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The Danube to the Black Sea 2018

River Danube | Austria, Europe

15 days
from
£1999
per person
  • Bratislava
  • Constanta
  • Kalocsa
  • Novi Sad
  • Passau
  • Ruse
  • Vienna
  • Wachau Valley
  • Belgrade
BratislavaConstantaKalocsaNovi SadPassauRuseViennaWachau ValleyBelgrade
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

The Danube to the Black Sea

Enjoy the gems of Eastern Europe on The Danube to the Black Sea Cruise 2017 with The River Cruise Line.

Wake up to breath-taking views every morning on this 15-day cruise along the Danube on its extraordinary course to the Black Sea. This cruise unearths some of Eastern Europe’s greatest treasures, taking you through no less than seven countries.

See the picturesque Wachau Valley of Austria, the Iron Gate gorge, and the exotic waters of the Black Sea, which lap the beautiful Romanian Coast. Discover the beautiful architecture of Bratislava and Belgrade, and wander the pretty streets of Vienna, the city of whirls and waltzes — every day will offer a brand-new adventure.

Enjoy enlightening excursions from our expert guides at each destination, or explore the destinations of The Danube to the Black Sea Cruise at your own pace if you’d prefer.

Day 1: UK – Munich (Rail)
We board the Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels and continue to Munich for an overnight hotel stay.

Day 2: Munich – Passau (Air)
We take a train to join our ship in Passau, where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. You can relax on board as we cruise towards Bratislava, cruising through the beautiful Wachau Valley.

Day 3: Vienna
Experience the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria, where grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and grand monuments are just some of the many highlights. Join our optional city tour and also visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, before we cruise towards Kalocsa.

Day 4: Kalocsa
We arrive in Kalocsa this afternoon, a small village in the Great Plains of Hungary which is well known for paprika and embroidery. Our optional guided tour points out the highlights before we continue cruising towards Serbia.

Day 5: Belgrade
Belgrade lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and there will be plenty of time to explore the Serbian capital. You can begin by joining our optional city tour, which takes in the Belgrade Fortress and St Sava Church, the biggest Eastern Orthodox church in the world. . Later this evening we cruise towards Romania/Bulgaria.

Day 6: Eisernes Tor, The Iron Gate Gorge
Today we cruise through the stunning boundary between Romania and Bulgaria – Eisernes Tor, The Iron Gate. This is Europe’s largest river gorge and carves through the Carpathian Mountains. It’s a fantastic day to spend relaxing on the sun deck.

Day 7: Ruse
From Ruse you can join our optional excursion to see the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo, one of which we visit. After a short city tour through the centre of Ruse we return to our ship before cruising towards Cernavoda.

Day 8: Cernavoda & the Black Sea
Our included coach excursion takes you to Constanta, the main port of Romania, where we enjoy a city tour before visiting Mamaia, the most famous seaside resort in Romania. Here we stop for lunch along with the chance to paddle in the Black Sea.

Day 9: Giurgiu, Romania – Turnu Magaurele, Romania
Today’s optional excursion visits the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where you can admire many landmarks including Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the US Pentagon, and the beautiful Romanian Atheneum. We return to our ship in the city of Turnu Magaurele and cruise towards the Iron Gate Gorge.

Day 10: Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate Gorge
We enjoy another full day cruising through the spectacular Iron Gate Gorge.

Day 11: Novi Sad
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia after Belgrade. Upon arrival you can join an optional guided tour taking in many highlights. The most recognised landmark is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from the banks of the Danube. Later, we’ll cruise towards Hungary.

Day 12: Mohács
We berth just across the Hungarian border in Mohács. In the afternoon you can join our optional excursion to Pécs, a beautiful city where you will see the cathedral and the Turkish mosque. Later this evening we cruise towards Budapest.

Day 13: Budapest
Join our optional city tour to explore the Hungarian capital of Budapest – one of the most beautiful cities in the world, along with a trip to the Puszta, a vast prairie where we visit a traditional ranch and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horsedrawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live horse show.

Day 14: Bratislava
The historic city of Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. Join our optional guided tour to take in the main sights and experience the rich culture in and around the old town before our ship cruises towards Melk.

