The Splendours of the Danube 2021 Saga River Cruise

You’ll be swept off your feet by the spectacular scenery on this relaxing cruise. Sailing aboard Amadeus Royal – which is chartered exclusively for Saga customers – your Danube journey takes in Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania as it wends its way towards the Black Sea. In addition to the stunning scenery, including that of the Iron Gates gorge and the Danube Delta, you’ll have time to explore some fascinating ports of call. And you can look forward to an include guided tour of Bucharest, where you’ll stay overnight in a hotel.

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Budapest Parliment

Itinerary

Travel to Budapest and embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here this overnight.

Your ship remains moored in Budapest until lunchtime. This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour this morning reveals some of the city's highlights, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank. Alternatively perhaps sign up for one of our range of optional unique experiences. Set sail over lunch and cruise through the remainder of the day and night.

Arrive late morning 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 this evening.

This morning sail through a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube – the world-famous Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia, the largest and longest in Europe, and the Iron Gates is the narrowest and deepest part. No doubt you'll want to head out on deck to admire this particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans. Plus you can follow proceedings as the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations. Continue sailing overnight.

This morning you will arrive in Rousse, the largest port in Bulgaria and often referred to as ‘Little Vienna’. Perhaps discover the city on an optional tour this morning. Resume your cruise at lunchtime and sail through the day and night to Romania.

Enjoy the scenery as you cruise the wildlife-rich Danube Delta. Much of it is a protected reserve, as the meandering river, reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird. This morning you may like to join an optional small boat cruise further into this UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. Set sail at lunchtime and cruise overnight.

Arrive in Chiciu this morning and disembark after breakfast before continuing by coach to Bucharest. Enjoy lunch en route before an included afternoon tour of this lively city reveals some of its highlights, such as the impressive Palace of the Parliament, Cotroceni Palace where the President of Romania resides, and historic Cretulescu Palace. Tonight you’ll stay in the heart of the capital, at a locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest Hotel with dinner included.

Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
15 May 2021 £1,849
16 August 2021 £1,749

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 coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • 7 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
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship