Ker & Downey’s Luxury Eastern European Tour travels along the lower Danube River to five beautiful countries. Beginning first with a weeklong lower Danube river cruise traveling from Bucharest through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria, this unique itinerary then concludes with a post-cruise extension in Romania.

Luxury Eastern European Tour

Suggested journey at a glance: 14 days/13 nights including seven nights on a luxury lower Danube River cruise and pre- and post-cruise extensions in Budapest, Transylvania, and Bucharest

Luxury Eastern European Tour - Danube River Cruise - Ker & Downey

This is just one of many ways to see these countries on your own customized Ker & Downey Luxury Eastern European tour. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; so contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible.


First begin your Luxury Eastern European Tour in beautiful Budapest. During your private tour through the city, bite into some sweet treats like strudel and Hungarian Dobos cakes. Budapest is known for its spas, so be sure to soak in a restored 19th-century steam bath and swimming pool while here.

Luxury Eastern European Tour - Danube River Cruise - Ker & Downey

Lower Danube River Cruise

Set sail on a Lower Danube River Cruise aboard your luxury river cruise vessel. Your Luxury Eastern European Tour will be filled with Celtic fortifications, medieval towns, and grand cities. It will also feature pastoral landscapes and the Danube’s famed Iron Gates.

Historians will marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Christian Necropolis of Pécs and the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. Likewise, nature lovers will love Bulgaria’s fairytale wonder of Belogradchick and the bike-ready paths of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park. Finally, wine connoisseurs will appreciate the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary. They will also savor the centuries-old wine-growing hills of Ilok and the Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz.

There is truly something for everyone on a Lower Danube River Cruise.

Luxury Eastern European Tour - Danube River Cruise - Ker & Downey


After seven days on your Lower Danube River Cruise, delve even deeper into the culture and history of the region with a post-cruise extension into Romania.

Slow and steady, your Luxury Eastern European Tour through Romania allows you to stay in several Transylvanian guesthouses where the hosts make you feel right at home. Of course, take time to explore the highlights such as Bran Castle, Peles Castle, and the Rope Street of Brasov. But don’t forget to slow down and admire the view of the Piatra Craiului mountains from your countryside inn.

Go stargazing where the light pollution is non-existent, and spot the brown bears of the Carpathians. Set out on a hike in Piatra Craiului National Reserve, and take a horse cart to the village blacksmith in Viscri to watch him work. The wonders of this Luxury Eastern Europe Tour will undoubtedly unfold before you every step of the way.

Transylvania - Custom Tour to Romania - Ker & Downey


Your Luxury Eastern European Tour finally concludes in Romania’s dynamic and historical capital city. Admire Bucharest’s mix of neoclassical, Bauhaus, Art Deco, and modern architectural styles. Then visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world, second only to the Pentagon.

Bucharest - Custom Tour to Romania - Ker & Downey

Book a Luxury Eastern European Tour with Ker & Downey

Explore this fascinating corner of the continent on a Luxury Eastern European Tour with Ker & Downey. Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. And read more about the seasonality, pricing, and the Ker & Downey Difference in Eastern Europe.