Extension: Prague
3-night post-extension - From $699 to $799 per person

Extend your journey by discovering the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Three nights at the Hilton Prague (or similar), daily breakfast, panoramic city tour and the services of a Viking host are all included.

Post-Extension: Budapest
2-night post-extension - From $399 to $449 per person

Extend your time in Hungary’s legendary capital city; discover its gracious atmosphere and delightful cuisine. Two nights at the Budapest Marriott Hotel (or similar), daily breakfasts and hotel/ship transfer are included along with the services of a Viking host.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
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Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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