Experience the full length of the Danube, the most beautiful river of Europe. Begin in Passau and cruise 4,000 river kilometers to kilometer zero of the Danube where it empties into the Black Sea. Visit eight countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania), and five world-renowned capital cities (Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest).
Experience the glorious beauty of the narrowest part of the Danube as it cruises through the “Iron Gates” which is a serious of 4 gorges and basins which divide Serbia and Romania. This is the narrowest part of the Danube, which breaks through the mountains with the Carpathians on one side and the Balkans on the other.
Couple this spectacular passage with the journey to the estuary of the Danube, where it meets the Black Sea, and the UNESCO protected site of the Danube Delta with its vast wildlife and natural beauty, for an unforgettable experience.
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.
The second highlight with this trip is 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, which is 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.
Or join us for an excursion to the city of Belogradchik and a visit to the Baba Vida Fortress, located on the banks of the Danube, which is the only fully-preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria.
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. Optionally, you can also visit the town of Russe and the unique Bulgarian Orthodox cave monastery. 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. Or, taste the famous Wachau wine in a nearby vineyard.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!
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Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates onboard your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 8 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Passau - Passau||Unit Price|
|Hightlights of Vienna||£ 34.00|
|OR A world of tastes at the Vienna Naschmarkt||£ 41.00|
|Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre||£ 41.00|
|Belgrade - Mixture of cultures||£ 34.00|
|OR Kovacica: Impressions of Serbian countryside||£ 25.00|
|Vidin walking tour||£ 17.00|
|OR Belogradchick and Baba Vida with concert||£ 37.00|
|Bucharest "Paris of the East" and dinner||£ 81.00|
|Danube Delta Nature Experience||£ 48.00|
|Constanta with Archaeology museum and the Black Sea coast||£ 50.00|
|Veliko Tarnovo landmarks and cityscape||£ 43.00|
|OR Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery||£ 47.00|
|Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci||£ 34.00|
|Evening tour of Vukovar||£ 24.00|
|Mohács walking tour||£ 17.00|
|Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta||£ 60.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||£ 33.00|
|Visit to the Royal castle Gödöllö||£ 43.00|
|OR Vibrant Budapest with Cafe Gerberaud||£ 36.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||£ 33.00|
|Excursion to the Wachau including Melk Abbey and wine tasting||£ 56.00|
|OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery||£ 39.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased onboard.