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

Budapest to the Black Sea

Discover the stunning scenery of the River Danube on this 14-night cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea and explore historic capital cities, the vast Danube Delta and the spectacular Iron Gates. Includes excursions and return flights from the UK.

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2299pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Budapest Parliament
  • Pecs Cathedral
  • National Assembly, Belgrade
  • Iron Gates
  • Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest
  • Constanta Casino
  • Belogradchik Fortress
  • Novi Sad

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

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Receive up to €200pp Onboard Credit! Book by 31 Dec 2020. Cannot be combined with Refund Credit Notes and applies to new bookings only

No Single Supplement! Applies to selected 2021 departures, subject to availability

Budapest to the Black Sea Special Offer

Journey through the Balkans to discover the natural beauty of the Iron Gates and the Danube Delta, and explore the cities of Belgrade, Bucharest and Budapest along the Danube.

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic city of Kalocsa, and watch a performance by skilled horsemen at an equestrian farm. Explore the fascinating city of Belgrade with its magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress, then cruise through the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gorge to historic Pleven.

See the sights of the beautiful Romanian capital of Bucharest then enjoy a cruise through the wetlands and marshlands of the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta. From here explore Constanta's picturesque Old Town, Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi. After a scenic drive to the stunning rock formations at Belogradchik visit the archaeological site of Lepenski Vir then travel to Novi Sad, Osijek and Vukovar. Discover the Hungarian capital of Budapest, where iconic sights include the Hungarian Parliament and Fisherman's Bastion.

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Budapest to the Black Sea Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly to Budapest and transfer by coach to embark your ship.

Day 2 - Kalocsa

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Hungarian city of Kalocsa and see the impressive cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and famous Paprika Museum, or visit a paprika house followed by a drive into the Puszta wilderness for a visit to an equestrian farm to watch a performance by skilled horsemen. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride for a different way to discover the landscape. Tonight on board enjoy a Welcome Drink with the Captain followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Belgrade is the beautiful capital of Serbia. Join the guided tour of its key sights including the cathedral, Republic Square and Prince Michael Street. The afternoon is spent at leisure in this historic city.

Day 4 - Cruising the Iron Gates Gorge

Cruise through the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge, one of the most memorable stretches of the Danube which forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. Pass through the Great Kazan where the river narrows to just 150 metres, and watch out for the enormous face of Decebalus which has been carved into the rock.

Day 5 - Pleven (Bulgaria)

Take a scenic drive to Pleven, famous for being the scene of a major battle during the Russo-Turkish War. The Pleven Panorama depicts this tragic battle through photographs and canvasses. There is free time here so perhaps visit one of the town’s museums or the St George Chapel Mausoleum.

Day 6 - Bucharest (Romania)

Enjoy a city tour of Bucharest, with highlights including the magnificent Parliament Palace and Revolution Square. Lunch is not included today so take the opportunity to try some local delicacies before spending free time exploring the historic city.

Day 7 - Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is where the Black Sea meets the Danube and is a UNESCO site with a wide variety of wildlife. A bird-watcher’s paradise, the canals offer the perfect breeding ground for countless species including Egyptian white pelicans, Arctic geese, cormorants and white-tailed eagles. Small boats will take you deep into the heart of this tranquil region to get up close to the flora and fauna.

Day 8 - Constanta

Travel to the ancient city of Constanta which has been a thriving commercial centre since Roman times. Originally called Tomis, legend has it that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece. Numerous Greek and Roman remains are on display in the city’s museums including the largest and best-preserved Roman mosaic in the world. Enjoy free time in the city.

Day 9 - Rousse (Bulgaria) - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Ivanovo

Travel from the attractive city of Rousse, known as Little Vienna, to the beautiful historic town of Veliko Tarnovo which has a spectacular setting on the Yantra River. On Tsarevets Hill are the remains of the fortress, the Tsar’s and Patriarch’s palaces, and the mighty cathedral. In the tiny workshops watch copper pots being beaten or wooden utensils being carved. Continue on to explore the historic monuments of Arbanassi before visiting the churches, chapels and monasteries that have been hewn out of solid rock at Ivanovo.

Day 10 - Belogradchik

From Vidin, home to the impressive Baba Vidin medieval fortress, travel to the gigantic Belogradchik Rocks at the foothills of the Balkans.

Day 11 - Iron Gates - Lepenski Vir (Serbia)

Cruise back between the towering limestone cliffs of the dramatic Iron Gates to Donji Milanovac and take a short drive to Lepenski Vir. Join the guided tour of this important archaeological site which includes a series of Mesolithic villages high up on a terrace overlooking the Danube.

