European Luxury River Cruises

VIKING – Passage To Eastern Europe, Budapest to Bucharest – 11 days

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Introduction

This tour takes you to the cities, towns and natural wonders of Eastern Europe, where so many fairy tales began. Experience two nights in bustling Budapest, cosmopolitan capital of Hungary; sail past dramatic natural wonders like the soaring white cliffs of the Iron Gate region; visit the amazing Serbian capital of Belgrade and the wonderful Croatian town of Osijek; discover historical treasures of Bulgaria; and admire the graceful charms of the Romanian capital of Bucharest where you will enjoy one overnight stay. This itinerary is, quite simply, a revelation.

DAY 1 Budapest

Arrive at  Budapest airport and transfer to the deluxe Hilton Budapest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or start a bit of exploring on your own.

DAY 2 Budapest

This morning, explore both the “Buda” and “Pest” sides of  Hungary’s capital. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you will take a leisurely walk from Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of your day is free to do as you choose. (B)

DAY 3 Budapest

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and  embark to your ship. Enjoy a final free day in Budapest—do some shopping, explore a museum, , ride around the city on the wonderful subway system, visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter or peek inside one of the Art Deco spas. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for a welcome dinner aboard. (B, D)

DAY 4 Kalocsa

This morning, arrive in Kalocsa, Hungary and take a guided city tour including a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace. You are then treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return aboard and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 Osijek

Wake up in Vukovar and enjoy breakfast before your excursion to the Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited by humans since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the influences of the Romans, the Ottomans and the Habsburgs; now it is a pleasant town known for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return aboard your ship for lunch and departure. Enjoy the international cuisine for dinner in the evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 Belgrade

Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress,  see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Have lunch aboard and then enjoy free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine aboard or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife—your ship departs  late this evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 Scenic Cruising & Iron Gate

Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The amazing Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders, a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs which will take your breath away. Your cruise director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward Vidin. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 Vidin & Belogradchik

Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin during breakfast, then take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks, and enjoy breathtaking views. Have lunch aboard your ship and then take free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. Your ship departs during dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. There you will see Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, you have the opportunity to shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Proceed to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 Giurgiu & Bucharest

Disembark in Giurgiu and proceed to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the Bucharest for a 1-night stay. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Romania’s lovely capital city. See the Antim Monastery, the Arch of Triumph and the iconic Palace of Justice, completing your tour at the Palace of Parliament. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest. (B, L)

DAY 11 Bucharest

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight home. Why not  extend your journey with 3 nights in the Black Sea region. (B)

The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:
+ Return flights
+ Deluxe accommodation
+ Shore excursions
+ Delicious on board meals with complimentary wine

Prague 3-night pre-extension – From £549 per person

Bucharest & Transylvania 3-night post-extension – From £549 per person

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