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April 19, 2014

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#VikingRiverCruisesFriendsTravel offers the best itineraries on the rivers of Europe, Russia and China. Enjoy exciting cities, rich cultural experiences, fine dining and deluxe accommodations onboard the most modern ships—with everything from meals to shore excursions included in your fare. And the award-winning Viking Longships® have raised the bar yet again with full-size veranda staterooms, the largest suites in Europe, al fresco dining and more. Discover why Viking is truly the world’s leading river cruise line.

EUROPE
Europe is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube and the Seine. Our Europe cruises will provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience along these great waterways. River cruises from $1,356 per person.

RUSSIA
Viking began offering Russian river cruises nearly 15 years ago. No longer shrouded in mystery, Russia now welcomes travelers with open arms. Russia cruises give you the chance to take in the colorful sights of Red Square, the royal retreats of St. Petersburg.
River cruises from $5,096 per person.

CHINA & SOUTHEAST ASIA
Our China river cruises showcase the imperial and cultural highlights of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. Asia cruises highlight the spectacular backdrop of this vast and varied continent. Experience mountains and deserts, floating villages and urban jungles, ancient temples and futuristic metropolises. River cruises from $2,792 per person.

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April 10, 2014

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DISCOVER THE DELIGHTS OF THE RIVER DANUBE ABOARD THE ELEGANT A-ROSA BELLA

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Cruising through Europe’s rivers is a unique experience which allows passengers to visit charming towns and iconic cities awash with fascinating historic sites. Discover the River Danube as you cruise in comfort and style aboard Swan Hellenic’s elegant river cruiser A-ROSA Bella.

THE RIVER DANUBE

The sheer magnificence of the River Danube – the second longest river in Europe – makes it one of the continent’s major geographical features. It is a destination with an enduring appeal as it passes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Step ashore to explore abbeys and palaces that line the river’s banks and delve into the art, music and history of the towns and cities that punctuate its waters.

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DEPARTS: SEPT 27, 2014 | 8 DAYS PRICES FROM: $2,249pp

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Day 4 Budapest full day
Day 5 Bratislava afternoon/evening
Day 6 Vienna full day/evening
Day 7 Dürnstein morning
Day 8 Disembark Passau, Germany.

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May 20, 2013

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Tasman Discoverer: 7 nights departing Brisbane

As if Orions regular onboard cuisine created by Bathers Pavilion maestro chef Serge Dansereau wasnt enough, in December 2013 Orion Expedition Cruises has scheduled a 7 night Tasman Discoverer themed food and wine voyage, adding an acclaimed wine maker and cheese makers to compliment the onboard chefs gourmet offerings.

Enjoy food workshops, wine tastings with Tony Bish, Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill winery and special cheese tastings with cheese makers Sara and Markus Bucher, along with Orions fine dining while wending your way from Brisbane to New Zealand via Norfolk Island.

Whet the palette and build your appetite exploring historic Norfolk Island and the beautiful north island of New Zealand secure in the company of the specialist Expedition Team. Selected for their knowledge and practical experience in fields that include botany, marine biology, anthropology and history, the Expedition Team members are there to guide and assist while ashore exploring.

This voyage is designed to stimulate all the senses, with the catch cry Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet.

Cruise the great ocean blue to the colonial attractions of Norfolk Island, of HMS Bounty fame, and on to New Zealands magnificent Bay of Islands including the historic town of Russell. Every day the menus will offer tantalizing surprises including fresh seafood, succulent New Zealand lamb and mouth-watering desserts. Enjoy inclusive and informative presentations on cheese and yogurt making, European and Australian cheese types and tastings, discussions (and tastings!) on the rise and rise of the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and the emerging super premium wine growing region of the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, described by Decanter magazine as one of the worlds six most exciting new terroirs.

Comparative tastings of fine Gimblett Gravels red wines (Syrah, Merlot Cabernets, and Cabernet Merlot blends) will have you casting aside any terror of wine tasting and focussing on the terroir of fine wine.

