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    The Carpathian Mountains
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River Cruise
River Cruise

Through the Carpathians to Budapest

Through the Carpathians to Budapest

The Danube

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  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Cruise the Danube through four countries…

Embark Spirit of the Danube in Braila to begin your all-inclusive river cruise along the Danube stopping to explore the Austrian-style architecture of Rousse, and the historic cities of Belgrade and Mohács en route to cosmopolitan Budapest.

You’ll also spend a day cruising past spectacular natural scenery that incorporates the dramatic Carpathian Mountains and the Iron Gates gorge…


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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Cocktail Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship

Person Cruise Host


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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Rousse
  • Belgrade and the Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Budapest city tour OR Budapest culinary walking tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Braila

The centre of Braila

Fly to Bucharest and transfer to the port in Braila (a journey of approximately 125 miles that should take around three hours, plus comfort stops) to embark Spirit of the Danube.

Your ship begins sailing shortly after embarkation. Enjoy dinner on board.

Braila Romania Europe

Day 2 Silistra to Rousse

Silistra and the Danube River, Bulgaria

Enjoy the morning in Silistra, where you may like to explore the ruins of a medieval castle located on the riverbank.

Depart before lunchtime and enjoy the facilities on board your ship as you cruise towards Rousse this afternoon, arriving this evening.

Silistra Bulgaria Europe

Day 3 Rousse 🎧

The Danube River and the city of Rousse, Bulgaria

Rousse is often referred to as 'Little Vienna' on account of the Austrian-style architecture here. The city prospered from its location on the Danube and is home to many grand buildings. A good example is the Building of the Tax Administration with its elaborate facade.

Enjoy exploring Rousse on an included sightseeing excursion. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 4 Rousse to Svistov to Nikopol

The orthodox church in Svistov, Bulgaria

Your ship departs Rousse early to arrive in Svistov this morning. From here you can visit the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo on a full-day optional excursion, returning to Nikopol.

Alternatively, stay on board your ship and cruise to Nikpol for the opportunity to join an optional coach trip across the Danubian Plain to the town of Pleven. You’ll walk through the town with your guide to the Pleven Panorama and afterwards enjoy a glass of wine at a hotel. Your ship departs Nikopol early this evening and begins cruising towards the Iron Gates.

Svistov Bulgaria Europe

Day 5 The Iron Gates

Cruise through the Iron Gates

Cruise the Danube as it passes through the southern stretch of the dramatic Carpathian Mountains and the foothills of the Balkans to the ‘Iron Gates’, a gorge framed by sheer cliffs.

Day 6 Belgrade 🎧

Kalemegdan Castle in Belgrade

This morning, join an included city tour of Serbia's capital, Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe and the meeting point of Eastern and Western Europe. Your tour includes a visit to the Kalemegdan Fortress.

Depart during lunch and sail overnight to Mohács.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 7 Mohács

Mohacs, Hungary

Arrive in Mohács this morning to explore the home of some of Hungary’s most exciting folk traditions on an optional walking tour of the city. Perhaps join an optional full-day excursion through the Hungarian lowlands where you can enjoy a performance of traditional horsemanship, rejoining your ship when she pauses briefly in Kalocsa.

Spirit of the Danube continues cruising to Budapest.

Mohacs Hungary Europe

Day 8 Budapest 🎧


Arrive in the early hours, giving you a day in this thrilling city. Experience the culture and local cuisine on an included culinary-themed walking tour which visits the First Strudel House and the Central Market Hall or choose to join an included tour and see some of the city’s highlights. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to Gödöllo Palace or the Lazar Equestrian Park horse farm.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 9 Budapest to UK

This morning, disembark Spirit of the Danube after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Through the Carpathians to Budapest

The Danube