Experience an exhilarating exploration spanning seven incredible countries on this very special 23-night river cruise. With Brabant as your guide you’ll uncover the best of Germany, from charming cities to the breathtaking scenery of the Moselle and Rhine valleys, before discovering an abundance of delights along the Danube. Visit major cities such as Vienna and Budapest; marvel at the spectacular Iron Gates gorges; take the chance to explore the remote Danube Delta; and much more.
First you’ll catch a glimpse of the iconic twin-spired cathedral in Cologne, before diverting down the Moselle River to visit pretty Cochem and sail through the Lower Moselle Valley. Koblenz – home of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – is yours to explore the following morning, then a full afternoon is spent taking in the spires, castles and vineyards of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley. The next three days combine treasure-laden German towns with yet more well-timed scenic cruising. The Main Valley, the red sandstone of the Middle Main Quadrangle and the Haßberge Mountains are among the scenic highlights to look-out for; while there’s time ashore to discover attractions such as Nuremberg’s castle and fascinating Railway Museum. This is before Brabant joins the Danube, stopping at Regensburg and Passau – your gateway to Salzburg – en route to Austria. A sail through the stunning Schlögener Schlinge; an evening in historic Linz; and daytime scenic cruising of the romantic Wachau Valley will be experiences to behold. [ReadMore]
Discovery of three fantastic capitals follows. Starting with Vienna, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the highly recommended Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark and Ringstrasse; then in Bratislava encounter a wealth of historical and architectural wonders such as Bratislava Castle. Three days in Budapest allows plenty of time to explore at your leisure: Buda Castle, the Millennium Underground Railway, Andrássy Avenue and the thermal baths are not to be missed. You can then learn all about how paprika became Hungary’s ‘red gold’ during a stop at Kalocsa, before crossing the border into Serbia. Belgrade boasts a remarkable history, which is unveiled by impressive sites such as Kalemegdan Fortress. A momentous cruise through the breathtaking Iron Gates gorges – where lies the famous Rock Sculpture of Decebalus – leads you to Bulgaria. Here you’ll visit remote Vidin, where the Baba Vida Fortress is a must-see, followed by Ruse. Finally in Romania, you can opt to tour to Bucharest or stay aboard Brabant for an absorbing journey through the floodplains of the Lower Danube. After passing the point where the Danube meets the Black Sea, you can cap-off your cruise with a small boat tour of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.