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Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest - 2021

Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest - 2021

Operator: Viking
Ship: Viking Lofn
Starts: Bucharest, Romania on Tue, Sep 07, 2021
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Fri, Sep 17, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Bucharest
    Tue, Sep 07, 2021

    Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city for a 1-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.

  2. Day 2
    Bucharest
    Wed, Sep 08, 2021

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a tour of the 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. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. You then proceed to Giurgiu to board your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  3. Day 3
    Veliko Tarnovo
    Thu, Sep 09, 2021

    After 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  4. Day 4
    Vidin
    Fri, Sep 10, 2021

    Arrive 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  5. Day 5
    Golubac
    Sat, Sep 11, 2021

    This morning, 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. Arrive in Donji Milanovac where you can choose to disembark and join an optional tour, or continue to enjoy scenic sailing. Arrive in Golubac and join an included tour of the Golubac Fortress where you will admire sweeping views over the Danube. Enjoy dinner on board before departing to Belgrade. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  6. Day 6
    Belgrade
    Sun, Sep 12, 2021

    Wake 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. Enjoy dinner on board your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  7. Day 7
    Osijek
    Mon, Sep 13, 2021

    Cruise along the Danube, arriving at Vukovar around noon. Disembark for an afternoon excursion to the charming 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 dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  8. Day 8
    Kalocsa
    Tue, Sep 14, 2021

    Sail into Hungary this morning, arriving in Kalocsa after lunch. Take a guided city tour followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return to the ship and enjoy a festive dinner on board as we depart for Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  9. Day 9
    Budapest
    Wed, Sep 15, 2021

    Disembark after breakfast and take a tour of Budapest. 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, and visit the Grand Market. Check in to your hotel for a 2-night stay, then take the rest of the day to sightsee on your own. Explore a museum, do some shopping or relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas. (Breakfast)

  10. Day 10
    Budapest
    Thu, Sep 16, 2021

    Take a full day to explore Budapest on your own. Ride the city's innovative, efficient metro; walk through the City Park or along the Pest embankment for views of the Buda Castle District; explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth; visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the beautifully restored Dohány Street Synagogue. Your Viking Host is available to help you plan your time in Budapest. (Breakfast)

  11. Day 11
    Budapest
    Fri, Sep 17, 2021

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or extend your journey with 2 additional nights in bustling Budapest or 3 nights in Prague, the Czech Republic's gracious capital. (Breakfast)

Countries Visited

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Ship Information

Viking Lofn


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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

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I was a bit of a "nervous client" so contacted Vince several times during the planning stages and he was always, friendly and responsive. Will definitely use him again!

Everyone on the Viking ship were very accommodating. We stayed two extra days and really appreciated the hotel Viking chose and the help from the Viking desk at the hotel.

This was our first river cruise, and we were so happy that we chose Viking. The ship was beautiful, the included shore excursions were very well done, and the Viking staff were exceptional...they made our cruise a memorable experience.

We had a great time. Viking staff was outstanding. Also Affordable Tours was very helpful to my husband, when I got sick on the trip. Also the insurance we purchased was also helpful when my husband called them. The meals and entertainment were great. We met lots of interesting people.

Viking has great service. All the staff is very service oriented. They always make you feel like you are the best group that they ever had on their cruise.

Viking Rhine River cruise from Basel to Amsterdam met our expectations. Unfortunately, the dinner on the last night onboard was very poor and is not what you want your passengers to remember. In all, we were happy working with and would book another trip with Affordable Tours.

I had extensive comments, but your site timed me out. In short, the trip was outstanding. We strongly recommend the Edinburgh pre-extension and the Basel post-extension. Viking did a terrific job.

Viking is excellent. It is not for us. We do not eat at 7pm ending at 9pm, that is far too late for us.

The Viking longship was quite beautiful and the rooms more than adequate. We made use of the upper deck which was quite comfortable after we got back from sightseeing. The food was good, but not gourmet and very plentiful. The included tours had very good local guides.

Viking Cruises has top notch service... including the housekeeping crew, the chefs (yum!), program directors, excursions on land and wait staff. Experience and customer service details are what made the entire trip worthwhile. Not to mention the excellent 2015 new river boat ships. Everything sparkled. Will do it again on Viking, either the China or Baltic cruises.


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