Great European Odyssey

Resort: Great European Odyssey
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £3599.00

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.

Including…

1 night in a hotel, 23 aboard the ship
71 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

Excursions

  • City tour of Constanta
  • Tour of Budapest
  • Tour of Bratislava
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Historic Nuremberg
  • Visit to Trier

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Bucharest

Fly to Bucharest and stay overnight at the 5-star Athenee Palace (5Q), with dinner included.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
Tulcea to Danube Delta

Cruise the Danube Delta. Optional half-day small boat trip.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 4
Rousse

Spend a day cruising to Rousse, moor overnight.

Day 5
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.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 6
Nikopol

Spend the day exploring this fascinating city, or you can join an optional trip to Pleven.

Day 7
The Iron Gates Gorge

Spend the day sailing through the Iron Gates Gorge then overnight to Belgrade.

Day 8
Day 8 Belgrade to Novi Sad

Optional tour of Belgrade.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 9
Mohcs

Soak-up the culture of Hungary’s folk traditions.

Optional excursions

Kalocsa and Puszta | 7 Hours

Take a trip to the Hungarian lowlands where you can enjoy a traditional performance of horsemanship.

Day 10
Budapest

Arrive in Budapest early with free time to explore.

Day 11
Budapest

Included city tour. Depart at lunchtime for Bratislava.

Day 12
Bratislava to Vienna

Included guided tour. Continue to Vienna, arriving this evening.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 13
Vienna to Drnstein

Day 14
Drnstein to Melk

This morning discover Drnstein then cruise to Melk.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 15
Passau

Arrive in Passau for an afternoon exploring. Set sail early evening.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 16
Regensburg to Kelheim

Morning in Regensburg. Optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey.

Day 17
Nuremberg

Included sightseeing excursion.

Day 18
Bamberg

Spend the afternoon in medieval Bamberg.

Day 19
Wrzburg

Explore Wrzburg. Optional excursion to Residenz Palace.

Day 20
Miltenberg

Discover Miltenberg’s attractions.

Day 21
Rdesheim to Koblenz

After a morning in Rdesheim cruise to Koblenz for the evening.

Day 22
Koblenz to Cochem

Relax as you sail to Cochem, arriving late afternoon.

Day 23
Cochem to Bernkastel

Leave Cochem early for Bernkastel

Day 24
Schweich to Trier to Merzig

Arrive at Schweich for Trier then continue to Merzig. Moor overnight.

Day 25
Merzig to UK

Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to Luxembourg for your return flight to the UK.

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