Gems of Eastern Europe | June 19 – 29, 2020

Gems of Eastern Europe | June 19 – 29, 2020
Starting at $4,449 per person
Friday, June 19, 2020 through
Monday, June 29, 2020
Romania – Bulgaria – Serbia – Hungary – Croatia

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This incredible price includes:

  • 11 Days • 23 Meals Discover the scenery and history along the lower Danube River as you sail aboard our deluxe river vessel. Travel through five countries of Eastern Europe and discover their history, culture and beauty.
  • 23 Meals (9 breakfasts, 7 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 Waterways Star-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Included visit to Bran (Dracula’s) castle in Transylvania
  • 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 New 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

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Day 1 — Depart the USA

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

Day 2 — Bucharest, Romania

Today’s excursion ventures out to Transylvania and Bran (Draculas)
Castle. Travel through the scenic Carpathian Mountains, visit the Monastery Sinaia and enjoy an included lunch en-route. At the castle, hear the legends of the infamous Count and decide for yourself! Meals: B, L

Day 3 — Bucharest

Breakfast at the inn, then depart with your local guide for a day in Vermont. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace & Homestead, where our 30th president was born and raised. See the historical museum, carriage barn, general store, summer White House, church and Plymouth Cheese Factory. Lunch is on your own. Visit Sugarbush Farms, and learn how they make their maple syrup and cheddar cheese. Stop for photos at Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 4 — Bucharest / Giurgiu, Romania

Begin the day with an included tour showcasing the highlights of
Bucharest. See Union and University Squares, pass the impressive Triumph Arch, drive along the longest boulevard of the city and admire the Royal Palace in Revolution Square. After the tour, journey 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, depart for Vidin. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE:Hike to Ivanovo Church
EmeraldPLUS:Choir concert in Arbanasi

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 surrounding countryside and 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

Day 7 — Golubac — Donji Milanovac, 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. 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 Tito’s Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan 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 before having the opportunity to meet students of the village. Return to the ship for a final taste of Croatia with Tamburica entertainment onboard before departing for Hungary. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

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. After breakfast, 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. After dinner, your cruise ends on a spectacular note as you cruise around the harbor to see this magnificent city aglow in nighttime splendor. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
EmeraldPLUS: Evening cruise of Budapest

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.


Please Note:

TRIP CANCELLATION PROTECTION

Contact Ruth Conley for further details on pricing and cancellation protections.

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