Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe.

11 Days
Bucharest to Budapest
From (USD)
$ 4,910
Dates & Pricing

2019 Bucharest > Budapest

Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EMBB
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Budapest

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Bucharest

    Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a dinner at the hotel. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation

    Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. Tonight, join your Captain for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rousse – Arbanasi &Veliko Tarnovo

    Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was 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 welcome reception and dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
    EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vidin

    Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Golubac

    Today sail towards the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates. Then visit the archaeological excavation site Lepinski Vir. Located on the right bank of the Danube in the Djerdap gorge (The Iron gates of the Danube) near the town of Donji Milanovac, Lepenski Vir was the centre of one of the most complex prehistoric cultures. Rich cultural layers reveal traces of a highly developed culture that had complex social relations and as such was the first discovered urban settlement in Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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 upstream towards Hungary. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kalocsa - Budapest

    Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
    EmeraldPLUS: Evening Cruise of Budapest

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Budapest

    After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel accommodation in the vibrant city of Budapest. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, passing by like the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Budapest

    Take the day to enjoy this lively and exciting city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Budapest - Farewell

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and transfer to the airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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 Drive through Bucharest
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Visit Baba Vida Fortress
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Choir Concert in Arbanasi
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Meet students from the local village
  • Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa
  • Evening Cruise of Budapest

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Hike to Ivanovo Church
  • Hike to Belogradchik
  • Bike Tour in Belgrade
  • Guided Active Walk to Buda Hill

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 25 superb meals including 10 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability