Make an epic journey through the heart of Europe
Marvel at stunning natural wonders, wildlife and timeless architecture on this extensive cruise as you sail from the Black Sea along the Danube and Rhine.
1 night in a hotel, 23 aboard the ship71
meals: 24 breakfasts, 23 lunches and 24 dinners
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- UK travel service
- Return flights and transfers.
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- City tour of Constanta
- Tour of Budapest
- Tour of Bratislava
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Historic Nuremberg
- Visit to Trier
UK to Bucharest
Fly to Bucharest and stay overnight at the 5-star Athenee Palace (5Q), with dinner included.
Bucharest to Tulcea via Constanta
Travel to Tulcea. En route, explore Constanta on a tour. Continue to Tulcea where you embark Regina Rheni II and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.
Tulcea to Danube Delta
Cruise the Danube Delta. Optional half-day small boat trip.
Danube Delta exploration | 3 Hours
The meandering river bends, idyllic green reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar are not only pretty to look at, but also provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird including pelican, great crested grebe and kingfisher. To take a closer look at this glorious natural environment you can join a trip on a smaller boat through the channels and wetlands of the delta.
Spend a day cruising to Rousse, moor overnight.
Rousse to Svistov to Nikopol
Leave Rousse for Svistov with time to look around. An optional excursion visits Veliko Tarnovo. Arrive at Nikopol and moor overnight.
Veliko Tarnovo | 6 hours
The town sits across three hills beside the dramatic gorge of the Yantra River. See Tsarevets Castle, a medieval fortress complex that was the centre of the Second Bulgarian Empire, which ruled the region from the 12th to 14th centuries. Inside the walls a medieval town sprang up, including the Patriarchs residence and the Patriarchs church.
Spend the day exploring this fascinating city, or you can join an optional trip to Pleven.
The Iron Gates Gorge
Spend the day sailing through the Iron Gates Gorge then overnight to Belgrade.
Day 8 Belgrade to Novi Sad
Optional tour of Belgrade.
Belgrade and the Kalemegdan Fortress | 3 Hours
This tour introduces you to Republic Square, where the National Theatre and Museum are located. You’ll also pay a visit to the impressive Kalemegdan Fortress. This sturdy yet pretty fortification encloses the tomb of the Turkish Grand Vizier, Ali Pasha, and now serves as the city’s central park.
Novi Sad | 3 hours
Enjoy a walking tour of the old town centre and uncover its fine selection of 18th and 19th-century buildings. This tour includes a visit to a wine cellar, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample the local wines as well as locally-produced honey.
Soak-up the culture of Hungary’s folk traditions.
Kalocsa and Puszta | 7 Hours
Take a trip to the Hungarian lowlands where you can enjoy a traditional performance of horsemanship.
Arrive in Budapest early with free time to explore.
Included city tour. Depart at lunchtime for Bratislava.
Bratislava to Vienna
Included guided tour. Continue to Vienna, arriving this evening.
Vienna evening concert | 2 hours
Travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg, or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.
Vienna to Drnstein
Drnstein to Melk
This morning discover Drnstein then cruise to Melk.
Melk | 2 hours
The wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures.
Arrive in Passau for an afternoon exploring. Set sail early evening.
Passau city walk | 2 hours
Also known as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, Passau has a beautiful has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, and the surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city’s towers, spires and red-roofed houses.
Regensburg to Kelheim
Morning in Regensburg. Optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey.
Included sightseeing excursion.
Spend the afternoon in medieval Bamberg.
Explore Wrzburg. Optional excursion to Residenz Palace.
Discover Miltenberg’s attractions.
Rdesheim to Koblenz
After a morning in Rdesheim cruise to Koblenz for the evening.
Koblenz to Cochem
Relax as you sail to Cochem, arriving late afternoon.
Cochem to Bernkastel
Leave Cochem early for Bernkastel
Schweich to Trier to Merzig
Arrive at Schweich for Trier then continue to Merzig. Moor overnight.
Merzig to UK
Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to Luxembourg for your return flight to the UK.