The cities and towns that accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe are all unique in their own way. This opportunity to explore Osijek, Belgrade and the unsung Iron Gate welcomes daily discoveries and surprises. Uncover tales of triumph and tribulation as you cruise through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania and enjoy a luxurious one-night hotel stay in Bucharest.
Day 1: Welcome to Bucharest, Romania.
Day 2: Today you will be guided on a city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu.
Day 3: Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to the town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'.
Day 4: Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and the Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates.
Day 5: Today you will embark on a journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries.
Day 6: Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest Orthodox cathedral.
Day 7: Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
Day 8: Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
Day 9: After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.
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