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11 Nights – Passage To Eastern Europe River Cruise Tour

Hosted Group Gay Men & Women

Departs from Budapest, Hungary on August 08, 2017 returning August 18, 2017

Viking River Cruises - Viking Aegir
Budapest for three days, Kalocsa, Osijek, Belgrade, Cruising along the Scenic Iron Gate, Vidin, Veliko Tarnovo, and Bucharest for two days.

Overview

Rates are per person and certain restrictions apply.

Special Note: This is not an Aquafest Event cruise, but a Hosted Group Cruise. See the Aquafest Home Page for details and explanation. This departure requires 40 participants to guarantee a hosted departure.

Sail from Budapest, Hungary August 8, 2017 to Bucharest, Romania on August 17, 2017

Join Aquafest for our 5th annual river cruise in Europe during the delightful summer months as we sail from spectacular Budapest in Hungary along the Danube into Romania/Transylvania and end in amazing Bucharest!

Aquafest is pleased to offer you one of the most inclusive cruise programs in travel and most popular too. River Cruises sell out nearly a year in advance!!!! Book Early!

What's Included:

  • Accommodations and all meals
  • Wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • 6 fully escorted tours in your ports-of-call
  • Port charges

About The Viking Long Ships

The Most Innovative on the Rivers!

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF RIVER CRUISING - CRUISE CRITIC EDITORS' PICKS – 2012-2016

  • A radical new patent-pending design which allows for full-size staterooms combined with full-size verandas
  • Large suites with a veranda outside the living room and French balcony in the bedroom
  • French balcony staterooms featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Two sumptuous 445 sq. ft. Explorer Suites with private wraparound verandas and 270° views
  • Deluxe amenities like premium bath products and high-definition in-room entertainment
  • The all-new Aquavit Terrace - an indoor/outdoor area at the bow of the ship for viewing, relaxing and casual dining
  • Quiet, environmentally friendly hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden on the large sun deck
  • Fine cuisine, exemplary service and immersive, culture-rich itineraries-all the things you have come to expect from Viking

Itinerary

DayPorts of CallArrivalDeparture
1 Budapest, Hungary ------
2 Budapest, Hungary ------
3 Budapest, Hungary ------
4 Kalocsa, Hungary ------
5 Osijek, Croatia ------
6 Belgrade, Serbia ------
7 Iron Gate, Serbia/Romania ------
8 Vidin & Belogradchik, Bulgaria ------
9 Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Bulgaria ------
10 Bucharest, Romania ------
11 Bucharest, Romania ------

Arrival and departure times may vary slightly.

Itinerary Description
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 we will 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 including a visit to the Archbishop's Palace. Then you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return aboard and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine aboard. (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 aboard 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 aboard your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade's gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, like the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine aboard your ship or experience some of Belgrade's nightlife. We depart very late this evening. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 - Iron Gate, Serbia/Romania
Iron Gate, Serbia/Romania 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. Your Cruise Director will provide commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 - Vidin & Belogradchik, 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 amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch aboard 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. There you will 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 glorious capital city. See the Patriarchal Church, the Palace of Parliament and the Arch of Triumph. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest. (B, L)
DAY 11 -
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)

Deposit: $500 per person, due at the time of booking.
Final Payment: Final Payment is due on April 10th, 2017

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Disclaimer: All advertised events are exclusive to guests who book through Aquafest only. Aquafest Cruises are group events and not chartered vessels. All rates are cruise only and per person, based on double occupancy subject to availability at time of booking. Non-discountable fees and taxes, airfare, air taxes and transfers are additional. A $30 processing fee is addition and subject to change without notice. Events based on a minimum of 30 group passengers. Pricing and other information may change without notice. We reserve the right to correct errors. Information and pricing are subject to change without notice. All cancellations are subject to a $50 per booking cancellation fee from Aquafest in addition to any vendor cancellation penalties. Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended for all reservations. More information will be provided to you at the time of booking confirmation. Please contact us for a more detailed description of restrictions, cancellations, and penalties.

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