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Treasures Of Southeast Europe: Budapest to Giurgiu

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Board the Crystal Ravel in beautiful Budapest, Hungary's captivating capital. Explore the ornate architecture and historic streets of this city before setting off on your cruise. In Mohacs, experience Hungary’s renowned equestrian culture and distinctive cuisine. Explore highlights of Serbian culture in cities such as Novi Sad and Belgrade, before cruising through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge, where towering cliffs and massive rock carvings are sure to leave an impression. Your journey concludes in Giurgiu, Romania. 
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  • Discover Trinity Square and Matthias Church at Budapest
  • Visit the Castle Eltz and Vucedol Culture Museum at Vukovar
  • Explore Novi Sad, a university town known as a hotspot for culture
  • View the St. Panteleimon Church, home to magnificent frescoes
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 2: Budapest | Mohacs

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tales of history here are often bookended by two events—the Battle of Mohács of 1526 and the Battle of Mohács of 1687. Beyond the memorials, museums and authentic reenactments of these milestones, there is a unique playfulness here. Experience the vast grasslands, as well as Hungary’s other renowned features: paprika and horses. Hungarian equestrians have a tradition of taming the wild horses of the Great Plain and are proud to display great feats of horsemanship.

Day 3: Vukovar | Ilok | Novi Sad

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Streets lined with elegant mansions, art galleries and museums are difficult to envision today, as the siege of 1991, when Croatian civilians faced off with a heavily armed Serbian army, dramatically altered this once-pretty town. Vukovar’s story is heartbreaking yet inspirational, and while scars still show on buildings, the Castle Eltz and Vucedol Culture Museum are returning the city’s cultural sheen.

Today, explore Ilok and head towards Novi Sad.

An oasis of greenery, Serbia's largest city is home to Danube Park, a picture of European charm with its pristine lake, lovely fountain and graceful swans - the perfect place to relax before or after exploring the city. The monumental Petrovaradin Fortress across the river dominates the skyline and hosts an observatory that delivers panoramic views. A university town, Novi Sad is known as a hotspot for culture and learning but also for celebrations and socializing.

Day 4: Novi Sad, Serbia | Belgrade, Serbia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A long and layered heritage is on display here, with architecture ranging from Byzantine and Ottoman to Art Nouveau and Modernist. While burnished with the patina of high culture, it’s also one of Europe’s premier nightlife destinations. The lively atmosphere continues into daylight hours, as visitors and locals alike bustle through Knez Mihailova, a pedestrian boulevard named one of the world’s top shopping thoroughfares.

Day 5: Cruise Iron Gate Gorge | Vidin, Serbia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise Iron Gate Gorge and head towards Vidin,

Day 6: Vidin, Serbia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled on a bend of the Danube in northwestern Bulgaria, the ancient city of Vidin is an eclectic mix of architectural styles reflecting its rich history. This hub of agriculture and trade sits atop a 3rd-century BC Celtic settlement that eventually became part of the Roman and Ottoman empires. Among its attractions is the 17th-century St. Panteleimon Church, home to magnificent frescoes and the Baba Vida Fortress overlooking the Danube. It's the largest fully preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. 

Day 7-8: Giurgiu, Romania | Disembark

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
About 40 miles south of Bucharest is the centuries-old city of Giurgiu. Steeped in history, this Romanian port city is situated on the left bank of the Danube amid a landscape of marshes and mudflats. Directly across the river is the Bulgarian city of Ruse. Both cities are connected by the impressive Danube Bridge. Noteworthy sites are the 72-foot, 18th-century Clock Tower, a reminder of Giurgiu's Ottoman history, and the Giurgiu County Museum, housing a splendid collection of artifacts.

Next morning after breakfast, disembark at Giurgiu.


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  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage
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  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
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  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation



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