Days 1 & 2  - Bucharest
Day 3 - Danube Delta
Day 4 - Bucharest
Day 5 - Veliko Tarnovo
Day 6 - Ruse
Day 7 - Iron Gate
Day 8 - Belgrade/Novi Sad
Day 9 - Osijek
Day 10 - Return Flight

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Secret Danube

Discover the lesser-known Danube beyond Budapest sailing from the Black Sea revealing the dramatic riverscapes that connect the countries and capitals once behind the ‘iron curtain’

Second only to the Volga as Europe’s longest river, the Danube flows from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Whilst the ‘Blue Danube’ from Germany to Budapest is well known, further East is relatively undiscovered with fewer ships and lesser-known but equally rewarding sites. This great river inextricably links the heritage of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman (which once reached to Budapest) empires and a wide variety of nations, cultures and languages are revealed. This voyage is an excellent way to observe and understand their progress since the end of the ‘Cold War’ – changing from restrictive regimes to the countries of ‘New Europe’.

The Danube Delta at the Black Sea is a wetlands preserve and UNESCO World Heritage site with channels widening into tree-fringed lakes, reed islands, marshes and forests.

Bucharest, the Romanian capital, was known as ‘Little Paris’ and Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, as the ‘White Castle’. The Iron Gates gorge divides the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Sail into Budapest, the Hungarian capital and perhaps the most dramatic city on the Danube.

Key Features

UNESCO: Danube Delta
Drinks on Cruise Vessel
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Bucharest. Transfer to 4-star Mercure City Center for an overnight stay. (D)

Day 2 Morning visit to Mogoşoaia Palace, built by Constantin Brâncoveanu in Romanian Renaissance style. Afternoon walking tour in Bucharest. Drive to Oltenita for embarkation. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Sail towards Tulcea. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Afternoon visit to the Danube Delta by boat. Discover the flora and fauna of this biosphere, one of 300 international biosphere reserves designated by UNESCO. Cruise past the Romanian countryside. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 4 From Oltenita drive to Bucharest for a guided tour of the Romanian capital. Discover the mixture of architectural styles, wide boulevards and palaces. Join the vessel at Ruse, one of the biggest ports in Bulgaria. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit the medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo with its fortress of the Tsarevets Kings. Continue to the village of Arbanassi to visit the Church of Nativity and the house of the Konstantzaliev family, built in the 17th century. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning tour of Ruse, founded by the Romans under the orders of Emperor Augustus. Afternoon and night spent sailing passing through two countries. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Day spent sailing through Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. In the afternoon, cruise through the famous Iron Gates, called ’The Cauldrons’ by ancient sailors, since the water, held tightly between two steep cliffs, seemed to be boiling. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Morning tour devoted to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Cruise towards Novi Sad. Afternoon tour of Novi Sad, capital of the autonomous region of Vojvodina, including the Orthodox Monastery at Krusedol. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Arrive in Osijek, the cultural centre of Slavonia, for a morning tour. Cruise past Mohacs, continue towards Budapest. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Transfer to Budapest airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 

British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 27 £2695
Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 28 February 2023, deduct £65 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £745

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £185
Upper Deck £215

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £275

Extension Options

Extension - Budapest
Eurostars Danube Hotel
2 nights £205
Single supplement £145

Extra nights – Bucharest
Mercure City Center
(per night) £50
Single supplement £45

Independent Arrival

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 1-night hotel, 8-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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