Treasures Along the Danube from the Black Sea Itinerary -
27 Jul 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Bucharest, Romania - Giurgui

We fly to Bucharest and are transferred by coach to Giurgui where we board our ship and set sail to Cernavoda.

Day 2 Cenavoda & the Black Sea

Early this morning we arrive in the Romanian city of Cernavoda, where our included excursion takes you to the Black Sea. We visit Constanta, the main port city of Romania, and take a city tour including photo stops at Ovidius Square, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, the St Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral (1885), the casino and the Genoese lighthouse. You can also visit the famous Roman mosaic. We then continue by coach to Mamaia, the most famous seaside resort in Romania, where we enjoy a delicious lunch along with the chance to paddle in the Black Sea. We sail overnight to Ruse.

Day 3 Ruse, Bulgaria

After breakfast our ship docks in Ruse, the fifth largest city in Bulgaria, you can join our optional excursion which will take you to 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 second largest building in the world after the US Pentagon, the Arch of Triumph and the beautiful Romanian Atheneum. After our excursion we return to the ship in Turnu Magurele and the ship sets sail for an evening of cruising.

Day 4 Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate Gorge

Enjoy a full day cruising through the breathtaking scenery of Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate – the largest river gorge in Europe which 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 5 Belgrade, Serbia

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 Serbian capital. You can start by joining our optional city 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. Later this evening we cruise towards Hungary.

Day 6 Mohacs, Hungary

Today you can enjoy our optional excursion to Pécs – home to the world famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary. We cruise this evening towards Budapest.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our optional tour to see the highlights of both sides of the city – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. See the fairy tale towers of Fishermans Bastion before having some free time to explore this amazing city. After lunch join our optional excursion to Puszta, a vast prairie where we visit a traditional ranch and tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live horse show.

Day 8 Bratislava, Slovakia

We reach Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This historic city is dominated by its castle, set high above the Danube and once a frontier post of the Roman Empire. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark which was announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional excursion by miniature train to Bratislava castle with free time to explore the castle and the old town. This evening we cruise towards Vienna this evening.

Day 9 Vienna, Austria

Experience the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a world heritage site. Our first optional excursion is a city tour of Vienna followed by free time. After lunch join our second optional of the day to visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence.

Day 10 Vienna – UK

We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.