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

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to the Hungarian capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other

Cruise Only
10 nights from £3015pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bucharest
  • Iron Gates
  • Belgrade

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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest Special Offer

Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest. Take in the sights in Bucharest, known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. See the sights here, including the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. Board your ship in Cernavoda and join an excursion to the Danube Delta where the river flows into the Black Sea.

Enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi. Take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular views as you cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge.

Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue up the Danube and take an excursion to the ancient city of Pécs, Hungary. These and countless other memorable moments await you on this fascinating Danube River cruise through Eastern Europe.

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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest Itinerary

Day 1 - Bucharest (Romania)

Arrive in Bucharest, the “Paris of the East”. The day is yours to relax. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. Check-in to your hotel.

Day 2 - Bucharest - Cernavoda

Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe, honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square, the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Travel to Cernavoda to board your ship. Enjoy dinner onboard. Later, attend an onboard lecture about the Danube Delta. Overnight cruising to St Gheorghe. (B,D)

Day 3 - St Gheorghe

Join a small-boat guided tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas, 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”, the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey from the source in the Black Forest to its delta into the Black Sea. Overnight cruising to Harsova. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Harsova

Join a guided tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. Overnight cruising to Rousse. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rousse (Bulgaria) - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, or go a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, cruise to Svistov. Join a full-day guided tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight cruising to Vidin.

Day 6 - Vidin

Join guided sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. Overnight cruising to Donji Milanovac.

Day 7 - Donji Milanovac - Iron Gates - Golubac

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Join a guided tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubac. Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire. Overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Belgrade, where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge, and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches. You may choose to join an optional guided biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Overnight cruising to Novi Sad.

Day 9 - Novi Sad - Ilok (Croatia)

Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications. Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard. Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage. Evening and overnight cruising to Mohacs. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Mohács (Hungary)

Take a guided tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. Overnight cruising to Budapest. (B,l,D)

Day 11 - Budapest

Disembark your ship. (B)

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night full board cruise
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Daily afternoon tea on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 25th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Passion From: £3015
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3015 Blue Water Price from: £3207 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £5789
  • June
    • Jun 6th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Passion From: £3083
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3083 Blue Water Price from: £3275 Blue Water Price from: £4239 Blue Water Price from: £4304 Blue Water Price from: £4368
    • Jun 21st - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £3275
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3275 Blue Water Price from: £4239 Blue Water Price from: £4304 Blue Water Price from: £4368 Blue Water Price from: £5332
  • July
    • Jul 18th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Passion From: £3015
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3015 Blue Water Price from: £3207 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3540
  • August
    • Aug 29th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Passion From: £3015
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3015 Blue Water Price from: £3207 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3540
  • September
    • Sep 16th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £3220
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3220 Blue Water Price from: £3412 Blue Water Price from: £4376 Blue Water Price from: £4441 Blue Water Price from: £4505 Blue Water Price from: £5469
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Bucharest to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Passion From: £3344
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      Blue Water Price from: £3344 Blue Water Price from: £4308 Blue Water Price from: £4373 Blue Water Price from: £4437

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest