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Along the Danube, the Danube Delta, the Balkan Peninsula and Budapest

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Gérard Schmitter
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Experience a comprehensive cruise along the Danube, taking in its history, fascinating culture, and sublime landscapes. Board the MS Gérard Schmitter in Tulcea, and begin an extraordinary adventure touring the destinations of Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary. Explore the unique variety of wildlife of the Danube delta, and discover the surprising multi-ethnic character and cleverly constructed mix of Bulgarian, Romanian, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tulcea | Embark
Day 2 : Tulcea | Sulina | Crisan
Day 3 : Oltenita
Day 4 : Ruse
Day 5 : Ruse | Svistov
Day 6 : The Iron Gates
Day 7 : Belgrade | Novi Sad
Day 8 : Osijek | Mohacs
Day 9 : Budapest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Depart for an excursion on the Danube delta, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Visit Bucharest, nicknamed “Little Paris” because of its long boulevards
  • Explore the village of Arnabasi, an “Architectural and Historical Reserve
  • Sail through the narrow pass of the Iron Gates, a truly amazing location

Ship

MS Gérard Schmitter

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania Traditional evening in Belgrade Landscape of Novi Sad, Serbia Osijek Cathedral, Croatia Budapest Cityscape

Day 1 Tulcea | Embark

Board the MS Gérard Schmitter in Tulcea. Settle in your cabin and attend to the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a delightful dinner on board followed by a folk evening.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Tulcea | Sulina | Crisan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

Classic: The Danube Delta with its rich fauna and flora.

Discovery: The Danube Delta on a speed boat, a thrilling and original discovery. 

Spend the afternoon cruising. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 3 Oltenita

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Full-day excursion in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. This city is an incredible mix of styles with its Orthodox churches, manor houses in Second Empire style, clumsy-looking Stalinist architecture of the Communist period and the Palace of the Parliament (exterior only).
You'll return on board in Ruse.

Day 4 Ruse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Full-day excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi. Enjoy dinner and an evening of traditional entertainment on board.

Day 5 Ruse | Svistov

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour of Ruse, a very attractive town thanks to the wide avenues, large squares and wonderful buildings which pay tribute to the national Renaissance architecture. The afternoon will be spent cruising.

Day 6 The Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day sailing through the narrow pass of the Iron Gates between the Carpathians and the Balkans - truly an amazing location. 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 equally striking but somewhat lighter landmark on the Serbian side of the river is the “Tabula Traiana” - an enormous Roman memorial plaque made of marble, erected to commemorate the completion of Trajan's military road, or “imperial route” that linked the province of Dacia to Rome. Pass through the “Small Boilers”. The rocky slopes come closer together, then suddenly, the mountain pass opens up, giving the impression of a lake between the mountains, at the spot where the Mracona Valley opens into the Danube. An elegant viaduct towers over the mouth of the river and we can see the “portrait” of the old Dacian King Decebalus carved into the rock face.

Day 7 Belgrade | Novi Sad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

Classic: Guided tour of Belgrade, the cradle of the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures.

Discovery: Belgrade by bike. You'll cycle along the history-filled streets with your guide who will explain the city's recent past from World War II to current times.

Discover the multi-ethnic city of Novi Sad, the industrial and financial center of the Serbian economy and a major cultural center. Youll visit the Krudesol Monastery and return on board in Novi Sad. Keep cruising towards Osijek.

Day 8 Osijek | Mohacs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

Classic: guided tour of Osijek.

Discovery: Discover Osijek by bike. The old part of the town, Tvra, was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is a dream to cycle through. It is the best-preserved, largest ensemble of Baroque buildings in Croatia.
Spend the afternoon cruising towards Mohacs and through customs before sailing on to Budapest. Tonight's your gala dinner and evening. The ship will cruise through the night.

Day 9 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking in the morning. End of the services.

 

MS Gérard Schmitter

Per person starting at
$3,147
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Main Deck
25 cabins (18 twins, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Middle Deck
21 cabins (16 twins, 4 cabins with a double bed, 1 cabin equipped of disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Upper Deck
41 cabins (39 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

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. For the port-to-port package, boarding starts at 6:00 p.m. in Tulcea on day one and disembarkation will be at 9:00 a.m. on the final morning in Budapest.

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 onboard, drinks served in the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Accommodation in a double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Onboard entertainment
-The assistance of our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala evening
-Evenings of traditional entertainment in Tulcea and Ruse
-Travel assistance and 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
-Airport taxes
-Transfers between the airport and the port
-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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