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Fares from $3,216 per person twin share*
Plus Complimentary onboard Wine Package^ – ‘Hotel Manager’s Selection’

Guest Lecturers:

SARA & MARKUS BUCHER
Markus has working knowledge of the Swiss and Australian dairy industry from the perspective of a dairy farmer, processor and retailer. Markus and Sara have extensive dairy industry experience in Greekstyle and Swiss-style yogurt making as well as hand-crafted cheeses such as white mould cheese (Brie and Camembert styles), fetta and club cheddar.

TONY BISH
With 31 vintages under his belt, Tony still enjoys the promise of what the next vintage holds. Tony believes that great grapes make great wine. Its critical to preserve the integrity of the fruit that is yielded. The craft is in developing layers to create wines where smell, taste and mouth feel combine for complete enjoyment.
Its a philosophy that has served Tony and his team well with 15 gold medals so far this year alone. For the last 20 years, he has been Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill Wines Ltd, a medium sized premium New Zealand winery business.

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October 3, 2012

#FriendsTravelBoutiqueCruises to Antiquity JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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THE LIGHT OF GREECE
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16 days
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THE WONDERS OF INDIA & THE MALDIVES
Delhi to Colombo
17 days
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THE VIEW OF JERUSALEM
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27 days
THE ISLES OF GREECE
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GRAND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD
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GOD CREATED THE KORNATI ISLANDS
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June 27, 2011

#FriendsTravel Blount Small Ship Latest Offers JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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save on 2011 cruises!*

$1000 off* per couple:
Adventures on the Coast of Maine
Charming Chesapeake Bay
Great American Waterways (on the Grande Mariner) – 6/14/11 departure
Historic Rivers of America: Leg 1
Historic Rivers of America: Leg 2
Historic Rivers of America: Leg 3
Skylines Islands: New York City to Toronto

$800 off* per couple:
Great American Waterways (on the Grande Mariner) – 8/16/11 and 9/11/11 departures

$600 off* per couple:
Chicago to the Big Easy – 7/30/11 departure
Islands of New England – 7/27/11 departure
Locks, Legends and Fjords: The Erie Canal to the Saguenay (on the Grande Caribe) – 10/1/11 and 10/15/11 departures
Locks, Legends and Fjords: The Erie Canal to the Saguenay (on the Grande Mariner) – 10/13/11 departure
Magical Lake Michigan (on the Niagara Prince) – 8/16/11 and 8/25/11 departures

$400 off* per couple:
Great American Waterways (on the Niagara Prince) – 9/12/11 departure
Islands of New England – 8/3/11, 8/17/11, and 8/24/11 departures
Magical Lake Michigan (on the Niagara Prince) – 9/3/11 departure
Scenic Lake Champlain

$200 off* per couple:
Discover Ontario: Scenic Georgian Bay – 7/25/11 departure

*Offer is per couple and valid on select 2011 departures. New bookings only.  Offers cannot be combined except with the AARP member benefit.  Not valid with group departures.  Other restrictions may apply.

save on 2012 cruises when you book early!**

$1200 off** per couple:
Bahamas Beachlovers: Caicos to Nassau – 1/6/12 departure
Best of Belize, the Barrier Reef and Guatemala – 1/6/12 departure
Caribbean Spectacular: St. Maarten & Antigua – 3/13/12 departure
Historic South: The Big Easy to Chattanooga – 4/26/12 & 5/9/12 departures
Southern Traces: New Orleans to Nashville – 3/23/12 departure
Skylines & Islands: New York City to Toronto (on the Grande Caribe) – 6/21/12 departure

$800 off** per couple:
Great Explorations: Lake Huron and Lake Michigan – 8/15/12 departure

