- Danube Delta
The breathtaking Danube Delta provides a habitat for over 300 bird species.
- Beautiful Bucharest
See the sights of the grand Romanian capital on an included city tour.
- Drink in the Delta
Enjoy the seemingly endless stunning scenery of the Danube Delta.
- Gorge-ous Gates
Enjoy cruising through the imposing but picturesque Iron Gates Gorge.
- Exclusive to Saga
Stay overnight in lively Bucharest before sailing along one of Europe's most beautiful rivers
Contrast the cultural capital city of Bucharest with the natural wonders of the scenic Danube Delta on this fascinating cruise to the Black Sea Coast in the company of an expert naturalist...
2 nights in a hotel, 5 aboard the ship
18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 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
- Two days Delta exploration aboard a smaller vessel
Day 1 UK to Bucharest
Fly to Bucharest and transfer to a locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest Hotel for a two night stay with dinners included.
Day 2 Bucharest
Enjoy an included tour of the lively capital of Romania, Bucharest – popular with the jet set and known as ‘Little Paris’ in the 1900s. See the enormous Palace of the Parliament – dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s egotistical folly – and the Patriarchal Church.
Enjoy some time at leisure to explore independently before dinner back at the hotel this evening.
Day 3 Bucharest to Tulcea
Bid farewell to the capital after breakfast and transfer to Tulcea where you will embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 4 Tulcea to St Georghe
Set off this morning and sail through the stunning Danube Delta, a wetland biosphere that is Europe's second largest delta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird! You will sail through the heart Delta to reach the Black Sea coast.
You will moor for the next two nights at the historic fishing village of St Georghe, located at the very south east tip of the reserve, close to the longest stretches of beach on the Romanian coast. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the village is renowned for its traditional cooking and in particular its famous black caviar.
Day 5 Danube Delta
April is the perfect time to see the wildlife of the Delta and today you are in for a treat as you will step onto a smaller vessel to explore the waters and wildlife at closer quarters. The Delta is known the world over as a haven for birdlife and more than 300 species are believe to make the reserve their home. Many more migrate thousands of miles to spend time in the biosphere at different times of the year. Keep an eye out for herons, pelicans, several varieties of eagle, songbirds and seabirds plus species from as far afield as Siberia – including polar grebes and cranes – and China – egrets and Mandarin ducks.
Day 6 Danube Delta
Enjoy another day onboard a smaller ship, negotiating lakes and marshes which are inaccessible to larger cruise vessels. This evening return to Amadeus Royal before resuming your cruise.
Day 7 Braila
Enjoy a full day in the Romanian town of Braila, once an important trading port and home to some elegant merchants’ villas as a result. You can explore independently or perhaps join an optional excursion across the border to Moldova.
Remain moored here overnight.
Day 8 Braila to Bucharest to UK
This morning, disembark Amadeus Royal for your return flight to the UK.
Saon Monastery and Danube Delta Museum
Disembark your ship in Tulcea and make the short coach trip to visit the picturesque Saon Monastery. The iconic complex sits atop a hill near the delta and boasts a traditional windmill, old and new churches and three silver domes which glint in the sunlight. It is surrounded by a pretty lake, orchards and a working farm which is home to ostriches, reared by the nuns, and roaming peacocks.
After your visit return to Tulcea where you can enjoy a guided tour of an interesting museum dedicated to the history of the Danube Delta. Prepare yourself for exhibits of taxidermy in addition to a mesmerising aquarium.
Walking grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Village of Valeni
Perhaps add another country to your itinerary by opting to join this full-day excursion across the border to the Republic of Moldova to visit the traditional village of Valeni.
After a near two-hour transfer by coach across the border, head to a traditional household to meet the locals and perhaps share some homemade bread. Later visit a museum to learn more about the culture and community – including the local wine industry – and perhaps trying your own hand at traditional bread making. Enjoy a typical Moldavian lunch of vegetables and sarmalute – seasoned minced meat and rice, wrapped in vine leaves – perhaps with a drop of local wine and followed by a cookie.
After lunch you’ll take in a customary folklore dance before another workshop offers you the opportunity to learn the ‘Seven steps round’ dance for yourself, before you bid farewell to Moldova and transfer back to your ship.
Please note: In order to cross the Moldavian border you will require a passport with at least six months of validity remaining. The walk from the bus stop to the village is around 700 metres on a slightly uneven and sloped path.
Walking grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday Extension - Half board with included excursion
Before your cruise, transfer from Bucharest airport to Transylvania, where you'll spend three nights on a half board basis at the locally rated 4-star Sport Hotel and Spa. After your first night in the hotel you can look forward to an included excursion that will reveal some of the region's famous highlights.
On a coach tour of historic Brasov you'll see the council square, where you'll find the remnants of the Saxon walls and bastions which once encircled the city, and see the Black Church, which was discoloured by smoke and flames during the Great Fire of 1689, entrance included. You'll be given free time for lunch and then taken to Bran Castle – or Dracula's castle as it is popularly known – a domineering Gothic structure set atop a 61-metre rock, that is said to have provided Bram Stoker with the inspiration for Dracula's lair.
On your transfer from the hotel to the ship to start your cruise in Bucharest, you'll stop to visit Peles castle – a fantastical piece of perfectly preserved Gothic whimsy, that was built as a summer residence for King Carol I in 1874, entrance is included.
Your Expert Naturalists
Martin Hughes-Games - Joining the 2020 and June 2021 dates
Joining you on your holiday will be Martin Hughes-Games, a former presenter on BBC television programme Springwatch. Martin will regale passengers with a talk about his experiences in 30 years as a wildlife producer. Look forward to seeing a collection of exciting clips from his career, including jumping out of a hot air balloon while being chased by a peregrine falcon, testing the theory that piranha can strip a carcass to the bone in a matter of minutes in the Amazon and almost wiping out his film crew after thousands of tons of glacial ice fell onto them while they were trying to film polar bears. He will also bring the wildlife of the Danube Delta to life each day, with fascinating insights into the animals and birdlife, plus their UNESCO-listed habitat.
Stephen Moss – Joining the August 2021 date
A lifelong naturalist, Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s foremost nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. He was an original producer of BBC’s Bafta-winning series Springwatch and has also worked on Big Cat Diary and Birds Britannia, in addition to writing a monthly column for The Guardian and regular appearances on BBC Radio 4. Stephen will join you for the second half of your cruise to deliver talks on both his experiences producing wildlife documentaries and focusing on the bird and wildlife of the Danube Delta, as well as reading excerpts from his new book Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names. Free copies of the book, signed by the author himself on board, is included for all passengers booking this cruise.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.