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Explore the magnificence of the Iron Gates as you make your way from Tulcea, Romania to the enchanting city of Linz, Austria. Enjoy seven countries full of diverse cultures on this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime expedition. Discover Budapest, the beautiful city that is cut in two by the Danube. Buda inspires with its rolling hills and valleys, and Pest delights with its flatter landscape that offers a panoramic view over the banks of the river. Join a sightseeing tour of the Rusenski-Lom Valley, and visit unique 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. Experience all of this and more as you cruise aboard the luxurious MS Gérard Schmitter!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tulcea, Romania | Embark
Day 2 : Tulcea | Danube Delta
Day 3 : Oltenita
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

  • Sail through 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 Gérard Schmitter

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Morning view on Bratislava city Evening in Vienna, Austria Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Column on Hauptplatz in Linz

Day 1 Tulcea, Romania | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. Enjoy dinner and an evening of onboard entertainment.

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

Day 2 Tulcea | Danube Delta

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

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. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Day 3 Oltenita

  • 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. Today's excursions are:

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
This morning's excursions are:

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. Today's excursions are:

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
This morning's excursions are:

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.

Classic: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability).

Discovery: An evening in Grinzing, a village on the outskirts of the city still holding much of its traditional charm and convivial atmosphere. Have a seat in a famous Heuriger tavern, where you can taste the local wines and other specialties from the region surrounded by the authentic ambiance.
 

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 Gérard Schmitter

Per person starting at
$3,767
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.

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
-Onboard entertainment
-The assistance of our onboard host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala evening
-An 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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