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Danube Cruise towards the Black Sea River Cruise

River Cruise

12 Days from £2,299

Was from £2,549

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017 Departures

This captivating cruise 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 as you sail to Romania’s Tulcea.

Overview

What's included

  • 

Scheduled flights from Heathrow with British Airways or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on board 4-star-premium ship MS Vivaldi on an all-inclusive basis
  • All meals on board, 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • All drinks on board (excluding Champagne and selected wines)
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Onboard evening entertainment
  • Porterage

Itinerary

Depart on your flight to Vienna today. On arrival you will transfer to Linz where you will board your ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception before your cruise begins with an overnight sailing to Melk.
Your ship arrives in Melk this morning where you can join an optional tour of its Benedictine Abbey before setting sail for Vienna. Later, you may choose to attend an optional Viennese music concert ashore.
In Vienna why not join an optional city tour. Your ship then sails to Bratislava, where an optional tour is available before an overnight cruise to Budapest.
Today your ship arrives in Budapest, Hungary’s beautiful capital, where you can join an optional sightseeing tour. This evening there is the option to see a traditional folklore show.
After your ship arrives in Kalocsa, we offer an optional visit to Puszta, where an exciting equestrian show will take place. The next port of call is Bezdan, before an overnight sailing to Novi Sad.
You will arrive in Novi Sad early, so after breakfast enjoy free time to explore. We also offer an optional tour of the city before lunch is served on board as your ship cruises to Belgrade. Perhaps join an optional folklore show ashore this evening.
Discover more of Belgrade on an optional guided tour. Enjoy an afternoon cruise to the picturesque town of Donji Milanovac, where we will stay overnight.
You’ll spend today sailing on the Danube. Take in the views as your ship navigates the Iron Gates, an amazing stretch that passes through narrow gorges before opening out into a mountain lake. A gala evening has been arranged on board.
Enjoy a morning arrival in Rousse, which you can explore at your own pace. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Roussenki-Lom Valley. 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, where you can board a boat to explore this UNESCO-listed nature reserve further. Later, after dinner on board, you will be treated to a folklore show.
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Bucharest for your return flight to 
the UK.


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

Optional Excursions

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

Prebookable Package

from £399

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable excursion package. Please see the below list of excursions included in this optional excursion package.

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

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 – Historic

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 and the Vajdahunyad Castle. To finish, you will drive along the river and see the famous Parliament building overlooking the Danube with its white silhouette in Byzantine and neo-Gothic styles.

Please note that comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Half Day - Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended

Folklore show in Budapest

During this traditional Hungarian show, you will travel the length and breadth of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy music. Each piece of music and each dance gives you an insight of daily life in Hungary.

Evening Tour - Minimal Walking – Historical and Entertaining

Puszta

Transfer by coach towards the Puszta, also called the Great Plain of Hungary, where for centuries the local horsemen have perfected their equestrian skills. You will have the opportunity to attend a fantastic equestrian show in which Hungarian cowboys will demonstrate their incredible skills. There is also the opportunity to enjoy a ride in a traditional carriage, before being able to sample some "palinka" (a traditional fruit brandy) and some "pogacsa" (small salty brioche).
Please note that comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and sunhats are recommended.

Half Day - Minimal Walking - Very Enjoyable

Novi Sad

Capital of the autonomous region of Vojvodina, Novi Sad is also the second largest city in Serbia. The city has a long and eventful history which you will discover on today’s excursion. Your tour begins on foot with a visit to the Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, developed around ancient fortifications. You will have the chance to visit the Episcopal Church before continuing up the main street to Freedom Square where you will see the Town Hall, dating from 1895. You will re-join your coach for a panoramic tour back up the great boulevard before continuing to the little village of Sremski Karlovci. You will have time to admire one of the most well-known town’s monuments; the Four Lions Fountain, built in 1799 to celebrate the town’s first ever waterworks.

Please note that comfortable walking shoes are recommended. (There are many cobbled paths, please take care).

Half Day - Moderate/Strenuous Walking - Historical

Belgrade Folklore Show

Enjoy a cultural Serbian folklore show where local musicians and dancers will share their traditions from the regions of Ex-Yugoslavia, you will be fascinated thanks to their dances and colourful costumes. At the end of the show you will visit a Serbian tavern in the Skadarlija district, a bohemian district nicknamed the "Serbian Montmartre". Here there is the opportunity to enjoy some local specialities before returning to your ship.

Please note that comfortable shoes are recommended.

Evening Tour - Minimal Walking - Historical

Belgrade

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. In the company of a local guide, you will see the historic 'Montmartre' quarter, before visiting the lively Terazije and Republike squares in the modern part of the city. During your tour, stops will be made to visit St Sava’s temple and Kalemegdan Park which features Belgrade Fortress and offers spectacular views across the city.

Half Day - Moderate Walking - Not To Be Missed

Roussenski - Lom Valley

You will be accompanied by your local guide to the Valley of Roussenki-Lom, to visit one of the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A visit will then be made to the rock-hewn Monastery dedicated to the Archangel Michael, one of the more interesting churches dating from the 12th century with paintings dating from the 14th Century. Finally a visit will be made to the medieval fortress at Cherven. We return to the ship by coach.

Please note that comfortable shoes and mosquito repellent are recommended. There are many steps to climb to the fortress at Tcherven. Access to the church of the Archangel Michael is via a mountain path.

Half Day - Moderate/Strenuous Walking - Not To Be Missed

Rousse

Accompanied by a local guide, you will set off to visit the town of Rousse, the most important Bulgarian town on the Danube River, also known as ‘Little Vienna’ because of its beautiful architecture. This Bulgarian city will surprise you with its multi ethnic character. Discover its broad avenues, large squares and wonderful buildings. Your tour will finish with a slice of local cake and a glass of local wine. Free time will be given for shopping before your coach departs to take you back to the ship.

Please note that comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Half Day - Moderate Walking - Historical

Bucharest

From the port, we travel to discover the Romanian capital Bucharest. In the 1930’s the city was nicknamed ‘little Paris’ because of its broad boulevards and numerous green spaces, there is even a Triumphal Arch on the impressive Kisseleff Avenue. Your visit will commence with a panoramic city tour, during which you will pass many historical monuments. After lunch, a visit will be made to the Bucharest’s Eco-museum, a genuine village in the city where you will learn about the habitats and craft industry of the different regions of Romania. We conclude our visit with a photo stop at the Palace of Parliament. We leave Bucharest by coach and head back to the ship.

Please note that comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

Danube Delta

From the port, you will board a tourist boat to begin your visit to the Danube Delta, an extensive nature reserve classed as a world biosphere heritage site. During your visit, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some white pelicans, dwarf cormorants glossy ibis or other rare species. You will return to the ship on foot.

Please remember to take a sun hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Half Day - Minimal Walking - Enjoyable

PLEASE NOTE : THIS PARTICULAR PACKAGE WILL NEED TO BE PREBOOKED AT LEAST 18 DAYS BEFORE

Accommodation

Built : 2012 Length : 110 long Width : 11.40 m wide Cabins : 88 cabins Capacity : 176 passengers Facilities : lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - lift - terrace - French balconies - gift shop. Central heating, 230 V electricity, air-conditioning, TV and video in the lounge, Wi-Fi on board – Cabin Facilities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

MS Vivaldi

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