Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel. Included is a one night stay in Bucharest.
Day 2 | Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation Highlights:
Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.
Day 3 | Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo Highlights:
Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight join your Captain for a welcome reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
Day 4 | Vidin Highlights:
Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik
Day 5 | Kostolac Highlights:
Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions.
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration
Day 6 | Belgrade Highlights:
Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show
Day 7 | Osijek Highlights:
Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further upstream towards Hungary. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit
Day 8 | Kalocsa - Budapest Highlights:
Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
Day 9 | Budapest Disembarkation Highlights:
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.