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2012 - TIPS ON TRAVEL

DANUBE 7 COUNTRY CRUISE

(AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, CROATIA, SERBIA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA)

To Our "Valued" Guests!

Welcome to the fascinating world of cruising the Southeastern reaches of Europe! We are excited to welcome you to this unique itinerary and the fascinating cultures and people of

7 European Countries in one leisurely sailing!

However, please bear in mind that except for Austria, the recent changes in the economic and political ideologies in the countries of the former Eastern Block, have contributed to rapid economic growth – and to all the growing pains that go with it. Your participation in traveling to these countries not only helps their economy but also spreads the friendship and understanding between our people. Therefore, you act as an "Ambassador" of the United States when visiting these foreign lands that were, until recently, off limits to visitors from the west. The impression you leave will have an everlasting effect on future relations between these countries and your own.

It is therefore important that we advise and prepare you for some of the cultural and social differences you will encounter. These Tour and Travel Tips have been designed to provide useful information and helpful suggestions to ease your adjustment and help you get around any obstacles you may encounter. Your journey will be greatly enhanced if you take the time to prepare for it. Thoroughly acquaint yourself with the information provided herewith - but also talk to others who have been, study one of the many comprehensive guide books available – and browse the Internet. The effort you put into planning your trip before you go will make all the difference. Thank you!

A few courtesy reminders:

Make it your responsibility to be on time so as not to hold up the group.  Be attentive and refrain from talking to your neighbor while the guide/s are speaking or providing information regarding the tour.  Wait for all information to be given before asking questions.  Any special requests regarding group activities should be directed to the Tour Director who is responsible for representing the interests of the whole group.  Your local guides will refer all requests back to the tour director. Your cooperation in these matters will not only be greatly appreciated but will increase both the groups and your personal enjoyment of the tour.

GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

 

Vouchers: If traveling within a group or on any set program vouchers will not be required or issued. If traveling as an individual and/or deviating from the regular itinerary, we may issue vouchers for services paid for. When included, vouchers will be listed on the check-off list sent with your final documents.

Air Tickets: Whenever tickets are issued by our company, they will be included with your final documents. In some instances, when tickets are issued directly by the airlines involved, they may be sent to you under separate cover – or forwarded electronically. Please see the check-off list.

Transfers: If you have purchased your airfare or have prepaid your arrival transfers through us, please look for our Tour Guides holding yellow triangle Global Tours & Cruises (GTC) Signs after exiting the Customs Area of the airports!

If you have purchased land/cruise only and are arranging for your own arrival and departure transportation, the names and addresses of your hotel and the port locations will be listed on the Contact Sheet enclosed and sent with your final documents.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Before leaving home, please ensure that you have a valid US PASSPORT and appropriate VISAS. Based on the countries visited, at the time of printing, US citizens do not need visas for this cruise itinerary.  Please make sure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months beyond your scheduled travel dates and check for visa updates with the U.S. or the appropriate foreign consulates at least 90 days prior to your departure. If you are a foreign national – please check with each country’s consulate as rules may be different. Please remember: Obtaining a visa and proper travel documents are YOUR responsibility!

BAGGAGE: Make a detailed list of everything you pack for the trip and then leave this list at home. We cannot be responsible for lost baggage, but most airlines will make every effort to recover baggage or make proper compensation if you are able to itemize the suitcase contents. It is also a good idea to tape a piece of paper INSIDE your luggage, which shows your full name, home address and telephone number. The purchase of Travel Insurance is always strongly recommended!

BAGGAGE WEIGHT: Please remember that weight allowances vary and are lower when flying domestic and intra-continental routes, utilizing smaller aircraft. Check with the respective airlines for instructions and pack accordingly – or you may face overweight surcharges!

FINAL DOCUMENTS – TRAVEL PACKAGES

IF PURCHASING OUR TRAVEL DOCUMENT PACKAGE – THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE SENT TO YOU APPROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE VIA REGISTERED MAIL/OVERNIGHT CARRIER. (Not applicable to electronic document delivery)

1. LUGGAGE TAGS: Will be provided. If you would like your luggage to take the same vacation you do – please use them! Please note: The tags have been designed to allow you to list up to 6 points of travel (hotel to ship, ship to hotel, etc.). DO NOT DISCARD THEM! Simply cross out your previous location and write in your next destination (and room or cabin number if you know it).

This will help our staff and porters deliver your luggage to you in the shortest possible time!

