Passage to Eastern Europe - 2017

Bulgaria • Croatia • Hungary • Romania • Serbia
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Discover another side of Europe on Passage to Eastern Europe, our popular Eastern Europe river cruise that offers you a leisurely trip on the Danube River with stops at the region's most beautiful ancient towns and baroque cities. Your Danube River cruise  transports you through the great gorge known as the Iron Gates of the Danube, en route to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. River cruise enthusiasts also enjoy our generous included sightseeing — with more included tours and venues than any other company! Plus, Cultural Connections provide numerous opportunities to explore local traditions and meet local people, such as a home-hosted lunch in Croatia and lunch with Bulgarian university students.

From the first glimpse of the entrancing coastline to your fond farewells, you're going to relish every moment of your Danube river cruise. Soak in the sights of imposing fortresses, sprawling palaces, and storybook villages. Breathe in the aromas of paprika and freshly baked goods‚ and unwind in the welcoming spaces aboard your Deluxe Vantage European river cruise ship. Come join us on this unparalleled European river cruise experience!

Budapest to Bucharest

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart Home (or depart earlier for optional extension)

Upon your arrival in Budapest, you’ll transfer to your Deluxe European river cruise ship, courtesy of Vantage (if you purchased your airfare through us). (Or, if you like, begin your trip earlier with an optional extension.) Attend a Welcome Briefing and enjoy a drink in the lounge before dinner on board.

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DAY 3:


Begin the day with a panoramic city tour of regal Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll take in the spectacular panoramic views of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion, a magnificent terrace overlooking the Danube. The rest of the day you’re free to explore Budapest at your own pace, or you could embark an optional tour of the city's Jewish Heritage.

Biking Opportunity: Enjoy the most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge, Chain Bridge and the Hungarian Parliament Building during an easy 5-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Jewish Heritage Tour

Jewish Heritage Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $49 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: Afternoon Tour
Budapest’s Jewish heritage is an expression of one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. On this tour, you will visit the Great Synagogue of Dohány Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world. Constructed between 1854 and 1859, the Great Synagogue is a fine example of Moorish Revival style, with twin onion-domed towers. Dohány Synagogue has a rich but tragic history. Up to 20,000 Jews took refuge inside the synagogue complex during the Nazi occupation and establishment of the Jewish Ghetto, but 7,000 did not survive the bleak winter of 1944-45. These victims are buried in the courtyard, where you can also see a piece of the original brick ghetto wall. The complex also houses the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial.

Please note: This tour may not operate on certain departure dates due to Jewish holidays. This tour is not available on Fridays or Saturdays. This tour only operates on the Amsterdam to Budapest direction of Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales for all 2017 departure dates.

DAY 4:


Today, you’ll visit the town of Kalocsa, where you’ll enjoy a city tour that includes workshops on folk painting, folk embroidery, and the making of traditional Hungarian paprika bread, as well as an organ concert. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Cultural Connection: Take part in an insightful Folklore Workshop and sample Hungarian specialties. Later, enjoy folk music and dancing onboard. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:


This morning, disembark to tour Vukovar and the vibrant university city of Osijek, where you’ll meet a Croatian family while enjoying lunch in their home. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Croatia’s independence firsthand. Vantage Cares: Today, we visit an elementary school in Osijek that is supported by Vantage Cares. The principal will give a short presentation, after which we’ll have the opportunity to interact with the children here. Seeing firsthand the impact that travelers like you are helping to make in this region is both heartwarming and gratifying. If school is not in session, enjoy a guided visit to a local museum.
Tonight, toast new friendships at the Captain’s Cocktail Party and Dinner featuring musical entertainment and dancing.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:


Cultural Connection: Following an informative lecture on modern Serbia, discover the country’s 2,500-year-old capital, Belgrade, on a half-day tour. Belgrade’s recent history has left the city somewhat disheveled — yet you’ll be impressed by bold redevelopment and the positive outlook of the residents. You’ll also visit Kalemegdan Fortress. This afternooon, you may want to take advantage of the optional tour to Tito’s Memorial and Royal Palace. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace

Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Start your tour at the Royal Compound in Dedinje, a fashionable district of Belgrade. King Alexander I Karadjordjevic built it for his family in the 1920’s, before his assassination in 1934 changed the course of Yugoslavian history. Today, the Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and his family live in the Royal Palace. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, the Royal Palace, and the Church of Saint Andrej the First Called, along with a welcome drink. Your next stop is the memorial to former President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito and the museum showcasing tributes he received during his rule.

DAY 7:

Cruising the Iron Gates

Enjoy some scenic cruising, as your ship passes through one of the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of the river: the series of gorges known as the Iron Gates of the Danube. As you travel through two sets of locks, you’ll hear commentary from the bridge describing the process. You’ll also get the chance to hear a presentation on Bulgaria, Romania & EU Expansion, and enjoy a Balkan-style BBQ party on the sundeck (weather permitting).

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:


Today is a real high point of your journey, as you step ashore for a full-day tour to Veliko Turnovo, a 12th-century Bulgarian capital where colorful houses perch above the winding Yantra River. Cultural Connection: While in Veliko Turnovo, you’ll have lunch with university students. You’ll continue to the 16th-century village of Arbanassi, where you’ll be treated to a heavenly Eastern Orthodox choir performance at the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

Ruse/ Disembark Ship / Bucharest

After disembarking, transfer to Bucharest, Romania’s capital. Take in the city’s mix of grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards during a panoramic city tour, with a guided visit to the sprawling People’s Palace. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Tonight, toast to your European river cruise at a dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Bucharest / Return Home (or begin optional extension)

Return home, or continue with your five-day Transylvania extension.

Included Meals:


Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port Times & Itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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