You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks. EmeraldPLUS: Evening Cruise of Budapest
Early this morning we sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks. EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village
Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions. Return to the ship and sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates.
This morning, arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting Port Cetate, a former Danube grain port in Romania, which has been turned into a cultural center, preserving the architecture and traditions of the area. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress. EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik
Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
Today your ship will cruise to Rousse and visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
Giurgiu Disembarkation - Bucharest
This morning, disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. The city's wide avenues have a distinctly French feel; in fact, the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight.