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    Beyond the Iron Gate
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    Explore historic Belgrade
River Cruise
River Cruise

Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna

Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna

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 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.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

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

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day on board (2023 departures only)

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

PersonCruise Host


  • 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

The free bar available on board in 2023 is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Prices shown include any applicable saving, may only be available on selected cabin grades and departures and for a limited number of bookings, subject to availability.

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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 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, at midday.

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

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 and join an optional walking tour of Mohács or you can spend the day on an optional excursion into the Hungarian plains where you can see a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys.

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 venture up the UFO observation tower to sample local beer on an optional excursion.

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.

Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna: June


Beautiful Bucharest to Vienna

The Danube