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Danube River Cruises to the Black Sea

Closed to tourists for many years, the exotic lower reaches of the River Danube once again welcome visitors

With an overall length of over 1800 miles, the River Danube flows from its source in the Black Forest of Germany through eight countries to the Black Sea. Explore east of Budapest through Eastern Europe and the Iron Gate to the Danube Delta and the Black Sea.

From Nuremberg the Main-Danube Canal leads to the River Danube. The river flows through Austria to its capital Vienna and on to Budapest in Hungary. From Budapest the Danube flows south through the Hungarian plains, and then turns east through Serbia and Belgrade.

After passing through the spectacular ‘Iron Gate’, a dramatic Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, the river forms a natural border between Bulgaria and Romania on its way to the Black Sea. We offer a range of voyages to or from the Black Sea, with most actually reaching the Black Sea by coach excursion from a convenient river port.

Danube to the Black Sea Highlights

Belgrade (Serbia)
The large capital of Serbia has an energetic atmosphere, melding cultural influences from its turbulent past. Explore St Sava church, Republic Square and enjoy the lively café culture. The vast Kalemegdan Fortress has splendid views of the Sava and Danube Rivers, Marshal Tito's tomb and the former living quarters of high-ranking communist officials.
Bucharest
The lovely city of Bucharest has wide avenues and some impressive buildings including the Roman Arc de Triomphe, the Royal Palace which houses the National Art Museum and the Antim Monastery. The modern Parliament Building is the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon and is open to visitors for tours. It was originally built by deposed President Ceaucescu as his palace.
Budapest (Hungary)
The Danube divides the capital of Hungary into old Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. In the Pest district are graceful mansions leading to the vast and imposing Hero’s Square. Across the river is the famous Chain Bridge and in the hill-top castle district is Buda Castle and its fine gardens, the Royal Palace and the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion.
Iron Gates (Romania)
The magnificent gorges of the Iron Gates are the natural border between Serbia and Romania, and are one of the highlights of a cruise on the Danube River. The gorges carve a channel between the Carpathian Mountains and the foothills of the Balkans.
Novi Sad (Serbia)
Novi Sad is Serbia’s second-largest city, and has broad, elegant streets and large squares, dominated by its lofty cathedral. Marshal Vauban’s impregnable fortress, Petrovaradin,  overlooks the Danube and has a reversed clock which can be read by fishermen on the river.
Rousse (Bulgaria)
Rousse is one of Bulgarias oldest cities, built on the site of a Roman fort. It is known as Little Vienna for its fine Baroque and neo-classical architecture, and has the only bridge across the Danube which connects Bulgaria and Romania. Nearby are medieval Veliko Tarnavo and Arbanasi.

Our Favourite River Danube to the Black Sea Cruises

Black Sea Explorer

Exclusive discount of up to £2960 per couple on 2015 dates!

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

Save £700 per couple plus Marriott pamper package on 28 Jul 2015!

Passage to Eastern Europe

Exclusive £1050pp discount on 2016 dates - now from just £1645pp!

All Cruises on the River Danube to the Black Sea

All of our Danube to the Black Sea cruises are shown below. Tick the boxes to filter by date, company, duration and type.

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All: AMA Waterways APT Amadeus River Cruises Avalon Waterways CroisiEurope Emerald Waterways
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Viking River CruisesViking River Cruises

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with meals on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/EUR passengers

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Passage to Eastern Europe

10 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Longships Viking Longships

Discover the magnificent cities and historical treasures of Eastern Europe as you journey along the Danube towards the Black Sea on this superb voyage with hotel stays in Budapest and Bucharest. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK River Cruise

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Passage to Eastern Europe River Danube cruise to the Black Sea
From £1645pp
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APTAPT

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (and at all times on some itineraries)
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/AUS/US passengers
  • Home-to-airport transfers within 75 miles of chosen airport

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Voyage through Eastern Europe

7 Nights - Budapest to Rousse

Choice of APT Ships Choice of Ships

Discover the magnificent capital cities of Belgrade and Bucharest and the breathtaking ‘Iron Gates’ in Eastern Europe, cruising towards the Black Sea. Includes return from the UK, home to airport transfers and unlimited complimentary drinks with meals on board River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Voyage through Eastern Europe - River Danube Cruise towards the Black Sea
From £2195pp
Book by 31 May 2015 to save £500 per couple on 2016 dates plus exclusive £50pp discount on 2015 dates!

Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Waterways

  • Includes travel from UK plus home pick-up service
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Includes gratuities
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers

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Balkan Discovery Cruise

9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

Superb holiday from Budapest through the dramatic Iron Gates towards the Black Sea with included hotel stays in the historic cities of Budapest and Bucharest. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
2016 - Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

Balkan Discovery River Danube Cruise Towards the Black Sea
From £1955pp
Save £800 per couple plus low deposit on 2016 dates!

Grand Danube

17 Nights - Prague to Bucharest

Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

Cruise along the full length of the spectacular Danube, through six contrasting countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Includes a 3-night hotel stay in Prague and overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, flights and transfers River Cruise

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct
2016 - Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

Grand Danube Cruise to the Black Sea
From £2675pp
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Blue Danube to the Black Sea

13 Nights - Vienna to Bucharest

Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

Journey from Vienna to the Black Sea Delta on this fantastic holiday with hotel stays in the impressive cities of Vienna and Bucharest. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions River Cruise

2015 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
2016 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Blue Danube to the Black Sea River Cruise
From £2779pp
Save £1000 per couple plus low deposit on 2016 dates!

Emerald WaterwaysEmerald Waterways

  • Travel package from the UK
  • Included shore excursions
  • Included tips and gratuities
  • Choice of dining options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Mainly UK/AUS passengers

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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky

Cruise through Eastern Europe from Budapest towards the Black Sea and enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner River Cruise

2015 - Jul
2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep

Enchantment of Eastern Europe
From £1695pp
Save £700 per couple plus Marriott pamper package on 28 Jul 2015!

AMA WaterwaysAMA Waterways

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/AUS passengers

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Black Sea Voyage

7 Nights - Budapest to Rousse

Choice of AMA Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

Journey through Eastern Europe towards the Black Sea through Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria with included shore excursions and drinks with meals River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Black Sea Voyage - River Danube Cruise towards the Black Sea
From £1589pp
Save up to £980 per cabin - flight inclusive package from just £1799pp!

Grand Danube Cruise

14 Nights - Rousse to Passau

Choice of AMA Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

Cruise from Eastern Europe through the dramatic Iron Gates, experience the beauty of Vienna and Budapest, and sample the Wachau Valley wines River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Grand River Danube Cruise through Eastern Europe
From £3046pp
Exclusive £650pp discount on all 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

Amadeus River CruisesAmadeus River Cruises

  • Quality boutique ships with superb Austrian hospitality
  • Wide choice of optional excursions for complete flexibility
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Choice of dining options
  • UK, US and European passengers
  • Smart casual dress

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Lower Danube to the Danube Delta

8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Brilliant Amadeus Brilliant

A fascinating holiday exploring historic cities along the Danube and the magnificent Danube Delta, the second-largest delta in Europe. Includes return flights from the UK, overseas transfers and hotel stay in Bucharest River Cruise

Danube River cruise from Budapest to the Danube Delta

Scenic ToursScenic Tours

  • Travel package from UK
  • Butler service in all cabins
  • Shore excursions included
  • Balcony cabins available
  • Complimentary drinks on board throughout cruise
  • Gratuities included
  • Informal dress code
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Open seating for meals
  • Mainly UK/AUS passengers

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Black Sea Explorer

8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

Scenic Tours Ship - Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond

All-inclusive voyage from Budapest through Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria towards the legendary Black Sea ending with a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return travel package, shore excursions, butler service, complimentary drinks and gratuities on board River Cruise

2015 - Apr, May, Jun
2016 - Apr, Jun

Black Sea Explorer Cruise and Stay
From £1365pp
Exclusive discount of up to £2960 per couple on 2015 dates!

UniworldUniworld

  • Includes return travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore

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Imperial Capitals of Europe

15 Nights - Istanbul to Vienna

Uniworld Ship - River Duchess River Duchess

Visit eight magnificent countries on this superb holiday with a 2-night hotel stay in Istanbul, overnight stay in Bucharest and a 12-night all inclusive cruise to Europe's majestic capitals. Includes home pick-up, return flights from the UK and unlimited drinks on board River Cruise

2015 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Imperial Capitals of Europe cruise with hotel stays in Istanbul and Bucharest
From £4469pp
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CroisiEurope

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Avalon Waterways

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Viking River Cruises

Exclusive £1050pp discount on all 2016 Viking river cruises plus call us for exclusive additional savings on 2015 dates!

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