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Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Transylvania on Emerald Destiny

From Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania
Length: 13 Days - Departs: Fri, Aug 30, 2024
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Departure
Aug 30, 2024
Arrival
Sep 11, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Fri, Aug 30, 2024

    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 breath-taking 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.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A traditional Hungarian folklore show

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


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Kalocsa
    Sat, Aug 31, 2024

    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 Equestian Heritage


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Vukovar
    Sun, Sep 01, 2024

    This morning, we will drive to Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Today, you will get to learn more about Croatia and the daily life of locals, before you embark on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. 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

    Included Excursion
    Guided walking tour of Osijek Fortress

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    Vucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Belgrade
    Mon, Sep 02, 2024

    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 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.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Serbian folklore evening show on board

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour in Belgrade

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Belgrade

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    Routes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Golubac – Donji Milanovac
    Tue, Sep 03, 2024

    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
    Wed, Sep 04, 2024

    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.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress

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

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    Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
    Thu, Sep 05, 2024

    Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo. 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. 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.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Choir concert in Arbanasi

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Ivanovo Church

    Included Excursion
    Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Giurgiu – Bucharest
    Fri, Sep 06, 2024

    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 - Brasov
    Sat, Sep 07, 2024

    Today, your Transylvanian adventure will begin. You will board coaches to the town of Brasov, a harmonious mixture of traditional medieval charm and modern city life, located in the centre of Transylvania. On your way you will visit the world-famous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula's Castle - the perfect setting for a vampire lord. Although there is no clear evidence that links Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) to Bran Castle, much of the myth surrounding Prince Vlad is true. Dracula ruled this extraordinarily beautiful place for a couple of decades in the 15th century. 

    Included Excursion
    Visit of Bran Castle en route to Brasov


    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Brasov
    Sun, Sep 08, 2024

    Join us today in a panoramic city tour of Brasov, including a visit of the First Romanian School Museum and the St. Nicholas Church, leading learning centers of the Romanian community for centuries. The museum has been a centre for Romanian teaching and book printing for centuries. The oldest Romanian bible (printed on goats’ skin) is one of the many fascinating discoveries included in your visit. You will continue with a guided walk in Brasov's historical medieval downtown learning about its German heritage. The largest Gothic church east of Vienna, Black Church, is part of this immersive experience as well.

    Included Excursion
    City tour of Brasov

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    The UNESCO fortified Church Prejmer (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Brasov
    Mon, Sep 09, 2024

    While being in the heart of Transylvania, you may want to explore on own some downtime in Brasov, visiting the Old Town Square, wander through the narrow colourful streets, or hike up Mount Tampa.

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    Sighisoara & Viscri Village (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Brasov - Bucharest
    Tue, Sep 10, 2024

    After breakfast, check out at the hotel and board coaches for a scenic drive back to Bucharest crossing south the Carpathian Mountains to reach Sinaia. Known as “Pearl of the Carpathians”, it is also the home of one of Romania’s most beautiful palaces - Peles Castle. This stunning building was built by the first King of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern – Sigmaringen, and used as summer residence. Inaugurated in 1883 the castle has 160 rooms with opulent decor and invaluable collections of art and furniture.

    Included Excursion
    Peles Castle visit with lunch


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  13. Day 13
    Bucharest
    Wed, Sep 11, 2024

    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. 


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria

Rivers Visited

Danube, Black Sea

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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
4.5
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

We had a great cruise with no issues whatsoever.

We had an outstanding trip down the Danube on Emerald Waterways. The food was amazing, the service was absolutely top-notch, the places we stopped (Passau, Linz and Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest) were all wonderful in their own way. The options provided by Emerald (active vs. included, and the add-on activities) were just right. Our Cruise Director and the Activity Manager were very knowledgeable and attentive throughout our trip. As alway, Affordable Tours helped us book, and provided great follow-up care when we needed it. 

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

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