Ruse

Opera House, Ruse, Bulgaria
Opera House, Ruse, Bulgaria

Ruse is one of Bulgaria’s biggest and most important port cities, serving as a vital link between several countries across Europe and Asia thanks to its strategic location on the Danube River. However, there’s much more to this city than its thriving port. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’, Ruse is among the most elegant and enchanting cities situated on the Danube, revered for its rich history, culture and magnificent architecture.

There are over 300 incredible historical and architectural highlights to discover in Ruse, many of which feature on Bulgaria’s National Heritage List, and simply strolling around the city’s streets on foot will present you with an abundance of impressive Viennese-inspired Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Rococo style landmarks and monuments.

Liberty Square is a great place to start your exploration. Perhaps marvel at striking sights such as the Statue of Liberty, the Opera House, the iconic Dohodno Zdanie theatre and St Trinity Church here, then venture down the surrounding streets in search of interesting attractions such as the Rousse Historical Museum, the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes national monument and the ruins of the Sexaginta Prista Roman Fortress. A wander along Aleksandrovska Street – Ruse’s main street – is highly recommended, to take in its melting pot of architectural styles.

Away from Ruse’s many man-made marvels, there are natural delights to uncover close-by too. The Natural Park of Rusenski Lom – situated a short journey south from the city – is a sprawling 32 square kilometre wonderland of dramatic cliff faces and rock formations, beautiful riverside terraces and ancient caves such as the Orlova Chuka – Bulgaria’s second-longest cave. Rusenski Lom is a haven for birdwatches too, home to around 172 diverse species including Egyptian vultures, lesser kestrels and eagle owls. 

Cruises to Ruse

Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

Departs: Budapest, Hungary • Sun 11 Oct 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R2025

Unfortunately, this cruise will not be going ahead as planned. Please click here to find out more >

Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Departs: Budapest, Hungary • Sun 11 Oct 2020
21 nights • Brabant • R202526

Unfortunately, this cruise will not be going ahead as planned. Please click here to find out more >

Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.

Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Departs: Budapest • Thu 13 May 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R2105

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing to the Danube Delta and back via diverse destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in five countries.
  • Enjoy Serbian tradition, cuisine and culture in Belgrade and Novi Sad; cruise the astonishing Iron Gates gorge; and uncover the gems of Ruse, Bulgaria’s ‘Little Vienna’.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar in Croatia; and in Hungary, learn of Kalocsa’s ‘red gold’ before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,799pp
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Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Departs: Budapest • Thu 03 Jun 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R2107

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing to the Danube Delta and back via diverse destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in five countries.
  • Enjoy Serbian tradition, cuisine and culture in Belgrade and Novi Sad; cruise the astonishing Iron Gates gorge; and uncover the gems of Ruse, Bulgaria’s ‘Little Vienna’.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar in Croatia; and in Hungary, learn of Kalocsa’s ‘red gold’ before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,899pp
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Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern European Discovery to the Danube Delta

Departs: Budapest • Mon 04 Oct 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R2122

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing to the Danube Delta and back via diverse destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in five countries.
  • Enjoy Serbian tradition, cuisine and culture in Belgrade and Novi Sad; cruise the astonishing Iron Gates gorge; and uncover the gems of Ruse, Bulgaria’s ‘Little Vienna’.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar in Croatia; and in Hungary, learn of Kalocsa’s ‘red gold’ before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,999pp
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The Complete Danube

The Complete Danube

Departs: Budapest • Mon 04 Oct 2021
21 nights • Brabant • R212223

  • Embark on an epic exploration of the complete Danube and immerse yourself in the beauty, history and cultures of inspirational regions and destinations in eight different countries.
  • Enjoy a traditional Serbian folklore show in Belgrade; uncover Ruse’s Bulgarian delights; sail the extraordinary Iron Gates gorge; and explore the Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights include chances to see Budapest’s iconic attractions; witness the scenic splendour of the Wachau Valley; and engage with Vienna’s legendary musical heritage.

Fly-cruise from £4,199pp
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