Discover Croatia and Enchantment of Eastern Europe

17 Days
Split to Bucharest
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$ 8,210
$ 7,460
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2019 Split > Bucharest

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17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Split – Solin

    Welcome to Croatia! You will be met at the airport in Split and transferred to the the ancient town of Solin. Included is a one night stay in Solin.

  2. Day 2 - Solin – Opatija

    This morning board your coach and travel to the town of Opatija. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore. Included is a three night stay in Opatija.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Opatija

    Start your day with a tour of Rovinj. The town famous cobbled streets lead to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia. After the tour, visit a winery and enjoy a taste of the local produced specialties. Later, visit Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. Pula is known for its protected harbour, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Settled in the prehistoric era and valued for its strategic location, Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Opatija

    Today is a day at your leisure, and your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring.
    DiscoverMORE: Guided Tour of Istria (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Opatija – Lake Bled

    Continue your journey, you will cross into Slovenia, where you will visit the Karst Caves in Postojna. A mini-train will take you underground through a fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls. Then, it is a short drive to Lake Bled, an earthly paradise at the foot of the Julian Alps. Included is a two-night stay in Bled.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Lake Bled

    Today, enjoy a boat ride to the island on the Lake Bled. The rest of the day is at leisure to continue exploring.
    DiscoverMORE: Guided Tour of Ljubljana (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Lake Bled - Zagreb

    Return to Croatia and venture towards the country’s capital, Zagreb. Your included guided tour will take you the main landmarks such as the Archbishop’s Palace, Opera House and Cathedral of St. Mark’s. Included is a two-night stay in Zagreb.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Zagreb

    Enjoy a leisurely day in Zagreb to continue exploring this lively capital.
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Trakošcan Castle (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Zagreb – Budapest Embarkation

    This morning cross borders with Hungary and arrive in Budapest. Embark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges.
    You’re Invited: Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Kalocsa

    Early this morning we sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
    You’re Invited: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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 down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
    You’re Invited: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    You’re Invited: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    You’re Invited: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Golubac

    Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the archaeological excavation site Lepinski Vir. Located on the right bank of the Danube in the Djerdap gorge (The Iron gates of the Danube) near the town of Donji Milanovac, Lepenski Vir was the centre of one of the most complex prehistoric cultures. Rich cultural layers reveal traces of a highly developed culture that had complex social relations and as such was the first discovered urban settlement in Europe. Return to the ship and sail towards the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Vidin

    Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

    Today your ship will cruise to Rousse and visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
    You’re Invited: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Giurgiu Disembarkation - Bucharest

    This morning, disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. The city's wide avenues have a distinctly French feel; in fact, the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Bucharest Farewell

    Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 8 night land tour, 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Overnight stay in Bucharest
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director and Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • Explore 14 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Guided tour of Rovinj & Pula
  • Guided tour of Karst Caves in Postojna
  • Guided tour of Zagreb
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided tour of Osijek Fortress
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • Visit Baba Vida Fortress
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi
  • Guided drive through Bucharest

  • 33 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Lunches (L), & 10 Dinners (D)
  • Traditional Hungarian Dinner
  • Captain’s Farewell Reception
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

You’re Invited
  • Budapest evening cruise
  • Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa
  • Meet students and enjoy a home hosted lunch with a Croatian family
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Choir Concert in Arbanas

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