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16 Oct 2018

Fantastic team, well advised and professional. A real pleasure to book our holiday with - can't wait to go! Many thanks

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16 Oct 2018

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15 Oct 2018

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Good experience

15 Oct 2018

Booking completed efficiently and explained in detail.

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14 Oct 2018

First time we have booked through ROL although have been cruising for 15 years. What a refreshing change - so hassle free. Prices stayed the same as the initial quote. Jo was very helpful and accommodating. Talked through the benefits of cruise miles and itinerary etc. Will definitely book though them again and recommend to family and friends. Thank you Jo. even got invited for a cup of tea :)

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14 Oct 2018

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Efficient and helpful.

14 Oct 2018

I have used ROL in the past and always had excellent service. Staff are friendly and helpful.

always received very good service

14 Oct 2018

very good

Always feel satisfied after dealing with ROL

14 Oct 2018

Sally very helpful and knowledgeable. Happy sounding lady.

Enchantment of Eastern Europe Bucharest to Budapest

Cruise Code: 1291944 / Voyage Code: EWBB070619.2

  • Duration: 8nts
  • Departs: 07 Jun 2019 Alternative sailing dates
  • Sails from: Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania
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Earn up to 7,730 cruise miles

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Your ROL Cruise package


What's included

  • Spacious full board accommodation on board Europe’s most innovative cruise ships
  • All meals throughout your river cruise from a healthy buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu
  • Gratuities are included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bicycles for use ashore in select destinations
  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions and guided tours almost everyday with personal headset
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Emerald ACTIVE programme with guided bicycle and walking tours
  • At least one extra-special EmeraldPLUS experience offering greater insight into the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of the given destination
  • Return economy flights from a selection of airports
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew

Experience the Difference

  • Cruise Miles; over 350,000 U.K Members

  • Award Winning; more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 10 years

  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice

  • Staff with over 1,000 years combined travel industry expertise, offering 5* service

  • 24 years as a cruise only specialist

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Your Itinerary


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Days not listed are spent relaxing at sea.

  • Emerald Sun

    Your Ship


    Emerald Sun

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  • Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania

    Day 1

    Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania

    07 Jun 2019

    Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel for your overnight stay. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception (D)

  • Bucharest – Giurgiu, Romania

    Day 2

    Bucharest – Giurgiu, Romania

    08 Jun 2019

    This morning, drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest on a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament. Later, transfer to Giurgiu, where you’ll board your award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship (B,D)

  • Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    Day 3

    Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    09 Jun 2019

    Today, cruise to Rousse and take a coach ride to the town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the ‘city of the Tsars’. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. Tonight, join your Captain for a welcome reception and dinner (B,L,D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Choir concert in Arbanasi
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

    Destination guide
  • Vidin, Bulgaria

    Day 4

    Vidin, Bulgaria

    10 Jun 2019

    Sail upstream and dock on the most Western town in Bulgaria, Vidin. Enjoy a tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress (B,L,D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

    Destination guide
  • Day 5


    Kostolac, Serbia

    11 Jun 2019

    Today, visit the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps from 1st to 4th centuries. Return to your ship and spend the afternoon sailing the narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates (B,L,D)

  • Belgrade, Serbia

    Day 6

    Belgrade, Serbia

    12 Jun 2019

    Enjoy a city tour including a visit to Tito’s Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St. Sava Church which is the world’s largest Orthodox Cathedral (B,L,D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian folklore evening show
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided biking tour

    Destination guide
  • Day 7


    Osijek, Croatia

    13 Jun 2019

    Cruise into the border region of Croatia, an area heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. Enjoy an evening of sailing further upstream towards Hungary. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner (B,L,D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

  • Day 8


    Kalocsa - Budapest, Hungary

    14 Jun 2019

    Arrive in Kalocsa, famous for the production of paprika. This morning, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman (B,L,D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
    EmeraldPLUS: Evening cruise of Budapest

    Destination guide

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 9

    Budapest, Hungary

    15 Jun 2019

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to London

    (regional flights may be available on request) (B)

    Destination guide

The Ship


Navigating the rivers Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle; the Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.


The five sister vessels, boasting a modest capacity of 182 guests apiece, are all blessed with a selection of wonderful amenities and features. At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge. A contemporary, chic social space; the lounge is equipped with a comprehensively-stocked bar, skilled bartenders, help-yourself hot drinks facilities and a generous offering of plush seating and sofas.


The Horizon Bar & Lounge is an ever-popular after-dinner retreat for guests looking to make new friends and share the day’s events with friends of old. Dining aboard the five sister ships throughout a stay on the beautiful rivers of Europe provides an endless array of palate-pleasing sensations. From the Reflections Restaurant which offers a collection of highlight dinners during any given itinerary, to the chance to dine under the barmy European sky thanks to the Sun Deck’s Sky Barbecue; there are gastronomic offerings to suit every taste and every appetite.


The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts the wonderful retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, this area of the ship is primed for relaxation when you’ve got a few upcoming hours of river navigation.


The Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny all benefit from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms. Book the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Emerald Sun


Launched: January 2014 | Occupancy: 182 passengers

Length: 443 ft (135.03 m)

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