Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
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

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bucharest
  • Iron Gates
  • Belgrade

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Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour of Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square—scene of Ceaușescu’s riotous 1989 overthrow—and the Arc de Triomphe. Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise. You’ll witness incredible views along the way, beginning with the Danube Delta at the Black Sea for a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s culmination of 2,845 kilometers from the Black Forest to the Black Sea!

Your cruise on the Danube River carries you through the striking landscapes of the Balkans. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, including the Holy Trinity Church, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs. One of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi holds Bulgarian Revival architecture within its 15th-century locale. Guided sightseeing In Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains.

Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. You’ll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs before cruising to Budapest to conclude your cruise.

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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Bucharest (Romania)

Fly from the UK to 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, the Athenee Palace Hilton or similar, for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Bucharest

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 Fetesti 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 Cernavoda. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Cernavoda

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 for an Active Jog 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

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. Overnight cruising to Belgrade.

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 Osijek.

Day 9 - Osijek (Croatia)

Join a morning guided walking tour of the Croatian city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions. Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac. This afternoon you might join a guided optional excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing. Overnight cruising to Mohacs.

Day 10 - Mohács (Hungary)

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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.

Day 11 - Budapest - UK

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

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 and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
Map for The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest