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The Danube to the Black Sea 2020

River Danube | Austria, Europe

15 days
from
£1695
per person
  • Belgrade
  • Budapest
  • Danube Delta
  • Danube
  • Tulcea
  • Vienna
BelgradeBudapestDanube DeltaDanubeTulceaVienna
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

Wake up to breathtaking views as we follow the course of the Danube on its extraordinary journey to the Black Sea aboard the MS Arena. This fascinating cruise reveals some of Eastern Europe’s greatest treasures, taking you through no less than eight countries featuring spectacular scenery and captivating capital cities. Discover awe-inspiring natural wonders, including the picturesque Wachau valley of Austria, the Iron Gate Gorge which cuts through the Carpathian and the Balkan mountains, and the unique, lesser known cities of Romania, sitting on the banks of the river. Explore both sides of Budapest, see the beautiful architecture of Bratislava and Belgrade, and wander the pretty streets of Vienna – city of whirls and waltzes. With something new to see every day, this is a truly unforgettable river cruise.

Day 1: UK – Munich (Coach & Rail)
We travel by coach or rail to our overnight hotel in the Munich area.

Day 2: Munich – Passau – Vienna (Coach & Rail) / UK – Passau (Air)
After breakfast, we transfer by coach or rail and board our ship in Passau which is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. Dinner is served onboard this evening as we relax and set sail through the beautiful Wachau valley towards Vienna.

Day 3: Vienna – Kalosca
We arrive in Vienna around lunchtime, where there will be the opportunity to join our optional Vienna city tour. Our guided tour takes in the many highlights of Austria’s beautiful capital, including an abundance of grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments. Later this evening, we set sail for the charming town of Kalosca in Hungary

Kalosca – Mohacs – Belgrade Kalosca – Mohacs – Belgrade
We arrive in Kalosca in the early afternoon where you will have free time to explore. Set on the bank of the Danube, Kalocsa is one of Hungary’s oldest towns and dates back to the early 11th century. As the town evolved it became known for paprika production and intricate handcrafted embroidery. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard before sailing to Mohacs and then onward to Belgrade.

Day 5: Belgrade – Iron Gate
We arrive in the Serbian capital of Belgrade around lunchtime. The city of Belgrade lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. There is plenty of time to see the highlights of this fascinating city on our optional tour, which is a great way to see the main sights; including the huge Belgrade Fortress and St Sava Church, one of the biggest churches in the world. We enjoy dinner onboard this evening and sail overnight towards the Iron Gate.

Day 6: Iron Gate
Enjoy a full day cruising through the breathtaking scenery of Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate, which is the largest river gorge in Europe and carves a channel through the Carpathian mountains. The views are spectacular, with the Derdap national park on the southern side of the Danube in Serbia and the Portile de Fier Nature Park on the northern side in Romania. It’s a fantastic day to spend relaxing on the sun deck.

Day 7: Ruse – Tulcea
This morning we arrive in Ruse, which is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria, where there’s some free time to explore. Ruse is one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities full of belle époque architecture, leafy squares, an abundance of museums plus its ruined Roman fortress, standing guard high over the Danube. Lunch is served on board the ship before we set sail towards the Romanian city of Tulcea.

Day 8: Tulcea – Braila - Oltenita
We arrive into Tulcea this morning where we will visit the Danube Delta museum on our included excursion. At lunch time we are transferred by coach to join a boat trip, where we will cruise along the River Danube as it makes its final journey to the Black Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of 2,200 square miles of rivers, marshes and lakes, is the second largest delta in Europe and is full of fascinating wildlife. Lunch is served onboard so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We rejoin our cruise in Braila, one of the largest Romanian ports on the Danube, and set sail for Oltenita.

Day 9: Oltenita – Bucharest – Giurgiu – Iron Gate
We arrive into the picturesque city of Oltenita this morning. Here you can join our optional excursion which takes you to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where there’s plenty of time to explore the wide tree-lined boulevards and admire the many landmarks including Parliament Palace – one of the largest buildings in the world. We rejoin our cruise in Giurgiu and set sail for the Iron Gate.

Day 10: Iron Gate
Today we have a full day cruising back through the magnificent Iron Gate. Relax onboard and watch the scenery drift by as we head towards Belgrade.

