Imperial Charms of Russia with Enchantment of Eastern Europe

Combine our Russia River Cruise with our iconic Enchantment of Eastern Europe to experience the old Europe in all its glory.

22 Days
Moscow to Bucharest
From (AUD)
$ 11,180
$ 9,680
Dates & Pricing

2021 Moscow > Bucharest

A perfect combination of Eastern European Rivers.

Link the Volga river and the Lower Danube Rivers to enjoy 22 days of cruising.
Join the MS Nizhny Novgorod, a traditional Russian River cruise ship, before flying to Budapest to join our award winning Star ship on a 7 night cruise.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ERBC
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Moscow
Return City:
Bucharest

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - 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 be met and transferred from the airport to MS N. Novgorod, where a warm welcome awaits from your crew. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Moscow

    After breakfast, your city tour will start with a drive along Leningradskaya Street, Tverskaya Street, Novodevichy convent and have a chance to see Moscow’s main highlights, including the sights of KGB, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, inside visit to the famous department store GUM and enjoy some free time at the Red square. After lunch in the city, you will head to one of the highlights to your trip, 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, the Palace of Congresses, Senate square with the Arsenal and Senate buildings, residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The evening is yours to explore on own or take part in our carefully planned optional tours.

    Included Excursion

    Moscow city tour & visit to the Kremlin Grounds

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Moscow

    The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of Moscow or just enjoy and relax on board of MS N. Novgorod. We have also prepared various optional tours for you to choose from. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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 get to see the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Your walk will also include a stop at 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Uglich walking tour 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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 tour will include a stop at the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, as well as an inside visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and an interactive tour to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

    Included Excursion

    City tour of Yaroslavl 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Goritsy

    Goritsy is 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Monastery of St. Cyril 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kizhi

    Today you will cruise 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Tour of Kizhi Island 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Mandrogi

    Your next stop is the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many of 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Shashlik in Mandrogi 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - St. Petersburg

    You will sail on the Neva River into St. Petersburg early this morning. 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. Your guided bus tour will take you along the Spire of the Basil Island (buildings of Stock Exchange, Kunstkamera, Zoo Museum), pass by the buildings of the Senate and the Synod, St. Isaac´s cathedral and drive along Nevsky prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. One cannot miss the splendid of the church of the Savior on spilled blood, emblematic for St. Petersburg. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress: The Boat house, Peter I monument, Commandant´s house, Nevsky Gate and St. Peter and Paul´s Cathedral. 

    Included Excursion

    City tour of St. Petersburg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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 N. Novgorod. We have also prepared various optional tours for you to choose from.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - St. Petersburg

    Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Hermitage Museum Visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - St. Petersburg - Budapest

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport before transferring to your hotel in Budapest for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Budapest

    Today, the city of Budapest is yours to explore. Whether you take a visit to St Stephens Basilica, or Buda Castle, the choice is yours. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    This afternoon, we will transfer you to your Emerald Star-Ship. For your seven-night cruise along the Danube River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kalocsa

    In the morning, we’ll sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, best known for its vibrant paprika festivals. Traditional folk art and culture are yours to discover here, as you sail through one of the oldest towns in Hungary.
    This afternoon, 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, most of which were readily practiced for wartime.
    Tonight, your crew will welcome you for a Welcome Dinner & Reception.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A traditional Hungarian horse show 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Osijek

    Cruise into the border region of Croatia and into Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Damage from the Homeland War is still visible across the city, but it is easily forgotten when you immerse yourself in the peaceful surrounds that can be found here.
    Today, you will be able to meet students from a local village who will be delighted to perform for you during your EmeraldPLUS excursion, before embarking on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. This ensemble of well-preserved Baroque buildings is laid out like a traditional star fort, with bastions, armouries, a guardhouse and a military hospital all protected within its walls.
    Later, sail further down the Danube and into Serbia, where remnants of recent conflicts can be seen on the riverbanks.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Visit the home of a local Croatian family

    EmeraldPLUS

    Meet the local village students

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Osijek Fortress

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - 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 the city, where remnants of a chaotic past look out of place among peaceful surrounds.
    Witness the symmetrical façade of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest church buildings, and stop for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. Enjoy learning about the life of the leader of the Partisans, Josip Broz Tito, and the way that they became one of the most effective resistance movements in occupied Europe. Alternatively, 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Serbian folklore evening show

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Belgrade

    DiscoverMORE

    A tour of the National Opera Theatre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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. Archaeologists have used this site to track the development of prehistoric culture in Europe, and numerous Stone Age settlements have been found in the area.
    The day ends as we sail through the Iron Gates, a scenic narrow gorge that meanders between the Carpathian Mountains and the European Alps.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Vidin

    This morning, we’ll arrive in Vidin, a beautiful town in north-west Bulgaria. Situated on the right bank of the Danube, it is one of the oldest along the Bulgarian Danube bank, prospering from the surrounding countryside, renowned for producing wines. 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”. Construction began on the fortress in the 10th century, and it has been steeped in legend ever since. Alternatively, hike to Belogradchik Fortress, a well-preserved stronghold that sits against a series of impressive rock formations.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike to Belogradchik Fortress 

    Included Excursion

    Visit a local vineyard for a tasting & Baba Vida Fortress

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

    Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse. You will have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo, stopping to learn about its rich history as 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 of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi.
    Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels and monasteries. Witness the incredible nature of the 14th-century painted frescoes and learn about their composition and the emotional atmosphere that they convey, something that was far ahead of its time.
    Tonight, your crew will welcome you on board for a Farewell dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A choir concert in Arbanasi

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

    Included Excursion

    A tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - 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 to see the elegant exterior of a well-kept secret and the plush interior of 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, perhaps going for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel.

    Included Excursion

    A guided drive through Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - 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. 

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUSIONS
  • YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 11 nights on board MS Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2 night in a hotel in Budapest
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • 1 night in a hotel in Bucharest
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of 2 Emerald Waterways Cruise Directors
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Moscow
  • Visit to the Kremlin Grounds
  • Guided walking tour of Uglich
  • Guided tour of Yaroslavl
  • Visit to the Monastery of St. Cyril
  • Tour of Kizhi Island
  • Shashlik in Mandrogi
  • Guided tour of St. Petersburg
  • A guided tour of Osijek Fortress
  • Guided tour of Belgrade
  • Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum
  • Visit to local vineyard with wine tasting
  • Visit to Baba Vida Fortress
  • Visit to Veliko Tarnovo
  • Guided Bus Tour of Bucharest with visit of Spring Palace

EmeraldPLUS
  • A traditional Hungarian horse show
  • Meet the local village Students
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian family
  • Serbian Folklore Band performance on board
  • Choir Concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guide Bike Tour in Belgrade
  • Guided Hike to Belogradchick Fortress
  • Guided Hike to the UNESCO Heritage-listed Ivanovo Church

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 56 superb meals including 21 Breakfasts (B), 16 Lunches (L), 19 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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