As you sail the mighty Danube all the way to the Danube Delta, you’re in for unforgettable experiences throughout this winding journey of discovery across Europe. Visits to incredible destinations in four beautiful and diverse countries provide opportunities for rewarding exploration ashore, complemented by spellbinding scenic cruising aboard Brabant.
After boarding your river cruise ship in Budapest, your inspirational exploration of the Danube begins with a short sail into Croatia, where Vukovar will serve as your starting point for tours to the culture-rich city of Osijek and the glorious wetlands of Kopački Rit, known as the ‘European Amazon’. [ReadMoreMob]Continuing on to Serbia, you’ll have chances to delight in the dance, costume, music and fireworks of a traditional folklore show in Belgrade; and tour from Donji Milanovac to the remarkable Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, believed to be Europe’s oldest civilisation. [ReadMoreDesk]Then, after a momentous navigation of the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge, taking in the Great Kazan and the famous Decebalus rock sculpture, Bulgarian gems await. Remote Vidin is your gateway to the medieval Baba Vida Fortress, one of Europe’s best-preserved fortifications, and Ruse – Bulgaria’s ‘Little Vienna’ – is sure to charm with its picture book of extravagant architecture and monuments.
From Bulgaria, the picturesque Lower Danube is your route into Romania, passing through stunning scenes of vast floodplains, forests and islands along the way. Five days of Romanian adventure will then offer rich rewards. Galati boasts impressive historic churches, palaces and gorgeous botanical gardens awaiting discovery, though it is possible to tour to the Moldovan village of Valeni – famed for its wines and traditional cuisine – from here too. There’s also calls to the culture-rich, historical ports of Cetate and Turnu Severin, while the pièce de résistance is a visit to St Gheorghe, from where you take a boat safari tour of the blissful Danube Delta, an unspoilt natural wonderland. Back along the Danube, you return to Serbia and stop at Novi Sad, perhaps to sample local wine and delicious dishes, and see the unmissable Petrovaradin Fortress in all its glory, before it’s finally back to Hungary. You can learn of the history of paprika and enjoy delicacies made with Hungary’s ‘red gold’ in Kalocsa; then revel in the abundant attractions of Budapest upon your return to this UNESCO-listed gem, such as the Buda Castle complex, the impressive parliament buildings and the Millennium Underground Railway.