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

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Vivaldi
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Experience a comprehensive cruise along the Danube, taking in its history, fascinating culture, and sublime landscapes. Board the MS Vivaldi 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.
Landscape of Novi Sad, SerbiaTraditional evening in BelgradeOsijek Cathedral, CroatiaBudapest CityscapeParliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania
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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Oltenita | Embark

You are welcome to board the ship in Oltenita. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Our ship will sail towards Tulcea through the night.

*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, the 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 that pay tribute to the national Renaissance architecture. The afternoon is spent cruising.

Day 6: The Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The entire day is spent cruising on the Danube. Your ship passes through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube that forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. It was called "The Cauldrons” by ancient sailors, since the water, held tightly between two steep cliffs, seemed to be boiling.

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. Cycle along the history-filled streets with your guide, who explains 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. 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.
 

Ship/Hotel

MS Vivaldi

MS Vivaldi
Relax in the library aboard the MS Vivaldi
The luxurious dining room on the MS Vivaldi

Dates & Prices

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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.
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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.
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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

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 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.
-Possible fuel surcharges

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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