On this cruise you truly experience the Danube, probably the most beautiful river of Europe, in its entire length. You will cruise along 4,000 river kilometers, visit eight countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania), and five world-renowned capital cities (Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest). The trip through the “Iron Gates”, the imposing gorge where the Danube breaks through the Carpathian Mountains, is a particular highlight of this scenic cruise. The journey to kilometer zero, the estuary of the Danube where it meets the Black Sea, and the visit to the Danube Delta with its vast wildlife and natural beauty will remain unforgettable experiences.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
In the morning, you will pass the charming UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau and thereafter, in the early afternoon, your ship will stop in Vienna. Discover the singular charm of this former imperial metropolis during the course of a city tour or explore this unforgettable city yourself. The Austrian capital effortlessly unites a glorious past with the present in a memorable way. After dinner, your ship will leave the harbor in Vienna and travel towards Hungary.
Spend a relaxing day cruising the Beautiful Blue Danube or opt to join an excursion to Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, and Szentendre, an artists’ colony with numerous contemporary galleries and museums reflecting the artistic history of Hungary. Just before lunch, the vessel stops for our guests on the optional shore excursion to rejoin.
During lunch arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The “White City” is one of the most historically rich and important in all of Serbia and boasts a large number of monuments from different times and cultures. Travel to the Kalemegdan Fortress for an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. See the National Museum, the Parliament, Terazije Square and the Palace of Princess Ljubica, as well as St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. If you feel like a snack, taste some of the best food along the Skadarlija, offering some of the best in local cuisine. Dinner this evening is onboard as the vessel continues through the countries of the Danube.
Reach Bulgaria this afternoon and visit Vidin, a town renowned for its centuries of history. Wander through the streets and view the many churches and Renaissance buildings which decorate the town. A short distance away is the Baba Vida Fortress, located on the banks of the Danube, which is the only fully-preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria. Another fortress, Kaleto, stands imposingly beside Vidin, and is worth a visit.
In the morning, you can relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the passing landscapes, whereafter your ship will dock in Oltenita. Do not miss the bus tour which forms part of the program for today. This tour takes you to the Romanian capital Bucharest, where you will enjoy a city tour followed by dinner in the city, during the course of which you can savor the atmosphere of this lively, colorful and western-oriented metropolis. On the way back to the ship, which will in the meantime have travelled to and docked in Fetesti, you will cross endless cornfields and will pass the picturesque farming villages of the sparsely populated Baragan lowlands.
Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta. At the meeting of the Black Sea and the Danube, this UNESCO site hosts 27 different ecosystems and is home to many unique species of birds, fish, and other creatures. From the fisherman’s village of Saint George, observe daily life for the people who inhabit this fertile delta. For those wishing to delve further into the scenic waterways, the optional Delta Safari boat excursion awaits. During dinner, enjoy sunset over the waters of the Danube Delta as your vessel departs and begins the journey back up the Danube.
Relaxation is on the schedule today as the vessel plies the waters of the Danube. The afternoon offers an opportunity to see Constanta, the oldest city on the Black Sea coast. This ancient metropolis by the sea is Romania’s longest continually inhabited city. The vessel stops for those on the excursion to rejoin before dinner this evening.
Continue to enjoy your experience onboard, consider a massage or relax in the lounge and view the passing scenery. For a little more adventure, an optional excursion is offered to Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. High on a peak is the remains of the medieval town of Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. Rejoin the vessel Svishtov as lunch is served.
On deck there is much natural beauty to take in as you cruise the mighty Danube River and the picturesque “Iron Gates.” The Iron Gates is a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania, featuring breathtaking scenery. This part of the river is named the Iron Gates for the two hydroelectric dams that control the water flow. Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the steep hills. Over dinner this evening recount the beauty of the day with your fellow travellers.
Late morning arrive in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, known for its 19th century buildings and stunning parks. See the Catholic St. Mary’s Church, the Orthodox Church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. Also the impressive fortress Petrovaradin, that has the distinction of ‘never being taken by the enemy’. This evening the vessel stops in Vukovar, located on an important trade route at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers. All would pass by on the way to Budapest and Vienna upstream and Romania downstream.
This morning, visit the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations. Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which had a huge impact on European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube. This afternoon relax onboard or join the optional excursion to the ‘Puszta‘ to enjoy the scenery of the endless plain, where the sky stretches into the horizon.
Early this morning we dock in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis. A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.
Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava this afternoon. The city is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also see Bratislava Castle, high above the city. From Michael’s Gate, take a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner onboard this evening.
This morning arrive in Dürnstein, a tiny village surrounded by vineyards, which serves as a jumping off point for an optional excursion to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. During the day the vessel winds its way through picture perfect scenery in the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley. Rich fields of vineyards line the shores with pretty houses dotting the landscape. This afternoon with all travellers safely back onboard, the vessel cruises toward the port where this magnificent voyage began.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price||A||B||C|
|City tour of Vienna||$ 37|
|Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre||$ 43|
|City tour Belgrade||$ 37|
|Excursion to Vidin and Belogradchik||$ 29|
|City tour Bucharest including dinner||$ 89|
|Delta Safari boat excursion (bookable only on board)||$ 78|
|Excursion Constanta and Black Sea Coast||$ 55|
|Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo||$ 48|
|City tour of Novi Sad and excursion to Sremski Karlovci||$ 37|
|Evening excursion Vukovar||$ 24|
|Mohács walking tour||$ 18|
|Excursion to the Puszta||$ 66|
|City tour of Budapest||$ 36|
|Excursion to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö||$ 50|
|City tour of Bratislava||$ 36|
|Excursion to the Wachau including Melk Abbey and wine tasting||$ 61|
|Onboard Booking Price||$ 283||$ 399||$ 666|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||$ 242||$ 340||$ 567|