Balkan Discovery River Danube Cruise Towards the Black Sea

A 9-night cruise holiday from Budapest towards the Black Sea, passing through the scenic Iron Gates with hotel stays in Budapest and Bucharest

Balkan Discovery River Danube Cruise Towards the Black Sea


9 nights from £1960pp

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Journey along the Danube River to the far reaches of the Black Sea.

Starting in the 'Paris of the East' Budapest, you will cruise through vistas of Hungarian plains. Continue cruising on the River Danube with Croatia on one side and Serbia on the other. As you make your way to the Iron Gates where the river separates the Carpathian Mountains from the Balkan Mountains, the scenery becomes truly spectacular.

Enjoy full-day excursions to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi. From Oltenita transfer to the Romanian capital Bucharest for a one-night stay.

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Balkan Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)
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Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel for two nights.
Day 2 - Budapest
Visit the highlights of Budapest, a cosmopolitan city which is divided across the River Danube, connected by the famous Chain Bridge. See the hilltop complex, Fisherman's Bastion, and Matthias Church with a local guide. There will also be time to shop for renowned Herend porcelain and paprika. (B)
Day 3 - Budapest
The morning is free for you to explore at leisure. This afternoon, board your cruise ship and meet your crew at a a welcome reception. (B, D)
Day 4 - Pecs
Enjoy leisurely cruising before arriving in Mohacs. After lunch, take an excursion to Pecs, established by the Romans in the 2nd century and an important town for Christianity in the 4th century. Many burial chambers with memorial chapels still remain. Tour the Underground Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and later enjoy an organ concert. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Belgrade (Serbia)
Enjoy a tour of Belgrade, capital city of Serbia, with a local guide showing you the feautres of the city including the Kalemegdan Fortress and the tomb of Marshal Tito, the former president of Yugoslavia. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Iron Gates
Dock at Donji Milanovac today and take a short drive to the impressive Lepinski Vir Exhibition Centre, which houses archaeological artifacts and has fantastic views of the Danube Gorge. This afternoon, cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Vidin (Bulgaria) - Belogradchik
In northwestern Bulgaria, Vidin is an important Danube port. 'Baba Vidin', the town's medieval fortress, protected the city during the Middle Ages and after centuries of gradual deterioration, has been faithfully restored to its former stature. As the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country, Baba Vidin is now a fortress museum and the town's primary landmark. In the afternoon, drive to nearby Belogradchick to view the unusual natural rock formations and the fortress that makes use of this unique wonder on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Svistov - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Rousse
Drive from the river port of Svistov to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home to the Royal Fortress, palaces and Patriarch's Church. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its Ethnographical Museum and the outstanding collection of frescoes in the Church of the Nativity. Continue on to Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Oltenita (Romania)
Disembark and travel to Bucharest, Romania's lively capital, just a short drive from Oltenita. Its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe have earned it the name 'Paris of the East'. During the included tour this afternoon, enjoy a photo stop at the colossal, 6,000 room Palace of Parliament, and visit the Royal Palace, which now houses the National Art Museum. Overnight at the Athenee Palace Hilton. (B)
Day 10 - Bucharest - UK
Check out of your hotel. Transfer to airport for your return flight to the UK and executive car return home. (B)

Price Includes

  • 6 nights cruise in an outside cabin onboard Avalon Luminary or Illumination
  • 2 nights at the InterContinental Hotel in Budapest and 1 night at the Athenee Palace Hilton, Bucharest.
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch
  • Flights from London Heathrow and transfers to and from ship. Regional flights are available - please contact us for details.
  • 2014: Executive car pick-up and return up to 75 miles from airport
  • 2015: Executive car pick-up and return up to 100 miles from airport
  • Welcome Reception
  • Captain's Reception and Farewell Dinner
  • Guided Tours with local guides
  • Services of a professional cruise director
  • All port and airport taxes
  • All gratuities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Additional Information

  • Budapest Guided sightseeing, see Fisherman's Bastion
  • Kalocsa Orientation, organ concert
  • Pecs Orientation
  • Belgrade Guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Iron Gates Gorge Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge; see the Trajan Tablet
  • Vidin Visit the fortress
  • Belogradchik See the rock formations
  • Veliko Tarnovo Guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch's Church
  • Arbanassi Guided visit of the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity
  • Bucharest Guided sightseeing, see the Parliament Building and visit the National Art Museum

Cruise Extensions

  • Budapest and Bucharest Extension: Extend your stay in Budapest from £55pp per night and Bucharest from £59pp per night based on a twin room

Special Features

  • Regional flights available, please contact us for details.
Book by 30 Sept 2014 to save up to £1000 per couple!

2014 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Jul 02£2680£2650
Aug 20£2675£2645

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Aug 01£2675£2645
Sep 19£2765£2735
Oct 10£2475£2445

2015 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Bucharest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Apr 15£2460£1960
May 08£2695£2395
Jun 24£2636£2136
Jul 15£2625£2325
Sep 02£2735£2419
Oct 07£2459£2159

Bucharest to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
May 15£2695£2322
Jun 05£2636£2136
Aug 14£2572£2072
Oct 23£2389£2075
  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are also available on request.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for Avalon Luminary:
  • Cat B - 2014: £295pp 2015: £319pp
  • Cat A - 2014: £320pp 2015: £345pp
  • Cat P - 2014: £405pp 2015: £399pp
  • Suite - 2014: £695pp 2015: £699pp
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for Avalon Illumination:
  • Cat D - 2014: £80pp 2015: £99pp
  • Cat B - 2014: £430pp 2015: £469pp
  • Cat A - 2014: £455pp 2015: £495pp
  • Cat P - 2014: £535pp 2015: £549pp
  • Suite - 2014: £910pp 2015: £900pp
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