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Danube Delta Odyssey

The Danube

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Discover the scenery and cities that adorn the Danube

Board Filia Rheni II, the latest addition to our fleet chartered exclusively for Saga customers, to discover the many highlights of the Danube as it wends its way towards the Black Sea. In addition to the stunning scenery, including that of the Iron Gates Gorge and the Danube Delta, you’ll have time to explore some fascinating ports of call in seven different countries. And you can look forward to included guided tours of three major European cities – Budapest, Bucharest and Vienna.

Includes selected drinks with lunch and dinner, and three excursions

Including...

47 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Cocktail party and Saga dinner
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship. 
Excursions
  • City tour of Budapest
  • Tour of Bucharest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna.

2015 Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest

Fly to Hungary's capital and embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board.

Danube Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest

Buda Castle

A coach tour of the city shows you the capital's highlights and enjoy a walking tour of castle district. Also visit Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion and tour some of Pest's fascinating sights.

Budapest Hungary Europe Danube

Day 3 Vukovar

City of Osijek, Croatia

Discover Vukovar's baroque architecture and reminders of the damage it incurred during the Yugoslav War.

Danube Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe

Optional excursions

The largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, Vukovar was a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Unscathed belle époque architcture can be compared with shell-scarred buildings preserved in memoriam.

Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe Osijek Osijek-Baranja County

Day 4 Iron Gates

Iron Gates Gorge

Sail through the world-famous Iron Gates Gorge, passing the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans.

Iron Gates Serbia Europe The Iron Gates Romania Danube

Day 5 Rousse

Veliko Turnovo

Arrive in Rousse this morning and enjoy an optional guided stroll through the city sometimes referred to as 'Little Vienna' to view the imposing 19th-century architecture.

Bulgaria Europe Veliko Tarnova Rousse Danube

Optional excursions

Enjoy a guided stroll through Rousse and admire the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture of its beautiful city centre. Also have a look around the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rousse's oldest church which was built in 1632.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Today enjoy cruising through the beautiful Danube Delta. You may choose to join a popular optional Danube Delta Exploration excursion to fully appreciate the wilderness and unique fauna of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Danube Delta Romania Europe Danube Chiciu

Optional excursions

Explore this UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve on a boat trip along its smaller channels that larger vessels can't reach. As Europe's second largest delta, it's host to an abundance of birdlife and some of the species that you may be lucky enough to spy here include pelicans, herons, swans and ducks.

Day 7 Chiciu to Giurgiu

Bucharest

Your included full-day sightseeing tour of Bucharest includes the Palace of Parliament and Patriachal Church, as well as a visit and lunch at the Village Museum. Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu.

Bucharest Romania Europe Danube Giurgiu

Day 8 Giurgiu

Donji Milianovac, Serbia

Enjoy a day at leisure on board.

Day 9 Iron Gates to Donji Milanovac

Danube Gorge

Return through the dramatic Iron Gate gorge and arrive in the pretty town of Donji Milanovac, set in the midst of the Djerdap National Park. This afternoon, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site, found on the banks of the Danube.

Danube Donji Milanovac Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

First found by farmers in 1940, it wasn't until 1965 that excavation work began in ernest, revealing the remnants of this Stone Age settlement. A series of villages and rock carvings dating back to 6400 BC were unearthed and include the earliest examples of ‘monumental’ sculptures.

Donji Milanovac Serbia Europe Lepenski Vir mesolithic site

Day 10 Belgrade

Belgrade

Arrive this afternoon in Serbia's capital. You can explore its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress, the cathedral and St Sava Temple all set on the waterfront, or you may like to join an optional city tour.

Belgrade Serbia Europe Danube

Optional excursions

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Serbia's capital by coach. Visit one of the world's largest churches, St Sava bascillica and the imposing hilltop Kalemegdan Fortress which looms large over the city.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 11 Novi Sad

Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad

Novi Sad. Enjoy the morning in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet. An optional walking tour will reveal the old town's fine collection of 18th and 19th-century architecture.

Danube Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy a short walking tour of the old town followed by a visit to a family wine cellar to sample local wine and honey.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 12 Mohács to Paks

Hungarian horse archers

This major port on the Danube is famous for its folklore traditions. An optional excursion reveals traditional horsemanship by Magyar cowboys. Rejoin the ship and sail to Paks, pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin the ship.

