Vienna to the Black Sea
FRC-946026/946014 Danube
9 Nights from
£1,749
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • International & domestic air fares
  • Overseas transfers
  • Accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included - buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, draft beer and soft drinks as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner on board
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the AMADEUS Duo in the Panorama-Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard

What's Not Included

  • Shore excursions - excursions packages are available to purchase per guest to allow you to tailor-make your perfect itinerary
  • Parking
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Itinerary
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Day 1
Vienna, Austria

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.

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Day 2
Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Day 3
Vukovar, Slovenia

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.

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Day 4
Belgrade, Serbia

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.

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Day 5
Iron Gates, Romania
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Day 6
Svishtov, Bulgaria - Giurgiu, Romania

Nearly 150 miles north east of Sofia along the River Danube is the Bulgarian town of Svishtov. Most known for being an industrial port town, from here you can visit Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress.

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.

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Day 7
St Gheorghe, Romania

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.

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Day 8
Fetesti, Romania - Bucharest, Romania

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.

Bucharest is Romania’s capital and largest city and is an important industrial and commercial centre. It is home to a wealth of interesting landmarks including Parliament Palace – which is the largest parliament building in the world. Built in 1984, the structure spans 12 stories and has a total of 3,100 rooms. One of Bucharest’s most beautiful buildings is the Atheneum, which is situated near Revolution Square and is home to the George Enescu Philarmonic. If you wander inside, you will be able to admire a fresco which depicts scenes of Romanian history. Bucharest offers plenty to see and do for visitors, with a wealth of churches, museums, and parks to explore.

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Day 9
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is Romania’s capital and largest city and is an important industrial and commercial centre. It is home to a wealth of interesting landmarks including Parliament Palace – which is the largest parliament building in the world. Built in 1984, the structure spans 12 stories and has a total of 3,100 rooms. One of Bucharest’s most beautiful buildings is the Atheneum, which is situated near Revolution Square and is home to the George Enescu Philarmonic. If you wander inside, you will be able to admire a fresco which depicts scenes of Romanian history. Bucharest offers plenty to see and do for visitors, with a wealth of churches, museums, and parks to explore.

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