Passage to Eastern Europe

30 March - 6 April 2018

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

8 Ports

30 March

Setting sail from Budapest

Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's most appealing cities, a vibrant and welcoming capital that straddles the Danube. The history of Budapest has been somewhat turbulent - ransacked by the Mongols in 1241, occupied by the Ottoman Turks for over a century, and almost flattened by the Soviets in 1945 - but plenty of older buildings survive, including the imposing Parliament and iconic St Stephen's Basilica. Although a pedant might point out that Budapest has only really existed since 1873; up until then the city's two distinct halves, Buda and Pest, were separate towns.

Our tip

Hungarian cuisine is vastly underrated; don’t visit Budapest without trying goulash, the paprika-infused national dish.

31 March

Hungary: Kalocsa

1 April

Croatia: Osijek

2 April

Serbia: Belgrade

3 April

Romania: Iron Gates

4 April

Bulgaria: Vidin

5 April

Bulgaria: Veliko Tarnovo

6 April

Arriving in Bucharest

Once known as the 'Paris of the East', it's fair to say that modern Bucharest bears some pretty ugly architectural scars from the 22-year dictatorship of the late Nicolae Ceauşescu. Of all the concrete monstrosities bequeathed by Ceauşescu, the enormous Palace of Parliament is both the most grotesque and the most fascinating, a monument to one man's staggering vanity. Looks aren't everything though, and Romania's capital has emerged from the ashes of communism as a feisty, dynamic city with some lovely parks, interesting museums and a lively nightlife.

Don't miss

The Old Town will reveal to you some of Bucharest's pre-communist treasures.

The Ship

Your home from home

Viking Freya in Budapest
Viking Aegir Veranda State Room
Viking Longship - Aquavit Terrace

Viking’s award winning Longships are the success story of river cruising with sleek Scandinavian design and innovative engineering.

What we love

Viking Longships have led the way in the expansion of the river cruise industry. With understated interiors, comfortable staterooms and suites, a great main restaurant and excellent terrace offering a lovely spot for a casual meal al fresco, they operate on Viking's most popular itineraries and consistently deliver to Viking's ever increasing clientele.

Capacity 190 Guests
Crew 45 Staff
Style Understated, elegant on board environment where you can relax after an enriching day of sightseeing.
Inclusions
  • All meals with wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • WiFi on board
  • In-room movies on demand
Length 443 feet
More about Viking Lif

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest

Our favourite hotel in Budapest

We like the Hotel Palazzo Zichy on the Pest side of the river, which used to be the residence of Count Nándor Zichy.

Tokaji aszú wine, Hungary

A taste of Hungary

If you’re a wine lover, you really should visit the world’s oldest classified wine region, known for its sweet Tokaji aszú dessert wine.

JW Marriott, Bucharest

Extend your stay in Bucharest

Stay in grand style at the JW Marriott – an imposing palace!

Corvinesti Castle, Transylvania

Explore Romania

Bucharest is the jumping off point for Transylvania and a gothic castle extravaganza.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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