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Highlights of Eastern Europe

7-Night Danube Cruise Budapest to Giurgiu, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Bucharest (or reverse)

Eastern Europe Cruise

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2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Budapest to Bucharest - 10 Days

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Bucharest to Budapest - 10 Days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - River Beatrice , River Duchess

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Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Bucharest

Skip to Bucharest to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Budapest, cruising the Danube River

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today? You have two options to choose from.

Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Day 3: Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, and its beautiful countryside, colorful folk traditions and delicious rustic cuisine make it a most rewarding place to visit. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

Choice of Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch or Vucedol Culture museum and lunch at a family winery

Day 4:Belgrade

Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride. You have two very different ways to see Belgrade today—the choice is yours! 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” tour

Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or "Let's Go" "I Bike Belgrade" tour

Day 5: Golubac - Cruising the Iron Gates

Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates. Later, head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress. All along the way, history lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867, when they abandoned it.

Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

Day 6: Cruising the Danube River - Vidin

Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for today's featured excursion—a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations.

Featured Excursion: Belogradchik Red Rock Valley

Day 7: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Choice of Rousse "Do as the Locals Do" walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries or Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8: Giurgiu (Disembarkation Day), transfer to Bucharest hotel

This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, Romania’s capital and its cultural and economic center, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour.  Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania’s 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People’s Palace, which you can visit today. Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local’s perspective. Tonight you’ll relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city.

Choice of Bucharest panoramic highlights tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour

Day 9: Bucharest

At the end of a quiet, tree-lined street, is one of the wealthiest districts of Bucharest. There, sits a seemingly unassuming villa hiding a unique history, one that visitors have only been able to delve into since the building opened to the public in March, 2016. Today, you will have the distinct pleasure of exploring the extravagant interior and grounds of Ceausescu’s Palace for yourself, with a history lesson on its infamous former residents. 

Featured Excursion: Ceausescu's Palace: the Dictator's private mansion

Day 10: Bucharest - transfer to the airport

Explore the fascinating cultural crossroads of Istanbul at your leisure today.

Departures & Pricing

Detaled Itinerary: Bucharest to Budapest

Day 1: Bucharest

Arrive in Bucharest and transfer from airport to Bucharest hotel.

Day 2: Bucharest

At the end of a quiet, tree-lined street, is one of the wealthiest districts of Bucharest. There, sits a seemingly unassuming villa hiding a unique history, one that visitors have only been able to delve into since the building opened to the public in March, 2016. Today, you will have the distinct pleasure of exploring the extravagant interior and grounds of Ceausescu’s Palace for yourself, with a history lesson on its infamous former residents. 

Featured Excursion: Ceausescu's Palace: the Dictator's private mansion

Day 3: Bucharest - transfer to Giurgiu (Embarkation Day)

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania’s 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People’s Palace, which you can visit today. Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local’s perspective. Later, you'll travel via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your ship awaits.

Choice of Bucharest panoramic highlights tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 4: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Choice of Rousse "Do as the Locals Do" walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries or Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch

Day 5: Cruising the Danube River - Vidin

Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for today's featured excursion—a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations.

Featured Excursion: Belogradchik Red Rock Valley

Day 6: Cruising the Iron Gates - Golubac

Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates. Later, head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress. All along the way, history lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867, when they abandoned it.

Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

Day 7: Belgrade

Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride. You have two very different ways to see Belgrade today—the choice is yours!

Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or "Let's Go" "I Bike Belgrade" tour

Day 8: Vukovar (Osijek) - cruising the Danube River

Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, and its beautiful countryside, colorful folk traditions and delicious rustic cuisine make it a most rewarding place to visit. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

Choice of Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch or Vucedol Culture museum and lunch at a family winery

Day 9: Cruising the Danube River - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today? You have two options to choose from.

Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Day 10: Budapest (Disembarkation Day), transfer to the airport

Transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

2019 and 2020 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Start Date (in Budapest)
Ship
Classic
French Balcony (Deluxe Category on the River Duchess - large fixed windows only)
Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Apr 3, 2019
Apr 3, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,299
$5,199
$5,599
$7,299
$9,499
$11,799
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,599
$5,499
$5,899
$7,599
$9,799
$12,099
May 16, 2019
May 16, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
May 29, 2019
May 29, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$3,999
$4,899
$5,299
$6,999
$9,199
$11,499
Jun 29, 2019
Jun 29, 2019
River Duchess
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
Aug 12, 2019
Aug 12, 2019
River Duchess
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
Aug 21, 2019
Aug 21, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,899
$5,799
$6,199
$7,899
$10,099
$12,399
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019
River Duchess
$4,599
$5,199
$5,799
$7,999
-
-
Apr 1, 2020
Apr 1, 2020
S.S Beatrice
$3,699
$4,599
$4,999
$6,699
$8,899
$11,199
Apr 29, 2020
Apr 29, 2020
S.S Beatrice
$3,999
$4,899
$5,299
$6,999
$9,199
$11,499
May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4.899
$5,999
$7,699
-
-
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
S.S Beatrice
$4,499
$5,399
$5,799
$7,499
$9,699
$11,999
Jun 27, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4,899
$5,499
$$7,699
-
-
Aug 10, 2020
Aug 10, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4,899
$5,499
$$7,699
-
-
Aug 19, 2020
Aug 19, 2020
S.S Beatrice
$4,499
$5,399
$5,799
$7,499
$9,699
$11,999
Sep 23, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
River Duchess
$4,599
$5,199
$5,799
$7,999
-
-
 
From Bucharest
Program Start Date
Cruise Start Date (in Giurgiu)
Ship
Classic

French Balcony (With large fixed windows on River Duchess)

Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Apr 8, 2019
Apr 10, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,599
$5,499
$5,899
$7,599
$9,799
$12,099
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 24, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,899
$5,799
$6,199
$7,899
$10,099
$12,399
May 21, 2019
May 23, 2019
River Duchess
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
Jun 3, 2019
Jun 5, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$4,899
$5,799
$6,199
$7,899
$10,099
$12,399
Jul 4, 2019
Jul 6, 2019
River Duchess
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 19, 2019
River Duchess
$4,399
$4,999
$5,599
$7,799
-
-
Aug 26, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
S.S. Beatrice
$3,999
$4,899
$5,299
$6,999
$9,199
$11,499
Sep 30, 2019
Oct 2, 2019
River Duchess
$4,599
$5,199
$5,799
$7,999
-
-
Apr 6, 2020
Apr 8, 2020
S.S. Beatrice
$3,699
$4,599
$4,999
$6,699
$8,899
$11,199
May 4, 2020
May 6, 2020
S.S. Beatrice
$3,999
$4,899
$5,299
$6,999
$9,199
$11,499
May 19, 2020
May 21, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4,899
$5,499
$7,699
-
-
Jun 1, 2020
Jun 3, 2020
S.S. Beatrice
$4,499
$5,399
$5,799
$7,499
$9,699
$11,999
Jul 2, 2020
Jul 4, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4,899
$5,499
$7,699
-
-
Aug 15, 2020
Aug 17, 2020
River Duchess
$4,299
$4,899
$5,499
$7,699
-
-
Aug 24, 2020
Aug 26, 2020
S.S. Beatrice
$4,499
$5,399
$5,799
$7,499
$9,699
$11,999
Sep 28, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
River Duchess
$4,599
$5,199
$5,799
$7,99
-
-
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges are additional $170 per person (2019 departures); Additional $190 per person (2020 departures)
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies.Please call to inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodation in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Bucharest (or similar) with breakfast
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
▪ Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
▪ Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ "Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
▪ Services of an experience Cruise Manager and attentive, English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: The Orient in Europe: Eastern Influences on the Western World"
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal Expenses

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