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Travel through seven countries, from Germany to the Black Sea, soaking up the breathtaking scenery of Eastern Europe as you go. Discover grand Vienna and beautiful Budapest, sail through the stunning Wachau Valley and experience the magical Danube Delta.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • Return ferry crossing

  • 1 overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Maxx Hotel by Steigenberger in Bad Honnef  (3-course set menu)

  • 14 nights full board cruising

  • 4-course evening meal followed by tea and coffee

  • 3-course lunch (buffet or table service depending on days itinerary)

  • Full hot and cold breakfast

  • Welcome drinks reception on arrival

  • Musical entertainment each night aboard the cruise

  • Vienna city tour

  • Belgrade City Tour

  • Bucharest City Tour

  • Novi Sad Guided Tour

  • Pecs City Tour

  • Budapest City tour

  • Bratislava walking tour & Chocolate experience

  • Entry to Melk Abbey

  • 1 overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Maxx Hotel by Steigenberger in Bad Honnef  (3-course set menu)

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We start early today to with a home pick up to cross the channel and make our way to our overnight hotel in Germany.

Day 2

Passau - Vienna
We continue by coach to Lower Bavaria in Germany and board our ship in Passau, known as 'the three rivers city' due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Check into your cabins and relax as we set sail through the beautiful Wachau valley towards Vienna.

Day 3

Vienna - Kalocsa
We arrive in Vienna around lunchtime, where there will be the opportunity to join our optional Vienna city tour. Our guided tour takes in the many highlights of Austria’s beautiful capital, including an abundance of grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments. Later this evening, we set sail for the charming town of Kalocsa in Hungary.

Day 4

Kalocsa - Belgrade
We arrive in Kalocsa in the early afternoon where you will have free time to explore. Set on the bank of the Danube, Kalocsa is one of Hungary’s oldest towns and dates back to the early 11th century. As the town evolved it became known for paprika production and intricate handcrafted embroidery. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard before sailing to Mohacs and then onward to Belgrade.

Day 5

Belgrade - Iron Gate
We arrive in the Serbian capital of Belgrade around lunchtime. The city of Belgrade lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. There is plenty of time to see the highlights of this fascinating city on our optional tour, which is a great way to see the main sights; including the huge Belgrade Fortress and St Sava Church, one of the biggest churches in the world. We enjoy dinner onboard this evening and sail overnight towards the Iron Gate.

Day 6

Iron Gate
Enjoy a full day cruising through the breathtaking scenery of Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate, which is the largest river gorge in Europe and carves a channel through the Carpathian mountains. The views are spectacular, with the Derdap national park on the southern side of the Danube in Serbia and the Portile de Fier Nature Park on the northern side in Romania. It’s a fantastic day to spend relaxing on the sun deck.

Day 7

Ruse - Tulcea
This morning we arrive in Ruse, which is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria, where there’s some free time to explore. Ruse is one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities full of belle époque architecture, leafy squares, an abundance of museums plus its ruined Roman fortress, standing guard high over the Danube. Lunch is served on board the ship before we set sail towards the Romanian city of Tulcea.

Day 8

Tulcea - Braila - Oltenita
We arrive into Tulcea this morning where we will visit the Danube Delta on our included excursion. At lunch time we are transferred by coach to join a boat trip, where we will cruise along the River Danube as it makes its final journey to the Black Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of 2,200 square miles of rivers, marshes and lakes, is the second largest delta in Europe and is full of fascinating wildlife. Lunch is served onboard so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We rejoin our cruise in Braila, one of the largest Romanian ports on the Danube, and set sail for Oltenita.

Day 9

We arrive into the picturesque city of Oltenita this morning. Here you can join our optional excursion which takes you to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where there’s plenty of time to explore the wide tree-lined boulevards and admire the many landmarks including Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world. We rejoin our cruise in Giurgiu and set sail for the Iron Gate.

Day 10

Iron Gate
Today we have a full day cruising back through the magnificent Iron Gate. Relax onboard and watch the scenery drift by as we head towards Belgrade.

Day 11

We arrive back into Belgrade at around lunchtime and from here you can take advantage of our optional tour of Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia. Take in the city highlights, including one of the city’s most recognised landmarks, the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from the bank of the Danube. You’ll also discover the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard before sailing onto Mohacs in Hungary.

Day 12

Mohacs -Pecs - Budapest
This afternoon, there’s the opportunity to join our optional city tour of Pécs, which is one of the most interesting cities in Hungary. Lying equidistant from the Danube to the east and the Dráva to the south on a plain sheltered from the northern winds by the hills, Pécs has a microclimate that lengthens the summer and is ideal for fruit production. It has an illustrious past and a number of excellent museums, monuments and a handful of universities. Enjoy a relaxed evening onboard as we cruise to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Day 13

Budapest - Bratislava
This morning we arrive in Budapest, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll have the chance to join our optional city tour taking in all the fantastic highlights the city has to offer. Explore traditional Buda or cross the river where you’ll discover the more cosmopolitan Pest. See the fairytale towers of Fishermans Bastion before having some free time to explore the rest of this amazing city. This evening, we set sail towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Day 14

Bratislava - Melk
We arrive into Bratislava in the afternoon where you can join our optional excursion taking in this historic capital city, which is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ which is a sweet white chocolate with poppy seed filling, before enjoying a relaxing dinner onboard our ship. This evening we continue cruising along the Danube towards Melk.

Day 15

Melk - Passau
We arrive in the Austrian town of Melk this morning, which is filled with quaint cobbled streets and striking buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria - the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion this morning. Relax and enjoy your last night on board the ship this evening, as we cruise back towards Passau

Day 16

After a truly memorable cruise we bid farewell to our captain and crew and travel by coach our overnight hotel.

Day 17

We cross the channel and journey home.

Other Information

4* MS Arena

This 4-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise: comfort, style and unfaltering attention to detail. Climb aboard and feel right at home from the minute you set sail on the stylish and spacious MS Arena. Let the captain and crew take care of your every need while you prioritise relaxing and unwinding in comfort as you glide along the river.

Take advantage of the wellness and fitness centre, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the lounge or soak up the ambience and spectacular sights from the comfort of the elevated sun deck. Wherever you choose to spend your time on board, you’ll be in great hands.

Each cabin on board the MS Arena features panoramic windows allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own room. The spacious cabins also feature twin or hotel-style double beds, en suite bathrooms and plenty of storage space; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise.

• Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Panorama lounge with bar • Library • Wellness centre • Fitness centre • Shop • Sundeck • Wi-Fi (chargeable) • Air-conditioning • TV • Telephone • Hairdryer • Safe • Panoramic windows and French balcony in cabin • Superior cabins have excellent river views and hotel-style beds •

Cabin Descriptions

Main Deck - Standard cabins are on the lower deck with floor to ceiling windows with a French balcony, en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.

Main Deck - Superior cabins are on the lower deck with floor to ceiling windows and a French balcony, with an excellent view of the river, comfortable hotel-style beds, an en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.

Upper Deck - Superior cabins are the highest standard on the upper deck with floor to ceiling windows with a French balcony, comfortable hotel-style beds, an en-suite shower and toilet, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. You can also open the doors and feel the gentle breeze as you sail through the waters.

MS Arena Onboard Facilities

  • Reception

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Panorama Lounge with bar

  • Library

  • Shop

  • Sundeck

  • Lift

  • Wi-Fi (costs apply, payable on-board)

  • Musical entertainment each night

Home Pick-ups