Eastern European Danube Discovery Fred Olsen River Cruise

Spanning four fascinating countries, this astonishing ‘Danube Discovery’ heads through the iconic Iron Gates gorges all the way into the most remote stretches of the river. The itinerary concludes with the opportunities to see where the river finally meets the Black Sea, and then uncover the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve aboard a small boat. Captivating Eastern European cities line the way, including Budapest, Belgrade, and Bucharest (on a tour).

Belgrade

Itinerary

Fly from the UK to Budapest. Your transfer will take you to the port where will you embark Brabant in the afternoon.

Your exploration starts in UNESCO-listed Budapest. Be sure to pay a visit to the Buda Castle complex, uncover the historic Millennium Underground Railway, and take a trip along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the oldest of twelve bridges, is a joy to behold too, while throughout the city there are many fine cafés and restaurants – not to forget the iconic thermal healing baths – to indulge in.

From Kalocsa you can head on a journey to learn about the history of paprika, and how it became the ‘red gold’ of the region. Alternatively, admire Hungarian horses and traditional costumes during a horse show within the Puszta Plains.

During a day in Belgrade, historic monuments and museums exhibit Serbia’s fascinating history. Don’t miss Knez Mihailova Boulevard, which leads on to the Kalemegdan Fortress. Here, beautiful natural views can be savoured.

A momentous experience follows as Brabant cruises through the Iron Gates gorges. Flanked by National Parks, the river narrows to just 150m wide at the Great Kazan Gorge, where you’ll encounter the Rock Sculpture of Decebalus.

The river will then bring you to remote Vidin, where the Baba Vida Fortress – one of the best preserved in the country – is a must-see.

Ruse is often referred to as ‘Little Vienna’ because of its extravagant architecture and elegant squares. The Monument of Liberty is the symbol of the city, though several museums make for worthwhile stops, as does the Danube Bridge. Meanwhile the nearby Rusenski Lom Nature Park features stunning rock monasteries and caves.

Tours to Bucharest are available, or you can stay on board and experience an absorbing sailing through the floodplains, forests and islands of the Lower Danube. Make sure you’re out on deck the following morning to see the point where the Danube – which flows through 10 countries – finally completes its journey to the Black Sea.

The picturesque village of St Gheorghe presents the opportunity to take a rewarding small boat trip through the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. This blissfully remote area is a haven for wildlife and time spent here is a great way to round off your holiday.

After breakfast on board, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
03 May 2019 £2,699
29 August 2019 £2,299
16 October 2019 £1,899

What's Included

  • Return flights & non UK transfers
  • Comfortable en suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
  • Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
  • Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
  • Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
  • All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)