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

 

LINZ  – MELK – VIENNA – BRATISLAVA – BUDAPEST – MOHACS – BEZDAN – NOVI SAD – BELGRADE – DONJI MILANOVA – PASSING THE "IRON GATES – ROUSSE – GIURGIU – OLTENITA – TULCEA – CONSTANTA – (STRASBOURG)

 

 
 

 Taking in 7 countries along the Danube on your 12-day journey from the Blue Danube to 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 -  LIT
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 LINZ (Austria)

Boarding around 4.00 pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner will then be served on board. The ship cruises on overnight to Melk.

   
Day 2 MELK – VIENNA (Austria)
 

Breakfast while cruising. Join the excursion to  the Benedictine Abbey of Melk which is perched up high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest.  Return to the ship at the end of the morning and sail on to Vienna, arriving there late afternoon.. Dinner on board and a free evening or the opportunity to enjoy a Viennese music concert (subject to availability).

   
Day 3

VIENNA (Austria) - BRTATISLAVA (Slovakia)

 

After breakfast, take part in the guided visit  to the Palace of Schoenbrunn with its magnificent park . It used to be the summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family. Lunch on board before sailing on towards Bratislava. Guided tour of the city , dominated to the north by the slopes of the southern tip of the Little Carpathians and bathed by the Danube. The Slovakian capital enjoys a privileged position overlooking the Danube. Its charms come from its old town with its splendid baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Return on board ship for dinner before sailing on to Budapest over night.

   
Day 4

BUDAPEST (Hungary)

 

Breakfast on board before arriving in Budapest around 9.00 am. The morning will be spent on a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city which is cut in two by the Danube.  Buda on one bank with its rolling hills and valleys, and Pest , on the other, with its flatter landscape that offers a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube. Both have been awarded world heritage status by Unesco.  Return to the ship for dinner then have a free evening or attend a traditional folk evening in Budapest. The ship cruises on over night. 

   
Day 5 BUDAPEST (Hungary) MOHACS (Hungary) - BEDZAN
 

Morning spent cruising, breakfast and lunch on board .before arriving in Mohacs (and the customs post) around 1.00 pm.  Join the coach excursion to Pecs. This town, which is the regional centre of southern Hungary is also the birthplace of the famous painter Victor Vasarely. Discover its main square, cathedral and roman remains.

This 2 century year old town, set at the foot of the Mecsek hills, whose climate and atmosphere are typically Mediterranean, has been a bishopric since 1009. Return to the ship before sailing on to Bezdan on the Serbian border and cruise on to Novi Sad. Dinner on board  and an entertaining evening. The ship cruises on overnight.  

   
Day 6 NOVI SAD (Serbia) - BELGRADE

We reach Novi Sad around 7.00 am. Breakfast on board before enjoying a free morning, or, leave on the excursion  to the  city and catch a glimpse of  Petrovaradin fortress. Novi Sad, set in the southern part of the Great Plain, in the region of Baga, is the capital of the Vojvodine, formerly known as "the Athens of Serbia", due to its cultural splendour during the Turkish occupation. Return to the ship for lunch before sailing on to Belgrade. Afternoon spent cruising, before arriving in the Serbian capital in the evening. Dinner on board followed by entertainment.

   
Day 7 BELGRADE – DONJI MILANOVAC
 

Breakfast on board and morning spent on a guided tour of Belgrade. In Serbian language, Beograd means "white castle" or "white city". Belgrade lies at the confluence of the Save and the Danube, near the Morava corridor which links the lower regions of the Danube to the Aegean sea. It combines a fortress perched on a promontory, a busy town and a port. Belgrade is a airy modern city of which the Terazije and Republike squares form the lively centre. Do not miss the historic "Montmartre" quarter! Return on board late morning and enjoy lunch before spending the afternoon sailing on to reach Donji Milanovac around 9.00 pm. Overnight stop. 

   
Day 8

DONJI MILANOVA (Serbia) 

 

Through the Iron gates (Bulgaria). Early morning start and breakfast while cruising. The entire day will be spent sailing on the Danube before crossing the custom's post and into Bulgaria.  On through the Iron Gates, formed by the gorges on the Danube between the Little Carpathians and the Balkans, a truly amazing stretch of the river. The most striking section of the gorge was named "the boilers" by sailors owing to the fact the water of the Danube is so tightly squeezed between the steep walls of the mountains that it literally seems to bubble! A clearer landmark on the Serbian bank of the river is without doubt the "Tabula Traina", a huge marble plaque which reminds all those who pass by of the Roman road that once linked Rome and the Province of Dacia. Past this point, we are in the very heart of the "little boilers" as the passage narrows then suddenly opens out giving the impression of being in a mountain lake. This marks the point where the Mrcacona flows into the Danube. An elegant viaduct spans the river mouth high above and if you look carefully, you will see the portrait of Decebal carved out of the rock. Dinner on board followed by a gala evening.  

   
Day 9

ROUSSE (Bulgaria) 

 

We reach Rousse, one of the great Bulgarian ports, around 9.00 am. The town is a perfect blend of Bulgarian and Romanian culture. With its wide avenues, large squares and majestic buildings which bear witness to the Bulgarian Renaissance.  Enjoy some free time or leave on a sightseeing tour of the town. Return to the ship for lunch Early afternoon,  join the excursion to the Rousenki-Lom valley, near the village of Ivanovo, to admire the churches and monastery chapels which were all dug out of the rock by the first hermits to settle in the area in the 12th century. The wall paintings which date back to the 14th century bear witness to the exceptional artistic talent of the Tarnova school of painting. Return to the boat late afternoon for dinner followed by a folk evening. Overnight stop. 

   
Day 10

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

 

Early morning start and breakfast while cruising to reach Giurgiu. from where an excursion is organised to Bucharest. Enjoy a guided tour of the Romanian capital starting with a local breakfast. This cultural and economic hub of national importance was founded 500 years ago. In the 30's, Bucharest was named "Little Paris" due to its long boulevards lined with trees. There is even an 'Arc de Triomphe' on the stunning Kisseleff. Bucharest offers a striking combination of architectural styles, between Curtea Veche, the ruins of the 15th century palace built by Vlad, who founded the city, orthodox churches, Empire style manor houses, Stalin inspired architecture from the Communist period and the Parliament, a huge building with six thousand rooms. Return to the ship around 5.00pm in Oltenita before sailing on. Dinner dance on board.  

   
Day 11 TULCEA (Romania) 
 

Breakfast while cruising before reaching Tulcea, which lies at the entrance to the Danube delta, an important nature reserve which was awarded world biosphere status by Unesco. Cruise along passing traditional fisherman's cottages on thee arteries of the delta, whose animal population and tropical vegetation is the most northerly of its kind in Europe. Return to the ship late afternoon in Tulcea. Dinner on board followed by a folk evening. Overnight stop. 

   
Day 12 TULCEA (Romania) – CONSTANTA (Romania) - STRASBOURG 
 

Breakfast on board before disembarking around 9.00 am and being taken by coach to Constanta to fly back to Strasbourg  Lunch on board before landing in Strasbourg/Entzheim during the afternoon. Transfer to the river basin. (supplement exists for flight to Strasbourg - not included in cruise cost). End of our services. 

   
 

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.

   
INCLUSIONS:





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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