Balkan Discovery with 2 nights in Transylvania 2021
11 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest
Starting at $3,848
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the Balkans! This vacation has something for everybody—relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. The lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova is dotted with charming cafés and historical buildings. You’ll also see St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge, marvel at Belogradchik’s fascinating rock formations, and visit the fortress in Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. In Arbanassi, visit the Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes. This timeless European vacation continues with a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” A local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe. Travel to Transylvania to visit Bran Castle—of Dracula lore—the city of Brasov, and beautiful Peles Castle.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs:||Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill|
|Day 3 Ilok-Novi Sad:||Guided tours|
|Day 4 Belgrade:||Guided tour; lecture on board|
|Day 5 Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates:||Visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge|
|Day 6 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik:||Guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations|
|Day 7 Rousse-Excursion to Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi:||Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host|
|Day 8 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Brasov:||Transfer to Bucharest, guided sightseeing|
|Day 9 Brasov:||Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle|
|Day 10 Brasov-Sinaia-Bucharest:||Visit Peles Castle|
|Day 11 Bucharest:||Your vacation ends this morning|
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Bulevardul Garii Nr 7A Brasov Romania
The Kronwell hotel in Brasov boasts stylishly luxurious guestrooms equipped with state-of-the art facilities, as well as free of charge wireless internet access that will satisfy the hotel's most exclusive guests. This centrally located hotel offers a stylish à la carte restaurant, a casual bar, a sleek European/Asian bistro and formal dining with a terrace. The spa has an indoor pool, a fitness studio and sauna.
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1-3 Episcopiei Bucharest Romania
Explore Bucharest from the glorious Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel, one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and enjoys views of Revolution Square and is close to Bucharest's many local attractions.