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Gems of Eastern Europe 2023
Hungary • Croatia • Serbia • Bulgaria • Romania
 11 Days • 22 Meals
Enjoy seven-nights cruise aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship and a two-night hotel stay and touring in Bucharest, Romania. Visit five countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with listening devices for shore excursions and English speaking guides.

 Highlights
  • 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
  • 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
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Bucharest, Romania

 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. The day is at leisure to begin discovering your new surroundings and become acquainted with the amenities of the ship. Meal: D
Day 3  Kalocsa
Early this morning, the ship departs Budapest. Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing along the river to 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  Osijek, Croatia
The ship arrives in Osijek, Croatia, early this morning. After breakfast, depart for an included excursion of the city – 4th largest in Croatia. During a panoramic tour, see buildings that have been restored to their former glory while also witnessing the scars of conflict as others still display bullet holes and shrapnel marks. 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. For a truly life-enriching experience, head into the villages for a home-hosted lunch with local families. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family

DiscoverMORE Vucedol Culture Museum (additional expense)

EmeraldACTIVE Trek to Adica Park

Day 5  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. 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) (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS Evening Serbian folklore show onboard (additional expense)

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

EmeraldACTIVE Donji Milanovac by bike

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.

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 8  Rousse, Bulgaria
After arrival in Rousse, 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. Return to the ship in Rousse for an afternoon at leisure before the Captain’s farewell reception. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Choir concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (instead of included tour)

DiscoverMORE* Paint & Sip Class (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE* Wine Tasting at Leventa (additional expense)

* only 1 DiscoverMORE can be selected as they operate simultaneously
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
On your final day in Romania enjoy the day at leisure to pursue independent activities. Alternatively, you can participate in an optional excursion to Transylvania and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE Transylvania and Bran Castle (additional expense)

Day 11  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.

 


 Accommodations
Days 2 - 8   aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Days 9 & 10    Radisson Blu or similar, Bucharest, Romania
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
JUNE 11, 2023 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,679 + $3,275
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,785 + $3,349
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,255 + $3,675
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,459 + $3,825
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,825 + $4,079
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,449 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,075 N/A
SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,785 + $3,349
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,889 + $3,425
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,355 + $3,749
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,565 + $3,895
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,929 + $4,149
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,555 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,175 N/A
OCTOBER 5, 2023 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,785 + $3,349
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,889 + $3,425
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,355 + $3,749
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,565 + $3,895
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,929 + $4,149
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,555 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,175 N/A
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Passport & 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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