The Complete Danube

4th Oct 2021 21 nights Sails from Budapest to Budapest Brabant R212223
Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube

There’s so much to discover along the Danube, from spellbinding areas of natural beauty to some of Europe’s most inspirational cities, and on this epic three-week river adventure you’ll get to see, explore and immerse yourself in the very best of them, during time on board Brabant and ashore.

Sailing the extraordinary Danube all the way to the Danube Delta and back, taking in diverse highlights along the way, will be an experience to remember. You visit Vukovar, exhibiting Croatian history and culture; and in Serbia, have a chance to catch a traditional folklore show in Belgrade. Then, after a momentous navigation of the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge, Ruse – Bulgaria’s ‘Little Vienna – awaits you. You’re sure to be charmed by Ruse’s extravagant architecture, rock monastery and historic wineries. The picturesque Lower Danube, with its vast floodplains, forests and islands, is your route into Romania, where the pièce de résistance is a chance to take a boat safari tour of the blissful Danube Delta, an unspoilt natural wonderland, from St Gheorghe. 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.

You’ll visit the historic Romanian ports of Cetate and Turnu Severin too, and return to Serbia for stops at Donji Milanovac and culture-rich Novi Sad, as you head back along the Danube, before it’s on to Hungary. You can learn about the history of paprika, Kalocsa ‘red gold’; then revel in Budapest’s abundant attractions, such as the Buda Castle complex, the impressive parliament buildings and the Millennium Underground Railway. There are famous landmarks aplenty to discover in Bratislava too, while the German gem of Passau is renowned for its towers, palaces and lavish St Stephen’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, the time in Austria will be a particular highlight; cherish serene scenic cruising through the postcard-perfect scenery of the Wachau Valley, be enchanted by the colourful towns of Emmersdorf and Melk, and enjoy ample time in Vienna to engage with the city’s architectural beauty, fascinating history and famous musical heritage.

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.