Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe.

11 Days
Bucharest to Budapest
From (AUD)
$ 5,205
$ 4,455
Dates & Pricing

2020 Bucharest > Budapest

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EMBB
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Bucharest
Return City:
Budapest

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bucharest

    When you arrive in Bucharest, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your perfectly situated hotel, including a one-night stay in Bucharest.
    Welcome to the “Paris of the East”. The centre of Bucharest perfectly encapsulates a distinctive Parisian atmosphere, with wide avenues adorned by famous landmarks and quaint leafy boulevards that cross the city.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest - Giurgiu

    After enjoying the plush surrounds of your hotel this morning, you will get the opportunity to learn about some of Bucharest’s most iconic highlights during your guided drive around the city, including the elegant exterior of the Spring Palace, before enjoying some time to explore the leafy boulevards at leisure.
    After your insightful tour, you will be transferred from Bucharest to Giurgiu, on the banks of the Danube, where a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided drive through Bucharest

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

    Today, you will have the opportunity to learn about Bulgarian history as you explore the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire with your local guide, an ancient city that was strategically positioned overlooking the surrounding area. On your included tour, you will have the opportunity to traverse its cobbled streets and witness its medieval fortifications.
    Afterwards, you will be taken to neighbouring Arbanasi, situated overlooking the Yantra, a tributary of the Danube that is known for its many scenic gorges. Your local guide will enable you to explore the past, as your tour touches on a number of traditional houses and ancient churches.
    If you would prefer to do something more active, then you could instead choose to embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, known for their famous 14th-century frescoes.
    Tonight, your captain will welcome you back on board for a welcome reception and dinner.
    You’re Invited: A choir concert in Arbanasi
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vidin

    Viticulture forms the heart of life in the most western town in Bulgaria, where sun-kissed vineyards pepper the banks of the Danube and the region has prospered from winemaking for generations. Your included tour of Vidin will introduce you to a peaceful side of life that revolves around wine, as you weave through a local vineyard and learn about their produce, before enjoying a tasting. Afterwards, your local guide will take you to Baba Vida, a fortress that was originally constructed at the turn of the 10th century; known for being one of only a handful of beautifully preserved castles in the country.
    If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress, located on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains. It’s easy to imagine how this stronghold would have offered the Romans a perfect lookout point.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik Fortress
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit a local vineyard for a tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Donji Milanovac - Golubac

    This morning, relax on board and admire your surroundings as we sail along the mighty Danube to Donji Milanovac, where a visit to the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, one of Europe’s best-hidden gems, awaits. Located right on the riverbanks, the Palaeolithic site is one of the most important of its kind on the continent, effortlessly capturing more than 8 millennia of history. Archaeologists from around the world have used this site to learn about a number of different Stone Age settlements and the way that prehistoric cultures moved across Europe.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Belgrade

    Serbia’s vibrant capital is yours to explore today, as your local guide takes you on a coach tour through the heart of the city, highlighting its many landmarks and the iconic Belgrade Fortress. Your coach will pass through the centre, where you will be able to catch glimpses of Serbia’s turbulent recent past, set amongst now quiet and peaceful streets. Witness the ornate beauty of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest religious buildings in Europe, before stopping for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to learn about Belgrade’s history during a guided bike tour.
    This evening, you will be invited to the Horizon Lounge to watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.
    You’re Invited: A Serbian folklore evening show
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Belgrade
    Discover More: A tour of the National Opera Theatre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Osijek

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore one of Croatia’s postcard-worthy historic university towns, full of delightful waterfront promenades and quaint cobbled streets. As you walk around the city, you will notice that damage from the Homeland War is still visible, but it’s difficult to imagine turbulent times in this peaceful area.
    Embark on a guided walk around Osijek Fortress, a true icon in the romantic old town. This traditional star fort houses a number of different buildings, including a military hospital and armouries, making it perfect for times of conflict. Your You’re Invited experiences today are certain to be a highlight of your trip, as you dine on traditional cuisine with a local Croatian family and meet some students from a local village.
    Enjoy an evening of sailing further up the Danube towards Hungary, before joining your captain for a farewell dinner.
    You’re Invited: A home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family
    You’re Invited: Meet the local village students
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Osijek Fortress

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kalocsa

    In the morning, we will sail away from Osijek and on to Kalocsa, a place known for its paprika production and colourful festivals. Discovering Hungary’s culture is an easy task in Kalocsa, where traditional folk art can be found around every corner and old traditions pave the way for daily life.
    Later, you will venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, to visit a traditional Puszta horse farm. Your guide will teach you about the traditional performances of the Magyar cowboys, and you will have the opportunity to witness some of their exceptional equestrian skills first hand, as they perform for you during their horse parade and showcase some of their memorable exercise drills.
    You’re Invited: Visit a Puszta horse farm
    You’re Invited: A Budapest evening cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Budapest

    After breakfast, leave the lush surrounds of your suite or stateroom and be transferred to your centrally-located accommodation in Budapest, where a two-night stay in the city is certain to delight. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the city, touching on its two distinctive faces and the ornamented Buda Castle district.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided coach tour of Budapest

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Budapest

    Today, the storied capital of Budapest is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the Chain Bridge to see how the city differs in Buda and Pest, or stopping to try some delightful Hungarian treats.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you leave your centrally-located accommodation for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of a home-hosted Croatian experience and the ornamented Buda Castle district with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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