The Danube has been an inspiration for generations of Europeans. Savour Wachau Valley wine, embrace the elegance and history of Vienna and Budapest, and traverse the legendary passage known as the Iron Gates. Disembark in Rousse, Bulgaria and conclude your sojourn with two nights in beautiful Bucharest, the “Paris of the East”.
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- 14 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Austrian Lake District tour
- Melk Benedictine Abbey visit
- Illuminations Cruise in Budapest
- Belogradchik excursion and Baba Vida Fortress
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Complimentary tours and excursions
- Complimentary bicycles
- Cocktail receptiona and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Spa & Fitness Room
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
- Salon & Massage Services
- Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
- Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
- Airfare and overseas transfers
Vilshofen is a picturesque town in the German district of Passau, located where the rivers Vils and Wolfach flow into the Danube. Known as "the little three-river-town", it is often the starting point for many river cruises and features a riverside promenade and beautiful nature reserve. There are many great places to discover nearby, including the cathedral town of Passau; the "Western town" of Pullman City; the Rottal Spa Triangle of Bad Füssing, Bad Griesbach and Bad Birnbach; and the Bavarian Forest National Park.
Resting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in Bavaria is the town of Passau. Lying on the border of Austria, Passau offers a unique and eclectic blend of German and Austria Baroque architecture. St Stephen’s Cathedral is the main focus for tourism in Passau and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque. The main attractions of the cathedral include a treasury, museum, Italian painted frescoes and the biggest European church organ, boasting 17,774 pipes.
The Austrian city of Linz sits on the banks of the Danube River, 100 miles west of Vienna. It is home to a number of historic buildings and landmarks including: the old castle; St. Martin’s Church; the Baroque Town Hall; the 13th century main square, which features a monument to the Holy Trinity; and the 17th century cathedral. More recently, Linz has developed into an important cultural centre, with a number of schools of art music; several museums; art galleries; libraries; opera houses; and theatres. Additionally, Linz provides a point of access from which to visit the city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
Situated in northeast Austria is the city of Melk – regarded as a gateway to the famous Wachau wine region. It is located at a meeting point of the Danube and Melk rivers and is home to a towering, yellow, baroque Abbey, which sits high above the Danube River. Inside the Abbey, you will find many interesting features including the Melk Cross, Abbey Library, Marble Room, and Collegiate Church. Elsewhere in the city, you will find a number of pretty Renaissance houses and the Schallaburg Castle.
The Austrian town of Krems is situated north-west of Vienna, at the meeting point of the Danube and Krems rivers. It was the location of an imperial fortress around 995, and became a town in the 12th century, at which point it also featured a mint. There are many medieval fortifications still visible in the town including: Steiner Gate, the Pulverturm (“Powder Tower”), and the inner-city Gozzoburg Castle. Krems is renowned for its wine, and no journey to this Austrian town would be complete without tasting it for yourself.
The charming Austrian capital is situated on the River Danube and is a world-renowned centre for classical music, art, theatre and history. Home of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sachertorte and Vienna Boys’ Choir, its central core is easily manageable by foot but excellent public transport is also available. The Schönbrunn Palace is the summer residence of Maria Theresia and the Hapsburgs and is one of the most iconic buildings in this great city.
Before 1806, Vienna was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and later it became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, in 1918, the capital of independent Austria which emerged from World War I as a republic. During WWII, Vienna was divided into five zones, but the 1955 State Treaty helped the country regain its independence and Vienna was once again the capital of a sovereign Austria.
Bratislava is the Slovakian capital city and is situated in the south-western part of the country. The city is dominated by the four-towered 13th century Bratislava Castle, which provides views over Slovakia and the neighbouring nations of Austria and Hungary. Bratislava Castle was once home to the Austrian royal family until it was destroyed by fire in 1811, but has since been restored. The city is also home to the Gothic castle of St. Martin, which was the site of the coronation of many kings and queens throughout history.
The River Danube plays a vital role in the build-up of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It flows right through the heart of the city and has led to the construction of seven magnificent bridges - which connect the old city of Buda, on the right bank, with more modern city of Pest, on the left bank. One of the city’s instantly recognisable highlights is the Hungarian parliament building – a spectacular structure which sits beside the Danube. Venture into Budapest, wander its many streets, and you will discover St. Matthias Church, which was originally built in Romanesque style in the 11th century, but later rebuilt in Gothic style, in the 14th century.
The river port and industrial town of Mohács sits on the banks of the Danube River, in southern Hungary, close to the Croatian and Serbian borders. It is best known for its battlefield, of which was the site of a major battle in 1526 between Hungarians and Turkish forces. The Hungarians were defeated, which led to Hungary becoming part of the Ottoman Empire.
Vukovar is home to Croatia's biggest river port and can be found where the Vuka River meets the Danube. The city’s name literally means ‘fortress on the Vuka River’ and each year it holds a film festival that celebrates movies produced in the Danube area.
Despite a dark past that includes the Vukovar Massacre and the Croatian War of Independence, the city has worked hard to create a modern feel but still maintain its historical past. A memorial commemorates those who lost their lives and the Heritage Museum highlights events from prehistory to today.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is located the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Its name means “White City” and since Serbia gained status as an independent nation in 2006, it has become one of south-eastern Europe’s must-visit destinations. It is home to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. After the original idea was put forward in 1895, construction of the church began 40 years later, in 1935, and was completed in 1989. Kalemegdan is the site of a former Belgrade fortress, which now serves as the central park of Belgrade and is the best place in the city to view the confluence of the rivers and the gorgeous sunset.
The Djerdap gorge system on the Danube River divides the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains and forms a boundary between Romania and former Yugoslavia. The last gorge in this system is the Iron Gate, which is two miles long and 530 feet wide. Its towering rock cliffs have helped establish it as one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders. The history of this gorge extends back to the 2nd century, when Trajan, a Roman Emperor, ordered a road and stone bridge be built as Kladovo. In 1972, a dam and hydro-electric station was constructed which led to the creation of a 150-km lake.
Located in the extreme north-western region of Bulgaria is the port town of Vidin, which is renowned for its architecture. The 14th century Fortress of Baba Vida with its thick walls and beautiful towers is a wonderfully-preserved landmark. Take a stroll along the banks of the river and soak in the beautiful setting of this town. It is also worth noting that Vidin is highly renowned for its wines and there is annual fair dedicated to the produce of the local grape.
The southern Romanian city of Giurgiu is situated on the north bank of the Danube River, 40 miles south of Bucharest. It was originally established as a Genoese citadel known as San Giorgio, which was established in 1403 on the island in front of which Giurgiu. In 1417, it was conquered by the Turks and remained under their control until 1829, when the Peace of Adrianople returned it to Walachia. Some of the city’s most significant sights include the Church of St. Nicholas, which was built in 1830 by Nicholas I, tsar of Russia.
Located along the River Danube in northern Bulgaria is the city of Russe. The biggest river port on the Danube, Russe was once a garrison port of the Roman Danube fleets. Russe has been ruled by many nations over the centuries and enjoyed many reinventions, from the original 1st century Romans to the Ottoman Empire of the 1800s meaning there is a rich mix of cultures and architecture to be found. The main attraction of the city is also its oldest building, the Russian-style Church of Sveta Troitsa, which features many incredibly well-preserved murals.
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