Gems of Southeast Europe

October 16 - 29*, 2020


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From Budapest to Bucharest, and countless treasures in between, touch history in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania as you sail along the exotic lower Danube. Celtic fortifications, medieval towns and grand cities, along with the natural beauty of pastoral landscapes and the Danube’s famed Iron Gates, showcase the best of eastern Europe. Nature lovers will relish the opportunity to see Bulgaria’s natural wonder, Belogradchik, a fairytale stone world of fantastic shapes associated with interesting legends; or to bike through Belgrade’s sprawling Kalemegdan Park. Wine connoisseurs will have a chance to taste history from the centuries-old wine-growing hills dating back to the Romans in Ilok, a royal and vinous town. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent. And the active adventurers will appreciate hiking to the UNESCO-designated Ivanovo Rock Hewn Churches and biking through Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park and Vidin’s Baba Vida castle. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent.




Optional Pre-Nights: 2 Nights in Budapest

October 16, 2020: Budapest, Hungary

Our flight will arrive in Budapest and we'll be transferred to our hotel.

October 17, 2020: Budapest

You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. (B)


Optional Pre-Nights: 2 Nights in Vienna

October 16, 2020: Vienna, Austria

Our flight will arrive in Vienna and we'll be transferred to our hotel.

October 17, 2020: Vienna

The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered on your city tour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center. (B)

7-Night Cruise from Budapest to Giurgiu

October 18, 2020: Budapest - Embarkation

Today we'll board our luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise. (B,D)

October 19, 2020: Mohacs - Pecs

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Mohács. You’ll then visit Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. Or for wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour around Mohács. (B,L,D)

October 20, 2020: Vukovar, Croatia - Novi Sad, Serbia

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Castle. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you’ll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking tour or hike through Fruska Gora National Park. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D)

October 21, 2020: Belgrade

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour or hike to Belgrade Fortress. (B,L,D)

October 22, 2020: Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)

October 23, 2020: Vidin, Bulgaria

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

October 24, 2020: Rousse - Giurgiu, Romania

Visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. Later in the day, travel through the Romanian countryside to the capital of Bucharest, known as the “Little Paris of the East.” Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic city center and its elegant architecture, followed by a visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. (B,L,D)

October 25, 2020: Giurgiu - Disembarkation

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. Or, if you're continuing on to do post-nights, you'll board a motorcoach to journey through the Romanian countryside to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'll travel to the lovely village of Brașov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. (B)

Optional Post-Nights: 2 Nights Brasov & 2 Nights Bucharest

October 26, 2020: Brasov - Sighisoara

Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighişoara, birthplace to Transylvania’s most notorious ruler, Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula. It’s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad's place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today it houses a kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.” (B)

October 27, 2020: Brasov - Bucharest

En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Afterward, head to Snagov for a continuation of the Dracula theme. Snagov is the city where Vlad the Impaler is believed to be laid to rest at the 14th-century Snagov monastery. Later in the day, transfer to Bucharest and check into your hotel. (B)

October 28, 2020: Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. (B)

October 29, 2020: Bucharest

Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)


Included Cruise Features: 

» Spacious accommodations in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer twin balconies

» Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

» “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

» Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner

» Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

» Guided shore excursions in every port including Special Interest Tours

» Live local entertainment

» Professionally trained Wellness Host leading a variety of exercise classes

» Services of a professional Cruise Manager


Optional Land Programs:

PRE-CRUISE: 2 nights hotel in Budapest, including daily breakfast, portage service and city tour

POST-CRUISE: 2 nights hotel in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar), including daily breakfast and city tour; 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu (or similar), including daily breakfast and city tour




from $3,699 $3,199 per person




Pre-cruise 2 nights Budapest

from $520 pp

Post-cruise 2 nights Brasov & 2 nights Bucharest

from $1,200 pp



*Itinerary and all pricing subject to change and based on availability.

Group Leader:

Amanda Vallone




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