The new itinerary will stop in historic Bulgarian towns, among other destinations. // © 2014 Emerald Waterways
As river cruising matures, repeat travelers are looking for different experiences, and they have one with newcomer Emerald Waterways. The company has announced a new itinerary, Enchantment of Eastern Europe, a 10-day vacation with a seven-day cruise between Budapest and Bucharest on the Danube River, and a two-night hotel stay in Bucharest.
As the ship sails through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, travelers will be able to hear locals speak about the recent wars during experiences such as a home-hosted lunch with a family in Vukovar, Serbia, a city that suffered heavy damage during the Croatian War of Independence. In Kalocsa, Hungary, guests can see the legendary (and hair-raising) riding of the Magyar on a local horse farm.
Dramatic scenery in the Iron Gate — the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains on the Serbia-Romania border — and in historic Bulgarian towns provides an entirely different flavor than that of the usual river port cities and towns.
Cruises start in April with Emerald’s all-inclusive plan, where fares cover two nights at the Novotel Bucharest City Centre hotel or a similar hotel, complimentary Wi-Fi access onboard, port charges, soft drinks, beer and wine at meals, shore excursions and EmeraldPlus land experiences. The 182-passenger ships offer all riverview accommodations and heated pools that are transformed into cinemas on designated evenings.