2. SQUARE LUGGAGE STICKERS: If provided, Please stick them visibly on your suitcases when possible - the stickers will allow you, our guides and porters to recognize them quicker and get them to their destination faster!  

3. BADGES: If provided, please wear the badges at all airports, transfer points, hotels, and at any time you are embarking/disembarking the ship. Not only does your badge assist us in providing adequate security on the vessel by identifying you as a group member to our guides, staff and security personnel, it also allows you to get to know your fellow passengers sooner!

NOTE: Since people go by nicknames, our badges come blank. Please print your name the way you would like to be addressed and wear them at least for the first few days.

4. PENS & TRAVEL BAGS: Our unique pens and practical travel bags are not only “good looking” but superbly designed to hold everything from your documents to cameras to water bottles! People love them- and you will too!

CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS: The dress code on our cruises is INFORMAL!

So please - PACK LIGHTLY!  Combine a few tee shirts, several shirts, a turtle neck with 2 wrinkle free slacks, one skirt, one sweater, a pair of shorts, a wind-breaker and a sports jacket - and you are done! Leave your formal evening clothes at home; tuxedos and evening gowns are not needed! The only time you may wish to "dress up" is for the Farewell Dinner aboard the ship or when taking an evening cultural performance (theater or similar); on these occasions, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a cocktail dress for the ladies will be fine. But generally, the dress code is informal (and that goes for excessive jewelry too!) Remember - you are traveling to see - not to be seen! Keep it simple and you'll thank yourself later!  DO pay particular attention to footwear - you should have a good pair of comfortable walking shoes with thick rubber soles and firm arch supports. If you buy new shoes, "break them in" before the trip. Suitable footwear would be sneakers, deck shoes, and rubber-soled shoes.  

Our cruises involve extensive walking during visits ashore, so you need to be comfortable!

 

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES: Please note that the majority of the passenger vessels sailing the various rivers of the world have limited services for the physically impaired. Steep staircases are the norm. The “Kleine Prinz” has an elevator, but passengers should not become dependent on it. .In addition, due to the small size and shallow draft, the ship often anchors at underdeveloped ports and stops. While this ability enhances the itineraries it also means that many of the shore excursions are done on foot. Therefore, severe walking disabilities may limit the passengers overall enjoyment on this programs.

Regretfully, we do not recommend these cruises to

severely disabled or wheelchair bound passengers!

 

CUSTOMS & ENTRY FORMALITIES

When entering Austria or Romania, you will have a choice of exiting through the Green Line (nothing to declare) or the Red Line (yes you have something to declare). Allowances for cigarettes (1 carton) and liquor (1 liter) are standard. For additional details contact the appropriate consulate of each country. NOTE: In some former Eastern European block countries (Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia); the customs officers are a tad more rigid with items of a technical nature (computers, cameras etc.). Be sure you voluntarily declare all items that are of any greater value - if you want to keep them when returning home!

DOCKING LOCATIONS

For those passengers arriving directly to our ships on the day of embarkation, please note the docking locations of our ships which currently are;

VIENNA*                                Port in Nussdorf

North of the city center, located at the Donaukanal. Take the tram “D” from city center northbound to Nussdorf. The docking location is between Donaustation and Brigittaspitz.

*Due to the fact that there are several docking locations in Vienna, this location may be subject to change. Please consult your final documents which will show the correct location for your sailing date. 

ROMANIA**                                 Giurgiu Nav Shipping Company

                                                Main Passenger River Port, GIURGIU, Romania (1 hr drive from Bucharest!)

**In cases of low water levels – embarkation/disembarkation is done in Turnu Magurele, further upstream.

CAUTIONS FOR EXPORTING

ART / ANTIQUES: Works of art such as original paintings, sculpture, icons, cannot be taken out of the countries without permission.  Antiques such as old coins, weapons, furniture, samovars and musical instruments can be taken out only if you have a permit from the Ministry of Culture from each country.

YES Items such as coats, caviar, carpets, jewelry and crystal, in reasonable quantities and purchased at legitimate shops can be taken out of the country and NO custom fees are applicable.

SUGGESTED SOUVENIRS: Any types of handicrafts are usually of the highest quality. Romania also produces some excellent and inexpensive wines for wine aficionados!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Please do not photograph people without first asking their permission to do so.

