Thursday, October 17 Budapest, Hungary
Arrive in Budapest—Hungary’s captivating capital city! This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and settle in, then enjoy a dinner on board. Overnight cruise to Mohács.
Friday, October 18 Mohács or Pécs, Hungary
Today, you can choose to join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Mohács—a quiet Danube harbour town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. See the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, one of only a few remaining watermills that still produces stone–ground grain. Or you could take a guided tour of nearby Pécs to see Turkish architecture and 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals. The Pécs option also includes an organ concert. Overnight cruise to Belgrade.
Saturday, October 19 Belgrade, Serbia
This morning, attend an onboard lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. Then join a guided sightseeing tour of Belgrade, where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge. See the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches. Spend free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment and then dinner on your ship. Or savour a traditional Bohemian dinner in the Skadarlija Quarter of Belgrade. Overnight cruise to Donji Milanova.
Sunday, October 20 Lepenski Vir and Iron Gates Gorge, Serbia
Join a guided tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site that showcases a
very early phase in the development of the prehistoric culture in Europe and possibly Europe’s first city. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. After lunch on the ship, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge, a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Overnight cruise to Cetate.
Monday, October 21 Cetate, Romania & Vidin, Bulgaria
This morning if you’re feeling active, join your cruise Adventure Host for a jog along the river bank in Cetate, a small village along the Danube. Later visit the Danube’s old grain-shipping port on a guided tour of Cetate, including tasting delicious local specialties in a picturesque spot. Sail to Vidin this afternoon. Join a guided tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. Evening/overnight cruise to Nikopol.
Tuesday, October 22 Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi, Bulgaria
Join a full-day guided tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Alternatively, you could sail with the ship to Rousse, known as “Little Vienna” for its baroque and neoclassical buildings. In Rousse, join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church or take an afternoon jog through the park with your cruise Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight cruise to Oltenita.
Wednesday, October 23 Oltenita, Romania
Arrive in Oltenita and disembark your ship. Depart for home with pleasant memories of your experiences along the Danube River, or continue to explore Romania on an optional extension.
Optional Tour Extension Itinerary
Wednesday, October 23 Sighișoara
Transfer from the cruise port in Oltenița to Sighișoara, a city located in the historic region of Transylvania, known for its UNESCO World Heritage designated walled Old Town.
Thursday, October 24 Sighișoara
Today is dedicated to exploring Sighișoara’s well-preserved medieval Old Town on a private tour. You’ll visit the striking 14th century clock tower at the city’s main gate, the Church on the Hill with its original frescoes and gothic-style architecture, the Scholar’s Stairs, the cemetery, and more.
Friday, October 25 Sighișoara
Admire the beautiful countryside around Sighișoara as you either take a winery tour or visit local fruit farms. The rest of the day, enjoy free time to explore the city on your own and perhaps go shopping for unique local goods.
Saturday, October 26
Say farewell to friends old and new as you depart for home.
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