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From the Black Sea to the Blue Danube, through the Iron gates 

STRASBOURG – TULCEA – the Danube Delta – GIURGIU – ROUSSE – passing through the Iron Gate – NOVI SAD or BELGRADE (depending on the date) – BUDAPEST – VIENNA – MELK – LINZ – STRASBOURG

 
  

  

Taking in 7 countries along the Danube on your 12-day journey between the Blue Danube and the Black Sea, this cruise is a striking combination of architectural styles that reflect political periods from medieval to modern, and natural wonderlands that showcase the important role of the Danube in this region.  This cruise offers a chance to visit fascinating Eastern Europe in comfort and style.


Days: 12 Days
Code -  TUL
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 PARIS – STRASBOURG - CONSTANTIA

Supplement exists for flight to Constantia - not included in cruise cost - if required.
On your arrival, transfer to Tulcéa, the largest city at the very gates of the Delta. Tulcéa represents the "main gateway" into the Delta, almost as old as Rome, it is built on 7 hills. Boarding our prestige boat. Welcome cocktail. Presentation of the crew. Dinner and a traditional evening on board. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 2 TULCEA (Romania) – DANUBE DELTA (Romania)
 

Breakfast on board. In the morning, guided tour to the Danube Delta, an immense nature reserve, classed as a world heritage biosphere reserve. A trip along some of the numerous arms of the delta through almost tropical vegetation (the most northerly in Europe) amid particularly varied wildlife. Discovery of the traditional houses of the fishermen who live on the delta. Back to the boat. Lunch and departure of the cruise for Oltenita. We will be sailing through Romania and will pass the towns of Galati, Braila, Harsova, Cernavoda. Dinner on board. Sailing at night.

   
Day 3

OLTENITA (Romania) – GIURGIU (Romania) – ROUSSE (Bulgaria)

 

Breakfast on board during the cruise. Arrival in Oltenita around 10.00 am. Departure for the guided tour to Bucharest. A day devoted to the guided tour of the Romanian capital. The cultural and economic centre of the entire country was founded five hundred years ago. In the 1930s, Bucharest was nicknamed "Little Paris" because of its long boulevards lined with trees. There is even a Triumphal Arch on the impressive Kisseleff Boulevard. You will probably be surprised to discover the mixture of architectural styles in Bucharest. Among others, Curtea Veche, the ruins of the palace from the 15th century, built by Vlad the Impaler, who founded the city, the orthodox churches, the manors in the style of the Second Empire, the clumsy Stalinist architecture of the communist period and the Parliament Building (outside only - entrance fees not included), an enormous construction with six thousand rooms. Lunch in a restaurant in Bucharest. We will rejoin the boat in Giurgiu around 5.00 pm. Departure of the cruise for Rousse, which we will reach in the evening. Rousse is one of the biggest ports in Bulgaria. Back on board, dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 4

ROUSSE (Bulgaria)

 

Breakfast on board. In the morning, guided tour of Rousse. The city is surprising in its multi-ethnic nature. It is a careful mix of the Bulgarian and Romanian cultures. It is impressive because of its broad avenues, its large squares and its wonderful buildings which pay homage to the architecture of the so-called national Renaissance. Back on board at the end of the morning and departure of the cruise. Afternoon's sailing. We will be passing through two countries, Romania on the left bank and Bulgaria on the right bank. Dinner on board, followed by an evening's entertainment. Sailing at night.

   
Day 5

PASSING THROUGH THE FAMOUS IRON GATE

 

Day's sailing on the Danube. We will be sailing through Romania and Bulgaria. In the afternoon, we will pass through the famous Iron Gate, the Danube gorge between the Carpathians and the Balkans, a fantastic place. The most spectacular section of this gorge has been referred to by sailors as "the Cauldron" because the water, caught between two towering walls, seems to boil. A brighter landmark, on the Serbian bank, is the "Tabula Traiana", an immense marble plaque commemorating the "imperial route" which linked Rome with the province of Dacia. We are now in the Little Cauldron. Lunch on board. The rock faces come closer together and then, suddenly, the gorge opens up, giving the impression of a lake surrounded by mountains, at the point where the Mracona valley empties into the Danube. An elegant viaduct towers above the mouth of the river and we can see the "portrait" of Decebal carved into the rock face. Dinner on board and continuation of the cruise to Belgrade.

   
Day 6 BELGRADE (Serbia) – NOVI SAD (Serbia)

Through customs in V. Gradiste. Breakfast on board during the cruise. Arrival in Belgrade around 8.00 am. Morning devoted to the guided tour of the Serb capital. Beograd in Serbian means white castle or white city. At the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, close to the Morava corridor which links the countries on the Danube to the Aegean Sea. The city is the combination of a fortress on a promontory, a city of trade and a port. Back to the boat for lunch. Departure of the cruise for Novi Sad, situated in the southern part of the Great Plain in the region of Baga, which we will reach around 6.00 pm. Optional tour of Novi Sad with a look at Petrovaradin castle. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina. Once christened "the Athens of Serbia" for its cultural influence during the Turkish occupation. Back to the boat for dinner. Departure of the cruise around 8.00 pm.

   
Day 7 BEZDAN – MOHACS – KALOCSA
 

Breakfast during the cruise. Through customs and customs check in Bezdan. We will reach Mohacs around 12.30 pm. Lunch on board. In the afternoon, departure for the optional excursion to the Puszta. During this time, the boat will sail to Kalocsa where we will join it at around 7.00 pm. Continuation of the cruise to Budapest. Dinner followed by the Hungarian Theme evening on board. Sailing at night.

   
 Day 8

BUDAPEST (Hungary)

 

Breakfast during the cruise. Morning devoted to the guided tour of Budapest. Also nicknamed the Pearl of the Danube and capital of Hungary, Budapest is a harmonious and picturesque city spanning the Danube. It is a city with numerous edifices, rich in historic emblems. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon in Budapest. Back on board for dinner and departure of the cruise for Bratislava. Sailing at night

   
 Day 9

BRATISLAVA

 

Morning's sailing. Breakfast and lunch during the cruise. Arrival in Bratislava around 1.00 pm. Guided tour of the city. Dominated to the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, irrigated by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Back on board for the evening, dinner. Departure of the cruise for Vienna.

   
 Day 10

VIENNA (Austria)

 

After breakfast, departure for the guided tour of Schönbrunn Castle and Vienna. This castle, beautifully set off by the perspectives of its park, was the summer residence of the imperial family. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon or free afternoon in Vienna. Back on board for the evening. Dinner on board. Departure during the night, sailing for Melk.

   
 Day 11

MELK (Austria)

 

Breakfast during the cruise. Arrival in Melk around 9.00 am. Guided visit to the Abbey of Melk. Atop a rocky outcrop which overlooks the Danube from a height of more than 50 m, it is the symbol of the most complete expression of Baroque Art in Austria. Must see: the Emperors' gallery, the Marble Hall, the Terrace, the Library with its 80,000 tomes and 2,000 manuscripts and, finally, the abbey church. Back to the boat for lunch. Departure of the cruise around 3.00 pm for Linz. Dinner on board. Evening with entertainment. Sailing at night.

   
 Day 12 LINZ (Austria) - STRASBOURG
 

Breakfast on board arrival in Linz at 8.00 am.  Disembarkation at 9.00 am. Departure by coach for France. You will get the chance to have lunch on the way. Arrival in Strasbourg in the evening (river mooring, rue du Havre). End of our journey.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
NCLUSIONS





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

                       
 
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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