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11 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise with Budapest Budapest to Giurgiu, Monarch Baroness

From Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Tue, Oct 15, 2024
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Departure
Oct 15, 2024
Arrival
Oct 25, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Hungary
    Tue, Oct 15, 2024
    Depart for Hungary
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Budapest
    Wed, Oct 16, 2024
    Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. This evening, enjoy a drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
    Overnight: Budapest
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Thursday - Budapest City Tour
    Thu, Oct 17, 2024
    Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Admire the Buda side with beautiful views of the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight perhaps join the an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
    Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
    Overnight: Budapest
    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Friday - Budapest Castle District Tour & Cruise Embarkation
    Fri, Oct 18, 2024
    Begin the day with a tour of the Budapest Castle District. Stroll around cobbled streets of the Castle Hill quarter and learn about its fascinating history. View the Royal Palace and visit the 13th century Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungarian kings. From Fisherman's Bastion, admire panoramic views of the city. Free time to explore the area on your own before heading to Philosophers' Garden, featuring bronze statues of philosophers and religious figures. Walk around the garden, offering beautiful views of the city. Afterward, drive to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Saturday - Puszta Horse Show
    Sat, Oct 19, 2024
    Awake this morning in Kalocsa, Hungary, a picturesque town that specializes in the production of paprika. One of the oldest towns in Hungary, Kalocsa is well-known for the horse shows of Puszta, in the rural region of the country. View an exciting show as you experience the countryside
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Sunday - Vukovar & Osijek
    Sun, Oct 20, 2024
    Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. During lunch, set sail to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, offering picturesque architecture and vibrant nightlife
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Monday - Belgrade City Tour
    Mon, Oct 21, 2024
    Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city's turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps, continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theater, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Tuesday - Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing
    Tue, Oct 22, 2024
    Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel eastward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Vidin
    Wed, Oct 23, 2024
    Cross the border into Bulgaria and wake up in the port town of Vidin. Today a guided tour explores this town with its many historic and cultural landmarks such as the Baba Vida Fortress and the town's mosque. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Perhaps join the optional Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress*. Travel through the scenic countryside to the fortress of Belogradchik built by the Romans and expanded over the years by Bulgarian and Ottoman rulers. The fortress also known as Kaleto, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the country, The view from the fortress of the surrounding fascinating sandstone rock formations is breathtaking. Free time to explore on your own before a panoramic drive through the historic part of Vidin, that includes brief stops at some of the city's landmarks. Sail away mid-afternoon
    *Passengers who choose this optional, will not be able to participate in the included tour of Vidin.
    Optional: Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress (AM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Thursday - Ruse City Tour
    Thu, Oct 24, 2024
    Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Take a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof as well as the Monument of Liberty. You will visit the oldest orthodox church in town from the 17th century called The Trinity. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
    Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Friday - Depart Romania
    Fri, Oct 25, 2024
    This morning transfer to the airport in Bucharest for your departure flight. The Bucharest airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Budapest, Bucharest-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Budapest
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Superior First Class
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • Special Features

  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
  • View an exciting horse show in Puszta, Hungary
  • Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia
  • Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city's turbulent history
  • Sail through the famed Iron Gates, flanked by the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges
  • Discover the elegant city of Ruse, dating back to the Ottoman Empire
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Budapest/ Bucharest on day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 12 PM.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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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
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.1
    Itinerary
    4.6
    Professional Staff
    4.6
    Repeat with Operator
    4.3
    Value for Money
    4.1

    Ratings based off 9 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

    The trip was everything I expected. The staff was very helpful and hotel arrangements were very good and well placed in the cities we visited.

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