Enchantment of Eastern Europe 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
A journey through Eastern Europe showcases a different, yet equally beautiful, kind of experience you’d expect from a river cruise through the continent. Shadows of the past tell tales of strength and resolution in war-torn villages, towns and cities alike. From the damaged architecture that has been preserved in honour and monuments built in memory, to the stories told by local families of life then and now, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of a time before the peace and beauty that now shines through Eastern Europe’s most popular destinations.
You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.
EmeraldPLUS: Budapest Evening Cruise
Sail out of Budapest early morning towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
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 down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit
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
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
In the morning, relax on board as you sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates. The narrow and once dangerous passage boasts spectacular scenery forming the border between Romania and Serbia. Arrive in Vidin, the most eastern town in Bulgaria.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik
Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city—friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union.
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
This morning disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. Your city tour includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The city's wide avenues have a distinctly French feel; in fact the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. Included is a one night stay in Bucharest.
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight.
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|05 October 2019 (in reverse)||CALL|
- Savings of up to £1,200 per person
- Return economy flights from up to 16 UK airports, subject to availability.
- 1 nights stay in Bucharest
- 8 Nights accommodation on board an Emerald Waterways 'Star Ship'
- 6 shore excursions
- 1 EmeraldPLUS experience including lunch in the home of a local family
- 23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 special lunch, 8 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
- Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
- Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
- A variety of on-board evening entertainment
- First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board (restrictions may apply)
- All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
- All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple