CRUISETOUR

Passage to Eastern Europe (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Bucharest, Romania

Arrive at the Bucharest airport and transfer to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a one-night stay. Airport meet and greet transfers are included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.

DAY 2
Bucharest, Romania
Giurgiu, Romania

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a morning tour of the city. See the Patriarchal Cathedral, the Palace of Parliament, and the Arch of Triumph. You then proceed to Giurgiu to board your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Rousse, Bulgaria
Tirnovo, Bulgaria
Arbanassi, Bulgaria
Rousse, Bulgaria

After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria's former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. There you will see Tsarevets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Vidin, Bulgaria
Belogradcik, Bulgaria
Vidin, Bulgaria

Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fort's amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian czars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin's city center, Orthodox churches, and the ruins of the city's once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Iron Gate, Romania

Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe's most dramatic natural wonders, a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Your cruise director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park. Also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch onboard your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade's gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine onboard your ship or experience some of Belgrade's nightlife. We depart very late this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Vukovar, Croatia
Osijek, Croatia
Vukovar, Croatia

Cruise along the Danube, arriving at Vukovar around noon. Disembark for an afternoon excursion to the charming Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans, and the Hapsburgs; now Vukovar is revered for its Baroque buildings, parks, and monuments. Return aboard for dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Meszesidunapart, Hungary

Sail into Hungary this morning, arriving in Kalocsa after lunch. Take a guided city tour including a visit to the Archbishop's Palace. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return to the ship and enjoy a festive final onboard dinner as we depart for Budapest. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Budapest, Hungary

Disembark after breakfast and take a tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes' Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Check into the deluxe Budapest Hilton (or similar) for a two-night stay, then take the rest of the day to sightsee on your own. Explore a museum, do some shopping, or relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas. (B)

DAY 10
Budapest, Hungary

Take a full day to explore Budapest on your own. Ride the city's innovate, efficient metro; walk through the City Park or along the Pest embankment for views of the Buda Castle District; explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth; visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the beautifully restored Dohány Street Synagogue. (B)

DAY 11
Budapest, Hungary

This morning, take a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated along the Danube, it combines the once separate towns of hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest into a city rich with history. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes' Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (B)

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