The Iron Gates to Vienna 2021 Saga River Cruise

Behold the beauty of the lower Danube. Cruise the Danube from the Iron Gates, through the Wachau Valley and around the Danube Bend to Vienna. Admire spectacular scenery and visit a plethora of glorious riverside capitals en route, including Belgrade and Bratislava.

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Iron Gates

Itinerary

Travel to Romania’s capital Bucharest and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest Hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast and dinner tonight included.

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, transfer to Giurgiu where you will embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board as you set sail.

Set sail in the early hours. Enjoy a day at leisure on board, enjoying the ship's facilities as you sail towards Serbia, following the natural border between Romania and Bulgaria.

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. Head out on deck this morning and check out how the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power station. After lunch 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, 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 perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial this afternoon while another excursion this evening joins the Belgrade Folklore Group for an evening of traditional Serbian entertainment. Depart late tonight and cruise overnight towards Croatia.

Arrive in Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, during breakfast. Vukovar was a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Unscathed belle époque architecture can be compared with shell-scarred buildings preserved in memoriam, during your visit here. Set sail later this afternoon.

Early this morning arrive in Mohács, an important port of call for Danube traffic for many centuries. You can disembark to spend the morning and afternoon on an optional excursion into the Hungarian plains where you can enjoy seeing a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys on an optional full day excursion. Your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin her and setting sail again this evening and cruising overnight.

Arrive before breakfast and this morning you can explore independently at leisure or perhaps join an optional tour to discover the town’s highlights and the artistic community of Szentendre. Sail on over lunch and cruise through the remainder of the day and overnight.

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 morning 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. This afternoon another optional excursion uncovers traditional Majolica pottery and Slovakian wine practices while another unique experience visits a brewery. Before dinner set sail again, cruising overnight bound for Melk.

Arrive after breakfast to explore the historic town of Melk, a charming medley of architectural styles from across the centuries. Its jewel is the abbey which sits on a bluff above the town. This masterpiece of baroque architecture, with a lavishly decorated interior contains innumerable artistic treasures and can be visited on an optional tour. At lunchtime you'll cruise along the Danube to pretty Weissenkirchen where the late afternoon and evening are at leisure for you to explore independently. Set sail late tonight and cruise towards the Austrian border.

Before breakfast arrive in 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 return to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
20 May 2021 £2,279
21 August 2021 £2,179

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
  • 10 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