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CRUISE INCLUSIONS & HIGHLIGHTS
Taking a Danube River cruise is one of the best ways to see many beautiful, fascinating and historic sights, many of which are little-known to Western eyes. For years, much of the Danube was hidden behind the Iron Curtain, concealing such beautiful countries as Romania and the Ukraine; with the opening of the former Soviet states, the Danube is once again open to Western visitors. Your Danube cruise will taken you through many historic sites, including four national capitals. Traveling along the Danube, you will feel the heartbeat of each of the countries you visit.
Be sure not to miss out on our fabulous Danube 7 Country Cruise! Its superb itinerary allows you to sample 7 countries and 5 capitals, all in a leisurely 10 night sailing! All your meals, basic sightseeing tours, lectures, and nightly entertainment from our superb on board gypsy group are included in your price which is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars less than our competitors! So if you would like an in-depth cultural and entertaining experience, welcome aboard! But be sure to book early since demand is high!
Arrival and departure transfers (only if air is purchased through Value World Tours)
- 1 night first class hotel with buffet breakfast in Bucharest. (Novotel or similar)
- Accommodations for 10 nights/11 days in all outside cabins in category of your choice
- Total of 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
- Daily afternoon tea, late night snacks and early morning coffee free of charge
- Shore excursions, daily sightseeing programs, onboard lectures and folklore performances/music concerts as well as wine tasting and other surprises as outlined in the itinerary (excludes optionals)
- Live musicians entertaining you each evening
- Farewell cocktails and Captains Gala Dinner
- Farewell by crew (on board)
- Professional English speaking Cruise Directors and local english speaking guides throughout.
AUSTRIA: City tour including Belvedere Palace
SLOVAKIA: City tour including Hilltop Fortress
HUNGARY: City tour and excursion to St. Andrej
HUNGARY: City tour, wine cellar with wine tasting
CROATIA: City tour
SAD, SERBIA: Walking tour
SERBIA: City bus and walking tour
, BULGARIA: City Tour including Baba Vida's Fortress
ROMANIA: City tour including Parliament House (outside)
DAY 01: DEPART THE
Depart on overnight flights to Vienna, Austria. Meals and services
per airline policy.
DAY 02: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Welcome to Austria! Transfer to the port where your home away from
home, the MS Der Kleine Prinz, is docked. Prior to dinner, meet
your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, crew introduction
followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner
on board, followed by a well deserved rest. (D)
DAY 03: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Your morning city sightseeing tour will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this Imperial capital. Starting with Hundertwasserhaus, you will continue to Belvedere Palace for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Then it's on to the city center via the Vienna Ringstrasse to view famous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheatre, the Votiv-Church and others.The next stop will be in the old center of Vienna to view St. Stephan's Cathedral and take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace). From this point, continue past the Spanish Riding School to Albertina Square, where you will see the State Opera and the famous Hotel Sacher. Then it's back on board the bus for a drive past the famous "Prater" with its Giant Ferry Wheel. Return to the ship in time for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure.
You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase an optional tour such as a visit to the Schonbrunn Castle (afternoon): the home of Maria Theresa.The optional tour includes a stroll in the gardens and a visit to the imperial rooms of the former summer residence of the Habsburg Royal Family.
Optional Classical Vienna Concert (evening): A unique opportunity to see the exquisite rooms of the Imperil Hofburg Palace AND attend a magnificent concert featuring compositions of Johann Strauss as well as arias from selected Mozart operas. Set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia before midnight (B, L, D)
DAY 04: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy a morning panoramic city sightseeing tour by bus, including St. Martin's Cathedral and the Primate's Palace. The sightseeing will end with a walk through the Old Town - Michael's Gate, Michael's Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and Slovak National Theatre. Enjoy some free time for shopping and strolling and return to the ship for lunch. Set sail.
In the afternoon enjoy a wine tasting party featuring a selection of high quality but lesser known wines from Hungary, Serbia and Romania, accompanied with live music from our on board live band! Dinner on board and an evening free to waltz the night away! (B, L, D)
DAY 05: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Discover Hungary! After breakfast, your morning motor coach tour of this lovely city will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the Opera, the Square of Heroes, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. There will be stops at the Square of Heroes, the Fishermen's Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the afternoon is free to explore on your own or participate in one of our optional excursions such as the walking tour of Downtown Pest which will be offered. During the walk, you first visit the largest open air market in Budapest where you can purchase anything from superb Hungarian salami to a nightgown! Then you will proceed down Vaci Utca, the city's main pedestrian promenade full of shops, cafes and beautiful people! Your tour will end at the historic 140 year old Gerreboud Coffee House where you can enjoy a delicious cup of brew or home made ice cream.
In the evening, an optional performance of the Hungarian national Folklore Ensemble will be offered. After the performance, a short bus tour will take you across the Chain Bridge and up to Fishermen's Bastion where you will be able to see the gorgeously illuminated bridges! (B, L, D)
DAY 06: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Full free day to explore and enjoy pedestrian friendly Budapest on your own, or partake in one of our optional excursions. OPTIONAL # 1: Excursion to St. Andrej: After breakfast depart on your excursion to St. Andrej (Szentendre) a small picturesque village (17th century), 25 km away from Budapest. Renowned as a sanctuary for artists, painters and hand crafted arts, the tour will include the Main Square with the memorial cross, the first teaching school in Hungary, Preobrazenska Church, and the Church of the Hill, etc. Return to the ship in time for lunch.
OPTIONAL # 2: Puszta Horse Farm and Equestrian Show: In the afternoon, depart for the renowned Lazar Lovas Puszta, one of the largest horse breeding farms in Hungary! After an unforgettable performance of the Czikos (Hungarian Cowboys) you will have the opportunity to tour the stables, home to more than 100 horses. Then you will enjoy an authentic ride to the Puszta in several teamed oxen carts to a nearby outpost where you will have a chance to taste local palinka and wine along with typical Hungarian snacks. (B, L, D)
DAY 07: PECS (Mohac), HUNGARY
From the port of Mohac, a 45 minute bus ride will take you to visit
the town of Pecs, a gem of old world architecture, often referred
to as the “city for art lovers”. Here you will tour
Szecheni Square, Kaptalan Street and the Palace of Lorant including
a visit to the catacombs. You will also visit a local wine cellar
and enjoy some wine tasting. Lunch is back on board as you set
sail for Vukovar, Croatia. In the afternoon enjoy lectures on
the Balkans held by our Cruise Managers and end the day with
a delightful concert of Gypsy music performed by our on board
Gypsy band! (B, L, D)
DAY 08: VUKOVAR, CROATIA - NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Welcome to Croatia! Vukovar, Croatia’s largest river port is a delightful riverside town with a lively pedestrian zone full of open air cafes, museums and shops. Your morning walking tour will include a visit to the Franciscan Monastery that is the center piece of the village. Then enjoy lunch back on board as you continue sailing on to Serbia.
In the afternoon, arrive in Serbia! Your first stop in this newly minted Balkan country will be in Novi Sad, Serbia's third largest city after Belgrade and Nis. You will be delighted with this pedestrian friendly town as you join your local guide for a walking tour through the town center. After the tour you will have free time to explore the many nooks and crannies of the town or enjoy a cappuccino and some people watching from the terrace of one of the many open air cafes.
Or take the optional tour which will lead you to the Serbian Countryside for a visit to Krushedol Monastery, located on the nearby mountain of Fruska Gora. Renowned for its fresco paintings dating from the 15th century, the monastery is also a burial place for legendary personalities from Serbian history.
After the monastery visit you will continue on to the small town of Sremski Karlovci, the center of wine production of the region. Here you will visit the Zivanovic family, whose members have been producing their private label Bermet wine for over a century and whose products have been enjoyed by members of the Hapsburg Monarchy as well as the Russian Tsars! Your hosts will welcome you to their home, where you will tour their wine cellars and Museum of Honey which they also produce. In the lovely ambiance of their large garden, they will serve you several varieties of Bermet accompanied by honey and snacks. On the way back you will stop to tour Petrovaradin Fortress, referred to as the Gibraltar on the Danube. Built in the 18th century over 116 hectares, the fortress has 4 levels, more than 16 km of underground tunnels, 12,000 loopholes and 13 gates. Dinner is on board as you set sail for White City - Serbia's capital of Belgrade! (B, L, D)
DAY 09: BLEGRADE, SERBIA
A big day is ahead as your morning motor coach tour of this lively
and vibrant city will include all of the major attractions: Kalemegdan
Fortress, looming over the confluence of the Danube and Sava
rivers; St. Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral, perched on a hill
which can be seen from every part of the city; the Parliament
Building; Princess Ljubica's Manor; Mark's Church; and others.
