Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

Cruise through Eastern Europe from Budapest towards the Black Sea and enjoy a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
8 nights from £1595pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Belgrade
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Iron Gate
  • Budapest
  • Svishtov
  • Vukovar

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Emerald Waterways

Save up to £1000pp on 2018 departures! Book by 30 Apr 2018

2019 dates at 2018 prices - save £1000 per couple PLUS 250 Euro OBC per cabin! Book by 18 May 2018

Enchantment of Eastern Europe Special Offer

Discover five contrasting countries on this unique cruise through Eastern Europe towards the Black Sea.

From the Hungarian capital of Budapest, cruise to the historic town of Kalocsa for a visit to a local Puszta Horse Farm. Enjoy a spectacular performance showcasing the riding skills of the Magyar horsemen.

Enjoy a special lunch hosted by a local family in the Croatian city of Osijek, learn about Belgrade's turbulent past on a guided city tour and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Explore the cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo and enjoy a special choir concert in Arbanasi, renowned for its 17th and 18th-century churches.

Continue on to your final destination, Romania's capital, Bucharest, where you will have a guided tour of the city along with a visit to the Palace of the Parliament.

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Enchantment of Eastern Europe Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from a choice of UK regional airports to Budapest and transfer to your stylish ship. Meet your fellow guests and enjoy dinner this evening. In 2019, there is an evening cruise taking in Budapest's illuminated waterfront. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest – Kalocsa

This morning, depart Budapest and begin cruising to Kalocsa, which is renowned for its production of paprika. On arrival, visit a traditional Puszta Horse Farm, where you can watch an amazing Magyar horsemen performance. Captain's Gala Dinner tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Osijek (Croatia)

Arrive in the beautiful Croatian city of Osijek which is home to an impressive 18th-century fortress. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about everyday life in the city as you meet a local family and enjoy a traditional lunch. In 2019, there is also the option to meet local students. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Enjoy a tour of the Serbian capital of Belgrade, with highlights including Tito's Memorial and the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan which overlooks the Sava and Danube Rivers. You'll also visit St Sava Church which is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the world. If you are feeling active, join the guided bike ride. An optional tour of the National Opera Theatre is available. This evening watch a Serbian Folklore Show. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Kostolac

Visit the largest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site which dates back to the 1st century. Back on board, enjoy a cooking demonstration (2018 only). In 2019, the ship will cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates later today. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

In 2018, relax on board and cruise to Vidin through the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates which form the border between Romania and Serbia. Emerald Active - enjoy a hike to Belogradchik or perhaps head to Port Cetate for a local wine tasting. In 2019, arrive in Vidin this morning and enjoy a guided tour visiting Port Cetate for a wine tasting and the Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, join the guided hike to Belgradchik rock Fortress. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Rousse - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi (Bulgaria)

This morning, you will sail to Rousse then travel to Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Admire the 200-year-old houses, shop for souvenirs or visit one of the art galleries. Later, head to Arbanasi which overlooks the Yantra Valley. Enjoy a choir concert during your time here. For the active, there is a guided hike to Ivanovo Church. Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Bucharest (Romania)

Disembark ship and travel to Bucharest for a 1-night hotel stay. Enjoy a tour of the city's wide avenues with highlights including the Palace of the Parliament. (B,D)

Day 9 - Bucharest - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Waterways deluxe ship
  • 1-night stay at the Radisson Hotel, Bucharest or similar
  • Return flights from up to 15 UK regional airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Up to 6 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Cruise Extensions

  • 2019 Budapest Extension Enjoy a 2-night stay at the K+K Hotel or similar from £345pp. Please contact us for more details

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 24£2295£1795
May 13£2595£2095
May 26; Jun 01£2595£2095
Jul 14£2495£2195
Sep 07£2595£2295
Sep 29£2595£1595
Oct 02£2295£1795

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 30£2295£1795
May 19£2595£1895
Jun 01, 07£2595£2095
Jul 20£2495£1995
Sep 13£2595£2095
Oct 05£2295£1795
Oct 08£2295£1795

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 22£2295£1795
May 12, 25; Jun 01£2595£2095
Jul 07£2495£1995
Sep 28, 29£2595£2095

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 28£2295£1795
May 18, 31; Jun 07£2595£2095
Jul 05, 13£2495£1995
Oct 04, 05£2295£1795

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are available - please contact us
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D - £100pp
  • Cat C: £600pp
  • Cat B: £800pp
  • Cat A: £1000pp
  • Cat S: £1500pp
  • Cat SA: £2200pp