Passage to Eastern Europe featuring Transylvania - 2024

Your 12-night journey includes: River-view stateroom aboard the m/s River Splendor; 9-night European river cruise to Budapest, Kalocsa, Mohacs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, Iron Gates, Ruse & Bucharest; 2 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Bucharest
  • REVEL IN FASCINATING FOLKLORIC TRADITION AND STORYBOOK SCENERY AS YOU CRUISE THE DANUBE THROUGH FIVE COUNTRIES
  • CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) FEATURING FISHERMAN’S BASTION
  • The quaint and colorful village of Veliko Turnovo with the river running through.
    SPEND A FULL DAY IN CHARMING 12TH-CENTURY VELIKO TARNOVO, WHERE YOU'LL LUNCH WITH LOCAL STUDENTS
  • SAIL THROUGH THE IRON GATES, ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND BEAUTIFUL STRETCHES ALONG THE DANUBE
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA
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Warsaw & Krakow (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,499 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $249 PER DAY

Experience the resurgence of Warsaw and Krakow on this historical foray into the heart of Poland. You’ll spend two days in Warsaw, the elegant capital meticulously restored after the destruction during World War II, before transferring to one of Europe’s most indisputably beautiful cities — Krakow. Enjoy informative walking tours of each city’s atmospheric and historic districts and visit the Warsaw Ghetto and the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps to explore some of the darkest chapters in world history. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites round out this extension — don't miss it!

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations: 3 nights at the Sheraton Krakow (or similar); and 2 nights at the Westin Hotel Warsaw (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • 3 UNESCO Sites: Historic Centre of Warsaw, Historic Centre of Krakow, and Auschwitz Birkenau
  • A scenic transfer from Krakow to Budapest
  • All transfers and baggage handling overseas (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1:

Depart home

This evening, you'll fly overnight to Warsaw, Poland.

Day 2:

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

This morning, arrive at the airport in Warsaw after your overnight flight; a Vantage representative will take you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow pre-trip travelers with a Welcome Briefing and drink, followed by Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Tour Warsaw’s Old Town and visit the Warsaw Ghetto

On this morning’s included tour, you’ll delve into Warsaw's Old Town, the historic heart of the Polish capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO designation recognizes the painstaking rebuilding of this district following deliberate destruction by retreating German troops. We’ll also visit the remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto, where some 400,000 Jewish citizens were imprisoned after the Nazi conquest of Poland in World War II, and three quarters of whom died in concentration camps. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore more of Warsaw on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

Head to Krakow

After breakfast, transfer to Krakow today, arriving in the afternoon just in time for lunch on your own. Your City Host can make suggestions! You'll then check-in to your hotel and enjoy a day at leisure with dinner on your own. Later, if you're feeling in the spirit, join your City Host for a pub crawl through Krakow's bars.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

This afternoon, we’ll make a somber visit to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and the nearby “death camp” of Birkenau. These sites are now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They’re also a museum and a memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million people who perished here.

Included Feature:

  • Auschwitz and Birkenau visit

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Make the most of your journey with an optional walking tour in Krakow. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast
Destination Enhancements: Krakow Walking Tour

Krakow Walking Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $39 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • When: TBD

This optional walking tour will introduce you to this elegant city, where you’ll witness 10 centuries of architecture on full display. Once the seat of Poland’s royalty, your exploration of Krakow includes Wawel Castle — the coronation and burial site of Polish kings — and the vast medieval square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Krakow, Poland.


Day 6:

Spend a day as you please in Krakow

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Krakow. 

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7:

Journey on a scenic ride to Budapest

After breakfast today, we depart for a lengthy but scenic motorcoach trip from Krakow to Budapest to join the base program.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Transylvania, Romania (Pre-Trip)

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $249 PER DAY

Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; plus, step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales!

Please note that in an effort to better the pacing, two days (Days 3 and 7) from your base journey will take place within your extension. The order of these two base days in the extension itinerary is subject to change.

Your Price Includes:

  • 4 nights in Brasov, Romania at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half-Day Excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula, and a walking tour of Brasov
  • Excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Transfers, and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1

Fly to Romania

Fly overnight to Bucharest, Romania.

Day 2:

Attend a Welcome Dinner and Briefing at your hotel

Arrive in Bucharest today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner at the hotel, where you will also attend a Welcome Briefing.

Day 3:

Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings

Explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. 

After lunch in Bucharest, we’ll travel into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Dinner is at a local restaurant in Brasov.

Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Day 4:

Explore Brasov and Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula

Following breakfast, embark on a walking tour of beautiful Brasov, followed by a visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. You'll have free time for lunch on your own here before returning to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Explore Brasov on your own

Enjoy day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Explore legendary Transylvania on an optional highlights tour. Learn more

Destination Enhancements: Highlights of Transylvania

Highlights of Transylvania

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Transylvania, Romania
  • When: TBD

Although best known as the land of vampire lore, there's more to legendary Transylvania than supernatural myths. Visiting Transylvania is like traveling back in time. Horse-drawn carts travel along dirt roads, shepherds tend their flocks, and all around are lush forests, sprawling pastures, and colorful wildflower meadows. The history of this Central European region spans all the way back to the 1st century BC and you'll enjoy tales of the past while visiting the top highlights in this area during this optional tour.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Transylvania, Romania.


