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From the Black Sea to the Blue Danube (Port-to-port cruise)

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Explore the magnificence of the Iron Gates as you make your way from Tulcea, Romania to the enchanting city of Vienna, 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 who settled in the area in the 12th century. Experience all of this and more as you cruise aboard the luxurious MS Vivaldi!
Morning view on Bratislava cityEvening in Vienna, AustriaMelk Abbey, Lower AustriaColumn on Hauptplatz in LinzFisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
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 Danube Delta, the largest and best preserved of all European deltas
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Day 1: Oltenita, 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: Fetesti | Tulcea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll spend the whole day cruising towards the Danube Delta. Enjoy dinner and a traditional folklore evening.

Day 3: Tulcea | Danube Delta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, join us for the excursions proposed:

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

DISCOVERY: Delta Danube on a speed boat. Onboard a 7-passenger speed boat, you'll tour the Danube Delta and enjoy the flora and fauna.
We will cruise to Oltenita and travel through Romania. Our ship will cruise through the night. 

Day 4: Giurgiu | Ruse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us on an excursion for both packages: A guided visit to 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.)

We'll cruise to Ruse, one of the biggest ports in Bulgaria. Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

Day 5: Ruse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us on an excursion for both packages: 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 our tour, we'll return to the ship and begin to cruise all afternoon. We will pass through two countries, Romania on the left bank and Bulgaria on the right bank. Our ship will cruise through the night.

 

Day 6: The Iron Gates

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

 

Day 7: Belgrade | Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll arrive in Belgrade. Join us for the excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of the Serbian capital.

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.

After our tour, we'll return to the ship. Join us on an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Novi Sad. We'll start cruising in the direction of Mohacs.

 

Day 8: Mohacs | Kalocsa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll arrive in Mohacs. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: The Puszta. We'll return on board in Kalocsa and cruise to Budapest. Enjoy a Hungarian feast this evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.

 

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us for the 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. Join us on an excursion proposed: Discover the Gellert Baths and Spa. After our visits, we'll begin to cruise to Bratislava. Our ship will cruise through the night.

 

Day 10: Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll arrive in Bratislava. Join us for the 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, we'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava. We'll then return on board. Our ship will cruise to Vienna.

 

Day 11: Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us for the 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(1). After our tour, enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry.

We'll then return on board. You'll be free to explore the city on your own in the afternoon. Join us on an excursion proposed: a Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna.
In the evening, join us on an excursion for both packages: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability.)  

Day 12: Vienna, Austria | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. in Vienna.

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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.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Excluded
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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