Grand Danube Cruise with Extended Stay in Bucharest – Westbound
About Bucharest, Romania
Discover some of the Continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Eastern and Central Europe, from Bucharest to Prague. Your vacation begins with three overnights in Bucharest that include a guided tour of the city’s main sights and a full-day excursion to Transylvania to visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and the beautiful Sinaia Monastery in the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains. Then, travel to Oltenita where you board your river cruise ship. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of the National Art Museum in Bucharest, Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, and Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey. Also visit the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik, the Lepenski Vir archaeological site on the banks of the Danube in Serbia; enjoy an organ concert in Pécs, and wine tasting in the Wachau Valley. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal. Conclude your incredible vacation with three overnights in the Czech capital. Visit Prague with a Certified Local Guide, and enjoy plenty of time at leisure to wander through the Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus Square, where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. What a way to end this fabulous vacation filled with historic sights, delicious cuisine, scenic beauty, quaint towns, and more.
Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds 1 Bucharest: welcome to BurcharestDays 2-3 Bucharest: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Sinaia Monastery; free timeDay 4 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 5 Rousse–Svistov: excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi; 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 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and Belogradchik’s rock formationsDay 7 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, see the Trajan Table; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress, onboard lectureDay 9 Mohács: excursion to Pécs, guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 11 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 13 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 14 Linz–Passau: guided walk in PassauDay 15 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 16 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or “Nuremberg Trials” tourDay 17 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague: travel to PragueDays 18-19 Prague: guided sightseeing on Day 18, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free timeDay 20 Prague: your vacation ends this morning
Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)Prague InterContinental (D) or Hilton Prague (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: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.