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The 2023 Enchantment Of Eastern Europe River Cruise

From £2,289pp

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Shore excursions included*

Hotel stay in Bucharest included*

FREE Wi-Fi & Included Gratuities*

FREE Premium Drinks Package for ALL bookings*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 8 nights
  • Departs 16 Sep 2023
  • Sails from Bucharest, Romania
  • Ship Emerald Sky
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1882853
  • Voyage code ‍EWBB160923.2

Your Itinerary

Fly from London

Fly from London Sat 16 Sep 2023

Fly from London

(regional airports may be available on request)

Cruises to Europe

Bucharest, Romania Sat 16 Sep 2023

Cruises to Europe

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

Cruises to Europe

Bucharest – Giurgiu, Romania Sun 17 Sep 2023

Cruises to Europe

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)

Samundzhi village area Ruse district Bulgaria

Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Mon 18 Sep 2023

Samundzhi village area Ruse district Bulgaria

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

Vidin, Bulgaria Tue 19 Sep 2023

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

Kostolac, Serbia

Kostolac, Serbia Wed 20 Sep 2023

Kostolac, Serbia

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)

Austria, Danube river cruises

Belgrade, Serbia Thu 21 Sep 2023

Austria, Danube river cruises

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

Osijek, Croatia

Osijek, Croatia Fri 22 Sep 2023

Osijek, Croatia

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

Kalocsa, Hungary

Kalocsa - Budapest, Hungary Sat 23 Sep 2023

Kalocsa, Hungary

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

Austria, Danube river cruises

Budapest, Hungary Sun 24 Sep 2023

Austria, Danube river cruises

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

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

Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Sun 24 Sep 2023

Fly to London

(regional airports may be available on request)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Sun 24 Sep 2023

Arrive in London

What's included *

  • Super Early Bird Savings - Pay in FULL 12 Months prior to departure to receive these fares
  • SEVEN NIGHTS all-inclusive cruising aboard your Emerald Star-Ship
  • FREE Premium Drinks Package for ALL bookings
  • All gratuities INCLUDED
  • Shore excursions INCLUDED
  • All on board meals
  • FREE Wi-Fi On Board
  • Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS & EmeraldACTIVE
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable guides
  • FREE tea and coffee available throughout your cruise
  • ONE NIGHT hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania, including breakfast
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers
  • Return scheduled flights from up to 16 UK airports, including London, Norwich, East Midlands, Bristol, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow & Edinburgh
  • Well-appointed suites and spacious public spaces make an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship the perfect base for a European river cruise
  • Plus, book a Balcony Cabin or above by 8pm 31st October 2021 and receive DOUBLE Cruise Miles

The 2023 Enchantment Of Eastern Europe River Cruise

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Emerald Stateroom

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All Emerald Staterooms feature picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. Plus, they’re bigger than other standard staterooms, providing excellent value for money. Included in your stateroom: Picture window (approximately 1500mm L X 340mm H) | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge

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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite

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Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could possibly need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Treat yourself to a drink from your suite’s minibar, or use it to keep your complimentary bottle of water chilled, or for any souvenirs that require it. When it’s time to retire to bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for an excellent night’s sleep. Of course, keeping in touch with your loved ones is really easy. Every suite has its own telephone, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi being available throughout the Star-Ship.

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Emerald Grand Balcony Suite

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Staying in the Emerald Grand Balcony Suite makes waking up and going to sleep a dream. Open your balcony, with the simple press of a button, to let in the river breeze on a lazy morning, as the unrivalled comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, dressed with luxurious linens, encourages you to lie in that little bit longer. Wake up to the luxurious surrounds of your stylish bathroom, enjoying a revitalising shower, complete with sumptuous toiletries. Then, what could be better than having a continental breakfast brought to your door to enjoy on your own private balcony? Complimentary bathrobes and slippers make lounging comfortable, and your own in-suite Nespresso™ machine means you can sip a fresh coffee as you ponder your itinerary and what the day has to offer. Select your preferred pillow from our extensive menu and enjoy an exceptionally comfortable night’s sleep, or simply relax as you watch a film on your suite’s flat screen TV and infotainment system, during some down time. Individual climate control enables your room to stay at the right temperature to suit you, whether you’re sailing in the warmer summer months, or the cooler winter. And, stay in touch with family and friends using your in-suite telephone or make the most of complimentary Wi-Fi for contacting them by your preferred method.

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Owner's One-bedroom Suite

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Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed. Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event. In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Cruises bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries. You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits.

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The Ship - Emerald Sky

  • Occupancy182
  • Length443 ft (135.03 m)
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Guiding you past some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside and through some of the continent’s most vibrant and enchanting cities; Emerald Sky ensures every minute of your holiday is exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable. From the spacious suites and staterooms to the contemporary, sophisticated public spaces, every inch of Emerald Sky has been considered. 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. Our brand new Emerald ‘Star Ships’, the Emerald Dawn and the Emerald Sun, have made their debut voyages and have received high marks from our guests. You’ll enjoy all the same great features, including our open air system in the balcony suites and the indoor/ outdoor pool area, that make the “Star Ships” the 2014 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick award winners for best new river ships. No matter which river cruise you choose, all your meals on-board the ship; beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; on-shore excursions and touring; a special selection of EmeraldPLUS experiences; all travel and transfers from selected airports; and all tipping are included in the price. It’s what we like to call ‘Exceptional Emerald Value’. Step on to an award-winning ship where the spacious Sun Deck offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery. Relax in the fresh air while enjoying a light lunch and a glass of wine al-fresco on The Terrace. Enjoy insightful excursions in every port at no extra cost and we take care of tipping so you don’t have to think about it. You wouldn’t expect all this from a river cruise, but on an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can look forward to it.

Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Emerald Cruises

Does Emerald Waterways have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. With Emerald, guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure up until 31 December 2021. This policy is applicable across all Emerald’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises.

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an Emerald cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK. 


Last updated: 22.06.21

* Terms & Conditions

Booking conditions of Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs.  Savings is based on two adults sharing. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Wi-Fi cannot be guaranteed as is subject to T&Cs. Super Early Bird savings are available when you pay in FULL at least 12 months prior to departure. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.

Double Cruise Miles amounts have been included in the up to amounts on the site. 

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