June 05 - 26, 2018
Tour Status - Upon Request
Agriculture in Romania has always been the backbone of the economy with over one third of the land devoted to some form of agricultural production.
One half of Hungary lies in the Great Plains region with very fertile soils. Hungary's most important crops include corn, wheat, sugar beets, barley, potatoes, and sunflower seeds.
Continue on a 10 night cruise extension taking a stunningcruise from Budapest to Nuremberg aboard Avalon Waterways "Vista". The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, where you board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Finally disembark your ship in Nuremberg, Germany. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!
- Return Airfare from Calgary/Edmonton/Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver
- Meals as per itinerary
- 4 Star Accommodation
- Visit Bucharest, Romania
- Visit Brasov, Romania
- Visit a dairy Holstein farm
- Visit Romania's finest wine region
- Visit a potato farm
- Dracula's castle
- Visit Viscri, Romania
- Visit cereal grain farm
- Visit Sibiu, Romania
- Visit bio farm
- Visit Kecskemet, Hungary
- Visit Charolais cattle operatio
- Visit a bio-farm that produces organic Vegetables
- Visit first National Park in Hungary
- Visit Thummerer Valley
- Wine Tasting
- City tour of Eger
- Visit Szilvasvarad and Lippizan horse stud farm
- Visit Central Market Hall
- Sightseeing tour of Budapest including Heroes Square,City park and more
- Gellert Spa
- Farewell Dinner
- Hosted by Select Holidays
Day 1: June 05, 2018: Depart North America - Romania [IFM]
An overnight flight from North America to Bucharest, Romania the vibrant capital situated along the Danube River.
Day 2: June 06, 2018: Bucharest, Romania [IFM/D]
Arrive at the Bucharest airport today then transfer to a downtown hotel for a 2-night stay. Rest of the day to relax before enjoying a “Welcome Dinner” this evening.
Day 3: June 07, 2018: Bucharest, Romania [B/L/D]
After breakfast, transfer to a dairy farm in Bucharest’s outskirts. This dairy farm is part of the elite farms for Holstein breed in Romania. It started with Holstein brought from Denmark. Today there are about 500 heads, producing more than 5.000 l of milk every day. Return to Bucharest for lunch. After lunch visit the Palace of Parliament – the 2nd largest building in the world after the Pentagon and according to Guinness Book of World records, it is the largest civilian, most expensive administrative and heaviest building in the world. Enjoy a traditional dinner this evening
Day 4: June 08, 2018: Bucharest - Brasov, Romania [B/L/D]
After breakfast at the hotel, travel north to the Transylvania region of the country. Cross the South Plain and visit a cereal grain farm producing wheat , corn, barley and rape. Enjoy lunch at a local winery with wine tasting. This afternoon
enter the famous Transylvania region of myths, legends and traditions. Arrive at Brasov, a beautiful medieval city, in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, for a 2-night stay. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Jun 09, 2018: Brasov, Romania [B/L/D]
Brasov is known for potatoes and for cow and sheep breeding. This morning visit a local farm that raises sheep, cows, plus have arable land and pasture. Continue to visit the fully restored Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Visit the Rhein wine cellars for tasting and lunch. Return to Brasov for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6: June 10, 2018: Brasov - Viscri, Romania (Home Stay) [B/L/D]
This morning’s visit will include a local market as well as a dairy. Travel to Viscri under the UNESCO listing with more than 150 fortified churches and villages. Tour this Saxon village, have lunch prepared by the locals and check out several peasant house. Take a ride on a horse-drawn cart around the village, which is a common means of transportation for the locals. Dinner and overnight in a peasant house. (Please note: Bathrooms in some cases may be shared by 2 rooms this evening.)
Day 7: June 11, 2018: Viscri - Sibu, Romania [B/L/D]
After breakfast at the hotel, travel towards Sighisoara, a medieval citadel included in the UNESCO heritage listing and continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Lunch will be in the house where Vlad Tepes-Vlad the Impaler- Dracula was born. The tours will include Karpaten Meet Farm– the biggest beef farm in Romania with angus beef cattle. Lunch will be at the farm the continue to Sibu city, was named the European city of culture in 2017. The city is packed full of fascinating sites to explore. Overnight here.