Day 15: Melk
Join our optional excursion visiting the Benedictine Abbey, one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria. You can then relax on board for the remainder of the day as we cruise to our final port of call.

Day 16: Passau – Cologne (Air)
We bid farewell to our captain and crew and travel by rail to Cologne, which has long list of attractions including its magnificent gothic cathedral. Here we check into our overnight hotel. Those travelling by air depart today.

Day 17: Cologne – UK (Rail)
We continue by rail to Brussels where our Eurostar connection takes us to London St Pancras International.

The Danube to the Black Sea

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Travel through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria

Enjoy spectacular scenery and visit fantastic Eastern European landmarks

Travel the Danube all the way to the Black Sea

Relax in Mamaia – the most famous seaside resort in Romania

Sail through the stunning Wachau Valley, with its many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries

Enjoy spectacular views of Vienna

Discover the two sides of Budapest

Spend time in Germany’s most visited building, the cathedral in Cologne

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

From
To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2018-07-29
29 July 2018
for 17 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Passau
17 days from
£2099
Passengers
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2018-07-30
30 July 2018
for 15 days


Flights
Join ship at Passau
15 days from
£1999
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2018-09-09
09 September 2018
for 17 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Passau
17 days from
£2099
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2018-09-10
10 September 2018
for 15 days


Flights
Join ship at Passau
15 days from
£1999
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Vienna

Vienna city tour

£25

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture. Please note: For The Danube to the Black Sea cruise, the Vienna city tour is combined with Schönbrunn Palace to create a full day excursion.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

£35

This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside the luxurious interiors of Schönbrunn Palace and explore some of the 1,441 luxurious rooms. Highlights include the Great Gallery, the Chinese Cabinets and Emperor Franz Joseph’s private suite. Please note: For The Danube to the Black Sea cruise, Schönbrunn Palace is combined with the Vienna city tour to create a full day excursion.

Kalocsa

Kalocsa – Paprika town

£20

Kalocsa is in the great plains of Hungary. Much of the country’s paprika comes from the pepper fields surrounding the town – there’s even the Paprika Museum and Paprika Street in the centre. It is also known for its beautiful handmade embroidery.

Belgrade

Belgrade city tour

£21

This optional city tour is a great way to see the Serbian capital’s main sights including the huge Belgrade Fortress, which now serves as the central park, and St Sava Church, the biggest Eastern Orthodox church in the world.

Ivanovo

Ivanovo guided tour

£21

Venture into the valley of the Rusenski Lom River in Bulgaria on this exciting excursion which visits the rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo. We climb a steep, but well maintained, path to admire the views and visit one of the chapels.

Constanta & Mamaia

Constanta & Mamaia

Included

Our Black Sea coach excursion visits Constanta, where we enjoy a city tour with various photo stops, before continuing on to Mamaia, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch along with the chance to paddle in the Black Sea.

Bucharest

Bucharest city tour

£35

Visit the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where there’s plenty of time to explore the wide tree-lined boulevards and admire many landmarks including Parliament Palace, the Arch of Triumph and the beautiful Romanian Atheneum.

Novi Sad

Novi Sad city tour

£21

Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and our optional guided tour takes in the many highlights. The most recognised landmark is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from its position on the bank of the Danube.

Pécs

Pécs city tour

£25

Join us in Pécs, city of art, history and love. See the Gazi Kasim Mosque and the cathedral and visit Janus Pannonius Street where couples the world over place a padlock on the street railings to symbolise their lasting love.

Budapest

Budapest city tour

£21

Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Puszta horse show

Puszta horse show

£36

We travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live show performed in an open air arena.

Bratislava

Bratislava city tour

£24

Explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of Bratislava with the help of our guide. Our 2 ½ hour walking tour features interior visits to the city’s largest church, St Martin’s Cathedral, and Primate’s Palace.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£21

Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites – Melk Abbey. Our guided tour shows you highlights such as the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery and Abbey Church. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£249

SAVE £56 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 15 days

From: Munich

Ends: Passau

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Meet at your cruise ship
15 days
from
£1999
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Fourteen nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast hotel accommodation in Germany (rail only)
  • Visits to Munich, Passau, Vienna, Kalosca, Belgrade, Ruse, Novi Sad, Mohács, Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Cologne
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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