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Enchantment of Eastern Europe on Emerald Luna

From Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania
Length: 9 Days - Departs: Thu, Sep 25, 2025
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Departure
Sep 25, 2025
Arrival
Oct 03, 2025

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Save up to $750 per suite on select river cruise departures. Pay in full and receive an additional up to $3,000 per suite. Bonus savings are combinable with 2-for-1 fares on select itineraries. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. (Not all dates/itineraries qualify, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings).
Must Book By Sun, Mar 31, 2024
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Available for new bookings only made between December 18, 2023 - March 31, 2024 on select 2024 & 2025 Emerald Cruises Europe River cruise and 2024, 2025 South East Asia departures.

WAVE Savings: Bonus savings of up to $750 per suite available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2-for-1 fares and pay-in-full offers, and are capacity controlled.

2-for-1 Fares: 2-for-1 fares are displayed as a per-person rate in a double occupancy cabin. Fares are based on full fare pricing and may not have resulted in a sale. Offer applies to cruise pricing only; does not apply on land extensions, air or any other add-ons.

Pay-in-full: Up to $3,000 additional savings per suite when paid in full. For S, RA and SA categories recieve $1500pp savings ($3000 per suite) when you pay in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories recieve $1000pp savings ($2000 per suite) when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Departures outside of 11 months can pay in full at 10 months prior to departure to receive these benefits. Pay in full Air offers available in lieu of pay-in-full savings with same payment terms; Free premium economy air available on the S, RA and SA categories with a max value $2500pp. Free Premium economy air is available on the S and SA categories for South East Asia with a max value of $3000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value $1500pp. Air offers are only valid 61 or more days prior to departure. All flights will be booked on Emerald Cruises' choice of airline and routing, and are subject to availability.

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is appled to the 2-for-1 fare; single guest pays one guest fare. Free single supplement is not combinable with any other offers. Other dates may have a 45% single supplement; can be converted to a 25% supplement when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Single supplement offers not applicable on S, RA or SA categories. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

All offers are inventory-controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Port charges are included in the price shown. For the most up?to?date pricing, availability and offers, please visit emeraldcruises.com or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit emeraldcruises.com.

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Traveling solo on a river cruise has become one of the easiest ways to enjoy a relaxing voyage entirely in your own way. With single supplements from just 45% on selected sailings. From the moment you step foot on board, you have the freedom to do as much or as little as you please. Whether you want to tour each stunning destination in depth, or simply unwind in the contemporary surrounds of your award-winning Star-Ship, you'll revel in the delights of cruising solo. (Not all dates may apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings)
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Reduced Single Supplement offer is available for new bookings only made after Go Live date for the sailing in question. Pay in full required 12 months from departure; if within 12 months, full payment is due 72 hours from booking. Savings are based on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes air fares, port charges, taxes, any pre- or post land touring, hotel stays and other additional items. These offers are combinable with trade vouchers and future travel credits only; not combinable with any other offers. Not combinable with groups.

Offer is available globally on selected dates and cabin categories. All Top Suites are excluded from the Offer. Offer is inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please call your Professional Travel Advisor.

Single Supplement: 45% single supplement offer is available. Single supplement is applied to the 2-for-1 fare; single guest pays one guest fare plus 45% of the 2nd guest fare. 45% single supplement is combinable with pay in full roundtrip air offer. If guest chooses to waive free air, the single supplement can be reduced to 25% when paid in full within 30 days of booking, or 120 days prior to departure; whichever is sooner. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

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Don't miss out on this incredible group savings of $350 per person on all 2025 river cruises. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. Not all itineraries apply, contact your travel consultant for applicable departures.
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Available for new group agreements made between January 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024, on Emerald Cruises river cruise departures in 2025. Available for new group agreements between January 1 - March 31 2024 Book a new group and receive Mega Savings on Groups of $350 per person on all 2025 river destinations on Emerald Cruises (excludes Douro). Standard group savings apply to Douro departures. Group savings are available for the life of the agreement based on availability and standard review dates. Combinable with current offers, Wave offer, Emerald Exclusive, loyalty savings, and future travel credits. Excludes Flash Sale offers. Group policies and benefits are subject to change at any time. Refer to Emerald Cruises Guide to Group Benefits for amenity selections. All offers are inventory-controlled and may be extended, canceled, or withdrawn at any time without notice. Scenic and Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any fares and promotions at any time. Offer applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit www.scenicusa.com or www.emeraldcruises.com.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Thu, Sep 25, 2025

    Welcome to Budapest, where you’ll 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 plenty of free time to explore Eastern Europe’s liveliest city at your 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, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner. 

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    Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

    Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Kalocsa
    Fri, Sep 26, 2025

    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. Sit back and enjoy the show, as you watch their spectacular horse parade and witness their exercise drills. Tonight, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax and meet your fellow guests during the welcome dinner & reception. 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Puszta Equestrian Heritage


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Vukovar
    Sat, Sep 27, 2025

    This morning,you will get to learn more about Croatia and the daily life of locals, 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. 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family

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    Vucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Belgrade
    Sun, Sep 28, 2025

    The capital of Serbia awaits you today, as a city tour introduces you to the highlights of one of Europe’s oldest cities. 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 with a traditional Serbian folklore show providing spectacular entertainment. 

    Included Excursion
    Highlights of Belgrade

    EmeraldPLUS
    Serbian folklore evening show on board

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour in Belgrade

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    National Opera Theatre tour (extra expense)

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    Routes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Golubac – Donji Milanovac
    Mon, Sep 29, 2025

    In eastern Serbia, within the Majdanpek municipality, the town of Donji Milanovac sits on the right bank of the Danube. Today, you’ll 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 Excursion
    Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

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    Golubac Castle visit (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Vidin
    Tue, Sep 30, 2025

    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 session 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. 

    Included Excursion
    Visit to a local vineyard with wine tasting & a visit to Baba Vida Fortress

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress 

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    Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Rousse 
    Wed, Oct 01, 2025

    Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse, where you will have the opportunity to explore the timeless charm of its  elegant architecture and cultural heritage of the city that many call “The Little Vienna”.  
    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Rousse 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Choir performance

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Ivanovo Church

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    Paint & Wine (extra expense)

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    Full day tour of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Giurgiu – Bucharest
    Thu, Oct 02, 2025

    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 before you consider going for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel. 

    Included Excursion
    Guided drive through Bucharest with a visit to the Spring Palace


    Meals: Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Bucharest 
    Fri, Oct 03, 2025

    After breakfast, it’s 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Great cruise. Congenial group. The weather cooperated. Food excellent. Service efficient and polite.

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