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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

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

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8 nights from £1699pp

River Cruise Holiday
Belgrade
Bucharest
Budapest
Iron Gates
Budapest
Vukovar
Svishtov

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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 - Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship to be greeted by your friendly captain and crew. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Eastern Europe’s liveliest city at leisure. The ‘Pearl on the Danube’ is a truly breathtaking sight, where dozens of lights adorn the stone bridges that cross the mighty Danube, separating both sides of the city.This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.

Day 2 - Kalocsa

This morning, we’ll reach Kalocsa, best known for its vibrant paprika festivals. You’ll venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, for a traditional performance showcasing the exceptional equestrian skills of the Magyar cowboys. Relax as you watch their spectacular horse parade and witness their exercise drills.Tonight, your crew will welcome you for a welcome dinner & reception.EmeraldPLUSPuszta horse show

Day 3 - Aljmas - Osijek

This morning, we will drive to Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Today, you will embark on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. Our EmeraldPLUS excursion will bring you to the home of a Croatian family to share a typical meal from the area while getting to know the local culture and customs.Later, sail further down the Danube and into Serbia, where remnants of recent conflicts can be seen on the riverbanks.EmeraldPLUSHome-hosted lunch with a Croatian family EmeraldACTIVETrek to Adica Included ExcursionGuided walking tour of Osijek FortressDiscoverMOREVucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)

Day 4 - Belgrade

The capital of Serbia awaits you today, as a city tour introduces you to the highlights of one of Europe’s oldest cities, including Belgrade Fortress. Relax as your coach takes you through the centre of this peaceful city and witness the symmetrical façade of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest church buildings. Stop for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia or learn about the history of Belgrade during a guided bike tour of the city.This evening, relax in the Horizon Lounge and watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.EmeraldPLUSSerbian folklore evening show on boardEmeraldACTIVEGuided bike tour in BelgradeIncluded ExcursionGuided tour of BelgradeDiscoverMORERoutes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)

Day 5 - Golubac – Donji Milanovac

In eastern Serbia, within the Majdanpek municipality, the town of Donji Milanovac sits on the right bank of the Danube. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir on an included excursion. Enjoy learning about the importance of this archaeological site and its illustrious history, spanning more than 8 millennia.The day ends as we sail through the Iron Gates, a picturesque narrow gorge that meanders between the Carpathian Mountains and the European Alps.Included ExcursionVisit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museumEmeraldACTIVEVisit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum Donji Milanovac by bike

Day 6 - Vidin

This morning, we’ll arrive in Vidin, a beautiful town in north-west Bulgaria, renowned for its wine production. Your included tour will introduce you to the best of Vidin’s viticulture, as you stroll through a local vineyard and enjoy a tasting of their produce.Later, venture to Baba Vida, a medieval fortress whose name can be translated to mean “Granny Vida”. Alternatively, hike to Belogradchik Fortress, a well-preserved stronghold that sits against a series of impressive rock formations.EmeraldACTIVEHike to Belogradchik Fortress Included ExcursionVisit to a local vineyard with wine tasting & a visit to Baba Vida FortressDiscoverMORETraditional Bulgarian pastry making

Day 7 - Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse, where you will have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo. The former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, this medieval city was built atop three hills and its fortifications and cobbled streets are certain to delight history lovers.Nearby, Arbanasi sits on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River. Each street in the area is lined with traditional houses, and old churches offer centuries of exploration during your guided tour.Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels and monasteries. Tonight, your crew will welcome you on board for a farewell dinner.EmeraldPLUSChoir concert in ArbanasiEmeraldACTIVEGuided hike to Ivanovo ChurchIncluded ExcursionTour of Veliko Tarnovo and ArbanasiDiscoverMOREPaint & Wine (extra expense)

Day 8 - Giurgiu – Bucharest

This morning, relax and enjoy the passing scenery as we drive towards Bucharest, including the Romanian city of Giurgiu, set amongst the mud flats and marshes of the Danube.Visit the Spring Palace and the private residence of Nicolae Ceausescu, before enjoying free time to explore the city at leisure. Learn about Bucharest’s vibrant history on a guided coach tour, passing by the Palace of Parliament.This evening, settle into the comfortable surrounds of your hotel and perhaps go for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel.Included ExcursionGuided drive through Bucharest with a visit to the Spring Palace

Day 9 - Bucharest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Great Hungarian Plain and medieval fortresses with you. water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Waterways deluxe ship
  • 1-night stay at the Radisson Hotel, Bucharest or similar
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guides
  • 5 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

Special Features

  • EmeraldPLUS activities:
  • Puszta horse show
  • Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family
  • Meet the local village students
  • Serbian folklore evening show
  • Choir concert in Arbanasi
  • EmeraldActive excursions:
  • Guided bike tour of Belgrade
  • Guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress
  • Guided hike to UNESCO-listed Ivanovo Churches
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 30th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £1999
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      Brochure Price from: £4315 Brochure Price from: £5020 Brochure Price from: £5790
      Blue Water Price from: £1999 Blue Water Price from: £4340 Blue Water Price from: £4994
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Luna From: £1699
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  • August
    • Aug 30th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £3350
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      Brochure Price from: £3855 Brochure Price from: £3965 Brochure Price from: £4075 Brochure Price from: £4670
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  • September
    • Sep 15th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Luna From: £2625
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2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 26th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2729
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  • May
    • May 2nd - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2916
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    • May 10th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2916
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    • May 16th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2916
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  • June
    • Jun 17th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £2916
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    • Jun 21st - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2916
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    • Jun 23rd - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £2916
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    • Jun 27th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2916
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  • September
    • Sep 13th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2618
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    • Sep 19th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2618
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    • Sep 25th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: Emerald Luna From: £2618
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  • October
    • Oct 1st - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Luna From: £2197
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