Five-Star Grand Cruise - Black Sea to the Danube
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Follow the path of the Black Sea as it makes its way to the coast, and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe. Then experience the magic of the blue Danube, from the twin-cities of Buda and Pest to the elegance of Vienna. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.
After meeting your group in London, this evening you'll take a direct flight to Bucharest, the lively capital city of Romania. We set out on a guided city tour on Day 2, discovering the palaces, remains of medieval homes and 21st century modernist skyscrapers that all mesh together to make for a remarkable and surprising destination. We transfer to our ship this afternoon, the Amadeus Silver II, where we're welcomed with a drink and five-course dinner.
We hop aboard some smaller safari boats today for a nature cruise through the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta. This specialist biosphere reserve is jam-packed with wildlife, including many rare and endangered species such as golden jackal, European hoopoe, whitetailed eagle and lesser-spotted woodpecker. Back on board we enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing to Fetesti.
After breakfast on Day 4, we're driven by coach to the historic city of Constanta for a guided tour. Here we uncover Constanta's ancient history from its Greek origins to its Roman ancestry and Persian influences. Afterwards we begin sailing towards Ruse, in Bulgaria, docking on Day 5 for an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo. Day 6 is spent at leisure on board as we make our way towards Belgrade.During the afternoon we pass through the 'Iron Gate' Gorge.
We moor in the Serbian capital of Belgrade this morning, heading out on a guided walking tour to see the attractions of a city whose varied history can be documented through its architecture. Afterwards you are free to continue sightseeing, or do a little shopping, independently.
Following lunch on board we set sail for Mohács, close to the Hungarian border, embarking on a puszta tour by coach on Day 8. The puszta itself is an area of Hungary defined by its grassland ecosystem set amongst the Great Hungarian Plains, and which has a certain 'wild west' feel to it. We visit paprika house and continue to the former home of a wealthy 19th century family, where we are treated to a performance of traditional folk music and dancing before heading out into the great plains to meet Hungarian half-blood horses. We meet the Amadeus Silver II in Kalocsa, ahead of tonight's gala dinner.
Enter the handsome city of Budapest in the most elegant way possible. You have some free time to go sightseeing and a light lunch will be available. This evening, stay aboard the Amadeus Silver II for a Budapest illuminations tour, followed by a traditional Hungarian folklore show. Day 10 includes a guided coach tour as well as sailing along the Danube Bend.
Your morning is at leisure before we moor up early this afternoon. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital, a picture-postcard destination which boasts historic Gothic buildings and a wealth of museums and galleries. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. After a calm night of cruising, we arrive in glorious Vienna for a sightseeing tour on Day 12. Tonight we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital.
Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, arriving at the idyllic village of Dürnstein before journeying by coach to Melk Abbey. On Day 14 there's a choice of excursions. Discover the Austrian lakes, or travel by coach to Salzburg for a guided sightseeing tour.
Regensburg is our port of call on Day 15, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre which had a huge influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening wear and celebrate our cruise experience. On Day 16 we disembark after breakfast to start the journey back to the UK by rail, or air if you prefer. First we travel by rail from Passau to Frankfurt, continuing on to Brussels, and joining the Eurostar service to London.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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