Trip Type : River Cruise
Danube 7 Country Cruise tour

Danube 7 Country Cruise

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
12 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Vienna, Austria, City tour including Belvedere Palace
  • Bratislava, Slovakia, City tour including Primate Palace
  • Budapest, Hungary, City tour including Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Pesc, Hungary City tour with organ concert
  • Vukovar, Croatia, Walking tour
  • Novi Sad, Serbia, Walking tour
  • Belgrade, Serbia, City by bus & walking tour
  • Vidin , Bulgaria, City Tour including Baba Vida’s Fortress
  • Bucharest, Romania, City tour including Parliament House (outside)

Short Description

Be sure not to miss out on our fabulous Danube 7 Country Cruise! Its superb itinerary allows you to sample 7 countries and 5 capitals, all in a leisurely 10 night sailing! All your meals, basic sightseeing tours, lectures, and nightly entertainment from our superb on board gypsy group are included in your price—–which is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars less than our competitors! So if you would like an in-depth cultural and entertaining experience, welcome aboard! But be sure to book early since demand is high!

Here you can find the itinerary, highlights, pricing, and even book from our online booking agent for the Danube 7 Country River Cruise.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Vienna
End City Bucharest

Trip Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers* (if airfare purchased through us)
  • 1 night first class hotel with buffet breakfast in Bucharest. (Novotel or similar)
  • Accommodations for 10 nights/11 days in all outside cabins in category of your choice
  • Total of 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Glass of wine, beer or soft drink each evening for dinner
  • Daily bottle of water, afternoon tea, late night snacks and early morning coffee free of charge
  • Shore excursions, daily sightseeing programs, onboard lectures and folklore performances/music concerts as well as wine tasting and other surprises as outlined in the itinerary (excludes optionals)
  • Live musicians entertaining you each evening

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart The Usa To Europe

Day 2 – Vienna, AUSTRIA            

Meals: Dinner

Embarkation after 2 pm

Welcome to Austria! Upon arrival to Vienna airport meet our guides outside of the customs area. Board your buses for a short spin through the city (money exchange etc) before arriving to the ship for check-in. Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, crew introduction followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner on board, followed by a well deserved rest.

Day 3: Vienna, Austria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your morning city sightseeing tour will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this “Imperial” capital. Starting with Hundertwasserhaus, you will continue to Belvedere Palace for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Then it’s on to the city center via the Vienna Ringstrasse to view famous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheatre, the Votiv-Church and others.The next stop will be in the old center of Vienna to view St. Stephan’s Cathedral and take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace). From this point, continue past the Spanish Riding School to Albertina Square, where you will see the State Opera and the famous Hotel Sacher. Then it’s back on board the bus for a drive past the famous “Prater” with its Giant Ferry Wheel. Return to the ship in time for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure.

You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase an optional tour such as a visit to the Schönbrunn Castle (afternoon): the home of Maria Theresa.The optional tour includes a stroll in the gardens and a visit to the imperial rooms of the former summer residence of the Habsburg Royal Family.

Optional Classical Vienna Concert (evening): A unique opportunity to see the exquisite rooms of the Imperil Hofburg Palace AND attend a magnificent concert featuring compositions of Johann Strauss as well as arias from selected Mozart operas. Set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia before midnight.

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy a morning panoramic city sightseeing tour by bus, including St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace. The sightseeing will end with a walk through the Old Town – Michael’s Gate, Michael’s Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and Slovak National Theatre. Enjoy some free time for shopping and strolling and return to the ship for lunch. Set sail.

In the afternoon enjoy a wine tasting party featuring a selection of high quality but lesser known wines from Hungary, Serbia and Romania, accompanied with live music from our on board live band! Dinner on board and an evening free to waltz the night away!

Day 5: Budapest, Hungary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover Hungary! After breakfast, your morning motor coach tour of this lovely city will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the Opera, the Square of Heroes, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. There will be stops at the Square of Heroes, the Fishermen’s Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the afternoon is free to explore on your own or participate in one of our optional excursions such as the walking tour of Downtown Pest which will be offered. During the walk, you first visit the largest open air market in Budapest where you can purchase anything from superb Hungarian salami to a nightgown! Then you will proceed down Vaci Utca, the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops, cafes and beautiful people! Your tour will end at the historic 140 year old Gerreboud Coffee House where you can enjoy a delicious cup of brew or home made ice cream.

