Tours

Gems of Southeast Europe River Cruise | Sept. 29, 2024

9 days
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania & Serbia
Starting from $4898*

Join us on the Gems of Southeast Europe River Cruise starting at $4,898* from Bucharest on September 29, 2024. You will see Bucharest, Veliko Tarnovo, Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Vidin, Baba Vida Fortress, Golubac Fortress, Belgrade, Kalemegdan Fortress, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, Vukovar, Pécs, St. Peter’s Basilica, the catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, and much more!

Special Airfare Pricing from Select Cities*

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Administrative fees
  • Other meals as indicated
  • Meal beverages
  • Cruise Taxes

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 SEPTEMBER 29 – DEPART THE USA

Board your overnight flight to Bucharest.

Day 2 SEPTEMBER 30 – EMBARKATION - GIURGIU

Embark the ship in Giurgiu for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise.

Day 3 OCTOBER 1 – ROUSSE

Experience more of Bucharest or visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to explore Rousse, known for its 19th and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo- Rococo architecture, and then afterward, visit the UNESCOdesignated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. (B, L, D)

Day 4 OCTOBER 2 – VIDIN

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B, L, D)

Day 5 OCTOBER 3 – IRON GATE

The Iron Gates are some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. After your scenic cruise, you will arrive at Golubac Fortress – one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe – for a tour. (B, L, D)

Day 6 OCTOBER 4 – BELGRADE

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Nikola Tesla Museum, encompassing the world-renowned inventor’s life and inventions, as well as the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, the largest such church in the world. Alternatively, you can hike to Belgrade Fortress. In the afternoon, enjoy a taste of the region by sampling a few types of Serbian brandy paired with delicious local appetizers, including Šlivovitz, which was added in 2022 to UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. Or explore Novi Sad, a city rich in tradition and culture, on “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour. Stroll through Stari Grad, the old town center, and explore Liberty Square, which is dominated by the Old Town Hall. (B, L, D)

Day 7 OCTOBER 5 – VUKOVAR

Enjoy an afternoon in Vukovar on a guided city tour, where you will have a chance to visit Eltz Manor House and its collection of historic artifacts, paintings, and clothing. Alternatively, you may explore Vukovar on an active bike tour. Wine connoisseurs will want to enjoy Croatian wine tasting and tour the Old Cellars, famous for their Grasevina, Traminac, and Frankovka wines. (B, L, D)

Day 8 OCTOBER 6 – MOHACS

Visit Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, and the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. Or, for wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour from Mohács through the Danube-Drava National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 9 OCTOBER 7 – DISEMBARKATION - BUDAPEST

Disembark the ship in Budapest and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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SEPTEMBER 25 – DEPART THE USA
Board your overnight flight to Bucharest.

SEPTEMBER 26 – BUCHAREST
Arrive in Bucharest and check into your lovely hotel.

SEPTEMBER 27 – BUCHAREST
Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arch of Triumph. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites, including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. Or take a walking tour of Bucharest’s Old Town. (B)

SEPTEMBER 28 – BRASOV
Journey through the Romanian countryside to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Later, head to Braşov for a walking tour and check into your hotel. (B)

SEPTEMBER 29 – BRASOV
Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighişoara, birthplace to Transylvania’s most notorious ruler, Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. It’s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO-designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers, and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad’s place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today, it houses a kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.” (B)

SEPTEMBER 30 – SINAIA/GIURGIU
Your first stop on the road to Transylvania will be the quaint mountain town of Sinaia. While in Sinaia, you’ll visit Peleș Castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, transfer to Giurgiu, where you will embark on the ship for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise. (B,D)

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

VIENNA extension Starting from $780

Starting at $780* October 7 - 9, 2024

OCTOBER 7 – BUDAPEST/VIENNA
Enjoy a city tour of the Hungarian capital. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Chain Bridge. Afterward, transfer to Vienna via motorcoach and check into your hotel. (B)

OCTOBER 8 – VIENNA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered on your city tour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. (B)

OCTOBER 9 – RETURN TO THE USA
Bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

Departure Dates

  1. Sunday, September 29, 2024
    From $4898* Register Now!
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.