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

Danube Splendours

Explore the splendours of Germany, Austria and Hungary on this river cruise along the Danube, with hotel stay in the beautiful city of Bucharest

Fly Cruise
15 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Iron Gates
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Melk Abbey
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg

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Explore the best river views of Germany, Austria and Hungary to discover the splendours of Europe’s history and beauty on the Danube.

Board your ship in Nuremberg and cruise to the German town of Roth. Enjoy guided sightseeing of the Bavarian town’s timbered houses and Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, built in 1535. Or take an excursion to tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Enjoy sightseeing in Regensburg to see the 179 AD entrance to Castra Regina fortress, and a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”, Passau, before sailing to the lovely Austrian city of Linz. Cruise to Melk to tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey or hike the hillsides above the Wachau Valley. On to Vienna, “The City of Music,” to explore the historic Habsburg Empire including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your Central European river cruise continues to Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube", with its iconic Heroes Square and spectacular architecture, thermal baths and vibrant night life. Tour the historic Hungarian towns of Mohács and Pécs, and sail through the remarkable landscapes of the Balkan states of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Visit the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and attend a performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour. See ancient archaeological finds and the amazing Danube Gorge before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. You’ll cruise through Bulgaria with guided sightseeing in Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi. Such marvellous sights include Belogradchik’s remarkable rock formations and Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square. Your Danube River cruise concludes here in Bucharest for an overnight stay in “The Paris of the East.”

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Danube Splendours

Day 1 - UK - Nuremberg (Germany)

Fly from the UK to Nuremberg and embark ship. (D)

Day 2 - Roth

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth with its half-timbered houses, market square and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, or choose a guided tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle, or take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Enjoy an on-board lecture about the Main-Danube Canal linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Regensburg

Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria, built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. Evening and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Passau

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. Overnight cruise to Melk. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Melk - Wachau valley

Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ, or join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. This evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex, the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. Evening and overnight cruise to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. Take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Take in the beauty of Budapest while exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Dock overnight in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Budapest

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés and restaurants. Cruise overnight to Mohacs. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Mohács

Join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Mohács, a quiet Danube harbour town with historic memorial parks, statues and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, or take a guided tour of 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Osijek. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Osijek (Croatia)

Join a morning guided walking tour of the 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - 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 Church. Attend an on-board lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations and culture of the Balkan states. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. Overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Donji Milanovac

Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artefacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge - a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Vidin. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

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. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Rousse. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Rousse

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 4300BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, or join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, or join a jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight cruise to Oltenita. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Oltenita (Romania) - Bucharest

Disembark ship in Oltenita and transfer to your hotel in Bucharest for an overnight hotel stay. Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. See the Royal Palace Square the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. 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. (B)

Day 16 - Bucharest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board ship
  • Daily afternoon tea on board ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
Map for Danube Splendours