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Passage to Eastern Europe

Traverse Eastern Europe on an impeccable itinerary designed to conduct guests through a range of highlights and attractions along the spectacular Danube river.

Explore on a carefully-balanced Danube River Cruise itinerary filled with activities, tours and free time. Whether guests wish to dive into local culture, be stunned by impeccable architecture or enjoy vast landscapes of jaw-dropping scenery – there’s something available to suit the wants of every traveller.

After a full day of exploring, return to your 5-star suite aboard either the Viking Longship Vidar or Ullur – glamorously modern floating hotels designed by Viking River Cruises to prioritise guest comfort and convenience.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Vidar / Viking Ullur
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct
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Passage to Eastern Europe Cruise Itinerary

From Bucharest to Budapest, this 11-day itinerary follows the Danube through the highlights of 5 countries – stopping at highly coveted tourist destinations and culturally rich destinations. Enjoy a range of visits, tours and unique experiences over the course of your adventure.

Day 1


Begin your getaway by checking into your hotel. Spend the day exploring Romania’s capital view the Palace of Parliament and the Village Museum.

Day 2

Bucharest (EMBARK)

Check out of your hotel and spend the day exploring Bucharest’s world-class museums and stunning architecture before transferring to your ship.

Day 3


At our first port, bare witness to stunning medieval architecture and enjoy the opportunity to sample local Bulgarian specialities.

Day 4


Spend the day exploring historic landmarks – including Vidin’s only entirely preserved medieval castle.

Day 5

The Iron Gate (SCENIC SAILING) / Golubac

This morning, sail the spectacular Danube river through the natural wonders of the Iron Gate.
Upon arrival to Golubac, admire scenic river views whilst learning about the history of its 14th-century fortress.

Day 6


Embark on a walk around Kalemegdan Fortress or opt to pay a visit to the Church of St. Sava and the Square of the Republic.

Day 7


Witness Osijek’s highlights and enjoy a specially arranged meeting with a local family. Later, admire Vukovar’s buildings and palace.

Day 8


In this cultural centre, sample paprika-flavoured food and attend a specular Puszta horseman show.

Day 9

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark from your ship and check into your hotel. Spend the day exploring both sides of the Danube river, from Buda’s Castle District to the modernised Pest.

Day 10


Today, enjoy the opportunity to cross the Chain Bridge, browse a museum or visit a thermal spa.

Day 11


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

Passage to Eastern Europe Cruise Ships

Viking Longship Ullur

Named after the God of the Hunt, this sleek and efficient floating hotel features French balconies, Verandas, 360-degree views, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, library, shop and many more built in modern conveniences.

53 Crew Members
Built in 2019
Complimentary Movies

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Passage to Eastern Europe Deals

Continue your journey through Eastern Europe with Viking

10 Nights
May Oct

Passage to Eastern Europe

  • Bucharest
  • Bucharest (EMBARK)
  • Ruse
  • Vidin
  • The Iron Gate (SCENIC SAILING) / Golubac
  • Belgrade
  • Osijek
  • Kalocsa
  • Budapest (DISEMBARK)
  • Budapest
£2,895pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Vidar / Viking Ullur  

Passage to Eastern Europe Cruise Review

“Superb throughout the entire duration. Each day brought something new and interesting to learn about, and everything was incredibly well organised.”

Tony Murphy, Nottingham

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Passage to Eastern Europe FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the maximum capacity of each ship?

Both the Viking Vidar and Viking Ullur have a maximum capacity of up to 190 guests.

Are there any available pre & post cruise extensions?

Yes, guests have the opportunity to choose between 6 holiday extensions to Vienna, Budapest, Prague or Transylvania (& Bucharest)

How many countries does this cruise pass through?

The Passage to Eastern Europe cruise follows the Danube through 5 countries; Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

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