Day 11: Belgrade – Novi Sad
We arrive back into Belgrade at around lunchtime and from here you can take advantage of our optional tour of Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia. Take in the city highlights, including one of the city’s most recognised landmarks, the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from the bank of the Danube. You’ll also discover the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad and our optional guided tour takes in the many highlights of this fascinating city. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard before sailing onto Mohacs in Hungary.

Day 12: Mohacs – Pecs – Budapest
This afternoon, there’s the opportunity to join our optional city tour of Pécs, which is one of the most interesting cities in Hungary. Lying equidistant from the Danube to the east and the Dráva to the south on a plain sheltered from the northern winds by the hills, Pécs has a microclimate that lengthens the summer and is ideal for fruit production. It has an illustrious past and a number of excellent museums, monuments and a handful of universities. Enjoy a relaxed evening onboard as we cruise to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Day 13: Budapest – Bratislava
This morning we arrive in Budapest, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This morning you’ll have the chance to join our optional city tour taking in all the fantastic highlights the city has to offer. Explore traditional Buda or cross the river where you’ll discover the more cosmopolitan Pest. See the fairytale towers of Fishermans Bastion before having some free time to explore the rest of this amazing city. This evening, we set sail towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Day 14: Bratislava – Melk
We arrive into Bratislava in the afternoon where you can join our optional excursion taking in this historic capital city, which is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ which is a sweet white chocolate with poppy seed filling, before enjoying a relaxing dinner onboard our ship. This evening we continue cruising along the Danube towards Melk.

Day 15: Melk – Passau
We arrive in the Austrian town of Melk this morning, which is filled with quaint cobbled streets and striking buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion this morning. Relax and enjoy your last night on board the ship this evening, as we cruise back towards Passau.

Day 16: Passau – Germany (Coach & Rail) / UK (Air)
After a truly memorable cruise we bid farewell to our captain and crew and travel by coach or train to our overnight hotel in the Munich area. Those travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Day 17: Germany – UK (Coach & Rail)
After breakfast we continue our return journey home to the UK.

 

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

Enjoy spectacular scenery and visit fantastic Eastern European landmarks

Travel the Danube all the way to the Black Sea

Visit the spectacular Danube Delta

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

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:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £55 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

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 from London Heathrow

Air travel is included on selected cruises, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our rail or coach options – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the 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

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2020-07-21
21 July 2020
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£2195
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2020-07-22
22 July 2020
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Eurostar
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£2095
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2020-07-22
22 July 2020
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£1995
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2020-07-23
23 July 2020
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£1895
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2020-07-23
23 July 2020
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2020-07-23
23 July 2020
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2020-09-01
01 September 2020
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2020-09-02
02 September 2020
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2020-09-02
02 September 2020
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2020-09-03
03 September 2020
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2020-09-03
03 September 2020
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2020-09-03
03 September 2020
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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!

Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Included

Join our included excursion, where we are transferred by coach to join a boat trip for a cruise along the Danube as it makes its journey to the Black Sea. The Danube Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest delta in Europe. Lunch is served onboard so you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Vienna City Tour

Vienna City Tour

£24

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture.

Belgrade City Tour

Belgrade City Tour

£20

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.

Bucharest CityTour

Bucharest CityTour

£32

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 Guided Tour

Novi Sad Guided Tour

£12

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.

Pecs City Tour

Pecs City Tour

£12

Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary, Pécs is a city of art and history. See the Gazi Kasim Mosque in the middle of the main square, the barbican and the cathedral, and wander along Király and Káptalan Street. Pécs is also a city of love, with couples from around the world visiting Janus Pannonius Street, where they place a padlock on the street railings to symbolise their lasting love for each other.

Budapest City Tour

Budapest City Tour

£20

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.

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

£24

We are taken by miniature train to Bratislava Castle, set on the hill above the old town, which dominates the city. Free time is given to explore this magnificent castle before further free time allows you to explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of this Slovakian capital. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£28

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.

Package Price

Package Price

£172 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£280 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 15 days

From: Passau

Ends: Passau

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
15 days
from
£1695
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Fourteen nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome Drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi
  • Visits to Vienna, Kalosca, Belgrade, Ruse, Tulcea, Danube Delta, Braila, Oltenita, Bucharest, Giurgui, Novi Sad, Pecs, Budapest, Bratislava and Melk
  • Services of a Cruise Manager
  • Excursion: Danube Delta

 

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