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Voyage Between Budapest and Giurgiu aboard a Premier River Vessel

Overview

From Budapest to Giurgiu, touch history in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, as you sail along the lower Danube. Medieval towns, Roman ruins, and the Iron Gate showcase the best of Eastern Europe. Visit Belogradchik, Bulgaria’s natural wonder, and Serbia’s Novi Sad. Taste history from centuries-old vineyards in Ilok, and visit two of Romania’s legendary castles, Bran and Pele. Throughout your journey, be treated to the flavors and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent. Reverse itineraries are also available.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

CRUISE PROGRAM
Budapest to Giurgiu Itinerary

Day 1
Budapest, Hungary / Embarkation

Embark upon your river cruise ship, docked in the city center. This evening, meet your fellow passengers on board.

Day 2
Mohács / Pécs

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city.

Day 3
Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Serbia

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you'll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac, and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached.

Day 4
Belgrade, Serbia

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour.

Day 5
Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 6
Vidin, Bulgaria

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle.

Day 7
Giurgiu / Rousse

Visit Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art.

Day 8
Giurgiu / Disembarkation

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu.

REVERSE
Giurgiu to Budapest Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Giurgiu, Romania / Embarkation
Day 2 Giurgiu / Rousse
Day 3 Vidin
Day 4 Cruising through the Iron Gates
Day 5 Belgrade
Day 6 Novi Sad / Vukovar
Day 7 Pécs / Mohács
Day 8 Budapest / Disembarkation

ADD ON A PRE-CRUISE AND POST-CRUISE LAND PROGRAM

Option 1: Add 3-night Vienna pre-cruise, 2-night Bucharest post-cruise from $1540
Option 2: Add 3-night Budapest pre-cruise, 2-night Bucharest post-cruise from $1480

Option 1

PRE-CRUISE
Day 1
Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure to explore this culturally rich city...B

Day 2
Vienna

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. First, a panoramic tour of Vienna will guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The afternoon is free to explore on your own...B

Day 3
Vienna

After checking out of your hotel in Vienna, you will travel to Budapest where you will have free time for lunch followed by a sightseeing tour of Buda and Pest. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. After a Welcome Dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest...BD

Days 4-10
Cruise-Only Program

The Cruise-Only Program begins with embarkation on Day 3 in Budapest and disembarks in Rousse on Day 10.

POST-CRUISE
Day 10
Rousse / Disembarkation / Bucharest, Romania

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Today we explore Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Later this afternoon check in to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own if you wish...BL

Day 11
Bucharest / Transylvania

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortably nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you’ll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castle, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty. Continue on to Bran for where you will have lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle...BL

Day 12
Bucharest / Depart

Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight...B

Please call for details on the pre- and post-cruise Land Program for the reverse itinerary

Option 2

PRE-CRUISE
Day 1
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring this beautiful city...B
Day 2
Budapest
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a spectacular view of the twin cities spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the massive Heroes’ Square and more...B
Day 3
Budapest / Embarkation
After checking out of your hotel in Budapest, you will have your choice of a free morning to explore Budapest on your own. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava...BD
Days 4-10
Cruise-Only Program

The Cruise-Only Program begins with embarkation on Day 3 in Budapest and disembarks in Rousse on Day 10.

POST-CRUISE
Day 10
Rousse / Disembarkation / Bucharest, Romania

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Today we explore Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Later this afternoon check in to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own if you wish...BL

Day 11
Bucharest / Transylvania

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortably nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you’ll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castle, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty. Continue on to Bran for where you will have lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle...BL

Day 12
Bucharest / Depart

Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight...B

Please call for details on the pre- and post-cruise Land Program for the reverse itinerary

 

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy walking tours, optional guided bike tours
Savor delightful cuisine and wines
Optional pre- and post-cruise extensions
Explore the wonders of World Heritage Sites and enchanting cities along the Danube

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $2899  
Arrive: Budapest, Hungary
Depart: Giurgiu, Romania
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a premium river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, River Cruising
Trip Level:

8-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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