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Beautiful Blue Danube and Danube Delta: Passau to Passau

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Visit: Passau, Vienna, Esztergom, Budapest, Belgrade, Vidin, Oltenita, Fetesti, Danube Delta, St Geogre village, Hirsova, Rousse, Svishtov, Iron Gates, Novi-Sad, Vukovar, Mohacs, Kalocsa, Bratislava, Durnstein, Emmersdorf, Melk, Passau

On this cruise, you truly experience the Danube, probably the most beautiful river in Europe, in its entire length. You will cruise along 4,000 river kilometres, visit eight countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania), and five world-renowned capital cities (Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest).

The trip through the “Iron Gates”, the imposing gorge where the Danube breaks through the Carpathian Mountains, is a particular highlight of this scenic cruise. The journey to kilometre zero, the estuary of the Danube where it meets the Black Sea, and the visit to the Danube Delta with its vast wildlife and natural beauty will remain unforgettable experiences.

 

EarlyBird Booking Discount: Book by 30 November 2021 and save 15% on 2022 departures

 

Day 1: Passau

This afternoon, embark on the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Vienna

In the morning, you will pass the charming UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. In the early afternoon, your ship will stop in Vienna. Discover the singular charm of this former imperial metropolis during the course of a city tour or explore this unforgettable city yourself. The Austrian capital effortlessly unites a glorious past with the present in a memorable way. After dinner, your ship will leave the harbour in Vienna and travel towards Hungary.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Esztergom - Budapest

Spend a relaxing day cruising the Beautiful Blue Danube or opt to join an excursion to Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, and Szentendre, an artists’ colony with numerous contemporary galleries and museums reflecting the artistic history of Hungary. Just before lunch, the vessel stops for our guests on the optional shore excursion to rejoin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Belgrade

During lunch, arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The “White City” is one of the most historically rich and important in all of Serbia and boasts a large number of monuments from different times and cultures. Travel to the Kalemegdan Fortress for a panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. Take a stroll in the lively pedestrian area for shopping or simply soaking up the atmosphere.  Alternatively, join an excursion into the Serbian countryside to Kovačica's colourful naïve artist's village. Dinner this evening is on board as the vessel continues cruising.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Vidin

Reach Bulgaria this afternoon and visit Vidin, a town renowned for its centuries of history. Join a walking tour through the streets and view the many churches and Renaissance buildings decorating the town.  Or join an excursion to Belogradchik, located a short distance away, and visit the Baba Vida Fortress for a concert. Located on the banks of the Danube, Baba Vida is the only fully preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria. Back on board for dinner, the vessel continues to Romania.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Oltenita - Fetesti

The day is spent cruising the Danube as it winds through the border landscapes between Bulgaria and Romania.  Relax on deck as the picturesque scenery glides by. An optional excursion to the Eastern European capital city of Bucharest is offered for those wishing to explore this capital city, with dinner at a local restaurant, rejoining the vessel in Fetești. For those remaining on board, enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Danube River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Danube Delta - Saint George Village

Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta. At the meeting of the Black Sea and the Danube, this UNESCO site hosts 27 different ecosystems and is home to many unique species of birds, fish, and other creatures. From the fisherman’s village of Saint George, observe daily life for the people who inhabit this fertile delta. For those wishing to delve further into the scenic waterways, the optional Delta Safari boat excursion awaits. During dinner, enjoy the sunset over the waters of the Danube Delta as your vessel departs and begins the journey back up the Danube.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hirsova - Fetesti

Relaxation is on the schedule today as the vessel plies the waters of the Danube. The afternoon offers an opportunity to see Constanta, the oldest city on the Black Sea coast. This ancient metropolis by the sea is Romania’s longest continually inhabited city. The vessel stops for those on the excursion to rejoin before dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Rousse - Svistov

For a little more adventure today, opt to join the guided tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains.  Alternatively, visit the city of Rousse and the only active cave monastery in Bulgaria, the rock-hewn Basarbovo Monastery, built in the 16th century approximately 115 feet above the river. Both excursions rejoin the vessel in Svishtov in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy onboard.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Iron Gates

