Enchantment of Eastern Europe on Emerald Star 2020

Enchantment of Eastern Europe on Emerald Star 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Star
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Sun, May 03, 2020
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Mon, May 11, 2020

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Free Extended Stays + Free Premium Drinks

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Free Extended Stays + Free Premium Drinks

Free Extended Stays + Free Premium Drinks

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Treat yourself this holiday season by taking advantage of Emerald's 12 days of Holiday Specials. On select 2020 European river cruises, enjoy free extended stays in some of Europe's greatest cities, plus receive free premium drinks. Premium Drink Package includes beer, wine and spirits from the bar menu. And as always, receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. These amazing values are only available until December 24, 2019 so book today.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 24, 2019
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For new bookings made between December 12 and December 24, 2019 on select sailings included in the offer. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. Extended city stays vary by itinerary and do not include the Premium Drink Package. Premium Drink Package offer is available during the cruise days of each itinerary and includes the full bar menu with beer, wine and spirits available during bar operating hours. Minibar is not included. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER and referral vouchers. Not combinable with group discounts. Taxes and port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

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A river cruise in Europe provides the most captivating passage through the history of the continent. 7-14 day itineraries receive free economy air. 15+ day itineraries receive free economy air + $500 per couple savings. Bookings in Horizon Deck categories receive an additional $500 per couple savings. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2019
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For new bookings on 2020 itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Rhône rivers made by December 31, 2019. Air offers are only applicable to bookings made 61 or more days before departure, otherwise an air credit will apply. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due 6 months prior to departure for economy flights; $800 for premium economy. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways' choice of airlines and routes. Travelers who purchase their own air receive $1000 off per person on 7-14 day itineraries; $1500 off per person on 15+ day itineraries. Bookings in Horizon Deck categories receive an extra $250 per person savings. Offers are based on cruise days, and exclude land portions. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER and referral vouchers. Not combinable with group discounts. Taxes and port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, canceled or withdrawn at any time without notice.

No Single Supplement For Solo Travelers

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No Single Supplement For Solo Travelers

No Single Supplement For Solo Travelers

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Enjoy Waived Single Supplement on select 2020 departures, which means you'll pay the double occupancy brochure price, but have the suite or stateroom to yourself. This is a great option for both solo travelers, and guests who are traveling with friends, but would prefer their own suite. This offer applies to E, D and C cabin categories. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2019
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The no single supplement offer is valid only on the cruise portion of an itinerary, and does not apply to any land portion of an itinerary. This offer may not be combined with other offers except our Early Payment Offer. Available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sun, May 03, 2020): Budapest

When you arrive in Budapest, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Eastern Europe’s liveliest city at leisure. The “Paris of the East” is a truly breathtaking sight, where dozens of lights adorn the stone bridges that cross the mighty Danube, separating both sides of the city.
This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board, before a night-time cruise along the Danube delights. Be left feeling inspired by the illuminated façades of some of Hungary’s most iconic buildings.
EmeraldPLUS: A Budapest evening cruise


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Mon, May 04, 2020): Kalocsa

In the morning, we’ll sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, best known for its vibrant paprika festivals. Traditional folk art and culture are yours to discover here, as you sail through one of the oldest towns in Hungary.
This afternoon, you’ll venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, for a traditional performance showcasing the exceptional equestrian skills of the Magyar cowboys. Relax as you watch their spectacular horse parade and witness their exercise drills, most of which were readily practiced for wartime.
Today, enjoy a gala dinner on board.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian horse show


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue, May 05, 2020): Osijek

Cruise into the border region of Croatia and into Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Damage from the Homeland War is still visible across the city, but it is easily forgotten when you immerse yourself in the peaceful surrounds that can be found here.
Today, you will be able to meet students from a local village who will be delighted to perform for you during your EmeraldPLUS excursion, before embarking on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. This ensemble of well-preserved Baroque buildings is laid out like a traditional star fort, with bastions, armouries, a guardhouse and a military hospital all protected within its walls.
Later, sail further down the Danube and into Serbia, where remnants of recent conflicts can be seen on the riverbanks.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit the home of a local Croatian family
EmeraldPLUS: Meet the local village students
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Osijek Fortress


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed, May 06, 2020): Belgrade

The capital of Serbia awaits you today, as a city tour introduces you to the highlights of one of Europe’s oldest cities, including Belgrade Fortress. Relax as your coach takes you through the centre of the city, where remnants of a chaotic past look out of place among peaceful surrounds.
Witness the symmetrical façade of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest church buildings, and stop for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. Enjoy learning about the life of the leader of the Partisans, Josip Broz Tito, and the way that they became one of the most effective resistance movements in occupied Europe. Alternatively, learn about the history of Belgrade during a guided bike tour of the city.
This evening, relax in the Horizon Lounge and watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.
EmeraldPLUS: A Serbian folklore evening show
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Belgrade
DiscoverMORE: A tour of the National Opera Theatre (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu, May 07, 2020): Golubac – Donji Milanovac

In eastern Serbia, within the Majdanpek municipality, the town of Donji Milanovac sits on the right bank of the Danube. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir on an included excursion. Enjoy learning about the importance of this archaeological site and its illustrious 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.
The day ends as we sail through the Iron Gates, a scenic narrow gorge that meanders between the Carpathian Mountains and the European Alps.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri, May 08, 2020): Vidin

This morning, we’ll arrive in Vidin, a beautiful town in north-west Bulgaria. Situated on the right bank of the Danube, it is one of the oldest along the Bulgarian Danube bank, prospering from the surrounding countryside, renowned for producing wines. Your included tour will introduce you to the best of Vidin’s viticulture, as you stroll through a local vineyard and enjoy a tasting of their produce.
Later, venture to Baba Vida, a medieval fortress whose name can be translated to mean “Granny Vida”. Construction began on the fortress in the 10th century, and it has been steeped in legend ever since. Alternatively, hike to Belogradchik Fortress, a well-preserved stronghold that sits against a series of impressive rock formations.
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike to Belogradchik Fortress
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit a local vineyard for a tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat, May 09, 2020): Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse. You will have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo, stopping to learn about its rich history as the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. This medieval city was built atop three hills, and its fortifications and cobbled streets are certain to delight history lovers.
Nearby, Arbanasi sits on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra. Each street in the area is lined with traditional houses, and old churches offer centuries of exploration during your guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi.
Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels and monasteries. Witness the incredible nature of the 14th-century painted frescoes and learn about their composition and the emotional atmosphere that they convey, something that was far ahead of its time.
Tonight, we welcome you to the farewell reception.
EmeraldPLUS: A choir concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo 
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun, May 10, 2020): Giurgiu – Bucharest

This morning, relax and enjoy the passing scenery as we drive towards Bucharest, including the Romanian city of Giurgiu, set amongst the mud flats and marshes of the Danube.
Visit the Spring Palace to see the elegant exterior of a well-kept secret and the plush interior of the private residence of Nicolae Ceausescu, before enjoying free time to explore the city at leisure. Learn about Bucharest’s vibrant history on a guided coach tour, including the Palace of Parliament.
This evening, settle into the comfortable surrounds of your hotel, perhaps going for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided drive through Bucharest


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Mon, May 11, 2020): Bucharest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Great Hungarian Plain and medieval fortresses with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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