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2018 Itinerary

20 Day Itinerary (St Petersburg > Budapest)

  • Tour Code


  • Departure City

    St Petersburg

  • Duration

    20 Day

  • Return City


Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • 11 nights on board MS Rossia
  • Stay one night in the Radisson Blu Bucharest
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways tour director throughout the cruises
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Guided Bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Visit to Mandrogi
  • Tour to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island
  • Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Tour to Yaroslavl
  • Visit to Uglich
  • Guided Tour of Moscow
  • Visit to Kremlin Grounds
  • Guided Drive through Bucharest and Visit to Parliament Palace
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress

dining highlights

  • 54 superb meals including: 19 Full Breakfasts (FB), 16 Lunches (L), 19 Dinners (D)
  • 2 drinks per passenger with lunch and dinner on board the MS Rossia
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board your Emerald Star-Ship

you’re invited

  • Visit the Cosmonaut Museum
  • Tour the State Armoury
  • Serbian folklore show
  • Home hosted lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Day 1 Arrival St. Petersburg

    Founded by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Nicknamed ‘Venice of the North’, the historic centre, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be met and transferred from the airport to MS Rossia, where a warm welcome awaits from your crew. Tonight enjoy your first dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 St. Petersburg

    After breakfast, your guided bus tour will take you along the Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. You will pass the Gostiny Dvor (St. Petersburg largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great, the sights of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Kazan and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Tonight your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 St. Petersburg

    Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Heritage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 St. Petersburg

    The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board of MS Rossia.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Mandrogi

    Today we visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir, part of the Valaam Islands an archipelago in the northern part of Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many opportunities for you to admire items of Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous “matryioshka” dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of  Mandrogi’s other attractions, like the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 Kizhi

    Today you will cruise admiring the tranquil water of Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. You will be taken on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breath-taking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Goritsy

    Today we arrive in Goritsy, a typical Russian village set in the most scenic countryside. Take a coach from the ship to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Yaroslavl

    Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your walking tour will take you through the historic center, a World Heritage Site, which is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. Visit the 17th century Church of St. Ilya the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture, then wander the grounds of the 12th century Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 Uglich

    Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your walking tour you will visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Then, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered. This evening the Captain will host a farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 Moscow

    Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million inhabitants. You will have a city tour where you will have a chance to see Moscow’s main highlights, including the sights of the Red Square, where you can see the brightly colored St. Basil’ Cathedral from the outside, sights of the Lenin Masoleum and the State Historial Museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cosmonaut museum.
    You’re Invited: Visit to Cosmonaut Museum

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 Moscow

    Today we have one of the biggest highlights to your tour, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. For many people the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, the Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the Kremlin Grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form. Then, you will have tour of the State Armoury, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the State of Armoury

    Discover More: Kostroma National Dancing Show (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 Disembark Moscow – Bucharest

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight (flight not included) to Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.
    One Night Stay: Bucharest

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 13 Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation

    Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 14 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.
    You’re Invited: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15 Vidin

    Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16 Kostolac

    Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions.
    You’re Invited: Cooking Class Demonstration

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17 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.
    Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    You’re Invited: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 18 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.
    You’re Invited: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    You’re Invited: Local School Visit

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 19 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.
    You’re Invited: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 20 Budapest Disembarkation

    After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

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