Balkan Discovery – Westbound
See the best of Eastern Europe on this exhilarating Balkan adventure. Your cruise vacation begins with an overnight in vibrant Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city, including inside visits of the National Art Museum in Bucharest, Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, Arbanassi’s Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity, the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, and Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade. Other highlights: visit the medieval fortress of Vidin, pass through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, and enjoy an organ concert in Pécs. Your journey ends with two overnights in Hungary’s lively capital of Budapest, where there’s time on your own to shop for paprika at the Central Market Hall, explore the extensive hilltop castle grounds, visit the many churches and museums, and delight in the vibrant atmosphere.
Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building and visit the National Art Museum; onboard welcome receptionDay 3 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Svistov: 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 4 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formationsDay 5 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 6 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan Fortress; onboard lectureDay 7 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 8-9 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing on Day 8, see Fishermen’s Bastion; free timeDay 10 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning
Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)Budapest InterContinental (D)
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: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.