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From the Black Sea to the Blue Danube

Tulcea to Linz - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Vivaldi
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Amaze yourself with the stunning Danube River scenery, beautiful Romanian landscapes and Hungarian icons that reflect the moments that changed history and that once happened there. Discover all the diverse cultures of this spectacular countries and fall in love with the authentic European charm. Visit Bucharest a charming city that offers a combination of architectural styles: orthodox churches, Empire-style manor houses, Communist-inspired architecture, and the Parliament. Cycle along Belgrade's history-filled streets. Pass through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube between the Carpathians and the Balkans all of this and more aboard the MS Vivaldi. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tulcea, Romania | Embark
Day 2 : Tulcea | Danube Delta
Day 3 : Oltenita | Giurgiu | Ruse, Bulgaria
Day 4 : Ruse
Day 5 : The Iron Gates
Day 6 : Belgrade | Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 7 : Bezdan | Mohacs | Kalocsa
Day 8 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 9 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 10 : Vienna, Austria
Day 11 : Melk
Day 12 : Linz, Austria | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise along the famous and enchanting Iron Gates
  • Join a unique and traditional folk evening in Budapest
  • Enjoy an exclusive concert of Viennese music at Vienna
  • Discover the Abbey of Melk, a symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest

Ship

MS Vivaldi

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Peaceful towns of the Danube Experience the architecture of the Danube Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Morning view on Bratislava city Column on Hauptplatz in Linz

Day 1 Tulcea, Romania | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m.  After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. Enjoy dinner and a traditional folklore evening.

Day 2 Tulcea | Danube Delta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, excursion proposed:

CLASSIC: tour the Danube Delta and walk away with impressions that will last a lifetime.

DISCOVERY: Delta Danube on a speedboat. On board a 7-passenger speedboat, tour the Danube Delta and enjoy the flora and fauna.

Cruise to Oltenita and travel through Romania. The ship will cruise through the night.

Day 3 Oltenita | Giurgiu | Ruse, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a guided visit of Bucharest. Bucharest offers a striking combination of architectural styles: orthodox churches, Empire-style manor houses, Communist-inspired architecture, and the Parliament (outside only - entrance fees not included).
Cruise to Ruse, one of the biggest ports in Bulgaria. Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

Day 4 Ruse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy a magnificent tour of Ruse. The city is impressive with its broad avenues, large squares and wonderful buildings which pay tribute to the architecture of the national Renaissance. After your tour, return to the ship and begin to cruise all afternoon. Pass through two countries, Romania on the left bank and Bulgaria on the right bank. 

Day 5 The Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising on the Danube sailing through Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia. Your ship passes through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube between the Carpathians and the Balkans. On the Serbian bank of the river, catch a glimpse of the Tabula Traiana - a marble plaque honoring the Roman Road that once linked Rome to the province of Dacia.

Day 6 Belgrade | Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Belgrade. Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: guided tour of the Serbian capital.

DISCOVERY: biking in Belgrade. Cycle along the history-filled streets with your guide, who'll explain the city's recent past from World War II to current times.

After your tour, return to the ship. Excursion common for both packages: Guided tour of Novi Sad. Start cruising in the direction of Mohacs.

Day 7 Bezdan | Mohacs | Kalocsa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mohacs. In the afternoon, excursion common for both packages: The Puszta. Return on board in Kalocsa and cruise to Budapest. Enjoy a Hungarian feast this evening. 

Day 8 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of Budapest, once two distinct cities that united only in 1873.

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.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Budapest. Optional (not included in the packages): Discover the Gellert Baths and Spa. After our visits, begin to cruise to Bratislava. 

Day 9 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Bratislava. Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: guided tour of Bratislava. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares.

DISCOVERY: hiking in Bratislava: The Little Carpathians. From Devin Castle, take in the splendid view of Bratislava. Then return on board. 

Day 10 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Visit Schoenbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, and panoramic tour of Vienna.

DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: Music and Viennese cafes. We'll stroll through the city and visit backstage in the Konzerthaus concert hall. After our tour, enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry.

Return on board and explore the city on your own in the afternoon. Optional excursion not included in the packages: Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna.

In the evening, join an optional excursion for both packages: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability).
The ship will cruise to Melk during the night.
 

Day 11 Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once you arrive in Melk, join an excursion common for both packages: Visit the Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. We'll then return on board and depart for Linz. Tonight is your festive gala evening. 

Day 12 Linz, Austria | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. in Linz. End of the services.
 

MS Vivaldi

Per person starting at
$3,960
Main Deck Cabins.
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Main Deck
26 cabins (18 twins, 8 double cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.
Middle Deck Cabins.
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Middle Deck
21 cabins (12 twins, 8 double cabins, 1 cabin equipped for disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.
Upper Deck Cabins.
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Upper Deck
41 cabins (39 twins, 2 double cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served in the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-On board entertainment
-The assistance of our on board host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala evening
-Evening of traditional entertainment in Tulcea
-Repatriation insurance
-All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

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 or Grinzing evening
-Airport taxes
-Transfers
-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.
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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!
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