Day 1: Budapest
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Budapest, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Budapest by bike Choose one of three ways to discover Budapest’s wonders. Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration of the city, join the guided bike tour. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3: Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with exclusive farm visit and home-hosted lunch OR full day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch Start your day with a short walking tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, or head directly to Osijek. Discover the city’s abundance of cultural and artistic heritage, including Tvrda, the self-contained 18thcentury Habsburg defensive fortress. Later, travel through the Croatian countryside to a family-owned farm where you’ll sip homemade brandy and indulge in a tapas-style buffet of locally produced delicacies.
Day 4: Belgrade
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tourChoose one of two ways to explore Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia and one of Europe’s oldest cities. Join a panoramic tour that includes a visit to the Royal Palace. For a more active exploration, opt for a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.
Day 5: Cruising the Iron Gates
Enjoy a day onboard, cruising through the Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges, which are among the most dramatic sights in all of Europe.
Day 6: Vidin, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bulgarian red rock country OR Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin, your base for one of two unusual excursions. One takes you to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations, which are over 200 million years old—and have inspired nearly as many legends. The other takes you to Cetate Cultural Port, a haven for Romanian artists of all sorts—poets, potters, painters, filmmakers and musicians.
Day 7: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries You could choose to spend the day visiting two historic hill towns, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, home to six amazing 17th-century stone churches, each one decorated with intricate frescoes, and visit the Nativity Church, with murals of the Nativity and the Last Judgment. Afterwards, be treated to a traditional Bulgarian country lunch. For those who wish for a different experience, spend time in Rousse and then visit the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo— once an enclave of more than 40 churches and chapels— and the Basarbovo Rock Monastery, where monks still live and worship today.
Day 8: Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest hotel
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bucharest city tour with People's Palace visit OR exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Bucharest tour Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. A panoramic tour highlights the city's eclectic mix of architecture and spend some time in the lavish People's Palace-the world's largest civilian building.
Day 9: Bucharest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler's tomb Explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.
Day 10: Bucharest, transfer to the airport
Transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.