Do not take photographs of airports or other military bases or installations. Remember to bring all the film or memory cards that you will need, because outside of major cities, they may be hard to find!

VIDEO CAMERAS: Please remember that Eastern Europe utilizes a different standard (PAL/SECAM) than the United States (NTSC). THEY ARE NOT COMPATIBLE! Remember to bring enough blank tapes and if purchasing videotapes locally, make sure they are marked NTSC! DVDs also need to be coded to the appropriate system, unless used in computers or multi-system TV’s and DVD players. FINAL NOTE: Most museums and galleries now either charge a fee for photos or videos (anywhere from 3 to 7 Euros, depending on institution) or may NOT allow photography at all.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

HOTELS: In this cruise package, in order to conform to airline schedules, we have added a pre/post stay in Bucharest (check your itinerary). We always use First Class properties, or best available, and breakfast is included (for further information consult your vouchers or itinerary). Other meals are provided as specified in your tour itinerary. In all cases, hotels are carefully selected to provide the best combination of location, comfort and value. But remember - the quality and service level at some Eastern European hotels may still lag behind what we are used to in the west! For actual hotels used on your particular departure, please check the "Contact List" included with your final documents.

CRUISE RULES

Your enjoyment of the trip will depend in large part on your positive attitude. Here are a few pointers that will help you prepare for your journey regardless of the country you are visiting.

1.     Maritime Law - As with a pilot on a plane, the Captain of a ship is the ultimate law. He/She is responsible for the ultimate safety and comfort of the vessel and its passengers. It is within the Captain's jurisdiction to change the sequence of stops, ports if necessary due to inclement weather conditions, high or low water levels, dock and lock schedules, technical reasons etc. The Captain has the right to remove unruly passengers, quarantine the ship in case of disease and similar. Therefore, although unlikely, certain changes in schedules may happen. Though we expect to provide sightseeing of all of the major attractions listed in our cruise programs, there is always a possibility that the sequence of touring may be altered to take into account the operating hours at museums, galleries and monuments. Shore excursions may be changed in response to sailing conditions and other factors. Your understanding and cooperation in such instances is greatly appreciated!

2.     Cultural Differences - Remember that you may be traveling through countries whose political, social and cultural backgrounds may be different from your own. Do not let political differences govern your perspective. Instead, travel with an open mind, and you will satisfy your curiosity about the people, their lands, their history and their culture.

3.     Service - If you receive poor service at any point, try to take it in good humor and solve it directly.

If you have any serious complaints, take them to your guide and/or Cruise Director. 

4.     Bureaucracy - Expect a little bit of red tape, and try not to be bothered by bureaucratic rituals, which may be different from country to country. 

5.     Do not compare things you see by North American standards. The diverse river vessels were all specifically built for cruising the narrow rivers, low laying bridges and tight locks that dot the Southern Danube route. Therefore, although clean and comfortable, they are small and practical and should not be compared with huge ocean faring vessels.  Above all, keep your sense of humor and enjoy the cultural legacies, physical geography and rich variety of the people as you sail through these unique and different lands!

MS “Kleine Prinz”

We are delighted to feature our lovely, MS “Kleine Prinz” (or “Little Prince.”). He features 44 cabins, spread over just 2 decks for a maximum of only 88 passengers! The vessel has a light and airy one seat restaurant and a gorgeous panorama lounge with floor to ceiling windows. A large sundeck has a fine array of comfortable seating. The crew of  22 young and willing staff members along with our own Cruise Managers, live musicians and lecturers will make sure that your cruise experience will last you a lifetime!

CABINS: All cabins are outside, above water level with picture windows that open! The large cabins (172 sq. feet) have all the modern comforts; a full bathroom with shower, flat screen TV with Satellite programs (BBC/CNN/EUROSPORT ect when in ports), telephone, radio and full heating and air-conditioning!

KEYS: There is one key available per cabin. We kindly request that keys be left at the reception desk whenever disembarking the vessels or when leaving the keys for your roommate! This is the only way for the ship to know who is ON SHORE or ON BOARD THE VESSEL!

LINEN/TOWELS: While cabins are cleaned every day, due to limited storage and cleaning facilities on board and in order to conserve water, bed linen is washed and changed every 3 days. For ecological purposes, Towels are exchanged when you put them in the washbasin. If you don’t, they will be automatically replaced every other day.

LAUNDRY:   Basic washing can be provided through your cabin maid for an additional fee.

