Passage to Eastern Europe

Overview

Passage to Eastern Europe

See Bucharest’s 3,000-room Palace of Parliament. Make banitsa bread with a home cook in Vidin. Explore Belgrade’s Ottoman and European treasures, including 6th-century Kalemegdan Fortress. View the Danube’s towering Iron Gate. Visit a Croatian family’s Osijek home. Witness Hungary’s daredevil Puszta horsemen. Behold Budapest’s grandeur. Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, the eastern Danube still has secrets to reveal on this 11-day cruise tour from Bucharest to Budapest.

What's Included:

  • Return scheduled flights, many from Bristol
  • Deluxe river-view stateroom
  • All delicious on board meals
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary guided tours almost everyday
  • Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply)
  • Free coffee and tea anytime on board
  • On board talks and entertainment
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

Hand Picked By

Kate Taylor

With a worldwide fleet of more than 65 state-of-the-art river cruise ships, Viking offers one of the most innovative and stylish ways to see the world. Warm and welcoming, with an emphasis on comfort, service and style, every ship offers plenty of room in which to relax, and a selection of spacious, river-view staterooms. There are many river cruise companies sailing many of the same rivers, but there really is only one Viking Cruises. Book early to take advantage of our exclusive offers.

Kate Taylor

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - November 2020
  • Duration: 10 nights
  • Highlights: Behold Budapest’s grandeur. Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, the eastern Danube still has secrets to reveal on this 11-day cruisetour from Bucharest to Budapest.

Ship Overview

Viking Longship Aegir

Unpack just once on our small, state-of-the-art ships, enjoy your spacious stateroom, and spend more time immersed in your destination. See why Viking is the world’s leader in river cruising.

With spacious staterooms, a sun deck offering 360-degree views, Aquavit Terrace, Observation Lounge, Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, onboard boutique, free ship wide WiFi and all-inclusive luxury, you're bound to have the holiday of a lifetime.

Viking Longship Aegir Profile

  • Herb Garden
  • Walking Track
  • Sun Deck
  • Library
  • Bar
  • Aquavit Terrace
  • Onboard Boutique
  • Restaurant
  • 95 staterooms
  • Free WiFi

Viking Longship Aegir Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Arrive at the Budapest airport and transfer to the deluxe Hilton Budapest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary

This morning, take a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated along the Danube, it combines the once separate towns of hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest into a city rich with history. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (B)

Day 3: Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and relax as we take you to embark your ship. Enjoy a final free day in Budapest. Explore a museum; do some shopping; ride the city’s innovative, efficient metro; relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas; or visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Kalocsa, Hungary

Arrive in Kalocsa, Hungary this morning and take a guided city tour visiting the town center followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return on board and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Osijek, Croatia

Wake up in Vukovar and have breakfast before your excursion to the Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs; now, Vukovar is revered for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return on board for lunch and enjoy free time before an early-evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch on board your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, such as the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine on board your ship or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife. We depart very late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Iron Gate, Serbia

Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders—a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Take in your Cruise Director’s commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Vidin, Bulgaria

Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress’s amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Bulgaria

After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. See Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church, with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Bucharest, Romania

Disembark in Giurgiu and proceed to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of Bucharest for a 1-night stay. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Romania’s lovely capital city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest. (B, L)

Day 11: Bucharest, Romania

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in the Black Sea region. (B)

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - November 2020
  • Duration: 10 nights
  • Highlights: Behold Budapest’s grandeur. Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, the eastern Danube still has secrets to reveal on this 11-day cruisetour from Bucharest to Budapest.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Outside CabinFrom £2,095ppSave £1,000pp plus on board gratuities included.View Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 150 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

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View Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 150 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

Enquire Now