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.
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 town of Donji Milanovic is located in eastern Serbia, located on the right bank of the Lake Djerdap within the River Danube. Donji Milanovic was once a Roman town known as Taliata and has been relocated throughout history on four occasions. This was due to a number of reasons including defence, flooding, and the construction of a hydro power plant. The buildings at the current site and no more than fifty years old, but the region is home to many significant landmarks including: Lepenski vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site; and an 800-year-old fortress.
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.
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.
Located at the southern end of the Danube River is the village of St Gheorghe, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania. The long history of the village is evident in some of the remaining building which have an obvious Byzantine influence in their style and construction. The village of St Gheorghe also plays host to the Anonimul International Independent Film Festival.
The Romanian town of Fetesti is located in the Baragan plain, just south of Bucharest and on the Borcea branch of the Danube River. Fetesti was first mentioned in 1528 by the ruler of Wallachia, Fetesti gained town status in 1868. Located close to mouth of the Danube and the Black Sea, it is, today, an important industrial centre within Romania.
The second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad cuts an impressive figure along the banks of the Danube River. Dominated, by one of the largest fortifications in Europe, the mighty fortress of Petrovaradin, the city offers a range of ethnically mixed sites, buildings and landmarks to enjoy. As well as being the administrative centre, Novi Sad is also a great cultural centre of the Vojvodina region. The city’s cultural offerings include the Serbian National theatre, a University, an art academy, an array of museums and The Magistrate Building, an exquisite example of empire architecture.
Located in central Hungary is the town of Kalocsa, which overlooks the Danube River and is surrounded by the Sarkoz swamps. It is home to a wealth of folk art motifs, which were painted by the town’s “writing women” and are distinguished by their inventive use of colour and design. These motifs are often reproduced and distributed outside of Hungary. The Károly Visky Museums display a range of local work, while the bishop’s palace also displays a number of art treasures.
|Embark||Disembark||Guide Price||More Information|
|Embark , Sun 03 May 2020 On Board||Disembark Date Sat 16 May 2020||Guide Price cruise only £2,799 pp||Enquire|
|Embark , Sun 31 May 2020 On Board||Disembark Date Sat 13 Jun 2020||Guide Price cruise only £2,799 pp||Enquire|
|Embark , Sun 11 Oct 2020 On Board||Disembark Date Sat 24 Oct 2020||Guide Price cruise only £2,799 pp||Enquire|