In the evening, an optional performance of the Hungarian national Folklore Ensemble will be offered. After the performance, a short bus tour will take you across the Chain Bridge and up to Fishermen’s Bastion where you will be able to see the gorgeously illuminated bridges!

Day 6: Budapest, Hungary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full free day to explore and enjoy pedestrian friendly Budapest on your own, or partake in one of our optional excursions. OPTIONAL # 1: Excursion to St. Andrej: After breakfast depart on your excursion to St. Andrej (Szentendre) a small picturesque village (17th century), 25 km away from Budapest. Renowned as a sanctuary for artists, painters and hand crafted arts, the tour will include the Main Square with the memorial cross, the first teaching school in Hungary, Preobrazenska Church, and the Church of the Hill, etc. Return to the ship in time for lunch.

OPTIONAL # 2: Puszta Horse Farm and Equestrian Show: In the afternoon, depart for the renowned Lazar Lovas Puszta, one of the largest horse breeding farms in Hungary! After an unforgettable performance of the Czikos (Hungarian Cowboys) you will have the opportunity to tour the stables, home to more than 100 horses. Then you will enjoy an authentic “ride to the Puszta” in several teamed oxen carts to a nearby outpost where you will have a chance to taste local “palinka” and wine along with typical Hungarian snacks.

Day 7: Pecs (Mohac), Hungary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From the port of Mohac, a 45 minute bus ride will take you to visit the town of Pecs, a gem of old world architecture, often referred to as the “city for art lovers”. Here you will tour Szecheni Square, Kaptalan Street and the Palace of Lorant including a visit to the catacombs. You will also visit a local wine cellar and enjoy some wine tasting. Lunch is back on board as you set sail for Vukovar, Croatia. In the afternoon enjoy lectures on the Balkans held by our Cruise Managers and end the day with a delightful concert of Gypsy music performed by our on board band!

Day 8: Vukovar, Croatia And Novi Sad, Serbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Vukovar, Croatia’s largest river port is a delightful riverside town with a lively pedestrian zone full of open air cafes, museums and shops. Your morning walking tour will include a visit to the Franciscan Monastery that is the center piece of the village. Then enjoy lunch back on board as you continue sailing on to Serbia.

In the afternoon, arrive in Serbia! Your first stop in this “newly” minted Balkan country will be in Novi Sad, Serbia’s third largest city after Belgrade and Nis. You will be delighted with this pedestrian friendly town as you join your local guide for a walking tour through the town center. After the tour you will have free time to explore the many nooks and crannies of the town or enjoy a cappuccino and some people watching from the terrace of one of the many open air cafés.

Or take the optional tour which will lead you to the Serbian Countryside for a visit to Krushedol Monastery, located on the nearby mountain of Fruska Gora. Renowned for its fresco paintings dating from the 15th century, the monastery is also a burial place for legendary personalities from Serbian history. After the monastery visit you will continue on to the small town of Sremski Karlovci, the center of wine production of the region. Here you will visit the Zivanovic family, whose members have been producing their private label “Bermet” wine for over a century and whose products have been enjoyed by members of the Hapsburg Monarchy as well as the Russian Tsars! Your hosts will welcome you to their home, where you will tour their wine cellars and “Museum of Honey” which they also produce. In the lovely ambiance of their large garden, they will serve you several varieties of “Bermet” accompanied by honey and snacks. On the way back you will stop to tour Petrovaradin Fortress, referred to as the “Gibraltar on the Danube”. Built in the 18th century over 116 hectares, the fortress has 4 levels, more than 16 km of underground tunnels, 12,000 loopholes and 13 gates. Dinner is on board as you set sail for “White City” – Serbia’s capital of Belgrade!

Day 9: Belgrade, Serbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A big day is ahead as your morning motor coach tour of this lively and vibrant city will include all of the major attractions: Kalemegdan Fortress, looming over the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers; St. Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral, perched on a hill which can be seen from every part of the city; the Parliament Building; Princess Ljubica’s Manor; Mark’s Church; and others. The tour will end with a stroll through Knez Mihajlova Street, the main pedestrian zone full of boutiques, open air cafés and galleries. The afternoon is free to explore Belgrade on your own or partake in the highly recommended optional tour to the village of Jarak where you will meet an authentic Serbian multi-generation family and enjoy a wonderful taste of Serbian home made food, live music and hospitality! Still, the day is not over yet! After dinner, you will enjoy a private folklore show performed by members of Belgrade’s renown “Talia” ensemble. In between the dances, a special fashion show will introduce you to the wonderful hand made sweaters of “Sirogojno” – made with special wool and local motifs. These sweaters are sold in some of the most fashionable boutiques worldwide for hundreds of dollars as each one is an individual work of art. If you live in cold climates, one of these sweaters would be a wonderful gift for a family member – or yourself! Early morning the next day – set sail for Romania & Bulgaria.

