Danube Delta Odyssey 2021 Saga River Cruise

Discover the scenery and cities that adorn the Danube... Board Amadeus Royal to discover the many highlights of the Danube, including the stunning scenery, including that of the Iron Gate gorge, while you’ll also have time to explore some fascinating ports of call and can look forward to included guided tours in Budapest, Bucharest and Vienna.

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Danube Delta

Itinerary

Fly to Hungary's capital and embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board. You remain moored here overnight.

This morning, join an included tour of the Hungarian capital, a cosmopolitan, culture-rich centre of two halves. Buda is the older part, with cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative centre with impressive 19th-century public buildings set on wide avenues. Your tour reveals the highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. Alternatively set off on an optional culinary-themed walking tour. Set sail this afternoon and cruise through the night.

Enjoy the afternoon in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with this stretch of the Danube acting as a natural border. Beside Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin Fortress, with a 16-kilometre network of underground passages and the officers' residences and government buildings beneath. Perhaps pay a visit to the City Museum within the fortress walls. Or you could join an optional walking tour of the old town centre with its fine 18th and 19th-century architecture. Set sail again late this afternoon.

Sail through a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube – the world-famous Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia. Set in the Djerdap National Park, it’s the largest and longest in Europe, and the Iron Gates is the narrowest and deepest part. Head out on deck and check out how the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations.

Arrive in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest port, this morning. Explore independently or perhaps take an optional guided walk through the city that’s sometimes referred to as 'Little Vienna', thanks to the imposing 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. Set sail again this afternoon.

Today enjoy cruising through the beautiful Danube Delta. You may like to join an optional trip aboard a smaller boat which can reach parts of the Delta habitat that larger vessels can’t, to fully appreciate the wilderness and bird life of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sail on this afternoon and overnight.

Pause briefly in Chiciu to join an included full-day tour of Romania’s lively capital, Bucharest. In the 1900s it was known as Little Paris, a reference to the elegance of the city and the social whirl enjoyed within it. That stopped however while Romania was under communist rule from 1948 until 1989. You’ll view some of the communist architecture such as the enormous Palace of the Parliament, commissioned in 1984 by party leader Ceausescu, as well as elegant buildings from the pre-communist period. Cotroceni Palace, built for the Royal Family, is now residence for the President of Romania, while historic Cretulescu Palace was also a private dwelling, but now is an administrative centre. Lunch is included during your tour. Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu and remain moored until later tonight.

Enjoy a day at leisure on board ship.

Return through the dramatic Iron Gate gorge and arrive in the pretty town of Donji Milanovac, on the banks of the Danube in the midst of the Djerdap National Park, the largest, and possibly most beautiful, of Serbia's five national parks. The region has a rich history, and this afternoon, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site. Although discovered in 1940, it was 1965 before excavation work began on this Stone Age settlement, revealing a series of villages and rock carvings dating back to 6400 BC and the earliest examples of ‘monumental’ sculptures. Cruise overnight towards Belgrade.

Arrive in Serbia's capital, one of the oldest European cities, this morning for a full-day stay. You can explore its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress, the cathedral and St Sava Temple, all set on the waterfront, independently. Or you may like to join an optional tour which will reveal the highlights of this city at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers which features buildings from many different eras and cultures. This afternoon an optional excursion visits the Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial. Cruise overnight towards Vukovar.

This afternoon discover Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, and consequently a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Perhaps join an optional excursion to compare the surviving belle époque architecture with shell-scarred buildings that have been preserved in memory of those killed and injured. Late this afternoon, set sail again and cruise towards Mohács.

Explore Mohács, an important port of call for Danube traffic for many centuries, although it was the burgeoning steamboat traffic of the 19th century that led to a dramatic building boom. Close to the town is the site of a battle in 1526, when the Hungarians fought the Ottoman advance but were outnumbered and out-manoeuvred, triggering the start of 150 years of Turkish rule. Mohács is also famous for its folklore traditions and you can see a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys on an optional excursion. Your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin her.

Spend the morning in Esztergom, possibly the most attractive town on the Danube Bend and the original capital of Hungary. You can explore independently to see the vast, domed neo-classical Basilica of Esztergom, the largest in Hungary, built in the early 19th century. An optional excursion visits the artists’ village of Szentendre where you can browse the many galleries and museums before your ship heads off this afternoon towards Bratislava.

This morning you arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava. Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Habsburg architecture, independently or on an optional city tour. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style Cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital. An alternative unique experience visits a brewery. Before dinner set sail again, cruising overnight bound for Melk.

Arrive in Melk this morning where you may like to take an optional excursion to the magnificent Benedictine Melk Abbey. Next, you'll visit the pretty wine village of Weissenkirchen, one of the top nine wine-cultivating towns in the beautiful Wachau Valley. 'White church' takes its name from the huge 14th-century church that dominates the picturesque landscape. Sail overnight towards Vienna.

This morning you can look forward to an included tour in this dynamic city – steeped in imperial and musical history – including a drive around the Ringstrasse, encircling the old city, while an optional culinary walking tour is also available. This afternoon an optional excursion visits grand Schönbrunn Palace. You may wish to spend the final evening of your holiday in style – after dinner on board, you can attend an optional performance of music by Mozart and Strauss in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna.

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
15 May 2021 £3,229
16 August 2021 £3,279

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • Savings of up to £500pp on selected cabin grades and departures
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
  • Return flights or rail from the UK
  • 16 Nights on board Amadeus Royal
  • All meals on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board