Day 12 - Novi Sad

Sail past the impressive medieval Smederevo Fortress on the way to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city. Enjoy a guided tour of this lively city, including the Old Town Hall and the ancient castle, all dominated by the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress with its complex system of underground tunnels.

Day 13 - Vukovar - Osijek (Croatia)

Learn about Vukovar's tumultuous past on a guided tour of the city, then drive to the historic city of Osijek for a tour of the Old Town. See the elegant pastel-coloured buildings that line the market square, and the neo-Gothic cathedral in the Upper City.

Day 14 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a guided tour of this city's two halves, Buda and Pest, and discover the iconic Parliament Building, Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion. The city's architecture ranges from Roman ruins to Ottoman Turkish baths and elegant Art Nouveau building, reflecting its varied history. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and perhaps explore the the National Gallery with its vast collection of Hungarian masterpieces or the unique Matthias Church with its breathtaking interior. Enjoy the Captain’s Dinner on board tonight.

Day 15 - Budapest - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK. Supplement may apply for regional flights
  • Overseas transfers between Budapest airport and the ship
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased from £209pp
  • Riviera PLUS:
  • From 2021, guests in superior suites and top deck cabins will benefit from the following added extras:
  • - Access to a smart handset allowing unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage onboard and ashore
  • - L'Occitane en Provence toiletries in the bathroom
  • - Bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • - Platter of fresh fruits later on in the cruise
  • - Complimentary aperitif each evening
  • Local Flavours:
  • From 2021, menus will be expanded to allow guests to experience the flavours of each destination. Every evening, the onboard chefs will offer a choice of 'Local Flavours' options inspired by the area visited.
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 23rd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2679
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2679 Blue Water Price: £3179 Blue Water Price: £3579 Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3729 Blue Water Price: £3579 Blue Water Price: £4129
    • Apr 30th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £3029
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3029 Blue Water Price: £3529 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £3779 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4079 Blue Water Price: £4479
  • May
    • May 7th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3329
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3329 Blue Water Price: £3829 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4079 Blue Water Price: £4379 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4779
    • May 14th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £3329
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3329 Blue Water Price: £3829 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4079 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4379 Blue Water Price: £4779
    • May 20th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4879
    • May 21st - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4179 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4879
    • May 28th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4179 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4879
  • June
    • Jun 3rd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4879
    • Jun 4th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4179 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4879
    • Jun 8th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4179 Blue Water Price: £4879 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329
    • Jun 18th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3429
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3429 Blue Water Price: £3929 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4179 Blue Water Price: £4479 Blue Water Price: £4329 Blue Water Price: £4879
  • September
    • Sep 2nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3529
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3529 Blue Water Price: £4029 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4579 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4979
    • Sep 16th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3529
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3529 Blue Water Price: £4029 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4579 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4979
    • Sep 17th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3529
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3529 Blue Water Price: £4029 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4279 Blue Water Price: £4579 Blue Water Price: £4429 Blue Water Price: £4979
    • Sep 30th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3329
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3329 Blue Water Price: £3829 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4379 Blue Water Price: £4229 Blue Water Price: £4779
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3079
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3079 Blue Water Price: £3579 Blue Water Price: £3979 Blue Water Price: £3829 Blue Water Price: £4129 Blue Water Price: £3979 Blue Water Price: £4529

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 22nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2819
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2819 Blue Water Price: £3319 Blue Water Price: £3719 Blue Water Price: £3569 Blue Water Price: £3869 Blue Water Price: £3719 Blue Water Price: £4269
  • May
    • May 20th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3599
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £4099 Blue Water Price: £4499 Blue Water Price: £4349 Blue Water Price: £4649 Blue Water Price: £4499 Blue Water Price: £5049
  • June
    • Jun 17th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3599
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £4099 Blue Water Price: £4499 Blue Water Price: £4349 Blue Water Price: £4649 Blue Water Price: £4499 Blue Water Price: £5049
  • September
    • Sep 2nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3709
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3709 Blue Water Price: £4209 Blue Water Price: £4609 Blue Water Price: £4459 Blue Water Price: £4759 Blue Water Price: £4609 Blue Water Price: £5159
    • Sep 30th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3239
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3239 Blue Water Price: £3739 Blue Water Price: £4139 Blue Water Price: £3989 Blue Water Price: £4289 Blue Water Price: £4139 Blue Water Price: £4689

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