Enchantment of Eastern Europe

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Enchantment of Eastern Europe



Tour Description:

As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.

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Dates & Pricing

Friday 30 Aug 24 — Saturday 07 Sep 24Starting at $10,890Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 15 Sep 24 — Monday 23 Sep 24Starting at $16,721Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 26 Apr 25 — Sunday 04 May 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 02 May 25 — Saturday 10 May 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 10 May 25 — Sunday 18 May 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 16 May 25 — Saturday 24 May 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Tuesday 17 Jun 25 — Wednesday 25 Jun 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 21 Jun 25 — Sunday 29 Jun 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Monday 23 Jun 25 — Tuesday 01 Jul 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 27 Jun 25 — Saturday 05 Jul 25Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 13 Sep 25 — Sunday 21 Sep 25Starting at $9,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 19 Sep 25 — Saturday 27 Sep 25Starting at $9,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 25 Sep 25 — Friday 03 Oct 25Starting at $9,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Wednesday 01 Oct 25 — Thursday 09 Oct 25Starting at $9,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Check Mark Icon Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.


ITINERARY

Bucharest
Welcome to Bucharest, where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, perfectly situated in the city, for your overnight stay.   Nicknamed the ‘Paris of the East’, the centre of Bucharest encapsulates a distinctive Parisian atmosphere, with wide avenues adorned by famous landmarks and quaint leafy boulevards that cross the city. 

Bucharest - Giurgiu
After enjoying the plush surrounds of your hotel this morning, youll have the opportunity to learn about some of Bucharest’s most iconic attractions during a guided drive around the city, including a visit to the Spring Palace. Then, you’ll have time to explore the leafy boulevards at your leisure.   After your insightful tour, you’ll be transferred from Bucharest to Giurgiu, on the banks of the Danube, where a warm welcome from your captain and crew awaits on board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.   Included Excursion Guided drive through Bucharest with a visit to the Spring Palace EmeraldPLUS Choir concert

Rousse 
Today, youll have the opportunity to learn about Bulgarian history, as you explore the city that many call “The Little Vienna”. Immerse yourself in the beauty of its Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture and stroll along the charming promenade.If you would prefer to do something more active, then instead, you could choose to embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, known for their famous 14th-century frescoes.  Tonight, you’ll have the chance to mingle with your fellow guests while enjoying the welcome reception and dinner.  Included Excursion Walking tour of Rousse EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Ivanovo Church DiscoverMORE Full day Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi (extra expense)

Vidin
Viticulture forms the heart of life in the most western town in Bulgaria, where sun-kissed vineyards pepper the banks of the Danube and winemaking has prospered for generations. Your included tour of Vidin will introduce you to a peaceful side of life that revolves around wine, as you weave through a local vineyard and learn about their produce, before enjoying a tasting session. Afterwards, your local guide will take you to Baba Vida, a fortress that was originally constructed at the turn of the 10th century and is known for being one of only a handful of beautifully preserved castles in the country.  If you’re feeling more active, you can instead choose to embark on a guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress, located on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains.  Included Excursion Visit to a local vineyard with wine tasting & a visit to Baba Vida Fortress  EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress  DiscoverMORE Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)

Donji Milanovac - Golubac
This morning, relax on board and admire your surroundings as we sail along the mighty Danube to Donji Milanovac, where a visit to the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, one of Europe’s best-hidden gems, awaits. Located right on the riverbanks, the Palaeolithic site is one of the most important of its kind on the continent, effortlessly capturing more than eight millennia of history. Archaeologists from around the world have used this site to learn about a number of different Stone Age settlements and the way that prehistoric cultures moved across Europe.  Included Excursion Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum DiscoverMORE Golubac Castle Visit (extra expense)

Belgrade
Serbia’s vibrant capital is yours to explore today. Your local guide will take you on a coach tour through the heart of the city, highlighting its many landmarks. The coach will pass through the centre, where you’ll notice reminders of the country’s turbulent history, set amongst the quiet and peaceful streets. Witness the ornate beauty of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest religious buildings in Europe, before stopping for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. If you’re feeling more active, then you may instead choose to learn about Belgrade’s history during a guided bike tour.  This evening, you will be invited to the Horizon Lounge where a traditional Serbian folklore show will provide spectacular entertainment.  Included Excursion Highlights of Belgrade EmeraldPLUS Serbian folklore evening show on board EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour in Belgrade DiscoverMORE Routes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)

Vukovar – Osijek
Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a truly unforgettable EmeraldPLUS experience, as you’re invited into the home of a local family for a traditional Croatian lunch.   Enjoy an afternoon of sailing further up the Danube towards Hungary, before joining your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.  EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family DiscoverMORE Vucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)

Kalocsa
In the morning, we will sail to Kalocsa, a place known for its paprika production and colourful festivals. Discovering Hungary’s culture is an easy task in Kalocsa, where traditional folk art can be found around every corner and old traditions pave the way for daily life.  Later, you will venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, to visit a traditional Puszta horse farm. Your guide will teach you about the traditional performances of the Magyar cowboys, and you’ll have the opportunity to witness some of their exceptional equestrian skills first-hand as they showcase some of their exercise drills.  This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner.  EmeraldPLUS Puszta Equestrian Heritage EmeraldPLUS Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

Budapest
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of a traditional Puszta equestrian performance and viticulture on the banks of the Danube with you.   This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Check Mark Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.