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Eastern Treasures - Royal Emerald

A cultural exploration from the delta lands of the Danube to the majestic city of Vienna aboard the Royal Emerald

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  • History and Culture
  • Iron Gates

Join us for what promises to be a splendid journey as we navigate the Danube River from the delta in the east to Austria’s elegant capital, Vienna. We will sail through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria on one of the world’s great journeys through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. From the earliest times the Danube has been one of Europe’s most important trade routes linking the eastern shores with central Europe and it is the combination of modern and traditional culture along the way makes for a fascinating voyage. Excursions with excellent local guides and interesting talks by our guest speaker will create an enjoyable, informative and lively atmosphere as we sail along the Danube in all its early summer glory. To enhance your holiday further we are offering a six night pre-cruise extension in the beautiful region of Transylvania in Romania, during which you will travel through some of the last untouched and least travelled areas of Europe.

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  • Itinerary Highlights

    Pelicans, Danube Delta

    - Danube Delta wetlands

    - City of the Tsars – Veliko Tarnovo

    - The Belogradchik Rocks and Vidin’s Philharmonic orchestra

    - Scenic cruising through the Iron Gates

    - Folklore dance display in Belgrade

    - Hungary’s famous wine region of Villany

    - “Queen of the Danube” – Budapest

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Royal Emerald

Royal Emerald

We are delighted to have chartered the MS Royal Emerald for a series of river cruises along Europe’s main waterways in 2018. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 171 passengers, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on board. With its expansive Sun Deck there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your floating hotel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Bucharest, Romania.

Fly by scheduled flight and on arrival transfer to Fetesti (approx. 2.5 hours) for embarkation aboard the MS Royal Emerald. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Danube Delta.

The vast Danube Delta is one of the most important wetlands left in Europe. We will access this unique region from Mila 35 at the entrance to the delta and explore by local boats. Return to the vessel and sail in the afternoon. Tonight join your fellow travellers for Welcome Drinks and Dinner.

Day 3 - Bucharest.

Arrive this morning in the port of Chicu Calarasi for a drive to Bucharest. We will explore the main sights of this city and see the boulevards with their decidedly French style. After lunch in a local restaurant there will be a choice of afternoon visits. You may wish to visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation and makes for a fascinating tour (please note that closure at short notice is possible if unannounced official functions are taking place). Alternatively, visit the fascinating Village Museum, an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herastrau Park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 square metres, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania. Afterwards we head to the port of Giurgiu where we re-join our vessel and sail onto Rousse for an overnight mooring. After dinner this evening we will be entertained by a lively Bulgarian folk troupe.

Day 4 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Rousse we depart by coach for a full day tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant visit the museum town of Arbanassi, famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ. We return to our ship at Svistov and sail.

Day 5 - Belogradchik & Vidin.

This morning we continue cruising, reaching the Bulgarian port of Vidin in the early afternoon. After lunch on board we will drive to Belogradchik which is located close to the Serbian border. The Belogradchik Rocks are a famous Bulgarian beauty spot. The sandstone has been weathered into all manner of bizarre shapes, and housed amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort, built on the remains of a Roman structure. The excursion will end with a visit to Vidin for a performance of classical music by a string quartet from the wonderful Vidin Philharmonic.

Day 6 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular as we cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Day 7 - Belgrade, Serbia.

Arrive in Belgrade this morning and join a tour of the city’s main attractions including Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the world and Tito’s Memorial. The tour will end with an excellent dance display from a local folklore troupe. Sail in the afternoon towards Mohacs.

Day 8 - Pecs & Villany, Hungary.

Arrive into Mohacs this morning and after breakfast we depart for a full day scenic tour of Pecs and Villany. The city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. The visit will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past, as well as a short organ recital in the splendid Pecs Cathedral. Continue on to the town of Villany where we will enjoy lunch and a wine tasting. Villany is one of Hungary’s top wine regions, known for its reds and rosés. Thanks to the area’s sub-Mediterranean climate, wines from Villany are full-bodied and spicy and of the highest quality. Return to the ship and sail towards Budapest.

Day 9 - Budapest.

Arrive early this morning and after breakfast depart on a tour of Hungary’s elegant capital. The excursion will include the old quarter, a visit to Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion from where there are stunning views of the city. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure to explore ashore or relax on board the ship.

Day 10 - Vienna, Austria.

