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12 Day The Black Sea to Budapest

Tauck River Cruise starting in Bucharest and finishing in Budapest

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 12 Day The Black Sea to Budapest. Explore Central Europe's ancient heart on one of Tauck's popular cruises along the Danube River's lower reaches between the Black Sea and Budapest. Discover dramatic castles, centuries-old monasteries, and myriad cultural treasures as you...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: Bucharest to Budapest
Tour Code: RLY
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary
Our Price From:
$ 6,590
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Bucharest, Romania

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. A transfer is included from the Bucharest Airport or Bucuresti Gara de Nord train station to the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in the heart of Romania's capital. Join us for a very special welcome dinner after-hours at the "House of the People" at the Palace of Parliament, a Tauck Exclusive! Stay Two Nights: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel (D)
2

Transylvania, Romania

A choice of sightseeing today echoes the legacy of 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. "Vlad the Impaler"), thought to be the historical model for Bram Stoker's Dracula. You may choose to take a full-day excursion to Transylvania's 14th-century Bran Castle, which Tepes once used as a fortress during his military campaigns; the excursion includes a brief walk and lunch in Brasov.

Or you can opt for a trip to Targoviste to see the ruins of Tepes' palace, including its imposing watchtower, restored in the 19th century; you'll also visit the army barracks (now a museum) where Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was tried and executed in 1989. Your third option today is an excursion into the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania for a visit to Peles Castle and Sinaia, with lunch at a local restaurant and a return to Bucharest for free time and dinner as you please. (B/L)
3

Bucharest, Romania

More choices in sightseeing - and the start of your lower Danube cruise - await you today. Before embarking your riverboat, you can choose to explore Bucharest with our local guides - seeing Revolution Square and the Triumphal Arch, and returning to the massive Palace of the Parliament, site of your welcome dinner and the world's second-largest building after the Pentagon, for a tour - then board your riverboat in Constanta.

Or drive to Romania's popular Black Sea coast - first to the popular resort of Mamaia for lunch and some "beach time," then on to the port city of Constanta. Here, in what was originally the ancient Greek colony of Tomis, you'll view numerous Greek and Roman antiquities, an Art-Nouveau casino, and a monument to the Roman poet Ovid, who spent years in exile here, then board your riverboat in Constanta to launch your unforgettable Danube cruise. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard MS Joy (B/L/D)
4

Ruse, Bulgaria

Disembark in Ruse, referred to by many as "Little Vienna" for its Art Nouveau homes, Austro-Hungarian architecture and lively cafés. A choice of excursions includes a guided walking tour of the town or a hike to the Rock Churches of Ivanovo featuring stunning medieval frescoes inside stony chambers carved into steep, cliffside caves. The path to the churches is rough and irregular but the views - and frescoes - at the top of the valley are wonderfully rewarding. Dine aboard ship tonight as your Danube River cruise continues. (B/L/D)
5

Vidin, Bulgaria

There's something special about just "kicking back" during a leisurely morning cruising the Danube, enjoying picture-perfect views of the passing landscapes. Onboard activities throughout your cruise, such as special lectures and presentations, cooking demonstrations or music and dance performances, are an important part of the Tauck river cruising experience. Today, after the riverboat arrives in Vidin, Bulgaria, join us for a walking tour of Vidin's cobblestone streets, including a visit to Baba Vida fortress. (B/L/D)
6

Cruise Iron Gate / Kazan Narrows

On another relaxing day on your Danube cruise, sail along the Serbian / Romanian border, enjoying great views of the Transylvanian Alps. As you cruise, keep an eye out for a kingly face carved into the Danube's rocky bank on the Romanian side; it's a monument to the 2nd-century Dacian King Decebalus, who defended his kingdom from the invading Romans - and it's the tallest rock sculpture in Europe. Glide through Romania's Kazan Narrows and the Iron Gate of the Danube, a spectacular two-mile-long series of gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, en route to Serbia. (B/L/D)
7

Belgrade, Serbia

Dock in Belgrade, Serbia's eclectic, cosmopolitan capital at the juncture of the Danube and Sava rivers. You can choose to spend the morning touring the "New Belgrade" section of the city by bicycle with a local guide (you'll need to be comfortable riding a bicycle in a city environment); or join our local guides for a city tour that includes visits to Tito's Memorial and the formidable Kalemegdan Fortress, and views of busy Slavija Square (now one of the city's major squares, but once a large pool where residents hunted wild ducks!), Parliament, Republic Square and City Hall.

