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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

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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 guided tours of the historic cities of Kalocsa and Pecs 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 Thomas Hardy.

Day 2 - Kalocsa - Pecs

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Hungarian city of Kalocsa and see the impressive cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and famous Paprika Museum. Next, 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. This afternoon travel to Pecs for a guided tour of the former mosque, cathedral, ancient mausoleum and famous Zsolnay Porcelain Museum.

Day 3 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Belgrade is the beautiful capital of Serbia. Join the guided tour of its key sights including the impressive Kalemegdan-Belgrade Fortress, the Parliament and the magnificent St Sava Church. 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, the spectacular Opera House 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 Thomas Hardy 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 for £199pp (2018) or £209pp (2019)
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • August
    • Aug 30th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3099
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4299
  • September
    • Sep 2nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3199
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4399
    • Sep 9th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £3199
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4399
    • Sep 13th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3199
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4399
    • Sep 16th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3199
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3999 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4399
    • Sep 23rd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £3099
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4299
    • Sep 27th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £4099
    • Sep 30th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2799
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2799 Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3999

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 24th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2299
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2299 Blue Water Price: £2799 Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3249 Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3649
    • Apr 27th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2599
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2599 Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3249 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3949
  • May
    • May 1st - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
    • May 8th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
    • May 11th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
    • May 15th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
    • May 22nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • May 25th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • May 29th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • Jun 8th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • Jun 11th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
    • Jun 12th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Thomas Hardy From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • Jun 19th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
  • August
    • Aug 31st - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3099
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3749 Blue Water Price: £4049 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4449
    • Sep 14th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £3099
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3749 Blue Water Price: £4049 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4449
    • Sep 18th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £3099
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £3749 Blue Water Price: £4049 Blue Water Price: £3899 Blue Water Price: £4449
    • Sep 24th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2999
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3949 Blue Water Price: £3799 Blue Water Price: £4349
    • Sep 28th - Budapest and back - Sailing on: Robert Burns From: £2899
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £3549 Blue Water Price: £3849 Blue Water Price: £3699 Blue Water Price: £4249
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Budapest and back - Sailing on: William Wordsworth From: £2699
      Lower Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Middle Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Suite Upper Deck Superior Suite Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2699 Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £3649 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £4049

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