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Danube Delta
River Cruise
River Cruise

Great European Odyssey

The Danube

from £3,349 24 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £55 if not required
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Make an epic journey through the heart of Europe

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Marvel at stunning natural wonders, wildlife and timeless architecture on this extensive cruise as you sail from the Black Sea along the Danube and Rhine.

Includes selected drinks with lunch and dinner and four excursions

Including...

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
  • Five excursions
  • Return flights and transfers
  • UK travel service
  • Full board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • And more…
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Day 1 UK to Bucharest

Bucharest

Fly to Bucharest and stay overnight at the 5-star Athenee Palace (5Q), with dinner included.

Bucharest Romania Europe

Day 2 Bucharest to Tulcea via Constanta

Boats moored in Tulcea harbour

Travel to Tulcea. En route, explore Constanta on a tour. Continue to Tulcea where you embark Regina Rheni II and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.

Tulcea Romania Europe

Day 3 Tulcea to Danube Delta

Danube Delta wildlife

Cruise the Danube Delta. Optional half-day small boat trip.

Danube Delta Romania Europe

Optional excursions

The meandering river bends, idyllic green reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar are not only pretty to look at, but also provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird – including pelican, great crested grebe and kingfisher. To take a closer look at this glorious natural environment you can join a trip on a smaller boat through the channels and wetlands of the delta.

Danube Delta
Danube Delta Romania Europe

Day 4 Rousse

Spend a day cruising to Rousse, moor overnight.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 5 Rousse to Svistov to Nikopol

Nikopol

Leave Rousse for Svistov with time to look around. An optional excursion visits Veliko Tarnovo. Arrive at Nikopol and moor overnight.

Nikopol Bulgaria Europe

Optional excursions

The town sits across three hills beside the dramatic gorge of the Yantra River. See Tsarevets Castle, a medieval fortress complex that was the centre of the Second Bulgarian Empire, which ruled the region from the 12th to 14th centuries. Inside the walls a medieval town sprang up, including the Patriarch’s residence and the Patriarch’s church.

Veliko Tarnovo, Svistov
Veliko Tarnova Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Nikopol

Spend the day exploring this fascinating city, or you can join an optional trip to Pleven.

Nikopol Bulgaria Europe

Day 7 The Iron Gates Gorge

Iron Gates Gorge

Spend the day sailing through the Iron Gates Gorge then overnight to Belgrade.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 8 Day 8 Belgrade to Novi Sad

Belgrade

Optional tour of Belgrade.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

This tour introduces you to Republic Square, where the National Theatre and Museum are located. You'll also pay a visit to the impressive Kalemegdan Fortress. This sturdy yet pretty fortification encloses the tomb of the Turkish Grand Vizier, Ali Pasha, and now serves as the city's central park.

View of Orthodox Cathedral
Belgrade Serbia Europe

Enjoy a walking tour of the old town centre and uncover its fine selection of 18th and 19th-century buildings. This tour includes a visit to a wine cellar, where you'll have the opportunity to sample the local wines as well as locally-produced honey.

Novi Sad
Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 9 Mohács

Folk traditions

Soak-up the culture of Hungary's folk traditions.

Mohacs Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

Take a trip to the Hungarian lowlands where you can enjoy a traditional performance of horsemanship.

Hungarian horse archers

Day 10 Budapest

Budapest on the Danube

Arrive in Budapest early with free time to explore.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 11 Budapest

Budapest

Included city tour. Depart at lunchtime for Bratislava.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 12 Bratislava to Vienna

Vienna

Included guided tour. Continue to Vienna, arriving this evening.

Vienna Austria Europe

Optional excursions

Travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg, or one of Vienna's other impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.

Enjoy live orchestral music

Day 13 Vienna to Dürnstein

Durnstein
Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 14 Dürnstein to Melk

Melk Old Town

This morning discover Dürnstein then cruise to Melk.

Melk Austria Europe

Optional excursions

The wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures.

Melk Abbey

Day 15 Passau

Passau

Arrive in Passau for an afternoon exploring. Set sail early evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Also known as the 'Venice of Bavaria', Passau has a beautiful has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, and the surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city's towers, spires and red-roofed houses.

Passau

Day 16 Regensburg to Kelheim

Regensburg

Morning in Regensburg. Optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 17 Nuremberg

D6Nuremberg

Included sightseeing excursion.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 18 Bamberg

Bamberg

Spend the afternoon in medieval Bamberg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 19 Würzburg

Wurzburg

Explore Würzburg. Optional excursion to Residenz Palace.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 20 Miltenberg

Miltenberg

Discover Miltenberg's attractions.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 21 Rüdesheim to Koblenz

Koblenz

After a morning in Rüdesheim cruise to Koblenz for the evening.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 22 Koblenz to Cochem

Cochem

Relax as you sail to Cochem, arriving late afternoon.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 23 Cochem to Bernkastel

Bernkastel

Leave Cochem early for Bernkastel

Bernkastel-Kues Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 24 Schweich to Trier to Merzig

Merzig

Arrive at Schweich for Trier then continue to Merzig. Moor overnight.

Merzig Saarland Germany Europe

Day 25 Merzig to UK

Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to Luxembourg for your return flight to the UK.

Merzig Saarland Germany Europe

2 nights

Bucharest

Two-night pre-extension with breakfasts

Before your holiday, spend two nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest (4Q), which enjoys a central city location. The hotel blends classic architecture with modern facilities, and features a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar with views over Victoriei Boulevard, an indoor heated pool, fitness centre and steam room. All 258 bright and contemporary bedrooms are equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi internet access, minibar and hairdryer.

3 nights

Transylvania

Three nights half-board pre-extension

Before your cruise, transfer from Bucharest airport to Poiana Brasov, in the heart of Transylvania, where you'll spend three nights on a half board basis at the locally rated 4-star Sport Hotel and Spa (4Q). It is picturesquely located at the foot of the Postavarul Mountain amid fragrant pine forests in the Carpathian mountains, yet close to the medieval city of Brasov.

The Sport Hotel's restaurant serves Romanian, Hungarian and international dishes, buffet style, and features a terrace with views of the nearby ski slopes. The state-of-the-art spa centre at Hotel Sport features a gym, a lovely indoor pool with hydro-massage, saunas and a hot tub outdoors. Various massages and beauty treatments are offered as well (extra cost). Combining Bavarian style with contemporary touches, the hotel’s bedrooms offer a comfortable retreat where you can enjoy views of the surrounding scenery. Room facilities include a minibar, flat-screen television, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.

After your first night in the hotel you can look forward to an included excursion that will reveal some of the region's famous highlights. On a coach tour of historic Brasov you'll see the council square, where you'll find the remnants of the Saxon walls and bastions which once encircled the city, and see the Black Church, which was discoloured by smoke and flames during the Great Fire of 1689, entrance included. You'll be given free time for lunch and then taken to Bran Castle – or Dracula's castle as it is popularly known – a domineering Gothic structure set atop a 61-metre rock, that is said to have provided Bram Stoker with the inspiration for Dracula's lair.

On your transfer from the hotel to the ship to start your cruise in Bucharest, you'll stop to visit Peles castle – a fantastical piece of perfectly preserved Gothic whimsy, that was built as a summer residence for King Carol I in 1874, entrance is included.

Please note: This extension is only available in 2015.


Great European Odyssey

The Danube

from £3,349 24 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £55 if not required