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.
All 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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9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest
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
2015 - Jul 2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep
Save £1000 per couple on 2016 departures!
7 Nights - Budapest to Rousse
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct
Exclusive savings of £300pp on 2016 departures!
8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest
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
2016 - Apr, Jun
Save £1500 per couple on 2016 dates!
15 Nights - Istanbul to Vienna
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2016 - Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
Save £1580 per couple on 23 Oct 2015 - now from just £1599pp!
17 Nights - Prague to Bucharest
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Oct 2016 - Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
Save £1000 per couple plus low deposit on 2016 dates!
13 Nights - Vienna to Bucharest
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2016 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Save £1310 per couple on 14 Oct 2015 - Cat D cabin from just £2755pp!
Journey through Eastern Europe towards the Black Sea through Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria with included shore excursions and drinks with meals
Exclusive £350pp discount on 2016 dates!
14 Nights - Rousse to Passau
Cruise from Eastern Europe through the dramatic Iron Gates, experience the beauty of Vienna and Budapest, and sample the Wachau Valley wines
Exclusive £650pp discount on all 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!
10 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest
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
2015 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Exclusive £1050pp discount on 2016 dates - now from just £1645pp!
8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest
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
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.
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.
The quaint streets of Bratislava lead to lively squares and medieval St Michael's Gate, topped with a 51-meter tower and a balcony with fantastic views of the old city. Bratislava has the oldest Town Hall in Slovakia and many impressive Baroque palaces. Highlights include the grand Pramatial Palace, St Martin's Cathedral and 13th-century Bratislava Castle.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Vienna is famous for its delicious pastries, the waltz and romantic architecture. Along the broad Ringstrasse is the beautiful Austrian National Library and cafés and shops line Kärntnerstrasse. Visits may be offered to Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House or nearby Schönbrunn Palace, which was the grand summer residence of the Habsburgs. It has formal gardens, the first zoo and an atmospheric faux-Roman folly.
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