River cruise on the Danube - Romania to southern Germany
From well beyond the old Iron Curtain, this river cruise will show you all the gems of South Eastern Europe. Travel through lands once occupied by the Ottoman and Hapsburg empires. Monasteries, castles, wine-growing regions, towns lost in time and dramatic scenery vie for your attention. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a wonderful cruise through the heart of Europe.
Activity / Theme
River Cruise, Culture, Hiking, Cycling
Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania
Leisurely / Moderate
Luxury river cruise vessel
Luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
Months of Operation
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
Be sure to book the Romania extension to this cruise - I found places like Brașov and Sighișoara to have a fascinating history.
(Showing Romania to Germany route; itinerary can be done in reverse)
DAY 1 Embark Giurgio, Romania
DAY 2 Tour of Bucharest and Veliko Tarnovo or Rousse and Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo
DAY 3 Vidin - Baba Vida Fortress or yogurt and Banitsa demonstration or bike or hike.
DAY 4 Iron Gates & Golubac Fortress
DAY 5 Belgrade - city tour or Royal Palace & Tito mausoleum or distillery visit. Bike or hike to Belgrade Fortress
DAY 6 Novi Sad - walking or tasting tour or bike or hike to Petrovaradin Fortress. Vukovar tour or wine tasting.
DAY 7 Cruise to Mohács, visit Pécs or bike Mohács or wine tour
DAY 8 Puszta - farm tour, horsemanship performance, traditional lunch. Budapest illumination cruise.
DAY 9 Budapest - tour or hike up Castle Hill
DAY 10 Bratislava - walking tour or hike to Bratislava Castle
DAY 11 Vienna - tour or bike ride. Free afternoon.
DAY 12 Dürnstein Walking tour & Melk Abbey or hike to Durnstein Fortress or bike Wachau Valley to Melk or sample wine & treats. Cruise Strudengau & Wachau valleys. Grein castle visit.
DAY 13 Linz - walking or bike tour, followed by Český Krumlov visit or full day or Salzburg & Mondsee tour.
DAY 14 Passau - walking or bike tour or hike to Veste Oberhaus. Cruise to Vilshofen for Oktoberfest celebration.
DAY 15 Disembark Vilshofen.
We enjoyed our trip on the Danube. We had about 42 passengers and 49 crew so it was definitely not crowded. With the low numbers, we met more people and made more friends.
The pre-cruise time in Bucharest and Transylvania was great. The ports we visited were interesting each in its own way. Every country we stopped in had its own view on the Balkan Wars. Each had its own share of atrocities, and its own sad memories. Budapest was very charming with lots to see, but by the end of the cruise, the weather had become uncomfortably hot.
All in all, the Danube is a good cruise to take and quite educational.
George - Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner
Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Personal headset for easy exploration
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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