Danube Paks Hungary Europe

Optional excursions

Find out more about the traditional Hungarian way of life, including a demonstration of Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys as they practice the skills of their ancestors.

Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 13 Esztergom

Basilica in Esztergom

Perhaps join an optional excursion to Szentendre and the basilica of Esztergom.

Danube Esztergom Hungary Europe

Optional excursions

Visit the historic Hungarian town of Esztergom which is crowned by the country's largest catherdral. Continue to the charming little town of Szentendre which is packed with galleries and museums.

Day 14 Bratislava

Bratislava Castle

Explore Bratislava’s Old Town and ancient cobbled streets, see its castle and Gothic-style cathedral – or take an optional guided tour.

Danube Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Optional excursions

Take an optional guided tour of Bratislava

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 15 Melk to Weissenkirchen to Dürnstein

Durnstein

Arrive in Melk this morning where you may like to take an optional excursion to the magnificent Melk Abbey. Next, you'll visit the pretty wine village of Weissenkirchen - perfect for an afternoon stroll. Your last stop today will be in Dürnstein in the lush Wachau Valley - perhaps join an optional orientation walk and a wine-tasting.

Danube Dürnstein Austria Europe

Optional excursions

At Dürnstein in the lush Wachau Valley you can join an optional orientation walk and enjoy a tasting of the local wine.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Join an optional excursion to magnificent Melk Abbey.

Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe

Day 16 Vienna

Park of Summer Palace Belvedere, Vienna

Join an included tour of Austria's famously musical capital. See the Ringstrasse and Opera House, amongst other highlights, plus enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre and a coffee and cake stop in one of the Viennese coffee houses. Afterwards, you can explore independently, and may choose to join an optional concert tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe Danube

Optional excursions

Join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Schonbrunn Palace.

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe

After dinner you have the opportunity to join an optional visit to watch a Vienna Opera.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 17 Vienna to UK

Vienna

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

Danube Vienna Austria Europe
2016 Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest

Fly to Hungary's capital and embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board.

Danube Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest

Buda Castle

A coach tour of the city shows you the capital's highlights and enjoy a walking tour of castle district. Also visit Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion and tour some of Pest's fascinating sights.

Budapest Hungary Europe Danube

Day 3 Vukovar

City of Osijek, Croatia

Discover Vukovar's baroque architecture and reminders of the damage it incurred during the Yugoslav War.

Danube Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe

Optional excursions

The largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, Vukovar was a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Unscathed belle époque architcture can be compared with shell-scarred buildings preserved in memoriam.

Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe Osijek Osijek-Baranja County

Day 4 Iron Gates

Iron Gates Gorge

Sail through the world-famous Iron Gates Gorge, passing the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans.

Iron Gates Serbia Europe The Iron Gates Romania Danube

Day 5 Rousse

Veliko Turnovo

Arrive in Rousse this morning and enjoy an optional guided stroll through the city sometimes referred to as 'Little Vienna' to view the imposing 19th-century architecture.

Bulgaria Europe Veliko Tarnova Rousse Danube

Optional excursions

Enjoy a guided stroll through Rousse and admire the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture of its beautiful city centre. Also have a look around the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rousse's oldest church which was built in 1632.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Today enjoy cruising through the beautiful Danube Delta. You may choose to join a popular optional Danube Delta Exploration excursion to fully appreciate the wilderness and unique fauna of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Danube Delta Romania Europe Danube Chiciu

Optional excursions

Explore this UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve on a boat trip along its smaller channels that larger vessels can't reach. As Europe's second largest delta, it's host to an abundance of birdlife and some of the species that you may be lucky enough to spy here include pelicans, herons, swans and ducks.

Day 7 Chiciu to Giurgiu

Bucharest

Your included full-day sightseeing tour of Bucharest includes the Palace of Parliament and Patriachal Church, as well as a visit and lunch at the Village Museum. Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu.

Bucharest Romania Europe Danube Giurgiu

Day 8 Cruising the Danube

Donji Milianovac, Serbia

Enjoy a day at leisure on board.

Day 9 Iron Gates to Donji Milanovac

Danube Gorge

Return through the dramatic Iron Gate gorge and arrive in the pretty town of Donji Milanovac, set in the midst of the Djerdap National Park. This afternoon, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site, found on the banks of the Danube.

