Eastern Europe River Cruise

10 Days from R72,000 per person sharing

Explore Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia in 10 days while travelling from Budapest to Bucharest by boat and coach, discovering the best of Eastern Europe. An ideal voyage if you like discovering different cultures and foods and photographing historic sites and beautiful vistas. 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. Uncover scores of little-known treasures and step back in time to investigate the history and legends along the Danube.

THE RIVER DUCHESS

The 130-passenger River Duchess is decorated in soft hues of blue and green complemented by soothing earth tones, providing a tranquil and elegant onboard ambiance. Enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of Europe’s most enchanting waterways in the ship’s stylish Blue Danube Lounge, Palace Restaurant, or the La Motte Sky Lounge.



The Itinerary:

DAY 1 | BUDAPEST (EMBARK)

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

DAY 2 | BUDAPEST

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 our walking tour or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West.

DAY 3 | MOHÁCS, BATINA (OSIJEK), VUKOVAR

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

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

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.

DAY 6 | VIDIN

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 banitza.

DAY 7 | ROUSSE

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

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 and a visit to People’s Palace. 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

Get to know the bustling heart of Romania's capital city with a full day to explore Bucharest on your own.

DAY 10 | BUCHAREST

Check out of your hotel this morning. You will be transferred to Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED: 2 nights in Bucharest at The Marmorosch Bucharest (or similar) with breakfast, a 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on board the River Duchess or S.S. Beatrice, all meals onboard, Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions, Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee and tea, and mineral water, 8 days of excursions including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts, State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions, all gratuities, both onboard and onshore, free Internet and Wi-Fi access, use of bicycles and Nordic walking stick, group transfers on arrival and departure days and onboard local entertainment.

10 Days from R72,000 per person sharing

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Prices are per person sharing. Offer valid until 30 September 2024 for selected departures dates from March to September 2025. Other departure dates are available on request. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Cruises are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge, and currency fluctuations. Excludes: Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature . Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.