11 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise with Budapest

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*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Giurgiu to Budapest: Passengers arriving in Bucharest on Day 2 should select flights no later than 2:00 pm. Transfers to Giurgiu will depart at approximately 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Bucharest, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • View an exciting horse show in Pustzta, Hungary
  • Enjoy an authentic Serbian dinner and folklore dancing
  • Explore the highlights of Belgrade, a city with turbulent history
  • Sail through the famed Iron Gates, flanked by the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges
  • Discover the history in Ruse, dating back to the Ottoman Empire
  • View the picturesque town of Szentendre with its unique shops and museums
 

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Select departures may operate in the reverse direction.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Romania
Depart for Romania

DAY 2, Thursday - Cruise Embarkation in Giurgiu
Arrive in Bucharest, Romania and transfer to the port in Giurgiu. Embarkation will be ready for check in at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Ruse City Tour
Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof. You could step back in time during a visit to the Kaliopa House, preserved from the late 19th century. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Vidin
Arrive this morning in the port town of Vidin. The day is yours to explore this beautiful town with its many historic and cultural landmarks. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate, ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Sail away mid-afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing
Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel westward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Belgrade City Tour
Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city’s turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theatre, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Vukovar & Osijek
Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. In the early afternoon set sail towards Hungary
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Puszta Horse Show
Awake this morning in Kalocsa, Hungary, a picturesque town that specializes in the production of paprika. One of the oldest towns in Hungary, Kalocsa is well-known for the horse shows of Puszta, in the rural region of the country. View an exciting show as you experience the countryside
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Budapest City Tour & Excursion to Szentendre
This morning, bid farewell to your Cruise Director and meet your local host as you disembark in Budapest. Begin a guided tour on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. In the early afternoon drive to the colorful artist's colony of Szentendre in the scenic Danube Bend. This settlement became a creative center for artists to gather in the 1920's. Today, this quaint village is accented by Baroque architecture, galleries, crafts shops and charming boutiques. After the guided tour, time to stroll the winding cobbled streets, visit one of the many museums and contemporary galleries or just sit at an outdoor cafe, sip coffee and people-watch. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian Dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day in Budapest
Today, enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bath house with its thermal baths and spas or, sample a delicious local pastry at one of Budapest’s famous coffee houses. Perhaps, take the optional half day tour of the Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue and Market Hall. Begin at the impressive Hungarian House of Parliament, where you can view the Crown Jewels. Continue to the Moorish style Great Dohany Synagogue, the largest in Europe. View the magnificent Tree of Life and the stirring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Conclude the tour at the Great Market Hall and see the locals do their everyday shopping, the way they did hundred years ago
Optional: Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall (AM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Depart Hungary
This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

Begin the day with a scenic drive through the expanses of the Danube plains, to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s former medieval capital. Tour the city that is one of the most picturesque places in Bulgaria, characterized by narrow cobbled lanes, medieval remains of fortifications and churches and an evocative handicraft market. Afterward, continue to the nearby historic village of Arbanasi, famous for its rich past and colorfully painted 15th century Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch including local wine or beer.

Day #3 01 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $75.00
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Dinner & Show in Budapest

Travel this evening to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be energetically entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #9 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $59.00
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Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall

This comprehensive tour includes three highlights of Budapest and provides fascinating insight to local politics, religion and products. Begin at the impressive Hungarian House of Parliament which would have paid for the construction of an entire town for 40,000 people. A stunning interior and the Hungarian Crown Jewels await you there, where only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit each day. Next visit the Great Dohany Synagogue which ranks among the most significant Jewish sights in Europe. This Moorish style building is the largest synagogue on the continent and the second largest in the world. View the magnificent Tree of Life and the stirring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally your guide takes you to the historic Great Market Hall where, like a hundred years ago, the locals still do their everyday shopping. At your leisure, absorb the unique atmosphere with over 100 market stalls and an endless choice of regional products.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #10 21 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019 $82.00
02 Oct 2019 - 07 Oct 2019 $82.00
10 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019 $82.00
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