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Enchantment of Eastern Europe 2019
(Budapest to Bucharest)

9 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Budapest
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. (Dinner)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family

EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour

EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Vidin
In the morning, relax on board as you sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates. The narrow and once dangerous passage boasts spectacular scenery forming the border between Romania and Serbia. Arrive in Vidin, the most eastern town in Bulgaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

Day 8 Giurgiu Disembarkation
This morning disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. Your city tour includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Bucharest - Farewell
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight. (Breakfast)

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

Tour Map
All This Included
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.

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 the hilltop villages of VelikoTarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Guided Drive through Bucharest and Visit to Parliament Palace
EmeraldPLUS
  • Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • 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
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Star, Emerald Destiny, Emerald Dawn or Emerald Sun
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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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