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The Complete Danube

1 Night Hotel in Bucharest and 16-Night Cruise from Fetesti to Nuremberg

 

Bucharest to Nuremberg (WONB) - 18 Days

 
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Bucharest, Romania (Embarkation)

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (D)

Day 2: Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation)

Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Suite Ship® this afternoon.

In Fetesti:

Your Balkan Adventure Begins. Explore your Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

DISCOVERY: After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE (B, D)

Day 3: St. Gheorghe

A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea

CLASSIC: Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cernavoda

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B, L, D)

Day 5: Rousse, Bulgaria

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

ACTIVE: Join a Jog through the park with your Adventure Host.

Sail to Svistov - OR-

CLASSIC: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.

Later, join your ship in Svistov.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B, L, D)

Day 6: Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC(B, L, D)

Day 7: Donji Milanovac - Iron Gates Gorge

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B, L, D)

Day 8: Belgrade, Serbia

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge— and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Biking tour or spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK (B, L, D)

Day 9: Osijek, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia

CLASSIC: Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.

DISCOVERY: Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

This afternoon you might join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (B, L, D)

Day 10: Mohacs, Hungary

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B, L, D)

Day 11: Budapest

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B, L, D)

Day 12: Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an OPTIONAL Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B, L, D)

Day 13: Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

CLASSIC: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN (B, L, D)

Day 14: Dürnstein - Melk

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

In Melk:

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B, L, D)

Day 15: Passau, Germany

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.

Alternatively, join a full-day Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau for sailing after your full-day selected activity.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B)

Day 16: Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B, L, D)

Day 17: Roth

Living Heritage and History Lessons

DISCOVERY: Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor

-OR-

CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle

-OR-

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B, L, D)

Day 18: Nuremberg (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Bucharest
Cruise Start Date

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 2, 2020
$8,368

$8,823

$10,995
$11,109
$11,338
$13,395
Oct 22, 2020
$7,468

$7,923

$10,095
$10,209
$10,438
$12,495
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $416 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

• 1 night hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast, guided sightseeing and transfer from hotel to the ship in Fetesti on Embarkation Day
• 16-night cruise from Fetesti to Nuremberg in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell diners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Complimentary coffee and tea available throughout the day
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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