Day 8: June 12, 2018: Bucharest, Romania - Budapest, Hungary [B/L/D]
This morning, return to Bucharest with lunch enroute. This afternoon fly to Budapest, the vibrant capital of
Hungary, meet the local guide and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 9: June 13, 2018: Budapest - Kecskemet, Hungary [B/L/D]
Today, travel to Lajosmizse to visit a Charolaise cattle operation. Also learn the families unique technique for creating paprika. Have lunch in a traditional gypsy restaurant. Tour the city of Kecskemet before checking into hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 10: June 14, 2018: Kecskemet - Tiszafured, Hungary [B/L/D]
Today is all about agriculture and farm visits.
Day 11: June 15, 2018: Tiszafured - Egar, Hungary [B/L/D]
Today, visit a nature and conservation reserve-the first national park in Hungary. Enjoy a traditional lunch before traveling to Noszvaj to visit the caves and wine cellars of the Thummerer Valley. Overnight in Eager. (Please Note: The hotel used this evening is the best in the region)
Day 12: June 16, 2018: Egar - Budapest, Hungary [B/L/D]
After breakfast, tour the city of Egar then travel to Szilvasvarad to visit theLippizan horse stud and a forestry museum. Travel back to Budapest for a 3-night stay.
Day 13: June 17, 2018: Budapest, Hungary [B/L/D]
Travel out of the city to visit the “Enying Agricultural Corporation”, the largest in Hungary. Following lunch, visit the AgatidiDistillery for tasting of some of Hungary's fine brandy. Dinner will be in a traditional Hungarian restaurant.
Day 14: June 18, 2018: Budapest, Hungary [B/L/D]
Today, visit Budapest, from the Central Market Hall to Heroes Square, City Park and more.
Day 15: June 19, 2018: River Cruise [B/L/D]
Transfer to the waiting “Vista” Cruise Vessel to begin a 8-day adventure on the Danube and Main Rivers. Enjoy a‘Welcome Aboard Reception”.
Day 16: June 20, 2018: Sailing - Vienna Sail [B/L/D]
Today is a relaxing day on board with beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on the left and Slovakia is on the right. This evening, arrive into Vienna-known as “the City of Music” which inspired the greats like Mozart and Beethoven. (Optional concert is available this evening)
Day 17: June 21, 2018: Vienna [B/L/D]
Centre to the mighty Habsburg Empire; the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex; and the Vienna Boys Choir. Be sure to take a break for some Vienna coffee and pastries.
Day 18: June 22, 2018: Durnstein - Melk [B/L/D]
Durnstein is known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700’s. Cruise through the Wachau Valley, the heart of the wine region. Take a guided walk to visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, sample some of the local wines.
Day 19: June 23, 2018 : Passau [B/L/D]
This is where the three rivers converge and where one of the world’s largest pipe organ can be found. There are optional full day tours today. One to Salzburg where the “Sound of Music” was filmed and the other to Chesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 20: June 24, 2018: Regensburg [B/L/D]
Sail intoRegensburg one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities. Walk across the Stone Bridge, oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy a snack at the historic Old Sausage Kitchen.
Day 21: June 25, 2018: Roth - Nuremberg [B/L/D]
There is a choice of guided sightseeing today. A guided sightseeing walking tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour. Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII and much has been restored.
Day 22: June 26, 2018: End of Cruise [B/IFM]
Following breakfast on board, transfer to the airport for the flight back to North America.
Per Person, Double - $11,564.00 CAD, Cat. "E", INCLUDING AIR
+ $892.94 Air/gOVERNMENT & Port TAxES
Per Person, Double - $12,890.00 CAD, Cat. "B", INCLUDING AIR
+ $892.94 Air/GOVERNMENT & port taxES
Single Occupancy - Call for Details
Initial Deposit per person - $1,500.00
Second Deposit per person: $2,000.00 is due prior to October 01, 2017
Final Payment per person is due prior to February 01, 2018