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11 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise with Budapest tour
Belogradchik Budapest 11 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise with Budapest Trip

11 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise with Budapest

Gate 1 Travel
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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
11 days
From: $ 4,039 $ 367 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
  • Visit the charming village of Holloko
  • View an exciting horse show in Puszta, Hungary
  • Enjoy an authentic Serbian dinner and folklore dancing
  • Explore the highlights of Belgrade, a city with turbulent history
  • Sail through the famed Iron Gates, flanked by the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges
  • Discover the history in Ruse, dating back to the Ottoman Empire
 

Short Description

2 Budapest, 7 Cruise

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
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End City N/A

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Attractions & Cities Visited

Belogradchik Budapest

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM, followed by a briefing about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Budapest

DAY 3, Thursday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian Dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Budapest Castle District Tour & Cruise Embarkation
Begin the day with a tour of the Budapest Castle District. Stroll around cobbled streets of the Castle Hill quarter and learn about its fascinating history. View the Royal Palace and visit the 13th century Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungarian kings. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy panoramic views of the city. Free time to explore the area on your own before heading to Philosophers' Garden, featuring bronze statues of philosophers and religious figures. Walk around the garden, offering beautiful views of the city. Afterward, drive to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Puszta Horse Show
Awake this morning in Kalocsa, Hungary, a picturesque town that specializes in the production of paprika. One of the oldest towns in Hungary, Kalocsa is well-known for the horse shows of Puszta, in the rural region of the country. View an exciting show as you experience the countryside
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Vukovar & Osijek
Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. During lunch, set sail to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, offering picturesque architecture and vibrant night life, elected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2021
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Belgrade City Tour
Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city's turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps, continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theatre, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing
Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel eastward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Vidin
Cross the border into Bulgaria early this morning and arrive in the port town of Vidin. Today a guided tour explores this town with its many historic and cultural landmarks such as the Baba Vida Fortress and the town's Mosque. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Perhaps join the optional Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress*. Travel through the scenic countryside to the fortress of Belogradchik built by the Romans and expanded over the years by Bulgarian and Ottoman rulers. The fortress also known as Kaleto, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the country, The view from the fortress of the surrounding fascinating sandstone rock formations is breathtaking. Free time to explore on your own before a panoramic drive through the historic part of Vidin, that includes brief stops at some of the city's landmarks. Sail away mid-afternoon
*Passengers who choose this optional, will not be able to participate in the included tour of Vidin.
Optional: Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Ruse City Tour
Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof. You could step back in time during a visit to the Kaliopa House, preserved from the late 19th century. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Depart Romania
This morning transfer to the airport in Bucharest for your departure flight. The Bucharest airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
Meals: Breakfast

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I'm very disappointed in Gate 1's lack of empathy and flexibility in allowing rescheduling of a trip to a Muslim country the week after the recent attacks in Israel. There have been many active protests and government support of Hamas at the destination. Visits to mosques and Jewish religious sites were included in the tour and no additional security was being offered by Gate 1.

I was more than willing to postpone my trip or apply my total payment to another future trip. Instead, I lost over $4000 for the trip, airfare, excursions and transfers and was not given any other option but to forfeit more than 90% of my payment. I was also misled (by two separate agents) to believe that I would be refunded my airfare minus a $250 penalty. Instead, I now have a credit for a sum uncertain with no way to access it with an airline that only goes to one destination.
The tragic events in recent days should warrant the ability to make changes in travel plans without excessive penalties. Gate 1's policies are unreasonable given the unprecedented times we are living in.
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Very disappointed with Gate 1.
We’re scheduled to tour Egypt in November. However, due to the the conflict that’s happening now with Israel in Palastine/Gaza and the West Bank, we are justifiably concerned about our safety.

