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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

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.

  • Cruising through Budapest - the River Danube
  • Belgrade National Assembly
  • Novi Sad

About Danube To The Black Sea Cruises

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.

Belgrade at NightBelgrade at Night

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    • Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      Choice of Ships
      • 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
    • Save up to £650pp PLUS 250 Euro OBC per cabin!

    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Crystal, Scenic Jewel, Scenic Jade
      Choice of Ships
      • Explore the hidden treasures and natural splendours of Eastern Europe on this unique all-inclusive luxury cruise along the spectacular River Danube to the Black Sea, with an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest

      • River Cruise
      • 2017 - Apr, May
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save £750pp PLUS free door-to-door transfers!

    • 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
    • Exclusive savings up to £550pp plus FREE flights and transfers or FREE airport lounge pass!

    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Jasper and Opal
      Scenic Jasper and Opal
      • 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
      • 2017 - Apr, May, Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to £1000pp PLUS free door-to-door transfers!

    • 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
    • Save up to £750pp!

    • 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 lunch and dinner on board

      • River Cruise
    • Exclusive £50pp discount!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Duchess
      Choice of Ships
      • A superb holiday combining a 7-night cruise through the heart of Eastern Europe and a 2-night hotel stay in the fascinating city of Bucharest. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

      • River Cruise
    • Save up to 20%!

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.


Bratislava (Slovakia)

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.

Bucharest (Romania)

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.

Iron Gates

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.

Novi Sad

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.


Vienna (Austria)

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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Our Favourite River Danube to the Black Sea Cruises

  • Eastern Enlightenment

  • 8 Nights, Fly Cruise from £1895pp
  • Save £750pp PLUS free door-to-door transfers!