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The 2023 Enchantment Of Eastern Europe River Cruise

From £2,639pp

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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 12 Jun 2023
  • Sails from Budapest, Hungary
  • Ship Emerald Sun
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1882857
  • Voyage code ‍EWBB120623.1

Your Itinerary

Fly from London

Fly from London Mon 12 Jun 2023

Fly from London

(regional airports may be available on request)

Austria, Danube river cruises

Budapest, Hungary Mon 12 Jun 2023

Austria, Danube river cruises

Upon arrival, transfer to the port and embark your award-winning Star-Ship for your seven-night all-inclusive river cruise. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner (D)

Kalocsa, Hungary

Kalocsa, Hungary Tue 13 Jun 2023

Kalocsa, Hungary

This afternoon, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm in Kalocsa and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.

This evening, enjoy a welcome reception on board (B,L,D)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit a Puszta Horse Show

Osijek, Croatia

Osijek, Croatia Wed 14 Jun 2023

Osijek, Croatia

Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence.

Enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia (B,L,D)

EmeraldPLUS: Home hosted lunch with a Croatian family OR meet students from the local village

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Osijek Fortress

Austria, Danube river cruises

Belgrade, Serbia Thu 15 Jun 2023

Austria, Danube river cruises

Your tour of Belgrade includes a visit to Belgrave Fortress, St. Sava Church and the Museum of Yugoslavia (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour

EmeraldPLUS: Serbian folklore evening show

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Belgrade

Golubac

Golubac – Donji Milanovac, Serbia Fri 16 Jun 2023

Golubac

Visit the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir. Learn about the importance of this archaeological site and its history spanning more than 8 millennia.

Later, sail through the narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates (B,L,D)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

Vidin, Bulgaria Sat 17 Jun 2023

Enjoy an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik Fortress

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit a local vineyard for a tasting and visit to Baba Vida Fortress

Cruises around Europe

Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Bulgaria Sun 18 Jun 2023

Cruises around Europe

Today, visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, 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.

Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church

EmeraldPLUS: Choir concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Abanasi

Cruises to Europe

Giurgiu - Bucharest, Romania - Hotel stay Mon 19 Jun 2023

Cruises to Europe

Disembark and transfer to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, including breakfast (B,D)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided drive through Bucharest

Cruises to Europe

Bucharest, Romania Tue 20 Jun 2023

Cruises to Europe

After breakfast, transfer to the airport (B)

Cruises to Europe

Giurgiu - Bucharest, Romania - Hotel stay Mon 19 Jun 2023

Cruises to Europe

Disembark and transfer to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, including breakfast (B,D)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided drive through Bucharest

Cruises to Europe

Bucharest, Romania Tue 20 Jun 2023

Cruises to Europe

After breakfast, transfer to the airport (B)

Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Tue 20 Jun 2023

Fly to London

(regional airports may be available on request)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Tue 20 Jun 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 an Ocean View or above by 8pm 15th December 2021 and receive a FREE Betty's Gift Bag

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 Sun

  • Occupancy182
  • Length443 ft (135.03 m)
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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.

What's on board

Sky Barbecue - Golf Putting Green - Club Swimming Pool, Bar & Evening Cinema - Retractable Roof - The Terrce - Horizon Bar - Reflectionss Restaurant - Fitness room - Beauty Center

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 4.9/5.
  • 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 2022. 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

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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.

Betty's Gift Bag is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Ocean View cabin or above by 8pm 15th December 2021.

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