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Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna: August

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Half board at hotel/Full board on ship

Behold the beauty of the lower Danube

Join our new ship Spirit of the Danube to cruise the Danube from the Iron Gates, through the Wachau Valley and around the Danube Bend to Vienna. Enjoy an overnight stay in Romania’s capital Bucharest with an included sightseeing tour, admire spectacular scenery and visit a plethora of glorious riverside capitals en route, including Belgrade and Bratislava where you can explore the key highlights during included tours.

A variety of optional excursions are available too, from a visit to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic Site in the Derdap Gorge and a trip into the Great Hungarian Plain, to a beer tour of Bratislava and a special evening concert of classical music in Vienna.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed1 night Half Board in a hotel, 10 nights Full Board aboard the ship

Dinner plate32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Bucharest city tour
  • Belgrade and Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Bratislava city tour
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Bucharest

Basarab Bridge, Bucharest, Romania

Fly to Romania’s capital Bucharest and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest (4Q) for an overnight stay with dinner included tonight.


Day 2 Bucharest to Oltenita

The Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel you’ll set off on an included tour of the city to uncover some of its highlights, such as the impressive Palace of the Parliament, Cotroceni Palace where the President of Romania resides, and historic Cretulescu Palace.

Later this afternoon you’ll transfer to Oltenita to embark Spirit of the Danube. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board as you set sail.

Oltenita Romania Europe

Day 3 Cruising the Danube

Danube river shore, Dobrogea, Romania

Set sail in the early hours. Enjoy a day at leisure on board, enjoying the ship's facilities as you sail towards Serbia, following the natural border between Romania and Bulgaria.

Day 4 Donji Milanovac

Danube river near the Serbian city of Donji Milanovac

Sail through a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube – the world-famous Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia, the largest and longest in Europe, and the Iron Gates is the narrowest and deepest part. Head out on deck this morning and check out how the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power station.

After lunch arrive in the pretty town of Donji Milanovac, on the banks of the Danube in the midst of the Djerdap National Park, the largest, and possibly most beautiful, of Serbia's five national parks. The region has a rich history, and this afternoon, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site, revealing a series of villages and rock carvings dating back to 6400 BC and the earliest examples of ‘monumental’ sculptures.

Cruise overnight towards Belgrade.

Donji Milanovac Serbia Europe

Day 5 Belgrade 🎧

St Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Arrive in Serbia's capital, one of the oldest European cities, this morning and embark on an included coach tour that takes in Republic Square where the National Theatre and Museum are located. Other key attractions include the cathedral and St Sava Temple, all set on the waterfront. You’ll also visit the Kalemegdan Fortress, parts of which date back to the 18th century. After lunch an optional excursion visits the Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial.

Depart late tonight and cruise overnight towards Croatia.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 6 Vukovar

Vukovar water tower alongside the Danube

Arrive in Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, during breakfast. Vukovar was a thriving town before the Yugoslav War and its unscathed belle époque architecture can be compared with shell-scarred buildings preserved in memoriam, during your visit here.

Set sail later this afternoon.

Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe

Day 7 Mohács to Kalocsa

The Air Battle Memorial Church, Mohács

Early this morning arrive in Mohács, an important port of call for Danube traffic for many centuries.

You can disembark to spend the morning and afternoon on an optional excursion into the Hungarian plains where you can enjoy seeing a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys on an optional full day excursion.

Your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin her and setting sail again this evening and cruising overnight.

Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 8 Esztergom

Esztergom, Hungary

Arrive during breakfast and this morning you can explore independently at leisure or perhaps join an optional tour to discover the town’s highlights and the artistic community of Szentendre.

Sail on over lunch and cruise through the remainder of the day and overnight.

Esztergom Hungary Europe

Day 9 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning you arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava.

Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Habsburg architecture, during an included morning city tour. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style Cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital.

This afternoon see traditional Majolica pottery and Slovakian wine practices or venture up the UFO observation tower to sample local beer on a choice of optional excursions. Before dinner set sail again, cruising overnight bound for Melk.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 10 Melk to Weissenkirchen 🎧

Weissenkirchen, Austria

Arrive after breakfast to explore the historic town of Melk, a charming medley of architectural styles from across the centuries.

Its jewel is the abbey which sits on a bluff above the town. This masterpiece of baroque architecture, with a lavishly decorated interior contains innumerable artistic treasures and can be visited on an optional tour.

At lunchtime you'll cruise along the Danube to Weissenkirchen where an optional walking tour and wine tasting excursion is available.

Set sail late tonight and cruise towards the Austrian border.

Weissenkirchen Austria Europe

Day 11 Vienna 🎧

Vienna's Natural History Museum

Before breakfast arrive in Vienna.

This morning you can embark on an included tour of this dynamic city – steeped in imperial and musical history – including a drive around the Ringstrasse, encircling the old city, or perhaps opt for an included culinary walking tour instead. This afternoon an optional excursion visits grand Schönbrunn Palace.

