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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Route to Eastern Europe

Discover the magnificent cities and historical treasures of Eastern Europe as you journey along the Danube towards the Black Sea on this superb voyage with hotel stays in Budapest and Bucharest. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £1845pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Iron Gates
  • Triumphal Arch, Bucharest

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Route to Eastern Europe Special Offer

Discover historic treasures and the vibrant cities of Eastern Europe as you cruise along the River Danube towards the Black Sea.

Enjoy a two-night stay in cosmopolitan Budapest where you can visit the magnificent National Opera House and the impressive Fisherman's Bastion, before cruising to the Hungarian town of Kalocsa and the historic city of Vukovar in Croatia.

Discover the breathtaking cliffs of the Iron Gate, visit the magnificent Belogradchik Fortress and explore Bulgaria's former capital, Veliko Tarnovo, before enjoying an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest.

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Route to Eastern Europe Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

We meet you at the Budapest airport and transfer your hotel for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or begin doing a bit of exploring on your own.

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a guided city tour of this magnificent city . Visit the "Pest" side of the city, home to the National Opera House, followed by historic "Buda" where you can visit the Fisherman's Bastion. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 3 - Budapest

After breakfast, you will embark your ship. Spend the day at leisure in Budapest where you can visit a museum, travel on the subway system or discover the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Your Program Director can help you to plan your free time in this beautiful city. Return to your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 4 - Kalocsa

Take a guided tour of Kalocsa visiting the town centre followed by a short organ concert at St Joseph Church. Enjoy a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship before returning to your ship for lunch. Dine aboard this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Vukovar (Croatia)

Wake up in the Croatian city of Vukovar and travel to Osijek for an excursion, a city which has been under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Habsburgs. Discover spectacular baroque buildings and impressive monuments. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Take a guided tour through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress which is now a picturesque park. Other highlights include the magnificent Orthodox cathedral and the Square of the Republic. Return to the ship for lunch, then enjoy time at leisure where you can discover the city's spectacular architecture or visit one of its museums, before dining on board. The ship departs late evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Iron Gate

Enjoy scenic cruising through the picturesque Lower Danube. Discover the Iron Gate, a magnificent narrow gorge with striking limestone cliffs. Learn about this natural wonder from your cruise director as you sail towards Vidin. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Vidin (Bulgaria) - Belogradchik

Explore Belogradchik Fortress built into the Belogradchik Rocks, before returning to the ship for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Vidin where you can visit the Orthodox churches or the ruins of the synagogue. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi

Disembark your ship in Russe and enjoy a full-day excursion to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria's former capital where you can see Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. Enjoy time at leisure, before enjoying lunch in Arbanasi and a guided tour of the Nativity Church. Dine aboard this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Giurgiu (Romania) - Bucharest

Disembark your ship in Giurgiu and transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) for an overnight hotel stay. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Bucharest, the capital of Romania where highlights include the Arch of Triumph and the magnificent Palace of Parliament. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. (B,L)

Day 11 - Bucharest

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Since the pace of a river is determined by the direction of the flow, please note that timings and stops may differ slightly from one direction to another. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction from Bucharest to Budapest. Visit sequence, tours and times may vary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board cruise on board a Viking longship
  • Return economy class flights from London or selected regional airports
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • 2 night hotel stay in Budapest
  • 1 night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • Transylvania Extension A 3-night pre- or post- cruise Bucharest and Transylvania extension is available from £459pp.
  • Prague Extension A pre- or post-cruise extension with a 3-night stay in Prague is available from £459pp.
  • Budapest Extension Enjoy a 2-night pre- or post-cruise stay in Budapest from £259pp.

Special Features

  • No regional flight supplements from selected airports

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Apr 25£3095£3095
May 09, 23; Jun 06, 20£3495£2995
Jul 04, 18; Aug 09£3295£2795
Sep 26£3495£2995
Nov 07£2795£2295
Nov 15£2595£2095

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Apr 19£3095£3095
May 03, 31; Jun 14, 28£3495£2995
Jul 26; Aug 23£3295£2795
Sep 06£3495£2995
Oct 18£2995£2495

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 25£2845£1845
Mar 29; Apr 08£3045£2045
May 06, 20; Jun 17£3795£2795
Jul 01, 29; Aug 12£3595£2595
Sep 09, 23£3795£2795
Oct 21£3245£2245
Nov 04£3045£2045

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 23£2845£1845
Apr 02, 06£3045£2045
Apr 16£3495£2495
May 14, 28; Jun 25£3795£2795
Jul 09; Aug 06, 20£3595£2595
Sep 17; Oct 01£3795£2795
Oct 29£3245£2245
Nov 12£3045£2045

Price Information

  • All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy in a Cat F cabin. Single supplements are available on request
  • 2018 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £550pp
  • Cat C - £750pp
  • Cat B - £900pp
  • Cat A - £1100pp
  • Cat AA - from £1550pp to £2300pp
  • Cat ES - from £2000pp to £4200pp
  • 2019 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £500pp
  • Cat C - £700pp
  • Cat B - from £800pp to £850pp
  • Cat A - from £900pp to £1050pp
  • Cat AA - from £1350pp to £2300pp
  • Cat ES - from £1850pp to £4300pp
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Small map for Route to Eastern Europe

Passage to Eastern Europe