This morning relax on board as we cruise towards Vienna, arriving around midday. After lunch depart for a city tour, including the famous Ringstrasse and the Old Quarter and St Stephan’s Cathedral. Alternatively join an excursion to Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. Return to the ship and this evening gather with your fellow travellers for the Farewell Drinks & Gala Dinner.

Day 11 - Vienna to London.

Disembark after breakfast and either enjoy a morning ashore at leisure or join an excursion to Vienna Woods before your return to London by scheduled flight.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £300 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
16 to 26 May 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Suite £2495 £2195
2 Balcony Suite £2795 £2495
3 Deluxe Balcony Suite £2895 £2595
4 Junior Balcony Suite £3295 £2995
5 Royal Balcony Suite £3695 £3395
6 Royal Panorama Suite £4295 £3995
1 Standard Suite for sole use £2495 £2195
Balcony Suite for sole use £2795 £2495

Tour Reference Code: RCRE160518

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 10 nights aboard the MS Royal Emerald on full board basis • House wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner • Shore excursions • Gratuities • Guest Speaker • Cruise Director • Tour Manager • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance

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Royal Emerald

We are delighted to have chartered the MS Royal Emerald for a series of river cruises along Europe’s main waterways in 2018. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 171 passengers, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on board. With its expansive Sun Deck there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your floating hotel.

 
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Open Air Lounge
    Open Air Lounge
  • Bar
    Bar
  • Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
    Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
  • Category 2 - Balcony Suite
    Category 2 - Balcony Suite
  • Category 5 - Diamond Deck
    Category 5 - Diamond Deck
  • Your Suite

    There are six grades of cabin categories:

    Royal Panorama Suites (Category 6: 336 & 337) are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and at 325 square feet are the largest on board. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery from the private, full length balcony and through the floor to ceiling windows which stretch across two walls of the cabin.

    Royal Balcony Suites (Category 5: 314-317) are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300 to 315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom.

    Junior Balcony Suites (Category 4: 201-202 & 301-302) are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. All have a private, full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathroom featuring a large vanity basin and spacious shower.

    Deluxe Balcony Suites (Category 3: 303-312 and 203-212) are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and are tastefully designed.

    Balcony Suites (Cat 2: 318-335 and 214-235) are located on Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. They feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and comfortable facilities.

    Standard Suites (Cat 1: 100-112, 114-115 & 117) are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet, and offer a spacious and clever layout to maximise your comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view and there is no balcony.

  • Your Space

    Spread over four decks, the onboard facilities include the Crystal Dining Room which is situated on the Sapphire Deck and serves delicious fare in a comfortable setting with open seating throughout. The Panorama Lounge & Bar is situated on the Diamond Deck and is a convivial social space with large floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows which create a bright and airy ambience. On the spacious Sun Deck there is plenty of deck furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather. There is also a Walking Track for those who wish to keep fit. To add to your comfort, the ship also offers a gift shop, a lift between the Sapphire and Diamond Decks and a Wellness Area on Jewel Deck.

  • Your Dining

    Meals are always taken in an open seating arrangement to allow you to meet and mingle with your fellow travellers. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and feature hot and cold dishes whereas dinner is served at your table. The cuisine is a selection of regional specialties and international dishes. House wine/beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. There is also a 24 hour tea & coffee station. A complimentary bottle of water is placed in all cabins and replenished each day and small water bottles are provided to take with you on shore excursions.

  • Life Onboard

    The vessel offers luxury and elegance in smart and refined surroundings, ensuring a welcoming and informal atmosphere on board. The friendly crew of 48 will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will offer information on the next day’s activities and English-speaking local guides provide insider knowledge into the local culture, horticulture, architecture, and history.

  • Ship Directory

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    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Emerald for your upcoming river voyage. Built in 2008, the MS Royal Emerald is an elegant river vessel accommodating up to 171 guests in spacious suites, the majority of which feature balconies. The vessel has been designed for luxury and comfort with stylishly furnished suites, a delightful restaurant and a bright and airy bar area with large floor-to ceiling panoramic windows.

    The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal so that once you embark you will feel immediately at home. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming, and you will enjoy impeccable service on board.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins and public rooms have air conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may have to be changed at short notice due to weather conditions, technical reasons or decisions by the local harbour masters. Should there be any alterations, the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.

    ALL ABOARD

    The Daily Programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, the tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the ALL ABOARD time indicated on that day’s Daily Programme.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck, in your cabin and in public areas.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. For other drinks consumed throughout your journey you will receive a final bill to settle at the end of the voyage. Complimentary tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Panorama Lounge. Complimentary bottles of mineral water will be placed in your cabin daily and near reception to take with you on the excursion. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.

