Situated in southern Romania, Giurgiu is a small town along the Danube River that lacks in major attractions but makes up for it with significant historical roots. Giurgiu is home to one main museum (see the 'Attractions' tab above for details), a historic monastery, plus a few parks, nature reserves, and lakes where you can spend enjoy some tranquil rest and relaxation. Being such a small town with not much to it, you likely won’t need more than a day to spend in Giurgiu; however, it is in close proximity to Bucharest, a more popular and developed Romanian city. If your cruise is departing from Giurgiu, you might consider spending some additional time in Bucharest before heading to the port (or home).
A great time to visit Giurgiu is between May and September, when the weather is usually at its best for exploring!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Giurgiu, along with a brief description:
♦ Teohari Antonescu County Museum
When spending time in Giurgiu, you might consider checking out the Teohari Antonescu County Museum. This museum is filled with exhibits on the archeology, history, and ethnography of Giurgiu. If you are interested in learning about the town’s role in the Great War and World War I. Permanent galleries include artifact displays from the metal age, migration era, and reconstruction sites. For example, you can view ceramics, ornaments and religious objects when you visit this museum.
♦ Saint Ioan Rusul Monastery
Another site worth visiting in Giurgiu is the Saint Ioan Rusul Monastery, a relatively newer shrine (built in 2008). History buffs will appreciate that it is Romania’s first monastic settlement that was built to honor a military saint who refused to convert religions after being captured by the Turks during the war of 1711. Surrounded by lush forests, this monastery is located on the remains of a former military unit of the Border Police.
♦ Mocanu Island
Mocanu Island is a protected reserve off the coast of Giurgiu and is home to many birds, lizards, and native vegetation, including herbs. You can access this island via the Friendship Bridge, which stretches over the Danube River. Mocanu Island is a great beach for fishing and boating (plus you can catch some really stunning sunsets). It is also a wonderful spot for laying out in the sun!
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