$600 off** per couple:
Atlantic Coastal Waterways – 5/10/12 & 10/17/12 departures
Bahamas Beachlovers: Caicos to Nassau – 3/29/12 departure
Best of Belize, the Barrier Reef and Guatemala – 1/20/12, 2/3/12 & 2/17/12 departures
Caribbean Spectacular: St. Maarten & Antigua – 3/1/12 departure
Chicago to the Big Easy – 6/18/12, 7/6/12 & 7/23/12 departures
Cultures and Traditions: Charleston to the Chesapeake – 4/26/12 departure
Gems of the Virgin Islands – 1/24/12, 2/5/12 & 2/17/12 departures
Great American Waterways (on the Grande Mariner) – 5/21/12, 7/5/12 & 9/5/12 departures
Great American Waterways (on the Niagara Prince) – 8/28/12 departure
Historic Northeast & Hudson: Boston to New York – 9/18/12, 9/29/12 & 10/10/12 departures
Historic South: The Big Easy to Chattanooga – 5/22/12 & 6/4/12 departures
Magical Lake Michigan (on the Grande Mariner) – 6/7/12 departure
Skylines & Islands: New York City to Toronto (on the Grande Mariner) – 7/25/12 departure
Southern Traces: New Orleans to Nashville – 11/18/12 departure
Tennessee Traditions on the Mississippi River – 4/5/12 departure

$400 off** per couple:
Discover Ontario: Scenic Georgian Bay – 8/5/12 departure
Islands of New England – 7/3/12, 7/17/12 & 7/24/12 departures
Locks, Legends and Fjords: The Erie Canal to the Saguenay – 9/5/12 departure
Magical Lake Michigan (on the Grande Mariner) – 6/16/12, 6/25/12 & 8/26/12 departures
Magical Lake Michigan (on the Niagara Prince) – 8/9/12 & 8/18/12 departures
Northeastern Explorations: Boston to the Bay of Fundy – 8/1/12, 8/12/12 & 8/23/12 departures

**Offer is per couple and valid on select 2012 departures when booked by 8/1/2011. New bookings only. Offers cannot be combined.  Not valid with group departures. Other restrictions may apply.

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June 14, 2011

#FriendsTravel Best of Greece and Turkey for Less JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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The Best of Greece and Turkey for Less
Special offers for visiting Greece & Turkey at the most affordable prices
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ANTIQUITIES OF GREECE & TURKEY
10 Days/9 Nights from $1,137*  
INCLUDES:
2 nights in Athens at the 5* Intercontinental hotel
Breakfast daily in Athens
Athens sightseeing tour
Transfer from Athens hotel to Port
8-day/7-night Louis Cruises’ Highlights of Greece & Turkey cruise visiting Istanbul, Izmir, Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Santorini and Heraklion (Crete),
Cat. IB standard inside cabin
All meals and entertainment during cruise
Hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling


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DATES
DBL SGL
Jun 15 $1258 $1944
Jun 29 $1190 $1843
Jul 13, 27 $1137 $1736
Aug 10, 24 $1204 $1837
Sep 7 $1190 $1843
Sep 21 $1292 $1996
Oct 5 $1292 $1996
Oct 19 $1190 $1843
CRUISE ITINERARY
DAY PORT ARR DEP
Friday Athens (Piraeus), Greece 11:00
Saturday Istanbul, Turkey 10:00 20:00
Sunday Izmir, Turkey 13:30 20:00
Monday Mykonos, Greece 15:30 23:00
Tuesday Patmos, Greece 06:30 10:30
Tuesday Kusadasi, Turkey 14:30 20:00
Wednesday Santorini, Greece 07:00 20:30
Thursday Heraklion, Greece 07:00 18:00
Friday Athens (Piraeus), Greece 06:00

* Prices are per person, double and single occupancy. Triple occupancy rates are available upon request.
Port taxes of up to $252 and cruise fuel surcharges of up to $24.50 are additional.
Cabin upgrades are available
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February 20, 2011

#FriendsTravel Windstar Spain Coast and Mediterranean JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Spanish Coast Explorations
Lisbon – Barcelona 7-days
• Category B staterooms from $1,699
• Savings up to 57%
• Date: April 17, 2011 on the Wind Surf
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Glitter & Glam of the Western Mediterranean
Barcelona – Rome 7-days
• Category B staterooms from $1,699
• Savings up to 57%
• Dates: April 24, 2011* on the Wind Surf,
April 30, 2011 on the Wind Spirit,
May 7, 2011 on the Wind Star
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Intimate Islands of the Western Mediterranean
Rome – Barcelona 7-days
• Category B staterooms from $1,599
• Savings up to 60%
• Date: May 1, 2011 on the Wind Surf
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Rome – Athens 7-days
• Category B staterooms from $1,699
• Savings up to 58%
• Date: May 7, 2011 on the Wind Spirit

