- Beautiful Budapest
The Hungarian Parliament Building is among the the jewels of the capital.
- Cosmopolitan Belgrade
One of the oldest European cities, Belgrade is home to many monuments from different eras and cultures.
- Iron Gates gorge
Sailing this narrow gorge between the high cliffs of the Carpathian and Balkan mountains is an unforgettable experience.
- Novi Sad
Visit Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia.
From the Iron Gates to Budapest aboard Amadeus Royal
The Danubefrom £1,899 per person 8 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
Sail along one of Europe's most beautiful rivers.
Contrast elegant European cities with the astounding natural scenery of the Danube on this journey which begins with an overnight stay in Bucharest. Enjoy a tour and lunch in the Romanian capital before embarking your ship Amadeus Royal and cruising through the incredible Iron Gates, a vast and sheer river gorge, into Serbia and the capital city of Belgrade. After exploring the old town of Novi Sad, immerse yourself in a bit of Hungarian culture at Mohacs, where you can catch an excellent horsemanship show. Enjoy a tour which takes in the highlights of Budapest, the stately capital of Hungary – an excellent way to mark the end of your voyage.
1 night in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Tour of Bucharest
- Budapest city tour
22/09/2020 UK to Bucharest, Romania
Fly to Bucharest and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Courtyard Bucharest Floreasca Hotel for an overnight stay with dinner included tonight. D
23/09/2020 Bucharest to Giurgiu
After breakfast enjoy an included tour of this lively city, which has numerous architectural delights to discover. You’ll see the impressive Palace of the Parliament and the Patriarchal Church before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, a visit to the Village Museum offers further insight into the life of the Romanian villager through the years. You'll then continue along the Kisseleff Boulevard to Revolution Square. Here you can admire the former Royal Palace of the Romanian Royal family, abolished in 1947, which then became the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. It's now the National Art Museum. This afternoon you’ll transfer by coach to Giurgiu, a distance of approximately 65 kilometres, and embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board before your cruise begins late tonight. B, L, D
24/09/2020 Cruising the Danube
Relax on board as you sail towards Serbia, following the natural border between Romania and Bulgaria. B, L, D.
25/09/2020 The Iron Gates to Donji Milanovac
Spend the day on a leisurely journey along the waters of the Danube, passing through the Carpathians, and the foothills of the Balkans to the ‘Iron Gates’. This strikingly scenic stretch of river is framed on both sides by sheer cliffs that are dotted with frills of greenery, so make sure you're on the Upper Deck with your camera! In ancient times the water level in the Iron Gates gorge was much lower and and it was considered one of the most dangerous stretches of river in Europe to navigate. The riverbed rocks and low water levels combined to make this part of the river particularly treacherous for passing ships, but now a complex system of dams and locks ensures this is no longer the case. Enjoy passing through the scenic gorge on your way to Donji Milanovac, a Serbian town with a special history and a beautiful setting in the midst of the Djerdap National Park. You may like to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site, in the Derdap Gorge. Set sail for Belgrade this evening. B, L, D
Arrive in Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, during breakfast and look forward to a full day in the city. It’s considered the meeting point of Eastern and Western Europe, being at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers. Go exploring independently or join an optional morning tour to see its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress and St Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. An alternative excursion visits the Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial. Set sail again later tonight. B, L, D
27/09/2020 Novi Sad
You can enjoy the day in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with the Danube forming part of the border. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Situated on the Danube between Budapest and Belgrade, it's a treasured regional and cultural centre. You can’t miss the Petrovaradin Fortress, Built between 1692 and 1790, the upper fortress contains a 16-kilometre network of passages and galleries, with officers’ residences and government buildings below in the lower fortress. There’s the City Museum within the fortress walls where you can find out more and also see artisan workshops. The old tow is home to some fine 18th and 19th-century architecture. Set sail at dinner. B, L, D.
Cruise through the morning to arrive in the port of Mohács 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. B, L, D
Three cities became one when Buda, Pest and Óbuda merged in 1873 and though unified are still very different in character. Arrive before breakfast and look forward to a full day in the city. An included city tour of Hungary’s capital reveals the highlights of this fascinating city divided by the Danube, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. A city of two halves – Buda and Pest – the Hungarian capital is a cosmopolitan, culture-rich centre. Buda is the older part, with cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative and commercial centre, with wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings. The beautiful Parliament Building dominates the Pest waterfront. St Stephen’s Basilica is also in Pest, and home to a holy relic of St Stephen, the first king – his mummified right hand! The Fisherman’s Bastion has seven towers, each one symbolising one of the Magyar tribes that came to Hungary in 896, and from here you can enjoy superb city views. Heroes’ Square, flanked by the Palace of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, is another of Hungary’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This evening is at leisure to spend as you please as you remain moored in the city overnight. B, L, D.
30/09/2020 Budapest to UK
This morning, disembark Amadeus Royal for your return flight to the UK. B
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.
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Belgrade and the Kalemegdan Fortress
A coach tour reveals the Republic Square and the highlights before you visit the Saint Sava Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches. The 18th century Kalemegdan Fortress looms over the city, and the grounds inside the fortifications are now the city’s central park.
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Discover traditional Hungary during this fascinating 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.
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Set on the Danube between Budapest and Belgrade is the city of Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina – the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Enjoy a short walking tour which reveals the 18th and 19th century buildings of the old town centre then visit an old family wine cellar to taste local wines and honey.
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.