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Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest - 2021

From Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Sat, Apr 10, 2021
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Apr 10, 2021
Arrival
Apr 20, 2021

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  1. Day 1
    Bucharest
    Sat, Apr 10, 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
    Sun, Apr 11, 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
    Mon, Apr 12, 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
    Tue, Apr 13, 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
    Wed, Apr 14, 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
    Thu, Apr 15, 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
    Fri, Apr 16, 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
    Sat, Apr 17, 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
    Sun, Apr 18, 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
    Mon, Apr 19, 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
    Tue, Apr 20, 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, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Danube

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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
4.3
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 41 reviews - currently showing 17 reviews with comments only

The staff on the Viking Cruise were phenomenal. They were very pleasant, attentive and accommodating. The Program Director, David, was energetic and enthusiastic. He skillfully managed problems that arise that were beyond his control(climate related). He did so in a positive and update manner. Lufthansa Airlines was very disappointing. The loading procedures both here and in Germany were very disorganized. We almost missed a connecting flight! On our return.

The eight day trip through Hungary, Austria, and Germany on the Danube to visit historic sights and the various Christmas Markets was a wonderful experience. The Viking cruise met our highest expectations. Be prepared for a range of temperatures from the 40's to below freezing.

Katherine did an excellent job suggesting a Viking River Tour. We had a fabulous time.

This was by far the best trip we have ever taken, and we will likely go on another Viking River cruise after this experience. Viking is very organized and the included tours are interesting and well done. Everywhere we traveled, we had local guides so we got an insiders look at the cities and additional interesting information.

Viking takes excellent care of their guests.....felt very safe and very secure

Excellent trip and arrangements.

Any time I had a question it was answered promptly and professionally.

Be prepared to be "on-the-go" every day during the trip. Food was excellent. Excursions were well done. Ship was clean and smartly decorated. Met many nice people.

Loved the service and the food. Very friendly staff.

The only negative about this trip is that the WiFi connection on the Viking ship was quite poor. My phone would not connect to their WIfi but my Samsung table would connect. However, in general the Wifi was quite a bit slower than we are used to. Never the less the service and organization was fantastic. The food was very high quality. I would mention also, that the river cruise on the Danube at this time of year was quite calm so no worries for someone like me who is prone to motion problems.

I very much liked the passenger size of 200. I don't care for the large capacity ships. I felt like I received much better personal service

My husband and I loved our trip on the Danube and would highly recommend it.

We booked a Viking river cruise, pre and post extensions, and airfare, all of which were a very good value for the money.

Excellent tour and from start to finish everything was top notch!

Viking provided outstanding service even provide an escort to ensure we got our boarding passes on the way home. Food was excellent and the staff most accommodating. My only complaint is that we were booked on British Air which meant going through Heathrow which is a mess for the transient passengers ( bus, train, long lines, just to get to the next gate). The short holdover between flights in London resulted in my suitcase not making it to Nuremberg. Also did not appreciate having a two-stop on the way over. It would seem to me that it would have been easy to get a one-stop via Frankfurt to Nuremberg.

This was an excellent trip throughout. I look forward to many more bookings with you.

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