Gems of Eastern Europe

2025 Budapest > Bucharest | Price from $5755
14 DAYS • 27 MEALS Five countries, all unique in their own way, line the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, and exciting activities await your participation in the various ports of call. Visit a Puszta Horse Farm in Kalocsa, Hungary, for a performance showcasing the riding skills of the Magyar cowboys and enjoy lunch in the home of a local Croatian family. Take a guided tour of Belgrade before attending a Serbian folklore show onboard your ship. Discover the Paleolithic archaeological site of Lepinski Vir, sample local Bulgarian wines at a vineyard estate, and see the highlights of Bucharest. Your adventure also includes a three-night stay in Transylvania and a visit to Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. The Gems of Eastern Europe await on this 14-day holiday.
Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Flights are to arrive prior to 5:00pm. The day is at leisure to begin discovering this capital city and become acquainted with the amenities of the ship. This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show onboard, followed by a traditional dinner. Meal: D

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard

Day 3: Kalocsa

This morning, the ship arrives in Kalocsa, one of Hungary’s oldest towns and famous for the production of paprika. Following lunch onboard, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm during an included excursion. Watch a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar cowboys and the “tricks” of the horses themselves. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to a Puszta Horse Farm

Day 4: Vukovar, Croatia

Enjoy the morning in Vukovar or explore the Vucedol Culture Museum on the DiscoverMORE excursion. This afternoon, for a truly life-enriching experience, you are taken to the homes of local villagers for a home-hosted lunch. Enjoy this fantastic opportunity to share a typical meal with them and learn about their life, local culture, and customs. It’s sure to be a highlight of your cruise! Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family
DiscoverMORE: Vucedol Culture Museum (additional expense)

Day 5: Belgrade, Serbia

Today’s adventure begins with a guided walking tour of this vibrant capital city, showcasing the historic and architectural aspects. Alternatively, learn about the history of Belgrade during a guided bike tour of the city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in port, or join an optional excursion to the National Opera Theatre for a backstage tour. After dinner, you’re in for a treat as a dance troupe comes aboard and performs a folklore show featuring dances from various parts of the country. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour (instead of city tour)
DiscoverMORE*: National Opera Theatre Tour (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE*: Routes of Nikola Tesla (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Evening Serbian folklore show onboard

*these excursions operate simultaneously; only one can be selected

Day 6: Golubac – Donji Milanovac / Iron Gates

The day begins as you embark on an incredible journey to the archaeological excavation site of Lepinski Vir. Located on the Danube in the Djerdap Gorge, near the town of Donji Milanovac, this Paleolithic site showcases a history spanning more than 8 millennia. Archaeologists have used this site to track the development of prehistoric culture in Europe and numerous Stone Age settlements have been found in the area. Re-embark the ship at Donji Milanovac following the excursion and enjoy a leisurely day sailing along the Danube River. Be sure to be on deck as you sail through the Iron Gates – the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, boasting spectacular scenery. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Golubac Castle Visit (additional expense)

Day 7: Vidin, Bulgaria

A morning arrival brings you to Vidin in northwest Bulgaria. One of the oldest towns along the Bulgarian Danube, it prospers from the surrounding countryside and is renowned for wine production. The day begins with an included tour of a vineyard and the opportunity to sample the local vintage. After a picturesque drive through the Bulgarian countryside, arrive at the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. During the guided tour, see the three fully-preserved towers and original battlements of the city’s main attraction. Alternatively, embark on a hike to Belogradchik Fortress, also known as Kaleto, on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Initially used as a lookout point, it is believed to have been built by Romans, utilizing the already existing rocky landscape. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik Fortress (instead of included tour)
DiscoverMORE: Traditional Bulgarian pastry-making (additional expense)

Day 8: Rousse, Bulgaria

After arrival in Rousse, depart on an included walking tour. A local guide will tell about the city’s history and point out some of the highlights. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Evening choir concert onboard
EmeraldACTIVE*: Guided hike to Ivanovo Church
DiscoverMORE*: Full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE**: Paint & Wine (additional expense)

*These excursions overlap; only one can be selected
**This excursion overlaps with the other DiscoverMORE; only one can be selected

Day 9: Giurgiu / Bucharest, Romania

This morning, disembark the ship in Giurgiu and journey by coach to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Upon arrival, an included panoramic tour showcases the highlights of the city as you pass the Palace of Parliament and Triumph Arch. Visit the Spring Palace, former mansion of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Spared from the 1989 uprising that overthrew the dictator, the rooms exude opulence and remain as they were over 30 years ago. Following the tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

