Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 12 Day Budapest to the Black Sea - Eastbound. Explore Central Europe's ancient heart on one of Tauck's popular cruises along the Danube River's lower reaches between Budapest and the Black Sea. Discover dramatic castles, centuries-old monasteries, and myriad cultural treasures...read more as you sail aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats, and enjoy two-night stays at city-center hotels in Budapest and Bucharest.
River Cruise (Premium)
Budapest to Bucharest
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Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Boscolo Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and Budapest-Keleti Station to the Boscolo Budapest in the heart of the city. Meet your fellow travelers and Tauck Directors at the welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the Festetics Palace in Budapest. Stay Two Nights: Boscolo Budapest (D)
Once independent cities located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest joined together when they were linked by the Chain Bridge in the mid-19th century to become Hungary's cosmopolitan capital, Budapest. Join Tauck's local guides for sightseeing in Pest starting with a visit to St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's neo-Renaissance cathedral completed in 1905. Continue on to experience Pest's impressive mix of architectural masterpieces and historic monuments as you view City Park, patriotic Heroes' Square with its statues of Hungarian leaders through the ages, the Gothic-Revival Parliament building and tree-lined Andrassy Avenue. Spend time wandering through bustling Central Market Hall, a veritable showcase of Hungarian life from food to gifts and cafés. The rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy the city as you like; if you wish, you may join your Tauck Director on an optional visit to Budapest's Holocaust Memorial Museum this afternoon. (B)
Today's exploration of Buda begins with a visit to the Hungarian Parliament building, rich with history; it is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece. Next up is a visit to Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a guided walking tour introduces architectural landmarks such as well-known Fisherman's Bastion. Go back to the days of World War II and the Cold War at the Sziklakórház ("Hospital in the Rock"), a museum recreating underground military medical and civil defense facilities in a former secret nuclear bunker hidden beneath Buda Castle. Enjoy some time to explore more of Budapest as you please, then board your riverboat to begin your Budapest river cruise. Join us tonight for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard the Riverboat (B/D)
Arrive in Mohacs this morning and travel to Pécs for a walking tour. Here you'll also explore the fascinating Christian Necropolis, a complex dating back to the 4th century that includes underground burial chambers and chapels adorned with early Christian art and frescoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the 19th century, Pecs was famous worldwide for the exquisite Zsolnay porcelain manufactured here, and your visit includes a stop at the Zsolnay Museum for a look at its stunning examples of Art Nouveau stoneware, tiles and pottery. Visit a winery in Villány for lunch (this region is renowned for its red wines) then return to Mohacs for dinner aboard ship. (B/L/D)
Your riverboat exploration of the lower Danube cruises into Croatia; an onboard lecture by a local expert provides insights into the country's culture and history. Dock in the Baroque city of Vukovar, once showcasing opulent 18th-century mansions, but now poignantly symbolizing the effects of the 1990s war as it rebuilds; visit the home of a Vukovar family who have recently returned to resume their lives in the city after the conflict, who will share homemade refreshments with you. Reboard your riverboat for lunch and cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia, enhanced by commentary by your Tauck Directors. You'll have a little free time this evening to explore Novi Sad before your cruise continues to Belgrade. (B/L/D)
Dock in Belgrade, Serbia's eclectic, cosmopolitan capital at the juncture of the Danube and Sava rivers. A shipboard lecture sets the stage for sightseeing that includes visits to Tito's Memorial, the formidable Kalemegdan Fortress, views of busy Slavija Square (now one of the city's major squares, but once a large pool where residents hunted wild ducks!), Parliament, Republic Square and City Hall. You'll also enjoy a special private visit to the beautiful Royal Palace of Dedinje in Belgrade, built in the 1920s for the Yugoslavian royal family - HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia and his family reside there today. See the Tito Memorial and the Cathedral of St. Sava, then you have a choice of spending time on your own in Belgrade, a visit to Kalemegdan Fortress, or returning to the riverboat. The day ends with entertainment by Serbian performers. (B/L/D)
Cruise Kazan Narrows / Iron Gate
Be on deck to watch the scenic heartland of Eastern Europe unfold during a leisurely morning on the Danube River today. Winding lazily for much of its length, the Danube suddenly narrows into a series of high cliffs to create four steep, spectacular gorges comprising the Kazan Narrows and the Iron Gate of the Danube. Pass through these dramatic landscapes as you cruise along the Romanian-Serbian border. Look for a monument to the 2nd-century Dacian King Decebalus, a Romanian national hero, carved into the Danube's rocky bank; it's Europe's tallest rock sculpture, completed in 2004 after a decade of work by a dozen sculptors. Savor views of the Transylvanian Alps as you cruise to Bulgaria. (B/L/D)