Day 6:

Inside Prejmer Fortified Church

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7:

Transylvanian delights: mountainous Sinaia and grand Peles Castle

Our tour of Transylvania continues as we travel through the scenic valleys and humble villages of the last medieval landscape in Europe. On the way, stop for lunch in Sinaia, a royal summer retreat, and visit the fairy-tale Peleș Castle. Afterward, we'll transfer to Giurgiu and embark ship.

*Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Today, travelers on the base tour will be joined onboard the river ship by passengers taking the pre-trip extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Warsaw & Krakow (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,499 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $250 PER DAY

Experience the resurgence of Warsaw and Krakow on this historical foray into the heart of Poland. You’ll spend three nights in Krakow, one of Europe's most indisputably beautiful cities, before transferring to Warsaw, the elegant capital meticulously restored after its destruction during World War II. Enjoy informative walking tours of each city’s atmospheric and historic districts and visit the Warsaw Ghetto and the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps to explore some of the darkest chapters in world history. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites round out this extension — don't miss it!

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations: 3 nights at the Sheraton Krakow (or similar); and 2 nights at the Westin Hotel Warsaw (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • 3 UNESCO Sites: Historic Centre of Warsaw, Historic Centre of Krakow, and Auschwitz Birkenau
  • A scenic transfer from Budapest to Krakow
  • All transfers and baggage handling overseas (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 13:

Journey on a scenic ride to Krakow

After breakfast today, we depart for a lengthy but scenic motorcoach trip from Budapest to Krakow. Enjoy an evening at leisure, with dinner on your own. Later, if you're feeling in the spirit, join your City Host for a pub crawl through Krakow's bars. 

Day 14:

Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

This afternoon, we’ll make a somber visit to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and the nearby “death camp” of Birkenau. These sites are now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They’re also a museum and a memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million people who perished here.

Included Feature:

  • Auschwitz and Birkenau visit

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Make the most of your journey with an optional walking tour in Krakow. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast
Destination Enhancements: Krakow Walking Tour

Krakow Walking Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $39 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • When: TBD

This optional walking tour will introduce you to this elegant city, where you’ll witness 10 centuries of architecture on full display. Once the seat of Poland’s royalty, your exploration of Krakow includes Wawel Castle — the coronation and burial site of Polish kings — and the vast medieval square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Krakow, Poland.


Day 15:

Spend a day as you please in Krakow

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Krakow.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 16:

Head to Warsaw 

After breakfast, transfer to Warsaw today, arriving in the afternoon just in time for lunch on your own. Your City Host can make suggestions! Afterward, check into your hotel and enjoy a day at leisure with dinner on your own. 

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 17:

Tour Warsaw’s Old Town and visit the Warsaw Ghetto

On this morning’s included tour, you’ll delve into Warsaw's Old Town, the historic heart of the Polish capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO designation recognizes the painstaking rebuilding of this district following deliberate destruction by retreating German troops. We’ll also visit the remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto, where some 400,000 Jewish citizens were imprisoned after the Nazi conquest of Poland in World War II, and three quarters of whom died in concentration camps. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore more of Warsaw on your own. This evening, reconvene at the hotel for dinner. 

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

Day 18:

Fly home

After breakfast in the hotel this morning, transfer to the Warsaw airport for your flight back to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Transylvania, Romania (Post-Trip)

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $250 PER DAY

Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; plus, step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales!

Please note that in an effort to better the pacing, two days (Days 11 and 15) from your base journey will take place within your extension. The order of these two base days in the extension itinerary is subject to change.

Your Price Includes:

  • 4 nights in Brasov, Romania at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half-Day Excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula, and a walking tour of Brasov
  • Excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Transfers, and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 11:

Traveling through Transylvanian history

Today we’ll venture into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Sinaia, a former royal summer retreat, and visit fairy-tale Peles Castle. As we enter Transylvania proper, you’ll see why it’s known as the last medieval landscape in Europe. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price. Passengers on the pre-trip extension to Transylvania will have the Bucharest portion of their base program today.

Day 12:

Explore Brasov and Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula

Following breakfast, embark on a walking tour of beautiful Brasov, followed by a visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. You'll have free time for lunch on your own here before returning to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 13:

Explore Brasov on your own

Enjoy day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Explore legendary Transylvania on an optional highlights tour. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast
Destination Enhancements: Highlights of Transylvania

Highlights of Transylvania

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Transylvania, Romania
  • When: TBD

Although best known as the land of vampire lore, there's more to legendary Transylvania than supernatural myths. Visiting Transylvania is like traveling back in time. Horse-drawn carts travel along dirt roads, shepherds tend their flocks, and all around are lush forests, sprawling pastures, and colorful wildflower meadows. The history of this Central European region spans all the way back to the 1st century BC and you'll enjoy tales of the past while visiting the top highlights in this area during this optional tour.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Transylvania, Romania.


Day 14:

Inside Prejmer Fortified Church

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 15:

Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings

Today we’ll make our way to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll embark on a panoramic tour and have lunch. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating walking tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. Dinner is included at your hotel.

Please note: The Bucharest portion of today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Day 16:

Return home

Transfer to the Bucharest airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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