Day 10: At Sail & Passage Through “The Iron Gate” Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning hours, enjoy the passing vista’s as well as talks on Balkan History presented by your Cruise Director.

After lunch you will delight in viewing a great natural attraction, as the ship passes through the highest gorge on the Danube, aptly named the “The Iron Gates”. Over 100 km long, this canyon, was a gigantic obstacle to navigation because of its pointed rocks, cliffs, and changing water levels, surrounded with very wild, yet attractive nature. This danger was finally overcome in 1972, with the building of the “Djerdap” Hydroelectric and Navigation System, the largest of its kind in Europe. The Romanian and Yugoslav builders carried out this gigantic construction project by building a huge concrete dam which raised the level of the water from 30 to 80 meters. On both sides of the dam, two locks and two hydroelectric stations were built which today produce an average annual output of 10 billion kWh and enable safe passage for passenger and cargo ships all the way to the Black Sea. Then its time to prepare for our festive Captain’s Gala dinner with wine and entertainment!

Day 11: Vidin, Bulgaria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Bulgaria! After breakfast, embark on a walking tour of this delightful Bulgarian river port highlighted by a visit to the 13th century fortress named “Baba Vida” (“Grandma Vida”) the best preserved medieval fortress in the country. Then enjoy some free time for strolling and shopping or purchase one of our optional tours before returning to the ship for lunch and continued sailing.

Optional tour: Excursion to Belogradchik (3.5 hrs) The most famous natural phenomena in the Belogradchik and its region are the Belogradchik Rocks. This rocky fairy-tale is spread from west to the east, from Mount Vedernik to Belotintsi village. The region is 30km long and 3 km wide. The most attracted rocks are around the town and looks like and named as The Madonna, the Monks, the Rider, the Dervish, the Bear, Adam and Eve, the Castle, the Little Shepherd, the Mushrooms, the Lion and many others. On the territory to Belgradchik complex is situated Belogradchik fortress, one of the most significant historical monuments in Bulgaria. After visiting of Belogradchik rocks and ruins of fortress with photo stop, guests will have opportunity to buy souvenirs in local shops located close to the main entrance.

Tonight, after dinner, our live Band will hold a final farewell concert for you as you dance the night away!

Day 12: Giurgiu/Magurele – Bucharest, Romania

Meals: Breakfast

Disembarkation

As all good things must come to an end – so does your wonderful cruise adventure! Disembark after breakfast, and depending on water levels, transfer from either Giurgiu or Turnu Magurele to the “Paris of the East” – Bucharest, Romania’s lovely capital! Upon reaching the city, a panorama tour will highlight the major attractions including; Revolution Square, Arch de Triumph, the National Theatre, the Romanian Athenaeum and others. Stop for photographs at President Ceausescu’s humongous “People’s House” (today’s Parliament) the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Then it’s on to your first class hotel, where after check-in you will have free time to explore this lovely city at your leisure and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants on your own. (NOTE: If taking the optional Dracula Extension you will enjoy your last night in Bucharest AFTER returning from Brasov).

Day 13: Bucharest, Romania – Fly Home

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a final breakfast before transferring to the airport for flights home.

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Ship Name

MS Der Kleine Prinz Cruise Ship

Ship Description

Our fabulous “Little Prince” is one of the best first class vessels around! Featuring cabins and public areas that are up to 40% larger than those of any other comparable vessel, the “Little Prince” offers 45 all outside facing cabins that are 16 sq m in size (172 sq feet!) with picture windows that open, full size twin beds, private bathrooms with showers, hair dryers, flat screen TVs and telephones! The public areas consist of an elegant restaurant that seats 100, a spacious Panorama lounge and bar with big picture windows, a reception area, small gift display, and a full sized, wheel chair accessible elevator from the Main to the Upper deck! A wonderful crew of 22 plus our Cruise Managers and live band complement the ship’s excellent hardware, making this a superb choice for exploring the fascinating “old world” regions of the Southern Danube! Non-smoking except outside decks. Wi-Fi available in public areas.

Deck & Cabin Plans

All Deck & Cabin Plans

Optional Activities

Extension to Dracula Castle

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Trip ID#:

dancouval

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport and visa fees

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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