    BOUTIQUE/SHOP

    There is a small shop selling a selection of souvenirs and postcards, located near to reception on the Diamond Deck.

    SUITE FACILITIES

    All of the 86 suites are equipped with air conditioning/heating, closets, drawers, a safe, hairdryer, Samsung HD TV, bathrobes, slippers and a mini bar that is replenished as and when required. The beds can be configured as twin or double and the perfectly appointed bathrooms feature the very latest shower and wet-room technology, as well as a selection of L’Occitane toiletries. Closets vary in size by cabin category but have plentiful hangers, shelf and drawer space. Suites in Categories 2 to 6 feature private balconies fitted with the pioneering sun lounge screen (a glass enclosed seating area, which can be transformed into a balcony at the push of a button). Category 1 Standard Suites have elevated picture windows (no balcony) and more compact bathrooms. All suites have complimentary access to a high speed Wi-Fi system.

    SUITE SIZES

    The ship has six grades of suite categories:

    Category 1: Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet. They have an ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are cleverly designed to give a spacious feel and maximum comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view (no balcony).

    Category 2: Balcony Suites are located on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. These suites also feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and comfortable facilities.

    Category 3: Deluxe Balcony Suites are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are tastefully designed.

    Category 4: Junior Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. They all have a private full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathrooms, featuring a high-sided bathtub, shower, and large vanity basin.

    Category 5: Royal Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300-315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom with shower and bathtub.

    Category 6: Royal Panorama Suites are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and, at 325 square feet, are the largest on the ship. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery through the floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin, as well as an outside balcony. There is also sitting area with a sofa and an ensuite bathroom with a larger shower.

    COMMUNICATION

    The vessel is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 49 152 2290 6939 (subject to charge).

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by a Noble Caledonia Cruise Director and Tour Managers who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money changing service on board.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have thresholds which must be stepped over. There is a lift for passenger use between Sapphire and Diamond Decks.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DOCTOR

    There is no doctor on board. Should you be in need of medical assistance, please contact a member of the crew or your Cruise Director. In case of an emergency during the night please use the emergency call button in your cabin. Because the ship sails close to the shore, medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly. Passengers requiring special medication are advised to bring a supply with them. Should you need to restock your medication, please advise your Cruise Director or a member of the crew as soon as possible.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. shirt and trousers for gentlemen and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8.30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise please remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. Please carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of your cabin door after embarkation. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Sun Deck.

    FIRE SAFETY

    A deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits can be found on the wardrobe in your cabin next to your cabin door. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    FITNESS ROOM

    A small fitness centre is located on the Jewel Deck. A variety of exercise equipment is available.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A small selection of games and books is available in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser available.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attend to your cabin twice daily.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.

    LIBRARY

    There is no library on board but a small selection of reference books can be found in the spacious Panorama Lounge.

    LIFT

    There is a lift for passenger use between the Sapphire Deck and Diamond Deck.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEALS

    The restaurant is located on the Sapphire Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Buffet Breakfast & Lunch • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee are served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price.

    Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your Cruise Director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.

    NEWSHEETS

    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you have read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.

    PANORAMA BAR & LOUNGE

    The Panorama Bar & Lounge is located on the Diamond Deck and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Relax in comfort and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the onboard musician playing background music on the ship’s piano.

    PANORAMA FORWARD LOUNGE

    There is an additional lounge towards the forward end of the ship on the Diamond Deck. Here you will find a covered deck area available with armchairs and tables for relaxation.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and all purchases are charged to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and hand in to the Cruise Director before disembarking.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew members on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, please advise a member of the crew who will arrange for you to be served in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands.

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SUN DECK

    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Sun Deck. The Sun Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.

    TOILETRIES

    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.

    TOWELS

    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VALUABLES

    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to Noble Caledonia or the ship’s senior staff once on board so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the ship. Please note that internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas, locks or areas with weak coverage

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Itinerary Highlights

- Danube Delta wetlands

- City of the Tsars – Veliko Tarnovo

- The Belogradchik Rocks and Vidin’s Philharmonic orchestra

- Scenic cruising through the Iron Gates

- Folklore dance display in Belgrade

- Hungary’s famous wine region of Villany

- “Queen of the Danube” – Budapest

Tour Extensions

    • 10th to 16th May 2018

      Before embarking the MS Royal Emerald we are offering the opportunity to explore Transylvania, located in Central Romania. Transylvania is a region of exquisite countryside surrounded by the arc of the dramatic Carpathian mountain chain and is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval towns and stunning castles.

