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Enchantment of Eastern Europe
(Bucharest to Budapest)

10 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Bucharest
Welcome to Bucharest, Romania's capital. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a city tour that 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. (D)

Day 2 Bucharest
Enjoy free time in Bucharest, known as the Paris of the East, with it's wide boulevards and designer shops. (B)

Day 3 Bucharest - Giurgiu
Transfer by coach to your ship. After being welcomed by your Captain and crew, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities, like the on-board swimming pool and bar, and the spacious Sun Deck which offers panoramic views of your surroundings. (B,D)

Day 4 Silistra
Relax in the riverside city of Silistra which was once a Roman fort under the Byzantine empire and was later part of the Ottoman conquest. Later enjoy a visit to a local village to experience the traditional farming community. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Excursion to the Black Sea (additional cost)

Day 5 Svishtov - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi
Cruise into Bulgaria where the ship docks at the former roman town of Svishtov. Travel by coach to the Impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Then visit the historic town of Arbanassi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra valley and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture.  (B,L,D)

Day 6 Iron Gate
Relax on board today 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 Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 7 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 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. EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy meeting a local family who will welcome you for a traditional home hosted lunch and an opportunity to learn about everyday life. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Depart Budapest
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight. (B)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Stay two nights in Bucharest
  • Explore different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • City tour of Bucharest
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates
  • Take a city tour of Belgrade
  • Enjoy a Puszta Horse Show in Hungary
  • Traditional Bavarian Band and dancing
  • Home hosted afternoon tea with a Slovakian family
  • Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • EU Lecture on board
  • 23 superb meals including 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 Lunches (L),1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 8 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Emerald Sky, Emerald Sun or Emerald Dawn
Sheraton Bucharest or similar
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae 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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