Danube Donji Milanovac Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

First found by farmers in 1940, it wasn't until 1965 that excavation work began in ernest, revealing the remnants of this Stone Age settlement. A series of villages and rock carvings dating back to 6400 BC were unearthed and include the earliest examples of ‘monumental’ sculptures.

Donji Milanovac Serbia Europe Lepenski Vir mesolithic site

Day 10 Belgrade

Belgrade

Arrive this afternoon in Serbia's capital. You can explore its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress, the cathedral and St Sava Temple all set on the waterfront, or you may like to join an optional city tour.

Belgrade Serbia Europe Danube

Optional excursions

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Serbia's capital by coach. Visit one of the world's largest churches, St Sava bascillica and the imposing hilltop Kalemegdan Fortress which looms large over the city.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 11 Novi Sad

Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad

Novi Sad. Enjoy the morning in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet. An optional walking tour will reveal the old town's fine collection of 18th and 19th-century architecture.

Danube Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy a short walking tour of the old town followed by a visit to a family wine cellar to sample local wine and honey.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 12 Mohács to Paks

Hungarian horse archers

This major port on the Danube is famous for its folklore traditions. An optional excursion reveals traditional horsemanship by Magyar cowboys. Rejoin the ship and sail to Paks, pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin the ship.

Danube Paks Hungary Europe

Optional excursions

Find out more about the traditional Hungarian way of life, including a demonstration of Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys as they practice the skills of their ancestors.

Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 13 Esztergom

Basilica in Esztergom

Perhaps join an optional excursion to Szentendre and the basilica of Esztergom.

Danube Esztergom Hungary Europe

Optional excursions

Visit the historic Hungarian town of Esztergom which is crowned by the country's largest catherdral. Continue to the charming little town of Szentendre which is packed with galleries and museums.

Day 14 Bratislava

Bratislava Castle

Explore Bratislava’s Old Town and ancient cobbled streets, see its castle and Gothic-style cathedral – or take an optional guided tour.

Danube Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Optional excursions

Take an optional guided tour of Bratislava

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 15 Melk to Weissenkirchen to Dürnstein

Durnstein

Arrive in Melk this morning where you may like to take an optional excursion to the magnificent Melk Abbey. Next, you'll visit the pretty wine village of Weissenkirchen - perfect for an afternoon stroll. Your last stop today will be in Dürnstein in the lush Wachau Valley - perhaps join an optional orientation walk and a wine-tasting.

Danube Dürnstein Austria Europe

Optional excursions

At Dürnstein in the lush Wachau Valley you can join an optional orientation walk and enjoy a tasting of the local wine.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Join an optional excursion to magnificent Melk Abbey.

Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe

Day 16 Vienna

Park of Summer Palace Belvedere, Vienna

Join an included tour of Austria's famously musical capital. See the Ringstrasse and Opera House, amongst other highlights, plus enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre and a coffee and cake stop in one of the Viennese coffee houses. Afterwards, you can explore independently, and may choose to join an optional concert tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe Danube

Optional excursions

Join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Schonbrunn Palace.

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe

After dinner you have the opportunity to join an optional visit to watch a Vienna Opera.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 17 Vienna to UK

Vienna

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

Danube Vienna Austria Europe

2 nights

Budapest

Pre holidayextension including all breakfasts

Before your holiday, stay two nights at the locally-rated 4-star Danubius Hotel Astoria (4Q) in the heart of Pest near the city's main pedestrianised street of Vaci Utca and within walking distance of Liszt Ferenc Square.

£2618

Budapest Hungary Europe
Budapest
2 nights

Vienna

Post holiday extension including all breakfasts

Take time to explore Vienna in more detail with a two-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis at the end of your cruise. You'll be staying at the locally-rated 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (4Q). This comfortable hotel is located in a quiet authentically-styled old Vienna arcade. It’s close to some of the city’s highlights including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace and the Ringstrasse, which is lined with historical buildings and museums.

£2708

Vienna Austria Europe
Vienna
4 nights

Budapest and Vienna

Combine a 2 night pre holiday extension in Budapest and a 2 night post holiday extension in Vienna. Hotel details as above.

£2787


Danube Delta Odyssey

The Danube

from £2,549 16 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £42 if not required