Blue Danube to the Black Sea – Eastbound
A visit to the Danube Delta is the highlight on this fascinating getaway through Eastern Europe. Start with two nights in Vienna, the “City of Music,” then transfer to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for included sightseeing before you embark your river cruise ship. Sail to Budapest for included sightseeing, Croatia’s Vukovar and Osijek, and Serbia’s Belgrade. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, Veliko Târnovo (Bulgaria’s ancient capital), and Arbanassi. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, and celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea. End your Danube River cruise in Oltenita, then travel to Romania’s lively capital of Bucharest for guided sightseeing and an overnight.
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style bedsDays 1-2 Vienna: welcome to Austria; guided sightseeing on Day 2Day 3 Vienna–Transfer to Bratislava (Embarkation): guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 5 Mohács: excursion to Pécs; wine tasting in Villány wine regionDay 6 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 8 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 9 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 10 Tulcea: onboard lectureDay 11 St. Gheorghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebrationDay 12 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 13 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see Parliament and visit the National Art MuseumDay 14 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
Vienna InterContinental (D)Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)
Meals are indicated by breakfast, lunch, and dinner 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.Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.