      Bran castle, Brasov Bran castle, Brasov

      Day 1 London to Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Fly by scheduled indirect flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to your four-star hotel for a two night stay. Tonight gather for the traditional bread and salt welcome, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner at your hotel.

      Day 2 Cluj-Napoca. Today we depart for a visit to this historical capital of Transylvania, dating back to the Roman conquest of Dacia. The city is an important cultural and academic centre and our tour will include the Old Town, the Cathedral of St Michael, and the Baroqueera Banffy Palace (outside view). Lunch will be in a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the city’s renowned Botanical Gardens, founded by the academic Alexandru Borza in 1920. The site covers 14 hectares and is home to more than 10,000 plants. Return to the hotel and this evening is at leisure.

      Day 3 Rimetea, Alba Iulia & Sibiu. After breakfast we depart for the village of Rimetea. Renowned for its traditional white houses with green windows, Rimetea is one of the best conserved and most beautiful cultural attractions in Romania, and was the first village in the country to be granted the Europa Nostra award for the successful preservation of its architectural heritage. On arrival enjoy some time including refreshments in a local guesthouse. We then continue on to Alba Iulia, the town where Ferdinand and Marie were crowned Kings of the Great Romania. We will have lunch here in a local restaurant, after which we visit the stunning White Citadel and the Coronation Cathedral, as well as the Unification Museum. We then continue on to the town of Sibiu and check in to our hotel for a two night stay. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

      Day 4 Sibiu & Sibiel. After breakfast join a walking tour of colourful Sibiu followed by some free time before lunch in the old city. Later we will drive to Sibiel and visit a unique and superb museum of glass painted icons, located in the old village church. Return to Sibiu and this evening is free to enjoy this pretty town at leisure.

      Day 5 Biertan, Sighisoara & Brasov. After breakfast depart for picturesque Biertan where the first glimpse of the town’s Medieval church is unforgettable; it towers over the square below, surrounded by vividly painted houses and backed by vineyards. On arrival we visit the UNESCO 14th century fortified church, once the home to the Lutheran Bishop of Transylvania. Continue on to Sighisoara and on arrival explore the Old Town. Enjoy some free time here for lunch and exploring at leisure before we continue onwards to Brasov. Check in to our hotel for two nights and dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.

      Day 6 Brasov & Bran. After breakfast depart for a city tour of Brasov, including the Old City, City Hall Square, St Nicholas Church and the Black Church. We then continue on towards Bran, with a lunch stop en-route. On arrival in Bran we will take a tour to see the world famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, used the castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania. Afterwards, we return to Brasov and the remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening enjoy a Farewell Drink & Dinner in the nearby resort town of Poiana Brasov.

      Day 7 Sinaia to Fetesti. Check out of the hotel and depart for the picturesque town of Sinaia for a visit of the fairy-tale Peles Castle, commissioned by King Carol I in the 19th century. Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, this elaborately decorated castle is a masterpiece of German neo-Renaissance architecture and considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. We then continue on for a lunch stop at Ploiesti before our final journey to Fetesti to embark the MS Royal Emerald.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1195
      Single £1455

      Price includes: Six nights hotel accommodation at four-star hotels as described • Meals as described • Wine & soft drinks with included lunches & dinners • Excursions • Gratuities • Tour Manager.

      Not Included: Travel insurance.

River Guides

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    • Danube

    More than any other river in the world, the Danube will always conjure thoughts of music. The Danube rises in the Black Forest of Germany and reaches its end in the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities on its way (more than any other river in the world) and ten countries – Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova. It has many tributaries, some important rivers themselves. The Danube is all about high culture and the historic cities that appear in close succession along its banks.

    Vienna, for instance, is a jewel. Its Ring created by Franz Joseph in the 1860s is a parade of imperial magnificence, opera house after university, palace after cathedral, interspersed with shaded gardens designed for outdoor summer concerts. Yet this is a city centre small enough to walk around easily – though you can take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Must-sees include the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn but if you might want to try a must-do, go to the Music House where you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on screen – if you get to the end, the orchestra stands up and applauds you!

