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Danube Cruise towards the Black Sea River Cruise

Join this captivating cruise, which floats past some of the Danube’s most romantic scenery. Vienna’s concert halls, Budapest’s preened boulevards and Belgrade’s grandiose buildings are just some of the stop-offs.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights as described
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on board MS L’Europe or MS Vivaldi on a full-board basis
  • All-inclusive drinks on board except champagne and selected wine
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee

Included holiday highlights

  • Cruise in comfort and enjoy full-board accommodation
  • Cruise through six European countries and experience different cultures and spectacular scenery

Optional excursions

  • Visit the 18th century abbey in the Austrian town of Melk
  • Treat yourself to a famous Viennese music concert
  • City tour of historic Vienna including the stunning Schönbrunn Palace
  • Explore the old town in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava
  • Tour of beautiful Budapest, the Hungarian capital
  • Traditional folklore show in Budapest
  • Visit Puszta, a protected Hungarian prairie, and enjoy an exciting equestrian show
  • Tour of historical Novi Sad, Serbia’s second city
  • Enjoy a folklore show in Belgrade
  • Soak up the sights in the welcoming Serbian capital of Belgrade
  • Admire extraordinary rock dwellings on a visit to Roussenski-Lom Valley
  • Sightseeing in the elegant Bulgarian city of Rousse
  • Tour of dynamic Bucharest, Romania’s capital
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed nature reserve on a Danube Delta boat tour
You depart on your scheduled flight to Vienna today. On arrival you will transfer to Linz where you will board your ship. Make yourself at home in your cabin before attending a welcome cocktail reception. Your cruise begins with an overnight sailing to Melk.
Your ship arrives in the Austrian town of Melk this morning and after breakfast there is time to join an optional tour of its 18th century Benedictine Abbey before your ship sets sail for Vienna. Relax on board, taking in the views from the sun deck before dinner. Later, you may choose to attend an optional Viennese music concert ashore.
In Vienna join our optional city tour which includes a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece built in the late 17th century. Rejoin your ship, which then sails to Bratislava, where an optional tour of the old town is available. Your ship cruises overnight to Budapest.
Enjoy breakfast as your ship arrives in Budapest, Hungary’s capital and a city often cited as central Europe’s most beautiful, bursting at the seams with architectural treasures. If you join our optional sightseeing tour you’ll see the castle-like Fisherman’s Bastion, the Parliament Building, St Matthias Church and the many statues that line Heroes’ Square. This evening there is the option to see a traditional folklore show.
After your ship arrives in Kalocsa this morning, we offer an optional visit to the Puszta, a vast area of plains and wetlands in eastern Hungary, where an exciting equestrian show will take place. The next port of call is Bezdan, on the Serbian border, before an overnight sailing to Novi Sad.
You will arrive in Novi Sad early, so after a leisurely breakfast enjoy free time to explore. We also offer an optional tour of the city before lunch is served on board your ship as it cruises to Belgrade. In Belgrade, we have arranged an optional folklore show ashore this evening.
Discover more of Belgrade on this morning’s optional guided tour, where you will see the historic Montmartre quarter before visiting the lively Terazije and Republike squares. Enjoy lunch on board your ship and an afternoon cruise to the picturesque town of Donji Milanovac, where we will stay overnight.
You’ll spend the whole of today sailing on the Danube. Take in the views from the deck this morning as your ship navigates its way through the spectacular gorges between the Little Carpathians and the Balkans into Bulgaria. Known as the Iron Gates, this truly amazing stretch of the river passes through narrow gorges before opening out into a mountain lake where the Mrcacona flows into the Danube. A gala evening has been arranged on board your ship this evening.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a morning arrival in Rousse, where you can explore at your own pace. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Roussenki-Lom Valley where you can admire extraordinary rock dwellings near the village of Ivanovo. After lunch on board the ship we have arranged an optional sightseeing tour of Rousse.
This morning’s port of call is Giurgiu, from where you can choose to visit Bucharest. Your ship will sail on through the night as a dinner-dance is hosted on board.
The final part of your cruise brings you to Tulcea, which lies at the entrance to the Danube delta, close to the Black sea. You can board a boat here and explore this UNESCO-listed nature reserve further. The largest continuous marshland in Europe, the reserve is home to more than 300 species of bird. After dinner on board, you will be entertained by a folklore show this evening.
Enjoy breakfast this morning before disembarking your ship and transferring to Bucharest for your flight back to the UK.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Prebookable Package - KDANRC

Prebookable Package - KDANRC

from £439

Some of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of a river cruise are the things that you do and see whilst ashore. To help you get the most from your cruise, Croisieurope Cruises have put together a varied programme of shore excursions at great prices, and you can book the excursion package now. This ensures that you get to go on the excursions that you want to, avoiding the need to pay for them during your holiday. So everything is taken care of before you leave home. If you would prefer to book the excursions individually then please be aware that this can only be done onboard the ship.

Melk Abbey
The abbey of Melk is the very symbol of Baroque art in Austria. Set on a bluff overlooking the river, its distinctive walls and ornate domes dominate the town. Among other sights you will visit the marble hall, the world famous library and the bedchambers where a number of illustrious visitors have slept. You will love the jewel of this abbey, the gold filigree cross donated by Rudolph IV.

Please note that comfortable walking shoes are recommended. From the coach parking to the entry of the Abbey there are stairs and a 500m cobbled path, please take care. Half Day - Moderate walking- Very Popular

Viennese Music Concert
Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s music capital, so the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons is not to be missed. This enchanting evening offers the perfect opportunity to do so. Your coach will pick you up from the ship to take you to the Auersperg Palace. The First part of the concert is devoted to the sublime Mozart compositions, the second part to the waltzes of John Strauss. In the intermission, a free drink will be served (orange juice or sparkling Austrian wine). Please note that depending on the availability the concert will take place at either the Stock Exchange Palace or in the Auersperg Palace.
Please note that the dress code is smart.
Evening tour - Minimal Walking - Historical

Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace
The tour will commence by taking the famous Ring to reach Schoenbrunn Palace. Along the Ring you can admire the architectural showcase of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy. You will be guided through the numerous rooms of the Hapsburgs' summer residence. Highlights include the Hall of Mirrors, where in 1762, the seven-year old Mozart gave his first royal performance; the Long Great Gallery, Round and Oval Chinese rooms and the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. Free time will be given to wander through the Palace Gardens. You will also have free time in the city centre in the area around St Stephen's Cathedral.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Half day- Moderate Walking- Must See

Bratislava
Your excursion will commence with a panoramic tour of the city which will take you to Bratislava Castle, from where you can enjoy a breath taking view over the Danube and the city. You will then head to the central square, dominated by the old Bratislava Town Hall. The tour continues with a visit to the Primate's Palace. As you stroll through the streets, you may come across some of the amusing statues that are dotted around the capital. After the guided tour, you will have some free time and will return to the ship either on foot or by coach depending on sailing times.
Half Day – Moderate Walking

Sightseeing tour of Budapest
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, the historic city of Budapest is actually two cities astride the Danube. Your excursion will commence with a panoramic tour in the company of a local guide. First a stop will be made at Buda, the hills crossing the famous Chain Bridge and you will go up to the Castle quarter, from where you have a fantastic panoramic view of the city. By coach, you will go down to the plains of Pest, where you will visit Heroes' Square. You will also pass the famous Szechenyi thermal baths, the impressive Millenary Monument an
The 3-star MS Vivaldi is a small and intimate ship, carrying only 180 passengers.

Onboard facilities include two bars, sun deck and a gift shop. Cabins features include private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV and a hairdryer.

MS Vivaldi

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