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    Passage to Eastern Europe
    11 days | 10 nights
    from $4,495* pp in standard stateroom
    Exclusive TravelManagers $100 shipboard credit per stateroom + Reduced flights to Europe from $995*pp¹^
    See Bucharest’s 3,000-room of parliament. Make banitsa bread with a home cook in Vidin. Explore Belgrade’s Ottoman and European treasures, including 6th-century Kalemegdan Fortress.
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    • 8-day river cruise from Bucharest to Budapest aboard Viking Idun
    • Accommodation in a river-view stateroom
    • 1-night pre-cruise in Bucharest Radisson Blu hotel
    • 2 nights post-cruise at Hilton Budapest
    • All meals beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner
    • 7 guided tours
    • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Culture Curriculum
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • All port charges and gratuities
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    • Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament
    • Belgrade’s Ottoman and European treasures
    • Visit a Croatian family’s Osijek home
    Valid for travel
    5 Nov 2019 departure, subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    31 Mar 2019 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Bucharest, Romania

    Arrive at the Bucharest airport and transfer to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the city for a 1-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.

    Day 2

    Bucharest, Romania

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a morning tour of the city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. You then proceed to Giurgiu to board your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Day 3

    Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi, Bulgaria

    After breakfast, disembark at Russe for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. See Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church, with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner.

    Day 4

    Vidin, Bulgaria

    Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress’s amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner.

    Day 5

    Iron Gate, Serbia

    Today, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders—a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Take in your Cruise Director’s commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward the next port.

    Day 6

    Belgrade, Serbia

    Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch on board your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums, such as the Nikola Tesla Museum. Dine on board your ship or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife. We depart very late this evening.

    Day 7

    Osijek, Croatia

    Cruise along the Danube, arriving at Vukovar around noon. Disembark for an afternoon excursion to the charming Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs; now, Vukovar is revered for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return on board for dinner.

    Day 8

    Kalocsa, Hungary

    Sail into Hungary this morning, arriving in Kalocsa after lunch. Take a guided city tour followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return to the ship and enjoy a festive final dinner on board as we depart for Budapest.

    Day 9

    Budapest, Hungary

    Disembark after breakfast and take a tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and visit historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Check in to the deluxe Budapest Hilton (or similar) for a 2-night stay, then take the rest of the day to sightsee on your own. Explore a museum, do some shopping or relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas.

    Day 10

    Budapest, Hungary

    Take a full day to explore Budapest on your own. Ride the city’s innovative, efficient metro; walk through the City Park or along the Pest embankment for views of the Buda Castle District; explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth; visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the beautifully restored Dohány Street Synagogue.

    Day 11

    Budapest, Hungary

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or extend your journey with 2 additional nights in bustling Budapest or 3 nights in Prague, the Czech Republic’s gracious capital.

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    Advertised prices are person twin share cruise only, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ¹Receive shipboard credit per stateroom only on itinerary being advertised. Prices based on following departure in a standard stateroom (F) on 5 Nov 2019. Prices include all advertised discounts. ^Flights are return in economy class departing major cities in Australia on Viking’s choice and subject to availability. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel managers for full terms and conditions.

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