Our trip is fully paid, but we had humbly requested to reschedule for a later date to travel (Not asking for a refund) just to reschedule. Unfortunately for us Gate1 outright denied our request disregarding our concerns. The Arch insurance that’s offered through Gate1 essentially only covers Gate1.
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Absolutely the worst! Don't bother buying trip insurance with them. It's a scam and when you try and cancel (even if you've purchased the Cancel for Any Reason) they give you the run around. There are so many exceptions that its pointless to even try. When I called to ask questions about fees the clueless rep told me they couldn't answer my questions and I had to call Arch Insurance. I called Arch and they told me they had nothing to do with setting rates for cancellation. That was all Gate 1. I've been calling and emailing for days and no one responds. .....Buyer Beware. Find another tour company
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I have been on 12 gate 1 trips, they provide excellent value, great 4 star hotels, well informed tour guides, all for the lowest prices that I have found.
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Gate 1 Travel has no Covid policy and horrible tour guide

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Just return from Gate 1 Travel - 11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland. The trip was horrible!  The tour guide was unorganized, lazy, making up excuses all the time and put our lives in danger and the driver was totally incompetent.
Day 1: According to Gate 1 itinerary, when we arrived in the hotel and we suppose to meet together for breakfast.  There was no signage at all as where should we all go and the tour guide was nowhere to be found.  Many of us ended up paying extra for the hotel breakfast which is US$30+ because we thought we need to meet the tour guide inside the restaurant.  Until much later then we discovered that the breakfast was arranged in the basement of the hotel.  Again, there was NOT any signage to tell us where to go.  It was a mess right from the beginning.  Afternoon the itinerary includes a stop at the viewing of the Perlan and the Sun Voyager sculpture, but the tour guide never did.  The weather wasn’t an issue.  He even insulted us on the bus saying that you guys didn’t even notice sightseeing places were missing, haha.  We noticed alright, just didn’t say anything. In the welcome drink, the tour guide passed around a few papers and told us to take a photo which is our daily itinerary.  A lady in our tour asked him about itinerary next day and the guide responded in a condescending manner “What did I tell you yesterday?  You are not a child.”  and never answered her question.  He was constantly talking to us in a condescending tone of voice. By the way there is no daily itinerary posting in the hotel lobby like all other Gate 1 tours that I have joined before. 
Day 2, we all noticed a few people looked and sounded very sick with heavy coughing and a few of us spoke to tour guide privately with our concerns, told the guide to tell them to put on a mask in the bus or covid testing but he did nothing.  He announced on the bus in our very last day, if anyone not feeling well, please put on a mask.  It was kind of late after we stayed together in a very tight space for the last 9 days especially on the bus.  We are fully vaccinated and stay healthy all these times since covid hits but sadly we got home and tested, we got covid and all because Gate 1 Travel has no covid guideline in place and the guide was extremely irresponsible.  We are really suffering now because of contracting Covid in this tour! 
Day 5, the tour guide drove the bus with us in it and did that more than once even in the dark. He is our tour guide and by doing so, I think he had put 40+ lives in danger which is totally unacceptable.  His excuse was that “boy needs to play with big bus sometimes”.  Maybe that is how he felt but that is not how we feel.  He has put our lives in danger! Also the female driver should never allow him to do so.  Both are being irresponsible and this is a critical incident of concern. 
Day 7, the tour guide skipped our scheduled sightseeing and meals without consulting us. We sat in the hotel lobby all day with very little information. It was a horrible and exhausting day for us.  Way past the boarding time for the bus departure in the morning and the bus doors were still locked.  No information provided as what is going on. The tour guide decided at 3:30 pm it is time to go so we board the bus and were on our way. When we checked in to the hotel, the guide said delay was due to the weather, but the people in the hotel also gave a questionable look.  We didn’t arrive our next hotel till midnight.
Hotel in Hofn was dirty.  In our room there was disgusting mucous snots on the wall, hairs on fresh towel, mold on bathroom wall and the dinner wasn’t good. Mentioned the problem to the front desk next day and they did clean up the snots. 
Both the tour guide and the driver refused to answer basic questions.  For example:  I asked the driver that where are we going next and how long the drive will be?  The driver replied:  I know where are we going but I am not going to tell you so you will be excited when we get there.  I asked again:  I really want to know where are we going next and I will pretend that I am excited when we get there.  The driver replied:  I know where we are going but I won’t tell you so you will be very excited when we get there.  I got nowhere with her which was very frustrating.  I think I am entitled to know where am I going in the trip! 
There were 40 passengers in the bus and I don’t know why we weren’t allowed to use the front door to get on to the bus especially when the weather was bad.  Even when we knock on the door, the guide and the driver will point us to the back door while they were sitting and chatting comfortably in their own seats.
Joined many tours before from different tour companies. This time is the first time ever that we have had encountered such horrible and unprofessional tour guide and bus driver. We are extremely disappointed with Gate 1 Travel.
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This company is terrible.
Sitting in the airport 4 hours.
The person at Gateway told me they booked my flight illegally.
No compensation!!!
Do not use this company if you value your time
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Optional Activities

Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
Begin the day with a scenic drive through the expanses of the Danube plains, to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s former medieval capital. Tour the city that is one of the most picturesque places in Bulgaria, characterized by narrow cobbled lanes, medieval remains of fortifications and churches and an evocative handicraft market. Afterward, continue to the nearby historic village of Arbanasi, famous for its rich past and colorfully painted 15th century Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch including local wine or beer.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

OnDay : 10
Price : $80

Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress
Depart Vidin, and travel through the scenic Bulgarian countryside to the town of Belogradchik, nestled amidst stunning rock formations. Arrive at the fortress of Belogradchik built by the Romans and expanded over the years by Bulgarian and Ottoman rulers. The fortress also known as Kaleto, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the country, The view from the fortress of the surrounding fascinating sandstone rock formations is breathtaking. Free time to explore on your own before returning to Vidin. Upon arrival, take a panoramic drive through the historic part of Vidin, that includes brief stops at some of its landmarks. Afterward, drive back to the ship. *This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

OnDay : 9
Price : $40

Dinner & Show in Budapest
Travel this evening to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be energetically entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

OnDay : 3
Price : $60

Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
Begin the day with a scenic drive through the expanses of the Danube plains, to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s former medieval capital. Tour the city that is one of the most picturesque places in Bulgaria, characterized by narrow cobbled lanes, medieval remains of fortifications and churches and an evocative handicraft market. Afterward, continue to the nearby historic village of Arbanasi, famous for its rich past and colorfully painted 15th century Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch including local wine or beer.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

OnDay : 3
Price : $80

Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress
Depart Vidin, and travel through the scenic Bulgarian countryside to the town of Belogradchik, nestled amidst stunning rock formations. Arrive at the fortress of Belogradchik built by the Romans and expanded over the years by Bulgarian and Ottoman rulers. The fortress also known as Kaleto, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the country, The view from the fortress of the surrounding fascinating sandstone rock formations is breathtaking. Free time to explore on your own before returning to Vidin. Upon arrival, take a panoramic drive through the historic part of Vidin, that includes brief stops at some of its landmarks. Afterward, drive back to the ship. *This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

OnDay : 4
Price : $40

Half Day Taste of Budapest
Begin your tour at the Parliament. From here, walk to the Shoes Holocaust Memorial and continue to the Strudel House. Along the way, pass by the 1956 Uprising Monument, statue of Ronald Reagan, and Hungarian National TV building. Taste two kinds of strudel (apple and cheese) paired with coffee. Afterward, view St. Stephen's Basilica, before continuing by bus to the Great Market Hall, housed in a beautiful neo-Gothic style building. Explore the local food scene, while getting introduced to the history of the Hungarian cuisine. Sample locally sourced vegetables from family farms and different Hungarian sausages.

*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

OnDay : 10
Price : $48

Dinner & Show in Budapest
Travel this evening to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be energetically entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

OnDay : 9
Price : $60

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Additional Information


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Trip ID#:

gate1-HU-HR-RS-BG-RO-11DBUDBUDROU-PKG-23

What's excluded

Not Included: Optional shore excursions and gratuities.
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