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The Splendours of the Danube

The Danube

from £1,749 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Half board at hotel/Full board on ship Half board at hotel/Full board on ship

From Budapest to Bucharest

You’ll be swept off your feet by the spectacular scenery on this relaxing cruise. Sailing aboard Amadeus Royal – which is chartered exclusively for Saga customers – your Danube journey takes in Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania as it wends its way towards the Black Sea. In addition to the stunning scenery, including that of the Iron Gates gorge and the Danube Delta, you’ll have time to explore some fascinating ports of call. And you can look forward to an include guided tour of Bucharest, where you’ll stay overnight in a hotel.

Including...

1 night half board in a hotel, 6 nights full board aboard the ship

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • Sightseeing tour of Bucharest
  • Budapest city tour

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Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest

Fly to Hungary's capital and embark Amadeus Royal.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here this overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Budapest, Hungary

Your ship remains moored in Budapest until lunchtime.

This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour this morning reveals some of the city's highlights, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank. Alternatively perhaps sign up for one of our range of optional unique experiences.

Set sail over lunch and cruise through the remainder of the day and night.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 3 Novi Sad

Novi Sad

Arrive late morning 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 this evening.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 4 Sailing through the Iron Gate

Iron Gate

This morning 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.

No doubt you'll want to head out on deck to admire this particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans. Plus you can follow proceedings as the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations.

Continue sailing overnight.

The Iron Gates Romania Europe

Day 5 Rousse 🎧

Rousse, Bulgaria

This morning you will arrive in Rousse, the largest port in Bulgaria and often referred to as ‘Little Vienna’.

Perhaps discover the city on an optional tour this morning. Resume your cruise at lunchtime and sail through the day and night to Romania.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Danube Delta

Danube Delta, Romania

Enjoy the scenery as you cruise the wildlife-rich 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 morning you may like to join an optional small boat cruise further into this UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve.

Set sail at lunchtime and cruise overnight.

Day 7 Chiciu to Bucharest

Parliament building in Bucharest

Arrive in Chiciu this morning and disembark after breakfast before continuing by coach to Bucharest.

Enjoy lunch en route before an included afternoon tour of this lively city reveals some of its highlights, such as the impressive Palace of the Parliament, Cotroceni Palace where the President of Romania resides, and historic Cretulescu Palace.

Tonight you’ll stay in the heart of the capital, at a locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest Hotel with dinner included.


Day 8 Bucharest to UK

Check out after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.


The Splendours of the Danube

The Danube

from £1,749 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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The Splendours of the Danube

The Danube

from £1,749 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required