Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria on your European river cruise. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace Square. Travel to Cernavodă to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans—Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.
Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. Tour the historic town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Visit Vienna, home of the Habsburg monarchy, with the stunning Schönbrunn Palace, summer home of the family dynasty. Hear a fascinating lecture on royal dynasties in Europe with a historian on board your ship and take a Viennese waltz lesson. Visit delightful Dürnstein and Melk—charming towns in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Visit Austria’s lovely city of Linz with a tour of the city’s historic sites, then pass through the horseshoe bend of the Danube—the beautiful Schlögen Oxbow—on your way to Passau. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers” before cruising to Deggendorf, Germany, for the conclusion of your Danube River cruise.