Excursion to Esztergom - $120 per person – August 21
This whole-day tour from Budapest by bus introduces all three beautiful towns located along the Danube, to the north of Budapest. Furthest from the capital is Esztergom that once was the capital of Hungary, and still is the capital of the Catholic Church in the country. The tour includes visiting the Basilica that is the largest catholic church of the country, and the treasury of the Basilica as well. The next stop is Visegrád, with its royal castle on the top of a hill, at the end of a panorama street, the summer residence of ancient kings of Hungary. For a short time it was also the capital of the country. Lunch is included during the excursion as well. Last in the row is Szentendre, the picturesque small town of artists, and its famous ceramics exhibition in the Kovács Margit Museum.
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Optional Pre Cruise Hotel - $266 per night/Double Occupancy, $246 per night/Single Occupancy
Optional pre cruise nights in a Superior Room with river view, are available through Brand g at the InterContinental Budapest. The hotel is ideally located in the city center near the Budapest Parliament, Buda Castle and other popular attractions. The InterContinental’s 402 guest rooms all are elegantly appointed and offer luxurious bedding and all expected modern amenities. With breathtaking views of the vibrant life of Budapest, this hotel’s convenient location and amenities make it the perfect travel destination.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
Transylvania's Dracula and Peles Castles – August 29–30
$249 per person double occupancy or $339 single occupancy
-Full day guided touring to Transylvania’s castles district
-Lunch including drinks
-One night hotel accommodations at the Bucharest Intercontinental including breakfast and all taxes
August 29th –
This one day optional extension takes you to Sinaia, located in the Prahova Valley. Also known as Little Switzerland Romanian thanks to the beauty of its landscapes, and became the favorite destination of King Charles I who established here his summer residence, Peles Palace.
Opened Oct. 7, 1883, the elegant Peles Castle was built in German Renaissance style, and has 160 rooms, a large VIP lounge upholstered in fine marquetry, a hall of mirrors, another Florentine which impresses with Murano chandeliers, and another in Moorish design.
After, we visit Brasov city, founded in 1211 by the Teuton Knights, which will delight you with its medieval architecture and its beautiful scenery. Surrounded by mountains, the city was built around a main square. You will appreciate a walk in the small medieval streets with their shops and restaurants, pass by the famous Black Church and the old medieval towers or take a cable car to Tâmpa mountain for a commanding view from one of the highest peaks of the region.
Following an included lunch at Taverna Lupilor (Wolves Tavern), we continue on to the legendary Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. Built in 14th century on the top of a rock in order to defend the region, the castle had several owners, the last one being the Romanian Royal Family. Today the castle is a history and medieval art and museum.
At the end of the day return to the comfort of the Bucharest Intercontinental. (B/L)
August 30 – Included transfers to the Bucharest airport. (B)
Optional Post Cruise Hotel - $242 per night/Double or Single Occupancy
Optional post-program nights in a Superior Room, are available through Brand g at the InterContinental Bucharest.
At this stylish hotel in the grand center of Bucharest you can enjoy magical views from the rooftop Health Club’s terrace. The luxury rooms all have balconies, so you can spot landmarks like the Palace of Parliament and the Romanian Athenaeum. To get the news from the ground, head down to the cosy Corso Brasserie to feel the heartbeat of the city through the glass wall overlooking its main boulevard.