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Treasures of Southeast Europe 2022

8 days with Crystal River Cruises  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Days 1-2 Giurgiu, Romania
About 40 miles south of Bucharest is the centuries-old city of Giurgiu. Steeped in history, this Romanian port city is situated on the left bank of the Danube amid a landscape of marshes and mudflats. Directly across the river is the Bulgarian city of Ruse. Both cities are connected by the impressive Danube Bridge. Noteworthy sites are the 72-foot, 18th-century Clock Tower, a reminder of Giurgiu's Ottoman history, and the Giurgiu County Museum, housing a splendid collection of artifacts. 

Day 3 Vidin, Bulgaria
Nestled on a bend of the Danube in northwestern Bulgaria, the ancient city of Vidin is an eclectic mix of architectural styles reflecting its rich history. This hub of agriculture and trade sits atop a 3rd-century BC Celtic settlement that eventually became part of the Roman and Ottoman empires. Among its attractions is the 17th-century St. Panteleimon Church, home to magnificent frescoes, and the Baba Vida Fortress overlooking the Danube. It's the largest fully preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria.

Day 4 Cruising the Iron Gate Gorge 

Day 5 Belgrade, Serbia

A long and layered heritage is on display here, with architecture ranging from Byzantine and Ottoman to Art Nouveau and Modernist. While burnished with the patina of high culture, it’s also one of Europe’s premier nightlife destinations. The lively atmosphere continues into daylight hours, as visitors and locals alike bustle through Knez Mihailova, a pedestrian boulevard named one of the world’s top shopping thoroughfares.

Day 6 Novi Sad, Serbia - Ilok - Vukovar, Croatia
An oasis of greenery, Serbia's largest city is home to Danube Park, a picture of European charm with its pristine lake, lovely fountain and graceful swans - the perfect place to relax before or after exploring the city. The monumental Petrovaradin Fortress across the river dominates the skyline and hosts an observatory that delivers panoramic views. A university town, Novi Sad is known as a hotspot for culture and learning but also for celebrations and socializing.

Streets lined with elegant mansions, art galleries and museums are difficult to envision today, as the siege of 1991 – when Croatian civilians faced off with a heavily armed Serbian army – dramatically altered this once-pretty town. Vukovar’s story is heartbreaking yet inspirational, and while scars still show on buildings, the Castle Eltz and Vucedol Culture Museum are returning the city’s cultural sheen.

Day 7 Mohacs, Hungary
Tales of history here are often bookended by two events—the Battle of Mohács of 1526 and the Battle of Mohács of 1687. Beyond the memorials, museums and authentic reenactments of these milestones, there is a unique playfulness here. Experience the vast grasslands, as well as Hungary’s other renowned features: paprika and horses. Hungarian equestrians have a tradition of taming the wild horses of the Great Plain and are proud to display great feats of horsemanship.
Day 8 Budapest, Hungary
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion.
All This Included
Let the magnificent Danube embrace you in a dramatic tapestry of cliffs, castles and fortresses as you journey from Romania to Hungary; gaze in awe at the iconic rock sculpture of the Dacian king Decebalus overlooking the renowned Iron Gates gorge.

Complimentary All-Inclusive Luxuries Aboard Crystal River Cruises
  • Gratuities included for all shipboard staff throughout the River Ships including housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers.
  • All meals included, featuring Crystal's innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
  • Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits throughout the River Ships
  • All soft drinks, beer and bottled water in-suite
  • 24-hour self-service pantry featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines and nonalcoholic beverages
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour Wi-Fi access (via satellite)
  • State-of-the-art interactive TV system including in-suite movies on demand, extensive music library
Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs 
  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series
  • Destination expert (upon request)
  • Regional affairs experts on many voyages
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Daily choice of electronic international newspapers
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings
  • Complimentary Nordic walking poles
  • Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures
  • Complimentary airport transfers to/from river ship to airport
  • Complimentary Michelin-Star Culinary Experience for select room categories (starting in 2018)
  • All transfers will be group transfers by motor coach on embarkation and disembarkation days only: Airport/River Ship - Transfers will operate between 8am and 6pm on embarkation day. River Ship /Airport - Transfers will operate until at least 12noon on the day of disembarkation. Actual service times may vary depending on local traffic conditions and guests' departure schedules.
  • A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Open seating dining
  • Crystal Casual dress code
  • European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff
Shipboard Public Spaces 
  • Sun-Deck Bar
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area
  • Massage services
  • Library
  • Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)
  • Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros
  • Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service
  • In-suite hors d'oeuvres
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV in each suite
  • English-speaking and international TV stations
  • Butler service for each suite

Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Crystal Ravel
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port charges of $210 per person are not included in the prices shown above.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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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