- Elegant Vienna
An included full day tour and overnight stay in enchanting Vienna rounds off your cruise in style.
- Cruise the Danube in seven countries
Cruise the magnificent Danube through seven countries as it winds it way to the Black Sea.
- Fascinating Budapest
Learn about the heritage of this historic city on an included excursion.
- The dramatic Iron Gates
Cruise through the stunning scenery of the Iron Gate gorge twice!
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- Exclusive to Saga
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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.
- 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 Captain's dinner
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- City tour of Budapest
- Tour of Bucharest
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Day 1 UK to Budapest
Fly to Hungary's capital and embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board.
Day 2 Budapest
This morning, join an included tour of Budapest, a city of two halves: Buda and Pest. Highlights include UNESCO-listed Buda Castle on the western side.
Day 3 Vukovar
Discover Vukovar's baroque architecture and reminders of the damage it incurred during the Yugoslav War.
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.
Day 4 Iron Gates
Sail through the world-famous Iron Gates Gorge, passing the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans.
Day 5 Rousse
Arrive in Rousse this morning and perhaps take a guided stroll through the city – sometimes referred to as 'Little Vienna' – to view the imposing 19th-century architecture on an optional tour.
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.
Day 6 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.
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
Join an included full-day tour of Bucharest during which you'll see the Palace of the Parliament, and lunch is also included. Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu.
Day 8 Cruising the Danube
Enjoy a day at leisure on board.
Day 9 Iron Gates to Donji Milanovac
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.
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.
Day 10 Belgrade
Arrive 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.
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.
Day 11 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.
Enjoy a short walking tour of the old town followed by a visit to a family wine cellar to sample local wine and honey.
Day 12 Mohács to Kalocsa
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 Kalocsa (Paks on 2016 departures), pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin the ship.
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.
Day 13 Esztergom
Perhaps join an optional excursion to Szentendre and the basilica of Esztergom.
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
Explore Bratislava’s Old Town and ancient cobbled streets, see its castle and Gothic-style cathedral – or take an optional guided tour.
Take an optional guided tour of Bratislava
Day 15 Melk to Weissenkirchen
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.
Join an optional excursion to magnificent Melk Abbey.
Day 16 Vienna
Join an included tour of Austria's famously musical capital. Explore independently, and perhaps enjoy an optional concert tonight.
Join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Schonbrunn Palace.
After dinner you have the opportunity to join an optional visit to watch a Vienna Opera.
Day 17 Vienna to UK
Disembark and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Pre holiday extension with breakfasts (2016 departures only)
Before your holiday, stay two nights at the locally-rated 4-star Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget (4Q) in the heart of a romantic green park on Margaret Island and close to historical sights and city-centre shops.
The classically furnished hotel connects directly to a health spa resort and has a restaurant with a garden terrace, brasserie and cocktail bar. All 164 rooms have air-conditioning, a bath, television, telephone, hairdryer, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar and free Wi-Fi.
Post holiday extension including all breakfasts
Take time to explore delightful 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. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, cafe, bar, the Weissgerberstube pub, and a fitness centre with sauna. The subway, tram and bus stops and train stations are just 300 metres away. All 198 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer, minibar and internet access (additional charge).
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.