Gems of Eastern Europe

2024 Bucharest > Budapest | Price from $4819
11 DAYS • 22 MEALS Five countries, all unique in their own way, line the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe. 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 in Osijek. Take a guided tour of Belgrade before attending a Serbian folklore show onboard your ship. Taste Romanian wine on the banks of the river, visit the impressive cliff-top town of Veliko Tarnovo and attend a choir concert in Arbanasi. Your adventure includes a two-night stay in the remarkable capital city of Bucharest, Romania. The Gems of Eastern Europe await on this 11-day holiday.
Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Bucharest, Romania.

Day 2: Bucharest, Romania

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin discovering this historic city on your own.

Day 3: Bucharest or optional excursion to Transylvania

Enjoy the day at leisure to pursue independent activities. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Transylvania and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Transylvania and Bran Castle (additional expense)

Day 4: Bucharest / Giurgiu, Romania

Begin the day with a guided city tour where you learn about some of Bucharest’s highlights as the coach takes you on a panoramic drive. See the iconic Palace of Parliament and Triumph Arch. Visit the Spring Palace, former mansion of Nicolae Ceaușescu. 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 free time for lunch on your own. Journey from Bucharest to Giurgiu, on the banks of the Danube, where a warm welcome awaits from your Captain and crew onboard your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Meals: B, D

Day 5: Rousse, Bulgaria

This morning, depart the ship on an included excursion to the impressive cliff-top town of Veliko Tarnovo. This former capital of the Bulgarian empire was once known as the ‘City of the Tsars’ and remains largely unchanged from medieval times. Continue on to the historic town of Arbanasi, perched high on a plateau overlooking the Yantra River. Known for its 17th and 18th-century churches, a highlight of the visit may be the choir concert of acapella Orthodox chants. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Choir concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (instead of included tour)
DiscoverMORE: Wine Tasting at Leventa (additional expense)

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria

A morning arrival brings you to Vidin in northwest Bulgaria. One of the oldest towns along the Bulgarian Danube, it prospers from its surrounding countryside, renowned for wine production. The day begins with an included tour of a vineyard and the opportunity to sample the local vintage. Later, venture to Baba Vida, a medieval fortress, steeped in legend, with three fully preserved towers and the original battlements. Recognized as one of the city’s main attractions, it is also one of the few entirely preserved medieval fortresses in Bulgaria. 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 7: Donji Milanovac – Golubac

Serbia / Iron Gates: 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 in Golubac following the excursion and enjoy the rest of the day sailing along the Danube River. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Donji Milanovac by bike
DiscoverMORE: Golubac Castle Visit (additional expense)

Day 8: Belgrade

Today’s adventure begins with an included guided tour of Serbia’s vibrant capital. Visit the Museum of Yugoslavia and Tito’s Memorial, the impressive Belgrade Fortress and St. Sava Church, the world’s largest orthodox cathedral. 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

* the DiscoverMORE’s operate simultaneously; only one can be selected

Day 9: Osijek, Croatia

After breakfast, depart for a tour of Osijek, the 4th largest city in Croatia. Meet local students from the village before beginning your walking tour of the Tvrda (citadel) – a collection of Baroque buildings laid out like a traditional 18th-century Habsburg star fort. Join local families for a home-hosted lunch, a truly memorable experience. Return to the ship for a final taste of Croatia with a farewell dinner onboard while sailing to Hungary. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldACTIVE: Trek to Adica Park
DiscoverMORE: Vucedol Culture Museum (additional expense)

Day 10: Kalocsa, Hungary

This morning, the ship arrives in Kalocsa, one of Hungary’s oldest towns and famous for the production of paprika. 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. Reboard the ship and enjoy your final afternoon onboard sailing to Budapest. Be sure to be on deck this evening as the ship arrives in Budapest to witness the beauty of the city aglow in nighttime splendor. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to a Puszta Horse Farm
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard

Day 11: Budapest / USA

Bid a fond farewell to Eastern Europe as you depart on the transfer to the airport and return home with memories of life-enriching experiences from your cruise along the lower Danube River. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 22 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit five countries
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Bucharest, Romania
  • 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 andevening 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 softdrinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All gratuities included

CRUISE & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Radisson Blu or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Days 4 through 10 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

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.