After dinner on board you may choose to spend the final evening of your holiday in style by attending an optional performance of music by Mozart and Strauss in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 12 Vienna to UK

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

Lepenski Vir Mesolithic Site

The Lepenski Vir Mesolithic Site was found in the Derdap Gorge on the banks of the Danube. First discovered by peasants in 1940, serious excavation work began in 1965 uncovering a series of villages, dating back to 6,400 BC. In 1970, the Lepenski Vir finds were moved to higher ground 35 meters above the original site to avoid the flooding that took place when the Derdup Dam was opened. Uncharacteristically, the villages revealed careful planning in both house construction and positioning and, even more significantly, a number of sculptures carved out of rock. Eerily combining the features of humans and fish, these figures are the earliest known examples of 'monumental' sculpture. Explore the site with a guide, and visit the museum to see finds from the dig and films about the archaeological research. There will be time at the end of the excursion to see a little of the pretty town of Donji Milanovac before the ship departs.

Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
Clay totems, Lepenski Vir
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Royal Palace and Tito Memorial

Visit the Royal Compound, which is situated on Dedinje hill, one of the seven hills across which Belgrade is sprawled. The walking tour visits the Royal Palace, the residence of Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine and the Church of Saint Andrej the First, the patron of the Royal family. The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929 with the private funds of King Alexander I Karadjordjevic (the grandfather of current Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic).

Walking Grade 3

Four-and-a-half hours
House of flowers, Tito's resting place, Belgrade
Belgrade Serbia Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Vukovar and the Ovcara Memorial

Vukovar was the site of one of the biggest battles of the Yugoslav War and many shell-scarred buildings have been deliberately preserved as a memorial. Pre-war architecture can be seen in the historic city centre with its baroque arches and classical buildings. High above the Danube, the city is dominated by the Franciscan Monastery and the Saint Philip and Jacob Church. You’ll also visit the Ovcara Memorial, dedicated to those who died in the tragic Vukovar Hospital massacre in 1991.

Walking Grade 3

Three hours
A war damaged water tower in Vukovar
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Kalocsa and Puszta

Discover traditional Hungary during this fascinating full-day excursion into the Puszta or Great Hungarian Plain. In this historic home of gulyas - cattle herdsmen, csikos - horsemen, and Hungarian Roma, the cattle, horses, sheep and buffalo roam free, controlled only by skilled riders. You'll be treated to astonishing displays of horsemanship that date back centuries, where the necessity for horses to lie down on command ensured survival in times of war.

Afterwards you will have an opportunity to ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and be offered a nip of local brandy and savoury scones. Refreshments are included. Later continue to Kalocsa and find out more about the Hungarian way of life with a visit to the Folk Art House to see wall and furniture painting in a former peasant’s cottage. You’ll also enjoy lunch and learn about the significance of the favourite regional spice with a visit to the Paprika Museum.

Walking Grade 2

Full day
Pustza
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Szentendre

Join a visit to the charming artists’ village of Szentendre, where the cobbled streets brim with fine galleries and museums – including one dedicated to Hungary’s celebrated ceramics artist, Margit Kovács. After the tour you’ll have some free time to explore at leisure.

Walking Grade 3

Four-and-a-half hours
Szentendre
Szentendre Hungary Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Majolica Pottery & Slovakian Wine Tour

Drive from Bratislava into the Small Carpathian region. Your first stop is at a Pottery workshop where the tradition of Slovak Folk Majolica dates back to the 16th century. It was brought to western Slovakia by Habans, who resettled from Germany to Switzerland. They manufacture more than 200 kinds of products here and production is mainly focused on traditional decors and shapes, thereby conserving cultural heritage of this region. The production is colourful, blue, green and majolica of Haban colours. There may also be an opportunity for guests to try out the pottery wheel! Afterwards continue to a traditional wine cellar where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the wines that this region is famous for. Your knowledgable host will explain wine making processes and give an introduction to the wines that you will be tasting.

Walking Grade 3

Three-and-a-half hours
Visit a pottery workshop
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Beer tasting at the UFO

Beer was first brewed in Bratislava by the Celts 2,000 years ago and has long competed with wine for the most popular drink in the region. This excursion ventures up to the UFO observation tower where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to sample a selection of locally brewed beer.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
The UFO Bridge, Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Melk Abbey

Set on a promontory overlooking the Danube, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Work on the present monastery began in 1702. The imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains many artistic treasures. After touring the abbey enjoy some free time in the lovely garden.

Walking Grade 3

Two and a-half hours
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Weissenkirchen walking tour and wine tasting

Walk from your ship into the traditional wine village of Weissenkirchen, which is surrounded by historic vineyards. You’ll see the Gothic church and Renaissance courtyard Teisenhoferhof before visiting a winery to sample locally produced wine.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Weissenkirchen, Austria
Weissenkirchen Austria Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Schonbrunn Palace

Visit the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs, the centre of royal life in the 18th century, inspired by Versailles. The UNESCO-listed palace is filled with priceless treasures, while the vast grounds feature well-manicured lawns and colourful flower beds.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
The gardens at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Vienna evening concert

After dinner on board your ship, travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert of music by Mozart and the Strauss family. Performance details will be provided on board ship.

Walking Grade 1

Two-and-a-half hours
A classical concert in Vienna
Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna: August

The Danube