Grand Danube Cruise with Extended Stay in Bucharest – Eastbound
About Bucharest, Romania
Discover some of the Continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Central and Eastern Europe, from Prague to Bucharest. Spend three nights in both Prague and Bucharest, and enjoy plenty of leisure time in Budapest and Vienna to explore on your own. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of the Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and the National Art Museum in Bucharest. Enjoy beer tasting in Nuremberg, stop in the Puszta for an exhibition of Hungarian horsemanship, attend an organ concert in Pécs, and visit the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik. Also cruise through the Main Danube Canal, and the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Conclude your vacation with an excursion to Transylvania to visit Dracula’s Bran Castle—built in 1377—and the beautiful Sinaia Monastery in the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains. All of this and more await you on this marvelous cruise vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Days 1-3 Prague: welcome to the Czech Republic; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free timeDay 4 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 5 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour; onboard lecture; beer tastingDay 6 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 7 Passau–Linz: guided sightseeing in PassauDay 8 Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 9 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 11 Budapest: Puszta excursion with display of horsemanshipDay 12 Mohács: excursion to Pécs, guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 13 Belgrade: onboard lecture; guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 14 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 15 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and Belogradchik’s rock formationsDay 16 Svistov–Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 17 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building and visit the National Art MuseumDays 18-19 Bucharest: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Sinaia Monastery.Day 20 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
Prague InterContinental (D) or Hilton Prague (SF)Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)
Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:Departure March 25: due to closure of the Main Danube Canal, this departure will embark the ship in Passau, with modifications to the first part of the itinerary.In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.