On deck, there is much natural beauty to take in as you cruise the mighty Danube River and the picturesque “Iron Gates.” The Iron Gates is a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania, featuring breathtaking scenery. This part of the river is named the Iron Gates for the two hydroelectric dams that control the water flow. Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the steep hills. Over dinner this evening recount the beauty of the day with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Novi Sad - Vukovar

Late morning arrives in Novi Sad, the second-largest city in Serbia, known for its 19th-century buildings and stunning parks. See the Catholic St. Mary’s Church, the Orthodox Church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. Also the impressive fortress Petrovaradin, that has the distinction of ‘never being taken by the enemy’. This evening the vessel stops in Vukovar, located on an important trade route at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers. All would pass by on the way to Budapest and Vienna upstream and Romania downstream.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Mohacs - Kalocsa

This morning, visit the tiny harbour town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations. Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which hugely impacted European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube. This afternoon relax onboard or join the optional excursion to the ‘Puszta‘ to enjoy the scenery of the endless plain, where the sky stretches into the horizon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Budapest

Early this morning we dock in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second-largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis. A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Bratislava

Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava this afternoon. The city is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also see Bratislava Castle, high above the city. From Michael’s Gate, take a stroll through the historic city centre, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner on board this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Dürnstein - Melk/Emmersdorf

This morning arrive in Dürnstein, a tiny village surrounded by vineyards, which serves as a jumping-off point for an optional excursion to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. During the day the vessel winds its way through picture-perfect scenery in the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley. Rich fields of vineyards line the shores with pretty houses dotting the landscape. With all travellers safely back on board this afternoon, the vessel cruises toward the port where this magnificent voyage began.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Passau

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows;
  • Walk-out balconies in suites (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Introductory Excursion Package from only $490 per person

Enjoy a package of six preselected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Belgrade – Mixture of cultures
  • Bucharest, “Paris of the East” with dinner
  • Danube Delta nature experience
  • Budapest – the capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava – Beauty on the Danube

 

Intermediate Excursion Package from only $660 per person

Enjoy a package of six preselected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Belgrade – Mixture of cultures
  • Bucharest, “Paris of the East” with dinner
  • Danube Delta nature experience
  • Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci
  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
  • Budapest – the capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava – Beauty on the Danube

 

Unlimited Excursion Package from only $1195 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new Unlimited Excursion Package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalised shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Enjoy maximum savings, up to €150 per person, with the advance purchase of our Unlimited Excursion Package.

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour* € 39
  • OR A world of tastes at the Vienna Naschmarkt* € 47
  • Esztergom with Basilica, Visegrád castle and Szentendre € 47
  • Belgrade – Mixture of cultures* € 39
  • OR Kovačica: Impressions of Serbian countryside* € 29
  • Vidin walking tour* € 19
  • OR Belogradchik and concert in the Baba Vida fortress* € 43
  • Bucharest, “Paris of the East” with dinner € 93
  • Danube Delta nature experience € 55
  • Constanța with Archaeology museum and the Black Sea coast € 57
  • Veliko Tarnovo landmarks and cityscape* € 50
  • OR Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery* € 54
  • Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci € 39
  • Evening tour of Vukovar € 28
  • Mohács walking tour € 19
  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta € 69
  • Budapest – the capital of Hungary € 38
  • Visit the Royal Castle of Gödöllő* € 50
  • OR Vibrant Budapest with Café Gerbeaud* € 41
  • Bratislava – Beauty on the Danube € 38
  • Melk Abbey and wine tasting* € 63
  • OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery* € 45

Regular prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
* Excursions operate at the same time, only one excursion may be booked.

 

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (lc)

Package Information

  • Duration: 16 Days/15 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: April, July & August 2022
  • Cities Visited: Passau, Vienna, Esztergom, Budapest, Belgrade, Vidin, Oltenita, Fetesti, Danube Delta, St Geogre village, Hirsova, Rousse, Svishtov, Iron Gates, Novi-Sad, Vukovar, Mohacs, Kalocsa, Bratislava, Durnstein, Emmersdorf, Melk, Passau
  • Price From: $ 4,074