On this inspirational, three-week river cruise you’re in for the ultimate Danube adventure. Sailing through spellbinding regions of some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic countries, you’ll visit remarkable cities providing a host of highlights to uncover during time spent exploring ashore, and savour unforgettable scenic cruising through breathtaking, ever-changing landscapes.
During the first week, Brabant will follow the extraordinary Danube all the way to the Danube Delta, taking in stunning destinations and scenic treasures along the way. [ReadMoreMob]There’s Vukovar in Croatia, gateway to culture-rich Osijek and the glorious Kopački Rit wetlands; and Belgrade – where you can delight in a traditional folklore show – and Donji Milanovac in Serbia. Then, after a momentous navigation of the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge, Bulgarian gems await at Vidin – starting point for tours to the medieval Baba Vida Fortress – and Ruse, nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’. The picturesque Lower Danube, with its vast floodplains, forests and islands, is your route into Romania, where the pièce de résistance is a visit to St Gheorghe for a chance to take a boat safari tour of the blissful Danube Delta, an unspoilt natural wonderland. There’s also stop at Galati, from where it’s possible to tour to the charming Moldovan village of Valeni, famed for its wines and traditional cuisine. [ReadMoreDesk]
You’ll visit the historic Romanian ports of Cetate and Turnu Severin as you head back along the Danube, and return to Serbia to sample local wines and delicious culinary delights in Novi Sad, before it’s on to Hungary. You can learn of the history of paprika – Hungary’s ‘red gold’ – in Kalosca; and revel in the abundant of attractions in UNESCO-listed Budapest, such as Buda Castle and the impressive parliament buildings. There are famous landmarks aplenty to discover in Bratislava too, such as the medieval castle and Gothic-style St Martin’s cathedral, while you’ll have an opportunity to see pristine monuments and immerse yourself in legendary musical heritage in Vienna. Your two days in Austria will also include scenic cruising of the postcard-perfect Wachau Valley en route to the enchanting towns of Emmersdorf and Melk, before you finally enter Germany for a memorable conclusion to your adventure. You can take walking tours of pretty Passau, with its soaring towers, spectacular palaces and iconic cathedral, and Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – which is famous for its almost entirely preserved historic centre and extensive collection of listed buildings.