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

The Complete Danube

Discover colourful worlds and unmatched views on your complete Danube River cruise from the Black Sea to Bavaria

Fly Cruise
17 nights from £6161pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Belogradchik
  • Belgrade
  • Budapest
  • Constanta
  • Durnstein
  • Nuremberg
  • Passau
  • Pecs
  • Regensburg
  • Veliko Turnovo

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The Complete Danube Special Offer

Discover the colorful worlds and unmatched views on your complete Danube River cruise from the Black Sea to Bavaria. Begin your European vacation before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest, including the Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances.

Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans—Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. 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 town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit delightful Dürnstein and Melk—in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley.

Take a guided tour and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey high above Melk. Your European river cruise continues with sightseeing in Passau, the “City of Three Rivers”, and Regensburg, to see the 179 AD entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You’ll dock in Roth for guided sightseeing of the Bavarian town’s timbered houses and Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, built in 1535. You may otherwise join a fascinating excursion to tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds.

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The Complete Danube Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Bucharest (Romania)

Fly from the UK to Bucharest and check in to the hotel for a 1-night stay. Enjoy free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (D)

Day 2 - Bucharest - Fetesti

Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe that honours 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 this afternoon. After dinner, attend an on-board lecture to learn about the Danube Delta. Overnight cruise 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 of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Cernavoda. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Cernavodă

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Join a guided tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Rousse. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Rousse (Bulgaria)

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. Sail to Svistov or enjoy 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Vidin. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Vidin

Join a guided tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. Evening and overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Donji Milanovac (Serbia)

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge that form 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 artefacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Belgrade

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 the remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Osijek. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - 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 an optional guided 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 Mohacs. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Mohács (Hungary)

Perhaps 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Budapest

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. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery. Evening and overnight cruise to Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Vienna (Austria)

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - 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 the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Overnight cruise to Durnstein. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Dürnstein - Melk

Join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard or join a hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ or enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. Evening and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Passau (Germany)

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Alternatively, join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau for sailing after your full-day selected activity. Evening and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Regensburg

Join a guided city walk and see the 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 Roth. (B, L, D)

Day 17 - Roth

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. 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 sightseeing 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, used by the Third Reich. Evening cruise to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 18 - Nuremberg - UK

Disembark ship in Nuremberg and transfer to the ship for the return flight to the UK. (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

  • 16-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • 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
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Nuremberg and back - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £5744
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5744 Blue Water Price from: £7334
  • October
    • Oct 22nd - Nuremberg and back - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £5905
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5905 Blue Water Price from: £6221 Blue Water Price from: £7839 Blue Water Price from: £8023

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
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