The tour will end with a stroll through Knez Mihajlova Street,
the main pedestrian zone full of boutiques, open air cafés
The afternoon is free to explore Belgrade on your own or partake
in the highly recommended optional tour to the village of Jarak
where you will meet an authentic Serbian multi-generation family
and enjoy a wonderful taste of Serbian home made food, live music
and hospitality! After dinner, you will enjoy a private folklore
show performed by members of Belgrade’s renown “Talia” ensemble.
In between the dances, a special fashion show will introduce you
to the wonderful hand made sweaters of “Sirogojno” – made
with special wool and local motifs. These sweaters are sold in
some of the most fashionable boutiques worldwide for hundreds of
dollars as each one is an individual work of art. If you live in
cold climates, one of these sweaters would be a wonderful gift
for a family member – or yourself! Early morning the next
day – set sail for Romania & Bulgaria. (B, L, D)
10: AT SAIL & PASSAGE THROUGH “THE IRON GATE” GORGE
In the morning hours, enjoy the passing vista's as well as talks on Balkan History presented by your Cruise Director. After lunch you will delight in viewing a great natural attraction, as the ship passes through the highest gorge on the Danube, aptly named the "The Iron Gates". Over 100 km long, this canyon, was a gigantic obstacle to navigation because of its pointed rocks, cliffs, and changing water levels, surrounded with very wild, yet attractive nature. This danger was finally overcome in 1972, with the building of the Djerdap Hydroelectric and Navigation System, the largest of its kind in Europe.
The Romanian and Yugoslav builders carried out this gigantic construction project by building a huge concrete dam which raised the level of the water from 30 to 80 meters. On both sides of the dam, two locks and two hydroelectric stations were built which today produce an average annual output of 10 billion kWh and enable safe passage for passenger and cargo ships all the way to the Black Sea. Then its time to prepare for our festive Captain's Gala dinner with wine and entertainment!!
(B, L, D)
DAY 11: VIDIN, BULGARIA
Welcome to Bulgaria! After breakfast, embark on a walking tour of this delightful Bulgarian river port highlighted by a visit to the 13th century fortress named Baba Vida (Grandma Vida) the best preserved medieval fortress in the country. Then enjoy some free time for strolling and shopping or purchase one of our optional tours before returning to the ship for lunch and continued sailing.
Optional tour: Excursion to Belogradchik (3.5 hrs) The most famous natural phenomena in the Belogradchik and its region are the Belogradchik Rocks. This rocky fairy-tale is spread from west to the east, from Mount Vedernik to Belotintsi village. The region is 30km long and 3 km wide. The most attracted rocks are around the town and looks like and named as The Madonna, the Monks, the Rider, the Dervish, the Bear, Adam and Eve, the Castle, the Little Shepherd, the Mushrooms, the Lion and many others. On the territory to Belgradchik complex is situated Belogradchik fortress, one of the most significant historical monuments in Bulgaria. After visiting of Belogradchik rocks and ruins of fortress with photo stop, guests will have opportunity to buy souvenirs in local shops located close to the main entrance.
Tonight, after dinner, our live Band will hold a final farewell concert for you as you dance the night away! (B, L, D)
DAY 12: GIURGIU//MAGURELE - BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
As all good things must come to an end – so does your wonderful
cruise adventure! Disembark after breakfast, and depending on water
levels, transfer from either Giurgiu or Turnu Magurele to the “Paris
of the East” – Bucharest, Romania’s lovely capital
(2 hrs). Upon reaching the city, a panorama tour will highlight
the major attractions including; Revolution Square, Arc de Triumph,
the National Theatre, the Romanian Athenaeum and others. Stop for
photographs at President Ceausescu’s humongous "People's
House" (today’s Parliament) the second largest building
in the world after the Pentagon. Then it’s on to your first
class hotel, where after check-in you will have free time to explore
this lovely city at your leisure and enjoy dinner at one of the
local restaurants on your own. (NOTE: If taking the optional Dracula
Extension you will enjoy your last night in Bucharest AFTER returning
from Brasov). (B)
13: BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – FLY
Enjoy a final breakfast before transferring to the airport for
flights home. (B)