Day 10: Bucharest – Brasov

Get ready for the start of your Transylvanian adventure! Depart by coach for the town of Brasov, a pleasant mix of traditional medieval charm and modern city life, in the center of Transylvania. En route, visit the world renown 14th-century Bran (Dracula’s) Castle, perched atop a hill, looking like it’s from the pages of a fairytale book. Explore the castle, believed to be home to Vlad the Impaler, discover the secrets held within the walls, and decide for yourself if the dark tales are truth or legend! Meals: B, L

Day 11: Brasov

A walking tour includes the St Nicholas Church and a visit of the First Romanian School Museum, leading centers of the Romanian community. The museum houses the oldest Romanian bible, printed on goats’ skin. Stroll through Brasov’s historical medieval center, learning of its German heritage, and visit Black Church, the largest gothic church east of Vienna. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Prejmer & Harman UNESCO fortified churches (additional expense)

Day 12: Brasov

The final day in Brasov is left free of planned activities for relaxation or independent plans. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Sighisoara & Viscri Village (additional expense)

Day 13: Brasov – Bucharest

After breakfast return to Bucharest by coach, traveling through the Carpathian Mountains. Stop in Sinaia, known as the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’ and home to one of Romania’s most beautiful palaces – Peles Castle. A tour of the palace showcases some of its opulent decor and invaluable collections of art and furniture. Lunch is included during the excursion before arriving in Bucharest for the final night. Meals: B, L

Day 14: Bucharest / USA

Bid a fond farewell to Eastern Europe as you depart for the airport and return home with memories of life-enriching experiences. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 27 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit five countries
  • Seven-night cruise aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • Onboard meals include a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All gratuities included
  • Three-night hotel stay in Brasov, Romania
  • Visits to Dracula’s Castle and Peles Castle
  • Overnight and touring in Bucharest, Romania

CRUISE & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 8 – aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Day 9 – Radisson Blu or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Days 10 through 12 – Hotel Ambient or similar, Brasov, Romania
Day 13 – Radisson Blu or similar, Bucharest, Romania

Emerald Star-Ship Deck Plan
  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
  • Daytime Pool / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Reception
  • Wellness Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

August 29, 2024 (Budapest > Bucharest) Priced from $4,819

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,819 per person twin / Single room add $3,369

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,535 per person twin / Single room add $3,875

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,979 per person twin / Single room add $4,189

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,209 per person twin / Single room add $4,345

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,525 per person twin / Single room add $4,585

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,199 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,135 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Bucharest, Romania.

September 8, 2024 (Budapest > Bucharest) Priced from $4,819

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,819 per person twin / Single room add $3,369

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,535 per person twin / Single room add $3,875

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,979 per person twin / Single room add $4,189

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,209 per person twin / Single room add $4,345

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,525 per person twin / Single room add $4,585

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,199 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,135 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Bucharest, Romania.

September 13, 2024 (Bucharest > Budapest) Priced from $4,819

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,819 per person twin / Single room add $3,369

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,535 per person twin / Single room add $3,875

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,979 per person twin / Single room add $4,189

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,209 per person twin / Single room add $4,345

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,525 per person twin / Single room add $4,585

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,199 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,135 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Bucharest, Romania, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

June 16, 2025 (Budapest > Bucharest) Priced from $5,755

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,755 per person twin / Single room add $4,575

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,505 per person twin / Single room add $5,099

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,975 per person twin / Single room add $5,429

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$7,205 per person twin / Single room add $5,595

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$7,545 per person twin / Single room add $5,829

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,255 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$9,235 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Bucharest, Romania.

June 18, 2025 (Bucharest > Budapest) Priced from $5,755

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,755 per person twin / Single room add $4,575

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,505 per person twin / Single room add $5,099

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,975 per person twin / Single room add $5,429

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$7,205 per person twin / Single room add $5,595

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$7,545 per person twin / Single room add $5,829

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,255 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$9,235 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Bucharest, Romania, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

September 24, 2025 (Budapest > Bucharest) Priced from $5,755

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,755 per person twin / Single room add $4,575

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,505 per person twin / Single room add $5,099

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,975 per person twin / Single room add $5,429

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$7,205 per person twin / Single room add $5,595

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$7,545 per person twin / Single room add $5,829

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,255 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$9,235 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Bucharest, Romania.

September 26, 2025 (Bucharest > Budapest) Priced from $5,755

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,755 per person twin / Single room add $4,575

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,505 per person twin / Single room add $5,099

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,975 per person twin / Single room add $5,429

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$7,205 per person twin / Single room add $5,595

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$7,545 per person twin / Single room add $5,829

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,255 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$9,235 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Bucharest, Romania, returning from Budapest, Hungary.