On this wonderful 12-day cruise, sail through the famousIron Gates on a truly amazing stretch of riverformed by the gorges surrounding the Danube between the Little Carpathians and the Balkans. Explore the most spectacular part of the river, which used to be called “the Danube Boilers” by navigators and sailors because the water, trapped between the steep mountainous walls, seemed to bubble and boil! Visit Belgrade, a town that is a perfect blend of Bulgarian and Romanian culture, with a modern feel where the Terazije and Republic squares form a lively center.
Enjoy a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace and part of the city of Vienna
Discover Budapest, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO
Visit Bucharest, nicknamed "Little Paris" due to its long boulevards
Explore the cultural splendor of Novi Sad, the Serbian Athens
Take an excursion to the Abbey of Melk which is perched up high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest. After your tour get back on board, and spend the afternoon cruising toward Vienna. Arrive in Vienna, and enjoy some free time with a possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and depending on availability).
Join the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided visit of Schoenbrunn Palace and with its magnificent park, the former summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: Music and Viennese cafes. You'll stroll through the city and visit back stage in the Konzerthaus concert hall. After your tour, enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry.
After your visits, you'll begin to cruise to Bratislava. Join the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bratislava, dominated to the north by the slopes of the southern tip of the Little Carpathians and bathed by the Danube. Its charm is found in its old town, with its splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares.
DISCOVERY: Hiking in Bratislava: The Little Carpathians. From Devin Castle, you'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava.
Arrive in Budapest. Join the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of Budapest, once two distinct cities that united only in 1873. Buda, on one bank with its rolling hills and valleys; and Pest, on the other, with its flatter landscape that offers a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube. Both are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
DISCOVERY: Budapest by bike. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride, cycling through the historical center of Hungarian culture and many other legendary sites in Budapest.
The afternoon is free to do as you please. Join an optional excursion (not included in the packages): Discover Gellert baths and spa. In the evening, join an excursion for both packages: Evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. The ship will cruise through the night.
Day 5: Kalocsa, Hungary | Mohacs, Hungary | Bezdan,Serbia
The next adventure takes you to Kalocsa where you can enjoy an exceptional tour of the Puszta (Great Hungarian Plain), which in the 19th century was the wild west of Hungary with a lot of herds in custody of the cowboys. Go back on board and start cruising toward Mohács, crossing the Serbian border and continuing toward Novi Sad. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.
Arrive in Novi Sad. Join the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided visit of Novi Sad, the industrial and financial center of the Serbian economy and a major cultural center.
DISCOVERY: Novi Sad and a walk to the Petrovaradin fortress. Leave the ship for an energetic walk to the Petrovaradin Fortress. Stroll along the riverfront before climbing the 200 steps up to the fortress. The view from the fort is splendid, and you'll enjoy a snack during your hike.
The ship will begin to cruise to Belgrade. The afternoon will be spent cruising, before arriving in the Serbian capital in the evening. In the evening, join an excursion for both packages: Evening of traditional entertainment in Belgrade.
Join the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided tour of Belgrade. Known for its high cultural influence during the Turkish occupation, the city charms you with its Eastern, Slavic and Austrian heritage. The lively Terazije Square is considered the heart of the city.
DISCOVERY: Biking in Belgrade. You'll cycle along the history-filled streets with your guide, who'll explain the city's recent past from World War II to current times.
The afternoon will be spent cruising to Donji Milanovac.
Spend the day sailing, passing through customs. During the morning, pass through the famous Iron Gates, formed by the gorges surrounding the Danube between the Little Carpathians and the Balkans, a truly amazing stretch of the river. The most spectacular part of the pass used to be called “the Danube Boilers” by navigators and sailors because the water, trapped between the steep mountainous walls, seemed to bubble and boil. An elegant viaduct towers over the mouth of the river and you can see the “portrait” of the old Dacian King Decebalus carved into the rock face. Enjoy an exclusive gala evening on board.
Arrive in Ruse, one of the great Bulgarian ports. The town is a perfect blend of Bulgarian and Romanian culture. Take a sightseeing tour of the Rusenski-Lom Valley, near the village of Ivanovo, to discover the churches and monastery chapels that were all dug out of the rock by the first hermits to settle in the area in the 12th century. In the afternoon, tour the city of Ruse. Discover a fun and cultural Folk evening on board.
Depart in the early morning and arrive in Giurgiu. Join an incredible excursion to Bucharest. In the 1930s, Bucharest was nicknamed “Little Paris” due to its long boulevards lined with trees. Return on board in Oltenita. Cruise toward Tulcea and be part of an exclusive dancing evening on board.
Arrive in Tulcea. Join the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: The Danube Delta. You'll tour the Danube Delta and enjoy the flora and fauna, see the multiple natural and artificial canals, and walk away with impressions that will last a lifetime.
DISCOVERY: Delta Danube on a speed boat. On board a 7-passenger speed boat, you'll tour the Danube Delta and enjoy the flora and fauna.
Return on board in Tulcea. Enjoy a traditional folklore evening.
Day 12: Tulcea | Disembark
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board followed by disembarkation in the morning.
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21 cabins (19 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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27 cabins (24 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed, 1 cabin equipped for disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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42 cabins (40 twins, cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on D12
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Traditional evenings in Rousse and Tulcea
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- Port fees
This offer does not include:
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Concert of Viennese music
- Personal expenses
Formalities: Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!