Budapest & Enchantment of Eastern Europe River Cruise

Cruise Europe’s waterways in style for less on-board Evergreen’s award-winning ‘Star Ship’. Cruise between Budapest and Bucharest for 10 nights and discover 10 different cities, towns and villages. Highlights include a home hosted lunch with a local Croatian family, a visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum and a Serbian folklore evening show. 
Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, watch a choir concert in Arbanasi and enjoy guided city tours of Budapest, Belgrade and more. 
“You’re Invited” to unique experiences including a Puszta horse show in Kalocsa and an evening cruise of Budapest. Enjoy guided walks to Buda Hill and Ivanovo Church, plus a bike tour of Belgrade as part of the “EmeraldACTIVE” program. Relax in the onboard pool which transforms into a cinema of an evening, and enjoy the ever-changing scenery from the Sun Deck and Terrace of the award winning ‘Star-Ship’. 25 superb meals with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and all tipping and gratuities are also included. 

Price Includes

• 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
• The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director 
• All tipping and gratuities, airport transfers, port taxes and charges 
• Explore 10 different cities, towns & villages 
• Guided tours of Budapest, Osijek Fortress, Belgrade and more
• Visit Baba Vida Fortress 
• Visit Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
• Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi 
• Evening cruise of Budapest 
• Home hosted lunch with a local Croatian family 
• Serbian folklore evening show 
• Puszta horse show in Kalocsa 
• Choir concert in Arbanasi 
• Guided active walk to Buda Hill and bike tour in Belgrade
• Hikes to Belogradchik and Ivanovo Church 
• 25 superb meals including a Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Reception Dinner
• Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board  

Travel dates:
27 Sep 2019
Other departures available between April – Oct 2019, seasonal surcharges may apply.


• Includes $750 per person Earlybird Discount 
• Includes $400 per person Early Payment Discount 

Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer:
Save up to $200* per person discount

Room/Cabin information

Ship Name: Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’ 
Cabin Type: Emerald Stateroom 
Cabin Category: Twin Share/Double

Offer Ends

17 Aug 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Product itinerary

Budapest to Bucharest 

Day 1: Arrive Budapest (D) 
Welcome to Budapest, transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel. Two Night Stay: K+K Hotel Opera, Budapest. 

Day 2: Budapest (FB) 
Enjoy a guided tour of the city and see sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. 

Day 3: Budapest Embarkation (FB) 

A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. 
“You’re Invited”: Evening cruise of Budapest.
Day 4: Kalocsa (FB, L, D) 
Early this morning sail towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon, join “You’re Invited” and visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horsemen. 

Day 5: Osijek (FB, HL, D)  

Osijek is an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. 
“You’re Invited”: Meet students from the local village and join a local family who will welcome you for a traditional home hosted lunch, an opportunity to learn about everyday life. 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. 

Day 6: Belgrade (FB, L, D) 
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. 
DiscoverMORE: Tour of the National Opera Theatre. 
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Belgrade. 
“You’re Invited”: Tonight, enjoy a Serbian Folklore show on board. 

Day 7: Kostolac – Iron Gates (FB, L, D) 
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 between the 1st and 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire. Return to the ship and sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates. 

Day 8: Vidin (FB, L, D) 
Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting Port Cetate, a former Danube grain port in Romania, which has been turned into a cultural center, preserving the architecture and traditions of the area. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress. 

Day 9: Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi (FB, L, D) 

Today your ship will cruise to Rousse and visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the ‘City of the Tsars’. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. 
”You’re Invited”: Enjoy a choir concert in Arbanasi. 
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church. 
Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. 

Day 10: Disembark Giurgiu –Bucharest (FB, D) 
This morning disembark your Emerald Waterways river cruise and journey by road to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. The city’s wide avenues have a distinctly French feel, in fact the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. 
One Night Stay: Radisson Blu, Bucharest. 

Day 11: Depart Bucharest (FB) 
Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport.

FB = Full Breakfast
L = Lunch
HL = Hosted Lunch
D = Dinner

Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 04 Jul 18 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. 11 Day Budapest & Enchantment of Eastern Europe River Cruise (EMBB) price based on 27 Sep 2019 departure in a Category E Stateroom, full payment required 12 months in advance. $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit due within 48 hours of booking. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.