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Gems of Eastern Europe 2022
Romania • Bulgaria • Serbia • Croatia • Hungary
 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. Your adventure begins with a two-night stay in the remarkable capital city of Bucharest, Romania. 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. Take a guided tour of Belgrade before attending a Serbian folklore show onboard your ship. Enjoy lunch in the home of a local Croatian family in Osijek and visit a Puszta Horse Farm in Kalocsa, Hungary, for a performance showcasing the riding skills of the Magyar horsemen.

  • 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 on this 11-day holiday
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Bucharest, Romania
  • Seven-night cruise aboard a luxurious Emerald Waterways vessel
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for onboard excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All gratuities included
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

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
Begin the day with an included guided drive around the city showcasing Bucharest’s most iconic points of interest. See Union and University Squares, pass the impressive Triumph Arch, drive along the boulevards and admire the elegant Spring Palace before enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B
Day 4  Bucharest / Giurgiu, Romania
Spend the morning enjoying the surroundings of the hotel before the journey by motorcoach to Giurgiu where your Emerald Waterways vessel awaits. 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 – described as the most beautiful Bulgarian city. 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 Ivanovo Church

Day 6  Vidin, Bulgaria
A morning arrival brings you to Vidin in northwest Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest towns along the Bulgarian Danube, and 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 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

Day 7  Donji Milanovac – Golubac, Serbia / Iron Gates
Embark on an incredible journey to the archeological 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.

Archeologists have used this site to track the development of prehistoric culture in Europe and numerous Stone Age settlements have been found in the area. Reembark the ship in Golubac following the excursion and enjoy the rest of the day sailing along the Danube River. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Belgrade, Serbia
Today’s adventure begins with an included guided tour of Serbia’s vibrant capital including a visit to the Museum of Yugoslavia and Tito’s Memorial, the impressive Belgrade Fortress and St. Sava Church, the world’s largest orthodox cathedral. 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

DiscoverMORE National Opera Theatre Tour (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS Evening Serbian folklore show onboard

Day 9  Osijek, Croatia
After breakfast, depart for a tour of Osijek, the 4th largest city in Croatia. During a walking tour, visit the Tvrda (citadel) – a collection of Baroque buildings and an 18-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 before departing for Hungary. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family

Day 10  Kalocsa, Hungary
Early 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 horsemen 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 Puszta Horse Farm

EmeraldACTIVE Evening cruise of Budapest harbor

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 your cruise along the lower Danube River. Meal: B

Days 2 & 3  Radisson Blu or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Days 4 - 10  Aboard an Emerald Waterways River Vessel


 Dates and Rates
Departure Date Stateroom Category Deck Per Person Twin Single Room
September 14, 2022* Emerald Stateroom - E Rivera $4,599 + $2,989
Emerald Stateroom - D Rivera $4,699 + $3,054
Panorama Balcony Suite - B Vista $5,149 + $3,347
Panorama Balcony Suite - C Vista $5,349 + $3,477
Panorama Balcony Suite - A Horizon $5,699 + $3,704
Grand Balcony Suite - S Horizon $6,299 N/A
October 15, 2022* Emerald Stateroom - E Rivera $4,499 + $2,924
Emerald Stateroom - D Rivera $4,599 + $2,989
Panorama Balcony Suite - C Vista $5,049 + $3,284
Panorama Balcony Suite - B Vista $5,249 + $3,414
Panorama Balcony Suite - A Horizon $5,599 + $3,639
Grand Balcony Suite - S Horizon $6,199 N/A
*Itinerary operates in reverse Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA Horizon $6,799 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
Passports and Visas: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.


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