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 • Sun 03 May 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R2004

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing the mighty Danube all the way to the Danube Delta via incredible destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in four remarkably diverse countries.
  • Catch a traditional folklore show in Belgrade and sample Novi Sad’s local cuisine in Serbia; cruise the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge; and uncover Bulgarian gems in Vidin, such as the Baba Vida Fortress, and Ruse.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar, gateway to the glorious Croatian wetlands of Kopački Rit; and in Hungary, learn of the history of paprika in Kalocsa before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,899pp
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Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Departs: Budapest • Sun 03 May 2020
21 nights • Brabant • R200405

  • Experience the ultimate Danube adventure, sailing through beautiful and historic countries to visit remarkable cities and savour unforgettable scenic cruising through breathtaking, ever-changing landscapes.
  • You’ll visit Belgrade for a traditional Serbian folklore show, navigate the glorious Iron Gates gorge, uncover the Bulgarian delights of Ruse and much more en route to the blissful Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights will include chances to revel in Budapest’s abundant attractions; admire the postcard-perfect Wachau Valley; and take a walking tour of pretty Passau, with its soaring towers, spectacular palaces and iconic cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £4,049pp
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Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

Departs: Budapest • Sun 31 May 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R2007

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing the mighty Danube all the way to the Danube Delta via incredible destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in four remarkably diverse countries.
  • Catch a traditional folklore show in Belgrade and sample Novi Sad’s local cuisine in Serbia; cruise the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge; and uncover Bulgarian gems in Vidin, such as the Baba Vida Fortress, and Ruse.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar, gateway to the glorious Croatian wetlands of Kopački Rit; and in Hungary, learn of the history of paprika in Kalocsa before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,999pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Departs: Budapest • Sun 31 May 2020
21 nights • Brabant • R200708

  • Experience the ultimate Danube adventure, sailing through beautiful and historic countries to visit remarkable cities and savour unforgettable scenic cruising through breathtaking, ever-changing landscapes.
  • You’ll visit Belgrade for a traditional Serbian folklore show, navigate the glorious Iron Gates gorge, uncover the Bulgarian delights of Ruse and much more en route to the blissful Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights will include chances to revel in Budapest’s abundant attractions; admire the postcard-perfect Wachau Valley; and take a walking tour of pretty Passau, with its soaring towers, spectacular palaces and iconic cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £4,199pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta

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

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing the mighty Danube all the way to the Danube Delta via incredible destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in four remarkably diverse countries.
  • Catch a traditional folklore show in Belgrade and sample Novi Sad’s local cuisine in Serbia; cruise the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge; and uncover Bulgarian gems in Vidin, such as the Baba Vida Fortress, and Ruse.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar, gateway to the glorious Croatian wetlands of Kopački Rit; and in Hungary, learn of the history of paprika in Kalocsa before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Fly-cruise from £2,999pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

Cities & Scenery of the Historic Danube

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

  • Experience the ultimate Danube adventure, sailing through beautiful and historic countries to visit remarkable cities and savour unforgettable scenic cruising through breathtaking, ever-changing landscapes.
  • You’ll visit Belgrade for a traditional Serbian folklore show, navigate the glorious Iron Gates gorge, uncover the Bulgarian delights of Ruse and much more en route to the blissful Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights will include chances to revel in Budapest’s abundant attractions; admire the postcard-perfect Wachau Valley; and take a walking tour of pretty Passau, with its soaring towers, spectacular palaces and iconic cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £4,199pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?