Combining chances to explore absorbing European capitals, stops at charming destinations tucked away in glorious countryside and unforgettable daytime ventures through areas of breathtaking natural beauty, this is river cruising at its finest. The delights of Belgrade, Budapest and Bratislava; the wonders of the Middle Rhine Valley and the Iron Gates; and the fairytale-esque towns of the romantic Wachau Valley, these are just a few of the highlights awaiting your discovery.
This incredible 25-night cruise begins in Romania, where you’ll pass the point where the River Danube meets the Black Sea and have opportunities to take tours to the remote Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and beautiful Bucharest. Then it’s on to Bulgaria to visit Ruse – nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’ – and Vidin, before experiencing a momentous, simply unforgettable journey through the Iron Gates gorges. Look out for the Iron Gates’ famous Rock Sculpture of Decebalus as you sail onward to the Serbia. Here you’ll stop at Belgrade, where the Kalemegdan Fortress is not to be missed, and Novi Sad – a future European Capital of Culture. Cruising of the Tisa-Danube basin follows, presenting you with views of fertile plains and the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress en route to Hungary. From Kalocsa you can learn how paprika became the Hungarian ‘red gold’, while three days in Budapest allows for in-depth exploration. Buda Castle, the Millennium Underground Railway, Andrássy Avenue and the thermal baths are among the capital’s many attractions. [ReadMore]
Brabant will then sail the picturesque Danube Bend before the capitals of Slovakia and Austria are yours to explore. Admire the diverse architectural treasures of Bratislava, such as the imposing castle; then in Vienna, be sure to tick Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and Stadtpark off your ‘must-visit’ list. Elsewhere in Austria you’ll enjoy a taste of the Wachau Valley, stopping at Dürnstein, Emmersdorf and Melk and sailing through the gorgeous landscapes, and transit the winding Schlögener Schlinge. Finally it’s on to Germany, where after visiting Passau – gateway to Salzburg – and Regensburg, you’ll transit the historic Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. The next three days will be spent taking in treasure-laden towns and the magnificent Haßberge Mountains, before scenic cruising past the castles, spires and vineyards of the Middle Rhine Valley leads you to Koblenz. As your cruise comes to an end there are calls at Cochem and a relaxing sail through the Lower Moselle Valley to enjoy too. Ending your adventure perfectly is Cologne, where you can see the city’s spectacular twin-spired cathedral – considered one of Germany’s greatest sights – in all its glory.