Pressing and dry cleaning, however, are not available, so please pack accordingly.

COMMUNICATIONS: There are no telephone lines for outgoing calls on our vessels. Communication from ship to shore can only be done through the Captains radio. Although our Cruise Manager and Cruise Directors may have cell phones, these are used for business and emergency services ONLY. Therefore, your ability to communicate with people back home will be limited to selected port stops where there are post offices offering international connections. In an emergency, we recommend that your family contact our US office or our authorized overseas representatives who will forward urgent messages via the port and river authorities.

INTERNET CORNER: Is available for a nominal fee and available in most ports of call.

RESTAURANT, TABLE AND SEATING ASSIGNMENTS: There is one restaurant onboard. For buffet breakfasts and lunches, open style seating is available. For sit down dinners, you may be assigned a table, which will be yours for the duration of the cruise. For those passengers wishing to share their table with friends and companions, it is important to make these arrangements during your first meal. Also, if you have special dietary requirements, you must advise our Guides and Maitre D' of any such requirements at this time - requests will be honored as much as possible. Although our staff will attempt to honor all passenger requests for specific seating, we must reserve the right to assign and change meal seating based on the availability, passenger profile and capacity of the restaurant on your specific sailing date.

MEALS: Although the meals are not extravagant affairs to be compared with Ocean going, lobster munching cruises, our passengers have found the size and the quality of the meals hearty, filling and outright delightful! Your breakfast is a buffet featuring an arrangement of cereals, bread, cold cuts, jam and eggs. At lunch, we serve either a buffet or a three course menu with a salad buffet and a four course menu is served at dinner with a choice of main meal. Water, tea, and coffee are included with all meals. Additional soft drinks, beverages and wine can be purchased from the waiters inexpensively. Unique Feature! Following our policy to immerse our clients into the culture and countries they are visiting, meals will often feature the national specialty of the country you are sailing though! Bon Apetit!

WATER: We recommend against drinking the tap water on the ship or anywhere on your route. Bottled water, available from the bar is inexpensive and a better option.

SPECIAL DIETS: The chef can and will prepare vegetarian dishes if we are informed at least two weeks before the sailing starts. Salt, sugar free or fat free meals are a novelty. Herbal, Kosher, Jenny Craig etc. are not available. If you have strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some non-perishable foods such as crackers, chips, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners and other snacks that will complement the limited variety of special meals that can be provided.

ELEVATOR: There is an elevator on MS Kleine Prinz which connects the 2 passengers decks (Main to Upper). However, only a steep staircase with railings goes up to the Sun Deck.

VALUABLES: There is a safety deposit box on board. However, we recommend that you do not bring valuables on your trip, including excessive jewelry (you won't need it!)

GIFT SHOP: No…but basic items, such as postcards, stamps etc can be obtained from the reception desk. But don’t fear, plenty of shops are available during the excursions in various cities!

PUBLIC AREAS: There are two public rooms on the ship: the Dining Room and the Bar/Panorama Lounge both located on Upper deck. On the large Sun deck, you will also find lovely covered and open sitting areas.

PASSENGER MIX: Some of our sailings are “charters” or “half-charters”, which means that those sailing have been completely or semi-exclusively reserved for our North American clientele and most if not all passengers will be English speaking Americans or Canadians.  On all other dates, there is usually an international mix of people from all over the world - France, Germany, and Scandinavia - even local folks! It’s great way to meet the people of the world and make new and long lasting friends! Whatever the mix, however, English is always the primary language used. 

Smoking: Especially in the Balkans is still a mass habit. Our ship, however, is NON-SMOKING, Smoking is allowed in a designated area on the sun deck. Smoking inside the vessel and on busses is not allowed at any time.

ELECTRICITY: Electrical current in hotels and on board ships is the European 220 volts/50MHZ.

In order to use any appliances (including shavers, hair dryers, chargers for movie camera's etc.)

you will need to bring 2 things:

1)     UNIVERSAL TRANSFORMER to convert from the US 110 Volts to the 220.(Note that some more recent electronics will automatically convert.  Please check your item in question.)

2)     UNIVERSAL ADAPTER PLUGS for sockets, which are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters on board we highly recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at a travel or appliance store before you leave. 

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS: Due to limited services for the disabled on board and because

of extensive walking on our excursions, we do not recommend these cruises to people with severe disabilities. Those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking. Most cabin doorways and public restrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs. Staircases connect all the decks. Passengers with severe walking or other disabilities may find certain areas of the ship inaccessible. Passengers with any physical impairment must be self-sufficient since the vessel’s crew or staff cannot provide services of a personal nature. 

