EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: September 17, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Day 1 — Tuesday, September 17, 2019                                   CANADA – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Meet your fellow travellers at the departure gate in Toronto airport for our flight to Bucharest, Romania.

Day 2 — Wednesday, September 18                                       BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Welcome to Romania!  Upon arrival in Bucharest, transfer to your first-class hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the popular local restaurants.   Accommodation: NOVOTEL HOTEL or similar (1 night).  (D)

Day 3 – Thursday, September 19                                               BUCHAREST – TURNU MAGURELE – EMBARKATION
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and take a panoramic city tour of Bucharest including Revolution Square, Arch de Triumph, the National Theatre, and the second largest building in the world, the “People’s House” (outside).  Then continue through the Romanian countryside to the port of Turnu Maguerele to embark your “floating hotel.”  A welcome drink will precede dinner.  Accommodation: Onboard MS RIVER DISCOVERY II (10 nights).   (B/D) 

Day 4 – Friday, September 20                                                      VIDIN, BULGARIA
Welcome to Bulgaria!  During the morning at sail, a presentation from the Captain and his crew will precede lunch. Upon arrival in Vidin, depart 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 or take the optional Belogradchik Rock excursion.  (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Saturday, September 21                                               FULL DAY CRUISING THROUGH “THE IRON GATE”
In the morning the ship passes through the highest natural gorge on the Danube; aptly name “The Iron Gates.” Over 100 km long, this gorge was a gigantic obstacle to navigation because of its pointed rocks and cliffs.  This danger was overcome in 1972, with completion of the Hydroelectric and Navigation System, the largest of its kind in Europe. The Romanian/Yugoslav builders carried out this gigantic construction project by building a huge concrete dam which raised the level of the water by 30 to 80 meters. On both sides of the dam, two locks were built which enable safe passage for passenger and cargo ships all the way to the Black Sea.  The fantastic views will be complemented with on board lectures and activities and weather permitting, a BBQ buffet lunch will be held on the sun deck.   (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Sunday, September 22                                                   BELGRADE, SERBIA
Welcome to Serbia!  Your morning sightseeing tour of this lively and vibrant city will include all 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; Princess Ljubica’s Manor; Knez Mihajlova Pedestrian Street and more.  The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or to partake in the highly recommended optional excursion to a working Serbian “salash” (farm), where you will meet an authentic Serbian multi-generation family and enjoy a wonderful taste of Serbian home-made food, drinks, live music, and hospitality!  To end a fun-filled day, do not miss the Serbian Folk performance on board.   (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Monday, September 23                                                 NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Early this morning, arrive in Novi Sad, the third largest Serbian city after Belgrade and Nis.  This pedestrian friendly town will delight you as you join your local guide for a walking tour through the town center and a tour of Petrovaradin Fortress – the second largest fortress in Europe.  After the tour you will have free time to explore the town on your own or take the optional Taste of Serbia tour featuring visits to the wine producing Zhivanovic family and the historic town of Sremski Karlovci.  Dinner is back on board.   (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Tuesday, September 24                                                 OSIJEK, CROATIA
Welcome to Croatia!  View the passing vistas from the sun deck, as you sail into the Drava River toward Osijek, Croatia’s 4th largest city. On arrival, depart on a bus and walking tour of the Old Town including the Tvrdja (Citadel), the best-preserved and largest ensemble of baroque buildings in Croatia.  At the end of the tour, enjoy wine tasting accompanied by live entertainment featuring Croatian folk music and “tamburica”, the Croatian version of a banjo.  Then enjoy some free time in the town before returning to the ship for lunch as you set sail for Hungary.   (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Wednesday, September 25                                          BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
On board lectures and other activities will fill the morning.  After lunch, disembark for a panoramic tour of Budapest’s most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Opera House, and the town park with Vajdahundyad Castle.  There will be stops at the Square of Heroes (the Millennium monument), the Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellert Hill.  The evening is free to explore on your own or purchase the optional Hungarian National Folk Show featuring over 30 performers and musicians which will be followed by a bus transfer to the Buda Hills to view the magnificent filigree bridges of Budapest as they are lighted for the night.  (B/L/D)

Day 10 – Thursday, September 26                                             BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
A full free day to explore this vibrant city on your own or partake in one of the optional tours such as a walking tour through the fabulous Budapest Market and Vaci Utca the famous pedestrian street or visit the renowned Bakosz Puzsta where you will enjoy a wonderful equestrian performance by the Hungarian Czikosh (cowboys) along with samplings of local Palinka brandy and delicious snacks.  This evening, another treat is in store; a delightful concert performed by a local Gypsy group in the lounge.  After dinner, be sure to go to the sun deck to observe the magnificent views of Budapest at night as you depart Hungary on the way to Slovakia.   (B/L/D)

Day 11 – Friday, September 27                                                  BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Welcome to Slovakia!  In the morning, pass through Gabcikovo lock, the only lock on the Danube River located between Vienna and Budapest.  This lock is the country’s largest hydroelectric power plant in terms of generating electricity.  Next, put on your walking shoes for an afternoon walking/mini train tour of this lovely city with its famous St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace followed by a walk through the Old Town.  Tonight enjoy a festive Captains Gala Dinner.   (B/L/D)

Day 12 – Saturday, September 28                                              VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Morning city sightseeing of Austria’s Imperial will include the Hunderwasser, the Ringstrasse, the Parliament, the State Opera, Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and Belvedere Palace.  The last stop will be in the old center of Vienna to take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the St. Stephan’s Cathedral.  The balance of the day is at leisure.  You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase one of the optional tours such as a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace or an evening Classical Concert featuring music of Strauss and Mozart.   (B/L/D)

Day 13 – Sunday, September 29, 2019                                     DISEMBARKATION – DEPART VIENNA
As all good things must end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and transfer to the airport for your flight home.   (B)

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All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:

Return airfare from TORONTO, please call for departures from other cities in Canada
1 Night hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania
11 Day first class cruise aboard r/v River Discovery II
Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
All your meals during your river cruise
Welcome Dinner in Bucharest
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Guided city tour of Bucharest
Guided shore excursions during the cruise
All taxes/fees and surcharges
Individual Quiet Vox Boxes
All gratuities for the shipboard crew.
Fully Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*
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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                  SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                               
Outside Category “C”            $6,295                           Outside Category “C”            $7,995
French Balcony Cat. “B”        $6,795                          French Balcony Cat. “B”        $10,695
French Balcony Cat. “A”        $6,895                          French Balcony Cat. “A”        $10,995
French Balcony “Deluxe”       $7,495            

Initial deposit of $1,000 per person is required.  Final payment is due by:  MAY 8, 2019.
Please note a cancellation fee of $250 per person will apply for cancellation prior to the final payment.