Sail along one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers before an overnight hotel stay in lively Bucharest
Contrast cultural cities including Budapest, Belgrade and Rousse with the dramatic mountain scenery of the Iron Gates Gorge and the natural wonders of the scenic Danube Delta. This fascinating cruise offers many wonderful sights and experiences en route to the beautiful Black Sea coast.
1 night in a hotel, 8 aboard the ship
26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reductionif not required
- UK travel service
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Cocktail party and Saga dinner
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
UK to Budapest
Fly to Budapest where you embark Filia Rheni II. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board. The ship sets sails later this evening.
Today you arrive in Mohcs and have a full day to explore this port in the Pannonia region, which is home to some of Hungarys most exciting folk traditions.
Novi Sad and Belgrade
Spend the morning in Novi Sad. You then sail to Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, where you moor overnight.
You’ll have a full day to explore one of Europe’s oldest cities. Chief attractions include the National Museum, parliament buildings and St Sava Cathedral, one of the world’s largest orthodox churches. Perhaps join an optional city tour.
The Iron Gates
Cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the southern stretch of the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans to the Iron Gates, a gorge framed by sheer cliffs. The passage was infamous in ancient times as the water level was much lower, making navigation treacherous.
Svistov to Rousse
Explore the small town of Svistov this morning before continuing on to Rousse once the site of the Roman Empire’s Danube fleet where you spend the afternoon. An optional excursion visits Veliko Tarnovo a lovely town astride three hills. A reconstructed fortress Tsarevets Castle dominates the skyline, and contains the remains of the medieval town.
Spend the morning cruising to Tulcea, which was founded in the 7th century BC by the ancient Dacians and has fallen under the Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman flags. Spend the afternoon exploring and perhaps visit the Danube Delta Museum.
Tulcea to Danube Delta to Tulcea
Sail through the stunning Danube Delta today, a wetland biosphere rich in wildlife. The reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird! You’ll also have the chance to leave your ship and board a smaller boat and take a closer look at this rich natural habitat. Sail back to Tulcea where you remain moored overnight.
Tulcea to Bucharest via Constanta
An included excursion takes you to vibrant Constanta today, an ancient metropolis on the Black Sea coast said to be Romania’s longest continually inhabited city as well as its chief port. Here you’ll be able to see the fascinating Archaeological Museum, the Turkish Mosque with its 155-foot-tall minaret, and the St Peter and St Paul Orthodox Cathedral. Transfer to Bucharest for an overnight stay at the locally rated 5-star Sheraton Bucharest Hotel (4Q).
Bucharest to UK
Travel to the airport after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.