DOCTOR: While there is no doctor on board, our staff is trained in first aid, and in case of any emergency, our ship is always close to land and nearby medical facilities. However, our staff cannot offer care for conditions requiring specialized expertise or equipment. Passengers with such conditions, or in the event of an emergency, may be evacuated to a medical care facility ashore at the passenger's own expense. Existing medical problems, which may require treatment by a physician, must be brought to our attention at the time of booking. If you require special medicines, it is essential that you bring them with you from home, as only a limited range of general type medication is available!

CURRENCIES: While most of Western Europe has adopted the EURO, some of the former Eastern European countries still use their own (Hungary – Forint, Croatia –Kuna; Serbia – Dinar, Bulgaria Lev; and Romania- Lei.). For the rate of exchange to the US dollar, please check your local newspaper a few days prior to your departure as some of these currencies fluctuate daily. Updated advice on the currency situations will be provided to you by our Cruise Directors upon arrival. In all countries, at the time of printing, payments in local currencies were required - however, during your visits to major cities and on shore excursions, you will find that many of the small souvenir vendors accept EURO as payment. Due to varying foreign currency laws, our ships do NOT have exchange offices on board. Therefore, we highly recommend that you PURCHASE A SUFFICIENT QUANTITY OF EUROS in CASH prior to your departure. This will save you both time and hassle in searching for banks to exchange your dollars or Traveler Checks. However, you may bring Travel Checks and Credit Cards are now widely accepted in most of the major cities along your route.

The currency used aboard our ship is the Euro!

Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard Only!*

Traveler and Personal Checks are not accepted. There is no exchange office on board. In some of the former EE countries CASH is preferred.

Credit Card Payments: *Please note that on board expenses (excluding optional tours) are signed to your cabin and may be paid by Visa or Mastercard at the end of the cruise. However,

a service fee of 4%-5% + currency exchange fees may be added to your final bill! Please check in advance and remember – cash is still “King” in most of the former Eastern European countries. 

How much cash to bring with you? Although everyone is different, we suggest that you set aside at least 700 Euros per person – to cover your optional tours and shopping expenses. If you are planning on purchasing more expensive items you may want to bring more….

NOTE ON PAYMENTS FOR ON BOARD SERVICES AND OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

  • ON BOARD EXPENSES: Once checked-in you will be able to sign your bar bills to your cabin. Your total expenses will need to be settled on the evening prior to disembarkation.
  • OPTIONAL EXCURSIONSEURO CASH ONLY! Due to the last minute nature of booking optional tours which require on the spot payments to our land suppliers – optional tours may be purchased CASH ONLY, in Euros!

GRATUITIES:

Tipping today has become commonplace in all former East European countries.  Due to the volatile nature of these new economies, salaries for regular folk are pitiful compared to the rising costs and inflation - let alone if we compare them to western standards.  Consequently, for the majority of the people working in the service industries (hotels, restaurants, travel, crews on ships), tips and gratuities have become large sources of their income. Therefore, your gracious generosity will be appreciated throughout your trip. However, unlike in many places in the west where tips are either tacked on to your bill or demanded (regardless of the quality of service), tips in the "east" are still left to your discretion!  However, since we repeatedly get asked to provide a guideline - here it is:

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS:  Tips should be divided in 2 separate segments:

1)     Individual tips: To staff/personnel on land portions who have earned your gratitude (Our Cruise & Tour Directors, Local Guides leading local tours, drivers of busses, specific waiters at hotels or other ground personnel that have gone beyond the call of duty to help you). These should be provided directly to each individual service provider.

2)     Pooled tips: For a group of individuals working as a team to service you on a specific portion

      of a trip (such as the ship’s crew).

1)   INDIVIDUAL TIPPING: While you are in cities or on shore excursions, local guides and drivers will escort the local tours. The so called standard tip should be 3 EURO per person for the guide and 2 EU for the driver. A 1 EU tip will also be appreciated by porters and a 1 EU per person/per day should be left at hotels for your maids. For taxi-cabs or at restaurants add 10% to 15% to your final bill. 