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Your Arrival on Windstar is Unrivaled
Experience the romance of the cobalt sea on the rich teak deck, under a team of glorious moon-white sails as your Windstar Cruise sails through the magnificent, historic Greek Isles. The adventure starts the moment you board. Enjoy gracious service, 5-star cuisine and the view of a lifetime on a yacht that feels like your own. Sail right up to the land of the earliest civilization: the views are spectacular, the people are friendly, the food is tempting. And then there’s the Ouzo.
Popular Highlights
Ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus in Kusadasi
Palace of the Grand Masters in Rhodes
Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
Chic boutiques and cafes of Mykonos
Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Athens Rhodes Mykonos Kusadasi Bodrum Istanbul Santorini
Athens-Istanbul Istanbul-Athens
Category B Staterooms from $3,099*
Onboard Spending Credit up to $1,000
May 14, 28, 2011 on the Wind Spirit
May 21; June 4, 18; July 2;
August 6, 20, 2011 on the Wind Star
July 16, 2011 on the Wind Surf

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Category B Staterooms from $2,999*
Onboard Spending Credit up to $1,000
May 21, June 4, 2011 on the Wind Spirit
May 28; June 11, 25; July 9;
August 13, 27, 2011 on the Wind Star
July 23, 2011 on the Wind Surf*

February 18, 2011

#FriendsTravel Danube River Cruise 7 Countries JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Danube 7 Country Cruise – SAVE $500 per cabin:
From $2449 pp after discount!* 

Sail the Danube River from Vienna to Bucharest and save $250 per person on select departure dates shown below! This 12 day all inclusive program features all outside facing cabins, 30 meals, 9 included shore excursions, 3 concerts, lectures, games, and more! Cruise rates start at $2449 per person twin and are valid for departures:
09 June, 08 July, 2011!

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DAY 1: DEPART THE USA

DAY 2: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
EMBARKATION
Welcome to Austria! Upon arrival to Vienna, transfer to the MS Der Kleine Prinz. Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, crew introduction followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner on board, followed by a well deserved rest. (D)

DAY 3: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Your morning city sightseeing tour will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this “Imperial” capital. Starting with Hundertwasserhaus, you will continue to Belvedere Palace for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Then it’s on to the city center via the Vienna Ringstrasse to view famous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheatre, the Votiv-Church and others.The next stop will be in the old center of Vienna to view St. Stephan’s Cathedral and take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace). From this point, continue past the Spanish Riding School to Albertina Square, where you will see the State Opera and the famous Hotel Sacher. Then it’s back on board the bus for a drive past the famous “Prater” with its Giant Ferry Wheel. Return to the ship in time for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase an optional tour such as a visit to Schönbrunn Castle, the home of Maria Theresa.The optional tour includes a stroll in the gardens and a visit to the imperial rooms of the former summer residence of the Habsburg Royal Family. In the evening, you may visit the optional Classic Concert. A unique opportunity to see the exquisite rooms of the Imperil Hofburg Palace AND attend a magnificent concert featuring compositions of Johann Strauss as well as arias from selected Mozart operas. Set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia before midnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy a morning panoramic city sightseeing tour by bus, including St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Castle and Primate’s Palace. The sightseeing will end with a walk through the Old Town –
Michael’s Gate, Michael’s Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and Slovak National Theatre. Enjoy some free time for shopping and strolling and return to the ship for lunch. Set sail. In the afternoon enjoy a wine tasting party featuring a selection of high quality but lesser known wines from Hungary, Serbia and Romania, accompanied with live music from our on board live band! Dinner on board and an evening free to waltz the night away! (B, L, D)

