PASSAGE TO EASTERN EUROPE + ROMANIA 15 DAYS

Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania
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DEPARTURE: 
  • Date: April 21, 2019

FEATURE:
  • 8-day cruise & 3-day land, visiting 5 countries & 7 ports

  • Stay in 5-star hotel on land 

  • 7 included shore excursions with local guide & headset

  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Post-cruise to Romania

Inside (F)

from CAD $6599

15
days
All inclusive price 
French Balcony (D)                $6899
Veranda (B)                             $7399
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Itinerary: 
Day 1 Vancouver > Budapest, Hungary

Depart from Vancouver to Budapest Hungary.

 

Day 2 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.

Day 3 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. (B/D)

 

Day 4 Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and relax as we 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. (B, D)

Day 5 Kalocsa, Hungary

Arrive in Kalocsa, Hungary this morning and take a guided city tour visiting the town center followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return on board and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6 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 on board for lunch and enjoy free time before an early-evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 7 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 on board your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, such as the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine on board your ship or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife. We depart very late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Iron Gate, Serbia

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. Take in your Cruise Director’s commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Vidin, 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 on board 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. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Bulgaria

After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. 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. (B, L, D)

Day 11 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 lovely capital city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest. (B, L)

Day 12 Sinia > Bran > Brasov

Ride to Sinaia which is one of the most beautiful cities of Romania.  Visit Peles Castle, a summer palace of King Carol. In the afternoon, visit the most famous sights in Romania, the Bran Castle. It’s also called the Dracula’s Castle and popular among the vampire fans. Afterwards continue to Brasov, a city with German and Hungarian style. See the Town Hall Square, the Old Town Hall, and the Black Church. (B/L/D)

Day 13 Saschiz >  Sighisoara > Sibiu

Today we go to Sachiz, which has been preserved since the 14th century and is surrounded by churches to prevent the invasion of foreign enemies. Visit the Saschi Church, the bell tower and local traditional architecture. Then, go to Sighisoara. This city is listed as a UNESCO site because of its beauty. In the afternoon, visit Sibiu, the most German city in Romania. There are many houses with windows look like eye in the city. Visit the Bridge of Lies where the liar was dropped from the bridge once people lie.(B/L/D)

Day 14 Curtea de Arges > Bucharest 

After breakfast, go to Curtea de Arges, located on the banks of the Kefalonia, is the most beautiful monastery in Romania. According to the local folklore, the builder, Malone, had to sacrifice his wife in order to get rid of the evil spells that couldn’t complete the building. After Lunch, drive back to Bucharest for a easy city tour.(B/L/D)

Day 15 Bucharest > Vancouver 

After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight back to Vancouver.(B)

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