TUI Danube Delta Discovery 2022 River Cruise
An amazing 15 day itinerary travelling down the heart of the Danube, stopping at several stunning cities across Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. You can look forward to eye-popping river vistas and cities packed with A-star architecture.
Get started in the capital of Hungary. Budapest is cut in half by the Danube, with hilly Buda to the west and flat-as-a-pancake Pest in the east. You’ve got a full day to explore what each of the city’s two parts have to offer. In Buda, you can get to grips with the area’s imperial history at an 18th-century castle. Pest, meanwhile, is home to the city’s iconic ruin bars – watering holes set up in once-abandoned buildings.
Visit a couple of Hungarian towns today before sailing into Serbia. Kalocsa is affectionately known as the Paprika Capital of the World, thanks to its bumper haul of flavoursome red peppers. Handsome architecture’s a running theme, too.
It’s off to Serbia’s capital today. Belgrade has got two riverbanks to roam along – one belonging to the Danube and the other to the Sava. They’re lined with splavovi – floating restaurants, bars and clubs, each with their own personality. Belgrade’s grand fortress sits near the water, too, and you’ve got all day to traipse its parkland and zoo.
Today’s all about sightseeing from the comfort of the ship as you pass through the Iron Gates into Romania. Tree-clad slopes and rock carvings along the banks give this section of the Danube a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel. Make sure you look out for the Sculpture of Decebalus – a 140-foot carving of an ancient king’s face.
Giurgiu is an underrated city that dishes up a bevy of churches, Belle Epoque villas and romantic parks, centred around sprawling lakes. And you’ve got half of today to tick off its main sights. Like the Palace of Parliament, which spans over three-million square feet. Alternatively, you can opt for an excursion that whisks you to Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, which is around an hour’s drive away.
Tulcea puts you at the western gateway of the Danube Delta, where the river empties into the Black Sea. This place is all about history and comes with a cluster of museums. At the Ethnographic Museum, you can learn about the city’s cultural diversity. And the Danube Delta Eco-Tourism Museum is half museum, half aquarium.
Today, you’ll pull into Romania’s second-biggest port city, Braila, for a look at its 18th-century centre. The settlement itself dates back to the 1300s, but it was massively damaged during Romania’s war with Turkey in 1828. You can learn about this grizzly past at the History Museum. Afterwards, take a look at the Water Castle – the first rotating bar in Romania – before strolling through the surrounding tulip-speckled park.
You’ll head towards the Black Sea today, for a trip to the coastal city of Constanta. This place is drenched in history, which you can see from the port – in the form of the 200-year-old Grand Mosque’s minaret. You can visit the mosque and climb its 141-step-tall tower. The 360-degree views from the top show off Constanta’s church-stocked old quarter and French-Riviera-style waterfront.
Today includes a few hours for you to explore Ruse, Bulgaria’s fifth-largest city. It’s often referred to as the Pearl of the Danube, thanks to its elegant architecture. Snap photos of a mixed bag of classic building styles, from Baroque to Gothic – they come in all shades of the rainbow, from lemon-yellow to ballet-slipper-pink. Later, sail further into Bulgaria.
The unassuming town of Vidin’s tucked into the north-west corner of Bulgaria. It’s a less-trodden location, with its stand-out feature being the Baba Vida Fortress. It’s considered one of the best-preserved in the country, and you’ve got a few hours to check out its moat and defensive towers. In the afternoon, you’ll set sail for the return into Serbia.
Half of today’s dedicated to Donji Milanovac. This pretty Serbian town sits on the banks of Lake Djerdap in the Djerdap National Park. Its biggest tourist attraction is Lepenski Vir, one of the most significant Prehistoric archaeological sites in Europe. You’ve got time to see how humans lived in the area in 20,000 BC before sailing again in the afternoon.
Novi Sad counts picturesque parks and imposing castles in its skill set, and you’ll have all day today to explore. The main part of the city is on the west bank of the Danube, and often gets called the Athens of Serbia for its Greek-like cluster of historic landmarks. Highlight sights include the Neo-Renaissance town hall and cathedral-like Name of Mary Church on the main square.
A full day in Osijek gives you plenty of time to get under the skin of Croatia’s fourth-biggest city. It’s super laidback here, with most of the action in the Baroque-style Ante Starcevic Square, a central plaza that’s shaped like a triangle. You’ll find the city’s tallest landmark here – the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which has beautiful frescoes inside that date back to the 1890s.
You’ll head back to Budapest today, where you’ll have the chance to stop off at any sights you missed at the beginning of your holiday. Don’t forget to explore the Jewish Quarter. It’s home to the second-biggest synagogue in the world, a string of vintage clothing boutiques and loads of colourful street art.Wrap up your Danube cruise with a final day in Budapest. Use your last few hours to buy souvenirs to take home. Locally produced Tokaji wine is grown in Hungarian vineyards. Or there’s palinka, a fruity brandy. Colourful painted eggs are also popular gifts, as is Hungarian porcelain in the form of teeny figurines and decorative plates.
Transfer to the airport and prepare for your flight home.
|27 May 2022||£2,669|
- All Inclusive river cruise
- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 14 nights on board TUI Maya
- Airport transfers - to and from your ship
- Full board plus - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
- Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Barbecues on deck (weather permitting)
- Free WiFi (signal permitting)
- £120pp Experience Credit per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
- The Great Hungarian Plain
- Budapest city tour
- Dinner and dancing in Budapest
- Walking tour of Mohacs
- Belgrade city tour & Folklore show
- Novi Sad & Krusedol Monastery
- Wine & history in and around Novi Sad
- Osijek city tour
- Tastes of Croatia: Osijek old town & Kopacevo