A leisurely morning cruise takes you to Bulgaria, the oldest state in Europe. Enigmatic and off limits during four centuries of Ottoman Rule and decades behind the Iron Curtain, today the country is a treasure trove of natural beauty and history. Disembark after lunch in Ruse, referred to by many as "Little Vienna" for its Art Nouveau homes, Austro-Hungarian architecture and lively cafés. A choice of afternoon excursions includes a guided walking tour or a beautiful (but challenging) hike to the Rock Churches of Ivanovo featuring stunning medieval frescoes inside stony chambers carved into steep, cliffside caves. The path up to the churches is rough and irregular but the views - and frescoes - at the top of the valley are very rewarding. (B/L/D)
Spend the morning cruising the Danube all the way to Constanta, Romania on the Black Sea coast. Upon your arrival in the early afternoon, take a guided tour of this historic port city, originally the ancient Greek colony of Tomis and home to numerous Greek and Roman antiquities; sights include an Art-Nouveau casino and a monument to the Roman poet Ovid, who was exiled here by the Emperor Augustus. Then it's on to Mamaia, the largest seaside resort on the Black Sea, for some time at leisure to enjoy the beach before returning to the riverboat, docked in Constanta, for your final night aboard your Budapest river cruise. Join us for the ship's farewell reception and dinner onboard this evening. (B/L/D)
Disembark your riverboat in Cernavoda and travel across fertile plains to Bucharest, capital of Romania and once regarded as the "Paris of the Balkans." A sightseeing tour of city landmarks includes Revolution Square and the Triumphal Arch; erected to commemorate Romania's reunification and those who fell in World War I, it is a smaller but otherwise exact copy of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Lunch in the Old Town, the city's charming historic center; a former enclave of artisans and merchants in the 16th century, it's now a trendy district of old inns, antique shops, galleries, and cafes, riddled with winding networks of vaulted cellars, cobblestone streets and passageways. Settle in for the next two nights at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in the heart of the city, then depart for the massive Palace of Parliament (a.k.a. the People's Palace), built by dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu to be the center of political power in the capital; the Soviet-style white marble complex, 12 stories high, with over a thousand rooms and four underground levels, is the world's largest building after the Pentagon, and some parts of it are still unfinished! An introductory tour concludes with a special farewell reception and dinner at the ubiquitous Palace, complete with musical entertainment. Stay Two Nights: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel (B/L/D)
Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler), the 15th-century Romanian prince who served as the historic inspiration for the fictitious Dracula, ruled in this area and is integrally connected to your sightseeing choices today. A choice of sightseeing today echoes the legacy of 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. "Vlad the Impaler"), thought to be the historical model for Bram Stoker's Dracula. You may choose to take an excursion to Transylvania's 14th-century Bran Castle, which Tepes once used as a fortress during his military campaigns. Or you can opt for a trip to Targoviste to see the ruins of Tepes' palace, including its imposing watchtower, restored in the 19th century; you'll also visit the army barracks (now a museum) where Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was tried and executed in 1989; or an excursion into the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania for a visit to Peles Castle and Sinaia. Lunch at a local restaurant and return to Bucharest for free time and dinner at leisure. (B/L)
Tour ends: Bucharest, Romania. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to Henri Coanda International Airport or Bucuresti Gara de Nord train station is included. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)
Travelling Well Includes...
Two nights at a hotel in Budapest and two nights in Bucharest at a hotel with an ideal location next to the Parliament Palace
Dinner at the massive Parliament building (the "People's Palace") in Bucharest
Visit with a Croatian family in their private home in Vukovar
Private piano performance on a visit to the Béla Bartók Memorial House in Budapest
A visit to the city of Pécs in Hungary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Passage through the Iron Gate on the Danube River
Choice of Romanian excursions exploring the story of Vlad Tepes, 15th-century inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
All private Tauck shore excursions
Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the riverboat. Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
Air conditioned riverboat and motor coaches for your comfort
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
28 meals (11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners)
Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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