European River Cruises

Passage to Eastern Europe (vkpee_r)

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Cruise Name: Passage to Eastern Europe

Days: 11

Start: Budapest Finish: Bucharest

Cruise Operator: Viking

Cruise Code: vkpee_r

Countries Visited: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania

Euro River Cruise Itinerary
Price from
AU $6,013 pp
Start Date
Brochure Price
Our Price
14 Mar 2018
AU $5,395
AU $4,601
28 Mar 2018
AU $5,395
AU $4,601
30 Mar 2018
AU $5,395
AU $4,601
06 Apr 2018
AU $5,395
AU $4,601
11 Apr 2018
AU $5,395
AU $4,601
13 Apr 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
20 Apr 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
25 Apr 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
09 May 2018
AU $6,595
AU $5,777
23 May 2018
AU $6,595
AU $5,777
06 Jun 2018
AU $6,395
AU $5,581
20 Jun 2018
AU $6,395
AU $5,581
04 Jul 2018
AU $6,195
AU $5,385
18 Jul 2018
AU $6,195
AU $5,385
01 Aug 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
15 Aug 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
29 Aug 2018
AU $5,995
AU $5,189
12 Sep 2018
AU $6,995
AU $6,169
26 Sep 2018
AU $6,995
AU $6,169
10 Oct 2018
AU $6,095
AU $5,287
24 Oct 2018
AU $6,095
AU $5,287
07 Nov 2018
AU $5,195
AU $4,405
Day
Description
1

Budapest, Hungary

Arrive at the Budapest airport and transfer to the deluxe Hilton Budapest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.

2

Budapest, Hungary

This morning, take a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated along the Danube, it combines the once separate towns of hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest into a city rich with history. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes' Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

3

Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and we will take you to embark your ship. Enjoy a final free day in Budapest. Explore a museum; do some shopping; ride the city's innovative, efficient metro; relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas; or visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for a welcome dinner.

4

Kalocsa, Hungary

Arrive in this morning and take a guided city tour including a visit to the Archbishop's Palace. Then you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return aboard and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine aboard.

5

Osijek, Croatia

Wake up in Vukovar and have breakfast before your excursion to the Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs; now Vukovar is revered for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return aboard for lunch and enjoy free time before an early evening departure.

6

Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade's gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine aboard your ship or experience some of Belgrade's nightlife. We depart very late this evening.

7

Iron Gate, Serbia/Romania

Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe's most dramatic natural wonders, a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Your Cruise Director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port.

8

Vidin & Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress's amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin's city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city's once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner.

9

Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Bulgaria

After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria's former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. There you will see Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner.

10

Bucharest, Romania

Disembark in Giurgiu and proceed to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of Bucharest for a 1-night stay. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Romania's glorious capital city. See the Patriarchal Church, the Palace of Parliament and the Arch of Triumph. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest.

11

Bucharest, Romania

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. * Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in the Black Sea region.

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