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Sailing the Danube

7th September 2019 10 nights Sails from Hirsova to Budapest Brabant R1923
FROM ONLY £2,199 per person *
Decebalus, Danube Gorg Decebalus, Danube Gorg
Prices from £2,199 per person *
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From passing the point where the Danube meets the Black Sea to visiting beautiful Budapest and discovering an abundance of scenic and city delights in between, there are a smorgasbord of simply unforgettable experiences to enjoy on this stunning river cruise aboard Brabant. Chances to explore the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve; cruise the iconic Iron Gates gorge; and discover the historic landmarks of Bucharest and Belgrade are among the many highlights.

On day one of this memorable ten-night river cruise you’ll witness the River Danube flowing into the Black Sea, and have the opportunity to take a small boat tour into the beautiful Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve during a stop at picturesque St Gheorghe. The following day you could tour to Bucharest if you wish, before continuing your adventure in Ruse. Nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’, Bulgaria’s fifth largest city is renowned for its stunning architecture and elegant squares. ‘Must-visit’ sites here include the Monument of Liberty and the Danube Bridge. Further along the Danube, a stop at the remote port town of Vidin – home to the medieval Baba Vida Fortress – is followed by a momentous journey through the awe-inspiring Iron Gates. Admire stunning national parks lining the river, which narrows to just 150 metres-wide at the Great Kazan gorge, and be on the lookout for the famous Rock Sculpture of Decebalus from the decks of Brabant. [ReadMore]

After marvelling at the glory of the Iron Gates you’ll arrive in Serbia’s enchanting capital, Belgrade. A full day here is sure to be rewarding with time to discover the city’s historic monuments and museums, wander along Knez Mihailova Boulevard and savour the views on offer from the Kalemegdan Fortress. Staying in Serbia, a stop at Novi Sad – a future European Capital of Culture – is up next. The main landmark here is the unmissable Petrovaradin Fortress and its world-famous clock tower, while Zmaj Jovina is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll. A scenic cruise through the fertile plains of the Tisa-Danube basin follows, as you head for the fourth and final country on your itinerary, Hungary. Kalocsa is the first of two engrossing Hungarian calls; from here you can take a tour to learn about the history of Paprika or catch a traditional Hungarian horse show within Puszta plains. Finally, UNESCO-listed Budapest – with all its historic highlights and attractions – is the perfect last stop. Before heading home be sure to take in the Buda Castle complex and the Millennium Underground Railway, and wander along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen river cruise:

  • Flights and transfers to and from the vessel when booking a Fly-cruise package
  • Comfortable en suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
  • Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
  • Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bike hire
  • Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
  • Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
  • All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)

Built in 2006, this elegant and comfortable vessel is in keeping with the fleet of our ocean-going cruise ships. Brabant’s bright and spacious public areas and 79 well-equipped rooms and suites, spread across four decks, provide the intimate, home-from-home feel which Fred. Olsen’s guests already know and love.

Cruise ship staples such as swimming pools, a number of lounges and on-going activities are not in evidence on board, making way for a comfortable ambience and ample space in which to relax and enjoy the river cruise experience with around 150 fellow guests.