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Enchantment of Eastern Europe
9 Days from Budapest to Bucharest
Sep 28, 2018 (Depart USA)
Emerald Star

 

9 Day Itinerary

Sep 29 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. Meals included: Dinner

Sep 30 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

Oct 1 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit

Oct 2 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

Oct 3 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration

Oct 4 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

Oct 5 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

Oct 6 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Oct 7 Bucharest - Farewell  
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight. Meals included: Breakfast

 

Window Cabin from $3,570*
Balcony Cabin from $4,220*
Balcony Suite from $5,070*

Air from LAX $495** if booked by Oct 31, 2017

Past Passengers received $200 credit!

*Prices per person, based on double occupancy,
subject to availability & change.

**Reduced air of $495 roundtrip LAX for cabins
booked by Oct 31,2017, limited availability

 

Included:

· 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship

· 1 night Hotel in Bucharest

· Airport transfers to and from the ship

· The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director

· Port taxes and charges, All tipping and gratuities

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

Included Excursions

· Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress

· City tour of Belgrade

· Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum

· Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

· Guided Drive through Bucharest and Visit to Parliament Palace

EmeraldPLUS

· Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa

· Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family

· Local School Visit

· Serbian Folklore Evening Show

· Cooking Demonstration on Board

· Choir Concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE

· Bike Tour in Belgrade

· Hike to Belogradchik

· Hike to Ivanovo Church