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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.

  • 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.

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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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  • Balkan Jewels

    7 Nights - Giurgiu to Budapest

    Choice of APT Ships Choice of Ships

    Sail along the mighty Danube through five contrasting countries and the spectacular Iron Gates on this brand new, all-inclusive voyage, with return flights from the UK, private home to airport transfers, unlimited complimentary drinks on board and exclusive Signature Experience 2018 - Apr
    Special offer launch price PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balkan Jewels Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Enchantment of Eastern Europe

    9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    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 hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct
    Save up to £650pp on 2017 departures!

    Enchantment of Eastern Europe Fly Cruise Package
    From £1595pp
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  • Route 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 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    Save £1000pp on 2018 departures!

    Route to Eastern Europe Fly Cruise Package
    From £1595pp
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  • Danube to the Black Sea

    10 Nights - Bucharest to Vienna

    Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Royal Amadeus Royal

    Enjoy a hotel stay in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, before joining your ship and cruising right from the Danube Delta where the Danube meets the Black Sea. Cruise west from Fetesti through seven different countries to Vienna. Exclusively packaged with flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2017 - Oct

    Danube to the Black Sea Blue Water Package
    From £1739pp Cruise Only From £1489pp
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  • Eastern Enlightenment

    8 Nights - Belgrade to Bucharest

    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 2017 - May
    2018 - Apr
    Save £750pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Eastern Enlightenment Fly Cruise Package
    From £1895pp
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  • Gems of Southeast Europe

    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 2017 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Exclusive savings of up to £550pp PLUS free flights or case of wine!

    Gems of Southeast Europe Blue Water Package
    From £2061pp Cruise Only From £1761pp
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  • Budapest to the Black Sea

    14 Nights - Budapest and back

    Riviera Travel Ship - Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy

    Discover stunning scenery on this 14-night cruise from Budapest and explore historic capital cities, the spectacular Iron Gates and the vast Danube Delta where the Danube meets the Black Sea. Includes excursions and return flights from the UK. 2018 - Apr, May, Jun, Sep

    Budapest to the Black Sea Fly Cruise Package
    From £2299pp
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  • Black Sea Explorer

    8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    Scenic Ship - Scenic Jasper and Opal Choice of Ships

    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 2017 - May, Oct
    2018 - Apr, May, Jun
    Save up to 29% on 2017 departures!

    Black Sea Explorer Cruise and Stay Fly Cruise Package
    From £2470pp
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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 lunch and dinner on board 2017 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Voyage through Eastern Europe - River Danube Cruise towards the Black Sea Fly Cruise Package
    From £2695pp
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  • Highlights of Eastern Europe

    9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    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 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    FREE cabin upgrade PLUS free flights and home pick-up service!

    Highlights of Eastern Europe Blue Water Package
    From £3039pp Cruise Only From £2789pp
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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.

Belgrade

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.

Bratislava

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.

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.

Budapest

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.

Rousse

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.

Vienna

Top Offers

Our Favourite River Danube to the Black Sea Cruises

  • Balkan Jewels

  • 7 Nights, Fly Cruise from £1495pp
  • Special offer launch price PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!
  • Gems of Southeast Europe

  • 7 Nights, Fly Cruise from £1761pp
  • Exclusive savings of up to £550pp PLUS free flights or case of wine!
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