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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Budapest-Bucharest - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Beatrice
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Follow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in new cultures and make new friends as you travel from splendid Budapest to dynamic Bucharest, discovering the best that the revitalized nations of Eastern Europe have to offer along the way. Gaze in wonder at the lofty spires of Hungary’s Parliament Building as it rises majestically above the Danube in Budapest. Sit down for friendly, intimate meals with farmers in Croatia and enthusiastic locals in Bulgaria.

Select departures run in reverse (Bucharest to Budapest)

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Mohács | Batina (Osijek) | Vukovar
Day 4 : Belgrade
Day 5 : Golubac | Cruising the Iron Gates
Day 6 : Vidin
Day 7 : Rousse
Day 8 : Giurgiu (Disembark) | Transfer to Bucharest
Day 9 : Bucharest
Day 10 : Bucharest

Highlights

  • Tour Belgrade by bicycle
  • Cruise the Iron Gates along Danube
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Ship

S.S. Beatrice

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungarian parliament, Budapest Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Stroll along the charming waterfronts of the Croatian coast Cruise through Belgrade Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania Explore Romania's capital city, Bucharest

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. Explore this dynamic and multifaceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on your walking tour, cover more ground with a panoramic tour or “Let’s Go” with a guided bike ride. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3 Mohács | Batina (Osijek) | Vukovar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country, which has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, is noted for its beautiful countryside and thriving folk traditions, as well as simple, delicious local rustic food.

Day 4 Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present.

Day 5 Golubac | Cruising the Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinarily well-preserved medieval fortress. All along the way, history lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks.

Unwind onboard as you cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long (134-kilometer-long) stretch of scenic gorges that were cut through the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over eons by the Danube River. These gorges, which act as a natural border between Serbia and Romania, are among the most dramatic and beautiful sights in all of Europe. This was one of the swiftest and most dangerous stretches of the river before two dams were built: Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II. Construction on the dams began in 1964 and took 20 years to complete; they have dramatically altered the area’s landscape, raising the water level by 114 feet (35 meters) and drowning several islands and villages.

Day 6 Vidin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vidin is a port town on the Danube that once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for an unusual excursion today—a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations. Or you can head to a local’s home to bake a traditional Bulgarian dish called banitsa.

Day 7 Rousse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings.

Day 8 Giurgiu (Disembark) | Transfer to Bucharest

This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour or walking tour in the old Lipscani district. Tonight, you’ll relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, Romania’s capital and its cultural and economic center.

Day 9 Bucharest

On today’s agenda—a guided tour of the infamous Ceaușescu Mansion. Venture to the opulent former residence of Romania’s former leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, where you’ll have a guided tour. It’s been thirty years since deposed Romanian president Ceaușescu and his wife Elena were executed by a firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989, but now you can roam the opulent 80-room residence where the couple once lived, situated on 3.5 acres of grounds in one of Bucharest’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Day 10 Bucharest

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport for your flight home.

S.S. Beatrice

Bucharest

Per person starting at
$3,999
Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) is located on the Moselle Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Sumptuous appointed riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Danube Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
S.S. Beatrice Deluxe Balcony
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Deluxe French Balcony
Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
S.S. Beatrice Suite
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite (225 sq ft - 21 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a french balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Beatrice Grand Suite
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Grand Suite
Luxurious appointed riverview grand suite (310 sq ft - 28.8 sq m). Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub.
S.S. Beatrice Royal Suite
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Royal Suite
Luxurious appointed riverview royal suite (390 sq ft - 36.2 sq m) with spacious living room. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, back-lit magnifying mirror, mirrors, bathrobes and slippers, rain shower and tub.

Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

- All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Solo occupancy pricing is dependent on cabin type, contact us for details.

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 8 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 5 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.
 
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