After lunch onboard, you have the afternoon free to spend as you please. Following onboard entertainment by Serbian performers during cocktail hour, you'll return to shore for this evening's sparkling Tauck Exclusive - dinner at the Royal White Palace of the Serbian Royal Family in Belgrade, built in the 1930s for members of the Yugoslavian royal family and set within the same complex as the Royal Palace of Dedinje, today home to HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia and his family. (B/L/D)
8

Vukovar, Croatia

Your Danube cruise crosses the border from Serbia to Croatia and arrives in historic Vukovar. Preceded by an onboard lecture on Croatia's turbulent history by a local expert, your tour of this venerable 10th-century city - once showcasing opulent 18th-century Baroque mansions, but now a mix of old and new - poignantly symbolizes the effects of the 1990s war. Visit with a local family who have recently returned to resume their lives in the city after the conflict, as they share homemade refreshments with you in their private home. You'll have some time at leisure in Vukovar before the riverboat continues on to Hungary tonight. (B/L/D)
9

Pecs, Hungary

Arrive in Mohacs this morning for an excursion to Pecs and a tour of its 11th-century cathedral. Here you'll also explore the fascinating Christian Necropolis, a complex dating back to the 4th century that includes underground burial chambers and chapels adorned with early Christian art and frescoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the 19th century, Pecs was famous worldwide for the exquisite Zsolnay porcelain manufactured here, and your visit includes a stop at the Zsolnay Museum for a look at its stunning examples of Art Nouveau stoneware, tiles and pottery. Visit a winery in Villány for lunch (this region is renowned for its red wines) then return to Mohacs. Tonight, attend the ship's farewell cocktail reception and dinner as your Danube cruise draws to a close. (B/L/D)
10

Budapest, Hungary

Bid your Danube cruise - along with your captain and crew - farewell as you disembark the riverboat in Budapest. Your exploration of the Hungarian capital, once the independent cities of Buda and Pest, begins in Pest with a visit to St. Stephen's Basilica, the city's neo-Renaissance cathedral, and continues with views of Heroes' Square, bounded by some of the finest architectural works in Hungary, and such Budapest treasures as City Park and tree-lined Andrassy Avenue. When possible, visit the Parliament building, a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece. Stop to browse at Central Market Hall before checking into your hotel; the rest of the day and evening is at your leisure in Budapest. Stay Two Nights: The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (B)
11

Budapest, Hungary

Today, you can choose to spend the morning touring Budapest by bicycle with a local guide (you'll need to be comfortable riding a bicycle in a city environment). Or you can do some sightseeing in Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a guided walking tour introduces architectural landmarks such as well-known Fisherman's Bastion. Revisit Budapest's World War II and Cold War days at the Sziklakórház ("Hospital in the Rock"), a re-creation of underground military medical and facilities in a former secret bunker and hospital hidden below Buda Castle. After time to explore this fascinating city as you please (or, if you wish, visit Dohany Synagogue with a Tauck Director), we invite you to join us at this evening's farewell reception and dinner at the Festetics Palace in Budapest. (B/D)
12

Depart Budapest

Tour ends: Budapest. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest to Ferenc Liszt Airport or Budapest Keleti train station. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • 7-night cruise along the Danube River
  • Two nights at a hotel in Budapest and two nights in Bucharest at a hotel with an ideal location next to the Parliament Palace
  • Choices of bicycle excursions in Budapest & Belgrade
  • Exclusive evening at Belgrade's Royal White Palace
  • Dinner at the massive Parliament building (the "People's Palace") in Bucharest
  • Visit with a Croatian family in their private home in Vukovar
  • A visit to the city of Pécs in Hungary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Passage through the Iron Gate on the Danube River
  • Choice of Romanian excursions exploring the story of Vlad Tepes, 15th-century inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

Tauck Inclusions

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Airport and trains station transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

Tauck Dining

  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • 28 meals (11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

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Tour Accommodation: Premium
Tour Average Age: 60+ years
Types: Land Journeys, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

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Trip Starts Trip Ends Ship Retail Offer Our Price  
Thursday
24 May 2018
Monday
04 Jun 2018
MS Joy

7,490

per person

7,490

per person

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Thursday
21 Jun 2018
Monday
02 Jul 2018
MS Joy

7,490

per person

7,490

per person

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Thursday
19 Jul 2018
Monday
30 Jul 2018
MS Joy

6,590

per person

6,590

per person

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Thursday
16 Aug 2018
Monday
27 Aug 2018
MS Joy

6,590

per person

6,590

per person

Sold Out
Thursday
24 May 2018
Monday
04 Jun 2018
MS Joy

7,490

per person

7,490

solo traveller

Sold Out
Thursday
21 Jun 2018
Monday
02 Jul 2018
MS Joy

7,490

per person

7,490

solo traveller

Enquire
Thursday
19 Jul 2018
Monday
30 Jul 2018
MS Joy

6,590

per person

6,590

solo traveller

Enquire
Thursday
16 Aug 2018
Monday
27 Aug 2018
MS Joy

6,590

per person

6,590

solo traveller

Sold Out
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Deck Plans & Cabin Upgrades

  Deck Plans: MS Joy
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
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Ruby Deck (Category 2) $ 520
Emerald Deck (Category 3) $ 1,090
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,460
Ruby/Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,210
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,460
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,090

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