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Danube Delta Odyssey aboard MS Bellejour

The Danube

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  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Full Board Full board

Discover the scenery and cities that adorn the Danube

Board MS Bellejour 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 Gate gorge and the Danube Delta, you’ll have time to explore some fascinating ports of call in five different countries. And you can look forward to included guided tours of Budapest and Bucharest.

Including...

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Excursions

  • City tour of Budapest
  • Tour of Bucharest

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Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest

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

Your cruise begins after dinner with an overnight voyage towards the border.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Vukovar

Vukovar

Arrive at lunchtime and this afternoon discover Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, and consequently a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Compare the surviving belle époque architecture with shell-scarred buildings that have been preserved in memory of those killed and injured.

Set sail again this evening and cruise towards the Iron Gate gorge.

Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe

Day 3 Iron Gate

Iron Gate

Sail through a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube – the world-famous Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia. Set in the Djerdap National Park, it’s the largest and longest in Europe, and the Iron Gates is the narrowest and deepest part.

Head out on deck and check out how the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations.

The Iron Gates Romania Europe

Day 4 Rousse

Rousse

Arrive in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest port, this afternoon. Explore independently or perhaps take an optional guided walk through the city that’s sometimes referred to as 'Little Vienna', thanks to the imposing 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture.

Moor here overnight.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 5 Rousse

Rousse, Bulgaria

Look forward to a morning at leisure in Rousse before setting sail again at lunchtime.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Today enjoy cruising through the beautiful Danube Delta. Much of it is a protected reserve, as the meandering river, reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird. This afternoon you may like to join an optional trip aboard a smaller boat which can reach parts of the Delta habitat that larger vessels can’t, to fully appreciate the wilderness and bird life of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Sail on this evening and overnight.

Danube Delta Romania Europe

Day 7 Cruising the Danube

Danube Delta

Make the most of the facilities onboard and perhaps watch the scenery glide by from MS Bellejour’s sun deck as you spend a day cruising the majestic Danube.

Day 8 Chiciu to Giurgiu

Budapest

Pause briefly in Chiciu to join an included full-day tour of Romania’s lively capital, Bucharest. In the 1900s it was known as Little Paris, a reference to the elegance of the city and the social whirl enjoyed within it. That stopped however while Romania was under communist rule from 1948 until 1989. You’ll view some of the communist architecture such as the enormous Palace of the Parliament, commissioned in 1984 by party leader Ceausescu, as well as elegant buildings from the pre-communist period. Cotroceni Palace, built for the Royal Family, is now residence for the President of Romania, while historic Cretulescu Palace was also a private dwelling, but now is an administrative centre. Lunch is included during your tour.

Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu and remain moored until later tonight.

Giurgiu Romania Europe

Day 9 Cruising the Danube

Danube

Make the most of the facilities onboard and perhaps watch the scenery glide by from MS Bellejour’s sun deck as you spend a day cruising the majestic Danube.

Day 10 Iron Gate to Donji Milanovac

Djerdap National Park

Return through the dramatic Iron Gate gorge and 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 11 Belgrade

Belgrade

Arrive in Serbia's capital, one of the oldest European cities, this morning for a full-day stay. You can explore its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress, the cathedral and St Sava Temple, all set on the waterfront, independently. Or you may like to join an optional tour this morning which will reveal the highlights of this city at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers which features buildings from many different eras and cultures. Another optional excursion heads to the Topola region and the historic church atop Oplenac Hill this afternoon.

Cruise overnight towards Novi Sad.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 12 Novi Sad

Novi Sad

Enjoy the day in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with this stretch of the Danube acting as a natural border. Beside Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin Fortress, with a 16-kilometre network of underground passages and the officers' residences and government buildings beneath. Perhaps pay a visit to the City Museum within the fortress walls. Or you could join an optional walking tour of the old town centre with its fine 18th and 19th-century architecture. 

Set sail again later this afternoon.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 13 Mohács to Kalocsa

Hungarian horse archers

Cruise through the morning to arrive in the port of Mohács for a brief mooring at lunchtime. The town is famous for its folklore traditions and you can see a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys on an optional excursion. For those not booked onto the excursion your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly this evening for excursion participants to rejoin her.

Sail overnight towards the capital.

Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 14 Budapest

Budapest

Arrive in Budapest this morning and after breakfast, join an included tour of the Hungarian capital, a cosmopolitan, culture-rich centre of two halves. Buda is the older part, with cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative centre with impressive 19th-century public buildings set on wide avenues. Your tour reveals the highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. This afternoon perhaps opt to join another excursion, either visiting the baroque Godollo Palace or the famous Lazar Equestrian Park.

Enjoy the rest of the day and the final evening of your holiday at leisure.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 15 Budapest to UK

Budapest

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

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.


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