CRUISE DIRECTORS are the Travel Experts we employ who pick you up and stay with you from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. They will be your guiding angels throughout the trip. They will lead you, educate you, entertain you and if need be, scold you - but we are certain you will find their assistance indispensable in providing you with the utmost travel experience possible! Since they are essentially at your disposal 24 hours a day, we recommend an amount of

8 EURO per person/per day or 80 EURO per person for a 11 day cruise.

2) POOLED TIPPING (ship’s crew): For ship crews we implement a share system whereby all the crew members, from the Captain to the "lowly" deck hand share in the gratuities collected from all passengers. The reason for doing this is that during the course of your cruise, you will actually see and meet some members of the crew - mainly the entertainers, the restaurant and bar staff and maybe your cabin maid. However, there are more crew members you will not see whose good work is equally important to the smooth operation of the cruise - from the engine crew who keep us afloat, to the many staff and crew members who arrange for our buses & excursions, to the catering people who travel to our ports in advance of the ship in order to obtain and provide us with the best available food and beverage supplies. Therefore, to ensure equality for all, we ask that one day before your Captain's Farewell Dinner, you place your total gratuities for the cruise portion in an envelope and drop it in our "CREW Gratuities" box. The gratuity box will than be delivered on behalf of all passengers, to the Captain during the Farewell Dinner Toasts. Suggested amount: € 10 per person/per day =€110 Euro per/person for a 11 day cruise (which will then be divided among ALL the crew members). 

IMPORTANT FINAL NOTE ON TIPS: The above suggestions are given as guidelines. You may leave as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. If you endear yourself to any particular crewmember and wish to award them directly - please feel free to do so!

Summary on Tipping: If all of this is confusing, in simple terms, we recommend that each person sets aside approximately 200 EURO to cover all your tipping needs for the duration of the program.

DAILY SCHEDULES AND INFORMATION

Information regarding sightseeing, meal hours and updated on-board activities for the next day, are printed and distributed to each cabin during dinner the previous evening. In addition, updated information may be displayed on notice boards, found near the reception area. Please remember to check these boards from time to time in case of any last minute changes. Although the ship is equipped with a PA system, it is a good idea to check our information boards regularly!

 

We hope we have been able to provide you with the general information that covers the most frequently asked questions.  If there is something we missed, please feel free to give us a call or send us a note. Otherwise – have a WONDERFUL TRIP & BON VOYAGE!

 

TYPICAL WEATHER

Average Temperatures in Fahrenheit Degrees

            CITY                           MAY       JUNE       JULY     AUG    SEPT    OCT

                                                   H/L          H/L           H/L         H/L         H/L       H/L

Vienna, Austria                       63/54           65/56             70/58         76/62         72/58         65/46

Bratislava, Slovakia                64/55           66/57             74/60         82/68         78/66         68/54

Budapest, Hungary                 68/56           70/56             74/61         82/65         72/62         70/55

Belgrade, Serbia                    68/56           68/58             76/64         84/69         80/67         71/58

Vidin, Bulgaria                       72/54           79/60             83/62         82/61         75/52        72/58                        

Bucharest, Romania               69/57           71/60             72/64         88/67         75/65         72/60    

PACKING TIPS & SUGGESTIONS

Items You May Wish to Bring Along:

·         Facial tissues, washcloths and shower caps, as they are not supplied on board.

·         Skin cream and other cosmetics for sun protection.

·         Insect repellent.

·         Spare set of eyeglasses for emergencies. If you wear contact lenses, bring a pair of eyeglasses for occasions when contacts are bothersome to wear, such as in strong wind or dust.

·         Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry on luggage, not in your checked baggage.

·         Common remedies such as laxatives, indigestion tablets, aspirin and travel sickness pills

(However, the latter will probably not be needed while in the protected waters of the inland rivers and waterways).

·         Sunglasses.

·         Bring plenty of film or digital memory cards.

·         Sewing kit, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, and paper towelettes.

·         Laundry soap packets and flat sink stopper.

·         Diet sweeteners if you do not take sugar

·         Instant coffee especially if you prefer decaffeinated!

·         Non-dairy cream packets for your coffee

·         Binoculars (excellent for viewing scenes from the rivers).

·         Batteries for cameras, shaver etc.

·         Electrical extension cord (if needed)

·         Transformer/converter and plug adapters (at K-Mart, Thrifty, or appliance stores)

Updated  10 February, 2012 – ST @ Property of Value World Tours, Inc @ All rights reserved

Information provided herewith was correct at the time printing but is subject to change without notice