DAY 5: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Discover Hungary! After breakfast, your morning motor coach tour of this lovely city will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the Opera, the Square of Heroes, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. There will be stops at the Square of Heroes, the Fishermen’s Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the afternoon is free to explore on your own or participate in one of our optional excursions such as the walking tour of Downtown Pest which will be offered. During the walk, you first visit the largest open air market in Budapest where you can purchase anything from superb Hungarian salami to a nightgown! Then you will proceed down Vaci Utca, the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops, cafes and beautiful people! Your tour will end at the historic 140 year old Gerreboud Coffee House where you can enjoy a delicious cup of brew or home made ice cream.   In the evening, an optional  performance of the Hungarian national Folklore Ensemble will be offered. After the performance, a short bus tour will take you across the Chain Bridge and up to Fishermen’s Bastion where you will be able to see the gorgeously illuminated bridges! (B, L, D)

DAY 6: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Full free day to explore and enjoy pedestrian friendly Budapest on your own, or partake in one of our optional excursions. OPTIONAL # 1: Excursion to St. Andrej: After breakfast depart on your excursion to St. Andrej (Szentendre) a small picturesque village (17th century), 25 km away from Budapest. Renowned as a sanctuary for artists, painters and hand crafted arts, the tour will include the Main Square with the memorial cross, the first teaching school in Hungary, Preobrazenska Church, and the Church of the Hill, etc. Return to the ship in time for lunch. OPTIONAL # 2: Puszta Horse Farm and Equestrian Show: In the afternoon, depart for the renowned Lazar Lovas Puszta, one of the largest horse breeding farms in Hungary! After an unforgettable performance of the Czikos (Hungarian Cowboys) you will have the opportunity to tour the stables, home to more than 100 horses. Then you will enjoy an authentic “ride to the Puszta” in several teamed oxen carts to a nearby outpost where you will have a chance to taste local “palinka” and wine along with typical Hungarian snacks. (B, L, D)

DAY 7:  PECS (Mohac), HUNGARY
From the port of Mohac, a 45 minute bus ride will take you to visit the town of Pecs, a gem of old world architecture, often referred to as the “city for art lovers”. Here you will tour Szecheni Square, Kaptalan Street and the Palace of Lorant including a visit to the catacombs. You will also visit a local wine cellar and enjoy some wine tasting. Lunch is back on board as you set sail for Vukovar, Croatia. In the afternoon enjoy lectures on the Balkans held by our Cruise Managers and end the day with a delightful concert of Gypsy music performed by our on board band! (B, L, D)

DAY 8: VUKOVAR, CROATIA AND NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Welcome to Croatia! Vukovar, Croatia’s largest river port is a delightful riverside town with a lively pedestrian zone full of open air cafes, museums and shops. Your morning walking tour will include a visit to the Franciscan Monastery that is the center piece of the village. Then enjoy lunch back on board as you continue sailing on to Serbia. In the afternoon, arrive in Serbia! Your first stop in this “newly” minted Balkan country will be in Novi Sad, Serbia’s third largest city after Belgrade and Nis. You will be delighted with this pedestrian friendly town as you join your local guide for a walking tour through the town center. After the tour you will have free time to explore the many nooks and crannies of the town or enjoy a cappuccino and some people watching from the terrace of one of the many open air cafés. Or take the optional tour which will lead you to the Serbian Countryside for a visit to Krushedol Monastery, located on the nearby mountain of Fruska Gora. Renowned for its fresco paintings dating from the 15th century, the monastery is also a burial place for legendary personalities from Serbian history. After the monastery visit you will continue on to the small town of Sremski Karlovci, the center of wine production of the region. Here you will visit the Zivanovic family, whose members have been producing their private label “Bermet” wine for over a century and whose products have been enjoyed by members of the Hapsburg Monarchy as well as the Russian Tsars! Your hosts will welcome you to their home, where you will tour their wine cellars and “Museum of Honey” which they also produce.  In the lovely ambiance of their large garden, they will serve you several varieties of “Bermet” accompanied by honey and snacks.  On the way back you will stop to tour Petrovaradin Fortress, referred to as the “Gibraltar on the Danube”. Built in the 18th century over 116 hectares, the fortress has 4 levels, more than 16 km of underground tunnels, 12,000 loopholes and 13 gates.  Dinner is on board as you set sail for “White City” – Serbia’s capital of Belgrade! (B, L, D)

