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11 Day Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest 2023
Passage to Eastern EuropeStarting from $3,299
River Cruise DescriptionBehold Budapest’s grandeur. Witness Hungary’s daredevil Puszta horsemen. Visit a Croatian family’s Osijek home. View the Danube’s towering Iron Gate. Explore Belgrade’s Ottoman and European treasures, including 6th-century Kalemegdan Fortress. Make banitsa bread with a home cook in Vidin. See Bucharest’s 3,000-room Palace of Parliament. Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, the eastern Danube still has secrets to reveal on this enriching cruisetour.
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|Mar 13, 2023||Viking Lif||$3,299||Call Us!|
|Mar 27, 2023||Viking Vidar||$3,599||Call Us!|
|Apr 10, 2023||Viking Lofn||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Apr 24, 2023||Viking Lif||$4,299||Call Us!|
|May 8, 2023||Viking Vidar||$4,499||Call Us!|
|May 15, 2023||Viking Ullur||$4,499||Call Us!|
|May 22, 2023||Viking Lofn||$4,499||Call Us!|
|May 29, 2023||Viking Ullur||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Jun 5, 2023||Viking Lif||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Jun 12, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Jun 19, 2023||Viking Vidar||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Jun 26, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Jul 3, 2023||Viking Lofn||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Jul 10, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Jul 17, 2023||Viking Lif||$3,799||Call Us!|
|Jul 24, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,799||Call Us!|
|Jul 31, 2023||Viking Vidar||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Aug 7, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,799||Call Us!|
|Aug 14, 2023||Viking Lofn||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Aug 21, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Aug 28, 2023||Viking Lif||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Sep 4, 2023||Viking Ullur||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Sep 11, 2023||Viking Vidar||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Sep 18, 2023||Viking Ullur||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Sep 25, 2023||Viking Lofn||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Oct 2, 2023||Viking Ullur||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Oct 9, 2023||Viking Lif||$4,299||Call Us!|
|Oct 16, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,999||Call Us!|
|Oct 23, 2023||Viking Lif||$3,799||Call Us!|
|Oct 30, 2023||Viking Ullur||$3,299||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Budapest, HungaryArrive at Budapest airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.
Day 2 Budapest, HungaryThis morning, take a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated along the Danube, it combines the once separate towns of hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest into a city rich with history. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Day 3 Budapest, HungaryAfter breakfast, check out of your hotel and relax as we take you to board your ship. Enjoy a final free day in Budapest. Explore a museum; do some shopping; ride the city’s innovative, efficient metro; relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas; or visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Alternatively, join an optional tour to explore more of Budapest. Return to your ship for a welcome dinner.
Day 4 Kalocsa, HungaryArrive in Kalocsa, Hungary this morning and take a guided city tour visiting the town center followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return on board and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine on board.
Day 5 Osijek, CroatiaWake up in Vukovar and have breakfast before your excursion to the Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs; now, Vukovar is revered for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return on board for lunch and enjoy free time before an early-evening departure.
Day 6 Belgrade, SerbiaWake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch on board your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums. Dine on board your ship or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife. We depart very late this evening.
Day 7 Golubac, SerbiaSail to Golubac this morning and enjoy an included tour of the Golubac Fortress and admire sweeping views over the Danube. You may also choose to join an optional tour; explore Europe’s first settlement from the Stone Age, or take an invigorating hike to Djerdap National Park. Rejoin your ship in Donji Milanovac for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders—a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Take in your Program Director’s commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward your next port.
Day 8 Vidin, BulgariaArrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress’s amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner.
Day 9 Veliko Tarnovo, BulgariaAfter breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. See Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church, with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner.
Day 10 Bucharest, RomaniaDisembark in Giurgiu and set off by motor coach to Bucharest for a day of exploration. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a tour of Romania’s lovely capital city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. After your tour, proceed to your hotel and enjoy a final evening in Bucharest.
Day 11 Bucharest, RomaniaAfter breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Bucharest and Transylvania.
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