Highlights of Eastern Europe

Resort: Highlights of Eastern Europe
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Bulgaria
Price From: £4999.00

Overview

How many memorable moments can you experience on a river cruise through five wonderful countries? Gliding along the Danube, we begin in Hungarys architecturally fascinating capital, Budapest, then perhaps tour a buzzing Croatian university town. We cruise through the spectacular Iron Gates gorge as we head to a magnificent medieval fortress. We can witness 200-million-year-old rock formations and explore intriguing cave churches in Bulgaria. Finally, we visit Ceausescus Palace – an extravagance in a quiet tree-lined street.

Whats Included

  • 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights cruise on S.S. Beatrice or River Duchess (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients. Breakfasts during hotel stay

8 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Do as the Locals Do Budapest walking tour or Lets Go Budapest by bike or Budapest panoramic highlights and Parliament visit
  • Choice of Vucedol Culture Museum and lunch at a family winery or Full-day tour of Osijek with private home-hosted lunch
  • Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or Lets Go I Bike Belgrade tour
  • Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle
  • Choice of Belogradchik red rock valley or Banitsa home baking experience
  • Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo Monasteries
  • Bucharest panoramic highlights tour with Peoples Palace
  • Ceausescus Palace: the dictators private mansion

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captains welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Budapest

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Budapest. Meet your Uniworld Representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your 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 locals perspective on our walking tour, cover more ground with a panoramic tour or Lets Go with a guided bike ride. Vibrant Budapest, Hungarys capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West.
In the evening, a special Captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3 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 Europes oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the citys vibrant modern-day present.

Day 5 Golubac – Cruising the Iron Gates

Head ashore to 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 Trajans 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.
Unwind on board later, as you cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges that were cut through the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over eons by the Danube River. These gorges, which act as a natural border between Serbia and Romania, are among the most dramatic and beautiful sights in all of Europe.

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. Its your base for an unusual excursion today – a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations. Or you can head to a locals home to bake a traditional Bulgarian dish called banitsa.

Day 7 Rousse

Bulgarias foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called Little Vienna for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings.
In the evening, a special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you.

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