About This Cruise
Bucharest, Romania; Giurgiu; Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria; Arbanasi; Vidin; Belogradchik; Scenic Cruising & Iron Gate; Belgrade, Serbia; Osijek, Croatia; Kalocsa, Hungary; Budapest
Passage to Eastern Europe Highlights
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- 7 nights in your river-view stateroom
- 2 nights at the Le Méridien Budapest (or similar)
- 1 night at the Bucharest Radisson Blu (or similar)
- Seven guided tours with audio headset
- All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner plus breakfast at the Budapest & Bucharest hotels
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
- Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Culture Curriculum: Enjoy Serbian and Hungarian folkloric performances; learn about icons & orthodox religion from a Bulgarian priest; attend lectures on Serbian current affairs, the myth of Dracula and the European Union; enjoy the authentic flavors of Eastern Europe, on shore and aboard
- All port charges
- Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
- Special Untours reduction of $50 per person
Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.
Note: Itinerary is reversed on certain dates.
Day 1, Bucharest
Arrive at the Bucharest airport and transfer to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 1-night stay.* Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or begin doing a bit of exploring on your own.
Day 2, Bucharest & Giurgiu
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a morning tour of the city. See the Patriarchal Church, the Palace of Parliament and the Arch of Triumph. You then proceed to Giurgiu to board your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3, Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
Today you disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria's former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. There you will see Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Proceed to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Rejoin your ship at Nikopol/Svishtov and dine aboard. (B, L, D)
Day 4, Vidin & Belogradchik
Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin during breakfast, then take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress's amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian czars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Lunch aboard is followed by free time to explore Vidin's city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city's once-grand synagogue. Depart during dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5, Scenic Cruising & Iron Gate
Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe's most dramatic natural wonders, a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Your cruise director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward Belgrade. (B, L, D)
Day 6, Belgrade
Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a beautiful park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Lunch aboard, then free time to explore Belgrade's gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine aboard or experience some of Belgrade's nightlife - we depart very late this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 7, Osijek
Cruise along the Danube, arriving at Vukovar around noon. Disembark for an afternoon excursion to the charming Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited by humans since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Habsburgs; now it is a pleasant town popular for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8, Kalocsa
Sail into Hungary this morning, arriving in Kalocsa after lunch. Take a guided city tour including a visit to the Archbishop's Palace. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return to the ship and enjoy a festive final dinner aboard as we depart for Budapest. (B, L, D)
Day 9, Budapest
Disembark after breakfast and take a tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Check in to the deluxe Budapest Hilton (or similar) for a 2-night stay, then take the rest of the day to sightsee on your own. Explore a museum, do some shopping or relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas.(B)
Day 10, Budapest
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a full day to explore Budapest on your own. Ride the city’s innovative, efficient metro; walk through the City Park or along the Pest embankment for views of the Buda Castle District; explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth; visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the beautifully restored Dohány Street Synagogue. (B)
Day 11, Budapest
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in a different country's gracious capital: Vienna, Austria or Prague, Czech Republic. (B)
The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Excursions for the Passage to Eastern Europe Cruise
All excursions are included. Please see Itinerary.
More days means more to discover - with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your journey takes you, we offer exciting ways to see even more of the region. Note that Itinerary is reversed on certain dates.
Pre-Extension: Bucharest & Transylvania- 2 nights in Bucharest—First-Class Bucharest hotel; 1 night in Braşov—First-Class Braşov hotel (or similar)
Encounter Romania’s mysterious Transylvania and explore numerous castles, cathedrals and fascinating towns during this extension, featuring an overnight excursion to Braşov and tours of Peleş Castle and Dracula’s Castle.
Post-Extension: Prague-3 nights in Prague: Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar)
Discover the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Tour Hradčany Castle, visit the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and stroll along the Charles Bridge.
Post-Extension: Budapest-2 nights in Hilton Budapest (or similar)
Explore Hungary’s legendary capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Castle District, venture across the Danube along the Chain Bridge and indulge in some delightful local cuisine.
Combine Your Cruise with an Untour!
The Danube Waltz Cruise links well with our Czech Republic - Prague Untour
, our Hungary - Budapest Untour
, our Germany - Rhine Untour
and our Germany - Castle Untour
There may be a few gap days between cruise and Untour. Inquire for details.