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Great European Odyssey

The Danube

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Make an epic journey through the heart of Europe


Marvel at stunning natural wonders, wildlife and timeless architecture on this extensive cruise as you sail from the Black Sea along the Danube and Rhine.

Includes selected drinks with lunch and dinner and four excursions


1 night in a hotel, 23 aboard the ship 
71 meals: 24 breakfasts, 23 lunches and 24 dinners
  • City tour of Constanta
  • Tour of Budapest
  • Tour of Bratislava
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Historic Nuremberg
  • Visit to Trier

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Day 1 UK to Bucharest


Fly to Bucharest and stay overnight at the 5-star Athenee Palace (5Q), with dinner included.

Bucharest Romania Europe

Day 2 Bucharest to Tulcea via Constanta

Boats moored in Tulcea harbour

Travel to Tulcea. En route, explore Constanta on a tour. Continue to Tulcea where you embark Regina Rheni II and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.

Tulcea Romania Europe

Day 3 Tulcea to Danube Delta

Danube Delta wildlife

Cruise the Danube Delta. Optional half-day small boat trip.

Danube Delta Romania Europe

Optional excursions

The meandering river bends, idyllic green reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar are not only pretty to look at, but also provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird – including pelican, great crested grebe and kingfisher. To take a closer look at this glorious natural environment you can join a trip on a smaller boat through the channels and wetlands of the delta.

Danube Delta
Danube Delta Romania Europe

Day 4 Rousse

Spend a day cruising to Rousse, moor overnight.

Rousse Bulgaria Europe

Day 5 Rousse to Svistov to Nikopol


Leave Rousse for Svistov with time to look around. An optional excursion visits Veliko Tarnovo. Arrive at Nikopol and moor overnight.

Nikopol Bulgaria Europe

Optional excursions

The town sits across three hills beside the dramatic gorge of the Yantra River. See Tsarevets Castle, a medieval fortress complex that was the centre of the Second Bulgarian Empire, which ruled the region from the 12th to 14th centuries. Inside the walls a medieval town sprang up, including the Patriarch’s residence and the Patriarch’s church.

Veliko Tarnovo, Svistov
Veliko Tarnova Bulgaria Europe

Day 6 Nikopol

Spend the day exploring this fascinating city, or you can join an optional trip to Pleven.

Nikopol Bulgaria Europe

Day 7 The Iron Gates Gorge

Iron Gates Gorge

Spend the day sailing through the Iron Gates Gorge then overnight to Belgrade.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 8 Day 8 Belgrade to Novi Sad


Optional tour of Belgrade.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

This tour introduces you to Republic Square, where the National Theatre and Museum are located. You'll also pay a visit to the impressive Kalemegdan Fortress. This sturdy yet pretty fortification encloses the tomb of the Turkish Grand Vizier, Ali Pasha, and now serves as the city's central park.

View of Orthodox Cathedral
Belgrade Serbia Europe

Enjoy a walking tour of the old town centre and uncover its fine selection of 18th and 19th-century buildings. This tour includes a visit to a wine cellar, where you'll have the opportunity to sample the local wines as well as locally-produced honey.

Novi Sad
Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 9 Mohács

Folk traditions

Soak-up the culture of Hungary's folk traditions.

Mohacs Serbia Europe

Optional excursions

Take a trip to the Hungarian lowlands where you can enjoy a traditional performance of horsemanship.

Hungarian horse archers
Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 10 Budapest

Budapest on the Danube

Arrive in Budapest early with free time to explore.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 11 Budapest


Included city tour. Depart at lunchtime for Bratislava.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 12 Bratislava to Vienna


Included guided tour. Continue to Vienna, arriving this evening.

Vienna Austria Europe

Optional excursions

Travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg, or one of Vienna's other impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.

Enjoy live orchestral music
Vienna Austria Europe

Day 13 Vienna to Dürnstein

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 14 Dürnstein to Melk

Melk Old Town

This morning discover Dürnstein then cruise to Melk.

Melk Austria Europe

Optional excursions

The wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures.

Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe

Day 15 Passau


Arrive in Passau for an afternoon exploring. Set sail early evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Also known as the 'Venice of Bavaria', Passau has a beautiful has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, and the surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city's towers, spires and red-roofed houses.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 16 Regensburg to Kelheim


Morning in Regensburg. Optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 17 Nuremberg


Included sightseeing excursion.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 18 Bamberg


Spend the afternoon in medieval Bamberg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 19 Würzburg


Explore Würzburg. Optional excursion to Residenz Palace.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 20 Miltenberg


Discover Miltenberg's attractions.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 21 Rüdesheim to Koblenz


After a morning in Rüdesheim cruise to Koblenz for the evening.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 22 Koblenz to Cochem


Relax as you sail to Cochem, arriving late afternoon.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 23 Cochem to Bernkastel


Leave Cochem early for Bernkastel

Bernkastel-Kues Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 24 Schweich to Trier to Merzig


Arrive at Schweich for Trier then continue to Merzig. Moor overnight.

Merzig Saarland Germany Europe

Day 25 Merzig to UK

Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to Luxembourg for your return flight to the UK.

Merzig Saarland Germany Europe

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