    Bratislava is a tiny city dominated by its castle on the hill and a historic gem. The Old Town is completely pedestrianized which makes for pleasant walking. Besides the Gothic Cathedral and an exquisitely pretty Old Town Hall, look out for the humorous statues – the Good Soldier Schweik’s head emerging from a manhole on the street for instance. Budapest is a city of two halves. Buda is hilly and wooded with Gothic houses and cobbled streets. Pest is all grand boulevards and Baroque buildings including a jewel of an opera house. For music lovers, there are museums to Liszt and Bartok and plenty of concerts on offer. And for everyone there are breath-taking views from the Fisherman’s Bastion perched high above the city where, in the sunshine, the Danube turns a perfect blue.

Also of Interest

Spring Flowers & the Golden Age of Dutch Art 2018

A cruise exploring the horticultural highlights & art treasures of the Netherlands aboard the Royal Crown

Royal Crown
  • Amsterdam
  • Edam / Volendam / Marken
  • Arnhem / Het Loo
  • Veere / Middleburg
  • Rotterdam .The Hague /Delft
  • Keukenhof Gardens / Haarlem
  • Utrecht
Spring Flowers & the Golden Age of Dutch Art 2018
9 nights from £2795
Next Departure 29 March 2018 View all dates
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Timeless Landscapes of the Low Countries

A scenic river voyage discovering the history & culture of Holland and Belgium aboard the Royal Emerald

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Royal Emerald
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Arnhem
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Ghent
  • Bruges
  • Rotterdam / The Hague / Delft
  • Hoorn / Edam / Volendam
  • Amsterdam
Timeless Landscapes of the Low Countries
9 nights from £1995
Next Departure 15 April 2018 View all dates
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Glories of Life & Art in the Low Countries

A river voyage along the Dutch waterways to Ghent in Belguim aboard the Royal Crown

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Royal Crown
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Keukenhof Gardens / Haarlem
  • Edam / Volendam / Marken
  • Dordrecht / Kinderdijk
  • Veere / Middleburg
  • Ghent, Belguim
  • Bruges
  • Amsterdam
Glories of Life & Art in the Low Countries
9 nights from £2495
Next Departure 17 April 2018 View all dates
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From Berlin to Prague

A week long river cruise along the Elbe aboard the MV Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Magdeburg
  • Wittenberg
  • Meissen / Dresden
  • Dresden / Saxon Switzerland
  • Prague, Czech Republic
From Berlin to Prague
7 nights from £2395
Next Departure 28 April 2018 View all dates
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From Budapest to the Black Sea

A journey along the majestic Danube aboard the Amadeus Elegant

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Amadeus Elegant
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Kalocsa
  • Pecs / Villany
  • Vukovar, Croatia
  • Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates
  • Belogradchik / Vidin, Bulgaria
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Rousse.
  • Constanta, Romania
  • Tulcea
  • Bucharest
From Budapest to the Black Sea
14 nights from £3395
Next Departure 8 June 2018 View all dates
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From the Black Sea to Amsterdam

A 23 night river cruise across Europe aboard the Amadeus Elegant

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Amadeus Elegant
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Danube Delta
  • Bucharest
  • Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  • Iron Gates
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Vukovar, Croatia
  • Pecs, Hungary
  • Kalocsa
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Wachau Valley / Melk
  • Passau, Germany
  • Regensburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Bamberg
  • Wurzburg
  • Wertheim / Miltenberg
  • Rudesheim
  • Koblenz / Cologne
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
From the Black Sea to Amsterdam
23 nights from £4995
Next Departure 22 June 2018 View all dates
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Music & Majesty of the Danube

A cruise between Budapest and Vienna celebrating the delightful music of the Danube aboard the Royal Crown

Royal Crown
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Melk
  • Vienna
Music & Majesty of the Danube
6 nights from £1995
Next Departure 16 October 2018 View all dates
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Music & Wine of the Danube

A cruise from Vienna to Budapest combining the region’s wonderful music, wine and culture aboard the Royal Crown

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Royal Crown
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Krems / Durnstein
  • Melk / Weissenkirchen / Wachau Valley
  • Vienna
  • Budapest, Hungary
Music & Wine of the Danube
6 nights from £1495
Next Departure 22 October 2018 View all dates
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Spring Flowers & the Golden Age of Dutch Art

A cruise exploring the horticultural highlights & art treasures of the Netherlands aboard the MS Royal Crown

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £300 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Royal Crown
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Enkhuizen Edam / Volendam
  • Arnhem / Het Loo
  • Veere / Middelburg
  • Rotterdam The Hague Delft
  • Keukenhof Gardens / Haarlem
  • Utrecht
  • Amsterdam
Spring Flowers & the Golden Age of Dutch Art
9 nights from £2595
Next Departure 29 March 2019 View all dates
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