- DAY 1 – EMBARKATION – GIURGIU, ROMANIA
Embark your ship in Giurgiu. Tonight gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. Afterwards enjoy your evening entertainment in the Lounge with Flossie Malavaille & Broom Bezzums
- DAY 2: GIURGIU – ROUSSE
Today, enjoy a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here you will tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. You will see the old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces and the Patriarchal church, and the Baldwin’s Tower. Alternatively, you may choose to take a walking tour of Rousse, an important economic, financial and cultural hub of Bulgaria. After Dinner Join Steve & Phil in the Lounge for a Duo Concert
- DAY 3 – VIDIN, BULGARIA
Your time in Vidin begins with a visit to Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle dating back to the Dark Ages, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. Afterwards, visit to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country, where you will be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. You may also opt instead for a Banitsa pastry and yogurt tasting, or a guided bike tour on which you will see sights like the Ottoman post office and visit the synagogue. After Dinner Join Broom Bezzums & Show of Hands in the Lounge for the evenings entertainment.
- DAY 4 – SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES
Today is a full day of cruising through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern Balkan Mountains. This natural border between Serbia and Romania will be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. Tonight is ‘Pirate’s Night’…. Join in the fun with Show of Hands as we batten down the hatches for an evening of ‘Songs from the Sea’
- DAY 5 – BELGRADE, SERBIA
Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, that includes a photo stop at Tito’s Tomb and visits to the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. This afternoon you will have your choice of one of three excursions. Your first option is a visit to the mausoleum of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, a beloved figure who was the leader of the Yugoslav Partisans during the Second World War and became the first President of Yugoslavia. Your second option is a tasting of Serbian plum brandy at the Quburich Distillery followed by a visit to the Avala Hill and TV Tower. Your third option is a guided bike tour through Belgrade and around Ada Ciganlija island. This evening Join Steve, Phil, Miranda, Flossie & Broom Bezzums as they ‘Folk up the Charts’ – An evening of their favourite covers.
- DAY 6 – NOVI SAD, SERBIA–VUKOVAR, CROATIA
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city, you will later see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached and that is now home to a hotel, museum and artists’ studios. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Vukovar, Croatia. This afternoon take a Yugoslav Civil War tour of Vukovar that will show you the Ovcara Memorial and Cemetery, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. Alternatively, choose to take a wine tasting excursion in Ilok, Croatia. After Dinner join Flossie Malavialle in the Lounge as she hosts an ‘Open Mic’ session
- DAY 7 – PÉCS, HUNGARY – MOHÁCS
This morning the ship arrives in Mohács, where you depart for your excursion to Pécs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pécs became an important early Christian diocese and Turkish cultural base during the many centuries of Ottoman rule. The area around Pécs is made up of rolling hills, vine clad slopes and a modest climate that give the city a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Upon arrival, you will take a city tour that includes UNESCO underground excavations, St. Peter’s Basilica, the main Catholic Cathedral in the city, as well as the restored Synagogue. Later, return to the ship in Mohács. Enjoy a relaxed evening as we turn the ship’s lounge into a Floating Folk Club!!
- DAY 8 – BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION ~Disembark your cruise in Budapest Options to extend and stay in Budapest for a few days are available please ask for details.Contact Andy on 01254 476075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org