DAY 9: BELGRADE, SERBIA
A big day is ahead as your morning motor coach tour of this lively and vibrant city will include all of the major attractions: Kalemegdan Fortress, looming over the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers; St. Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral, perched on a hill which can be seen from every part of the city; the Parliament Building; Princess Ljubica’s Manor; Mark’s Church; and others. The tour will end with a stroll through Knez Mihajlova Street, the main pedestrian zone full of boutiques, open air cafés and galleries. The afternoon is free to explore Belgrade on your own or partake in the highly recommended optional tour to the village of Jarak where you will meet an authentic Serbian multi-generation family and enjoy a wonderful taste of Serbian home made food, live music and hospitality! Still, the day is not over yet! After dinner, you will enjoy a private folklore show performed by members of Belgrade’s renown “Talia” ensemble. In between the dances, a special fashion show will introduce you to the wonderful hand made sweaters of “Sirogojno” – made with special wool and local motifs. These sweaters are sold in some of the most fashionable boutiques worldwide for hundreds of dollars as each one is an individual work of art. If you live in cold climates, one of these sweaters would be a wonderful gift for a family member – or yourself! Early morning the next day – set sail for Romania & Bulgaria. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: AT SAIL & PASSAGE THROUGH “THE IRON GATE” GORGE
In the morning hours, enjoy the passing vista’s as well as talks on Balkan History presented by your Cruise Director. After lunch you will delight in viewing a great natural attraction, as the ship passes through the highest gorge on the Danube, aptly named the “The Iron Gates”. Over 100 km long, this canyon, was a gigantic obstacle to navigation because of its pointed rocks, cliffs, and changing water levels, surrounded with very wild, yet attractive nature. This danger was finally overcome in 1972, with the building of the “Djerdap” Hydroelectric and Navigation System, the largest of its kind in Europe. The Romanian and Yugoslav builders carried out this gigantic construction project by building a huge concrete dam which raised the level of the water from 30 to 80 meters. On both sides of the dam, two locks and two hydroelectric stations were built which today produce an average annual output of 10 billion kWh and enable safe passage for passenger and cargo ships all the way to the Black Sea. Then its time to prepare for our festive Captain’s Gala dinner with wine and entertainment! (B, L, D)

DAY 11: VIDIN, BULGARIA
Welcome to Bulgaria! After breakfast, embark on a walking tour of this delightful Bulgarian river port highlighted by a visit to the 13th century fortress named “Baba Vida” (“Grandma Vida”) the best preserved medieval fortress in the country. Then enjoy some free time for strolling and shopping before returning to the ship for lunch and continued sailing. Tonight, after dinner, our live Band will hold a final farewell concert for you as you dance the night away! (B, L, D)

DAY 12: GIURGIU/MAGURELE – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
DISEMBARKATION
As all good things must come to an end – so does your wonderful cruise adventure! Disembark after breakfast, and depending on water levels, transfer from either Giurgiu or Turnu Magurele to the “Paris of the East” – Bucharest, Romania’s lovely capital! Upon reaching the city, a panorama tour will highlight the major attractions including; Revolution Square, Arch de Triumph, the National Theatre, the Romanian Athenaeum and others. Stop for photographs at President Ceausescu’s humongous “People’s House” (today’s Parliament) the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Then it’s on to your first class hotel, where after check-in you will have free time to explore this lovely city at your leisure and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants on your own. (NOTE: If taking the optional Dracula Extension you will enjoy your last night in Bucharest AFTER  returning from Brasov). (B)

DAY 13: BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – FLY HOME
Enjoy a final breakfast before transferring to the airport for flights home. (B)

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Vienna
Vienna
Vienna
Bratislava
Budapest
Belgrade Parliament
Serbian Village Feast
Sights along the Danube
Horse Drawn Carriage in the Countryside
Sunset on the Danube River
Belgrade
The banks of the Danube
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