Danube Delta Odyssey

Resort: Danube Delta Odyssey
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £2799.00

Danube Delta Odyssey aboard MS Bellejour

Day 1 UK to Budapest

Fly to Hungary’s capital and embark MS Bellejour. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board.

Your cruise begins after dinner with an overnight voyage towards the border.

Budapest

Day 2 Vukovar

Arrive at lunchtime and this afternoon discover Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, and consequently a thriving town before the Yugoslav War. Compare the surviving belle poque architecture with shell-scarred buildings that have been preserved in memory of those killed and injured.

Set sail again this evening and cruise towards the Iron Gate gorge.

Vukovar

Day 3 Iron Gate

Sail through a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube the world-famous Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia. Set in the Djerdap National Park, its the largest and longest in Europe, and the Iron Gates is the narrowest and deepest part.

Head out on deck and check out how the ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations.

Iron Gate

Day 4 Rousse

Arrive in Rousse, Bulgarias largest port, this afternoon. Explore independently or perhaps take an optional guided walk through the city thats sometimes referred to as ‘Little Vienna’, thanks to the imposing 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture.

Moor here overnight.

Rousse

Day 5 Rousse

Look forward to a morning at leisure in Rousse before setting sail again at lunchtime.

Rousse, Bulgaria

Day 6 Danube Delta

Today enjoy cruising through the beautiful Danube Delta. Much of it is a protected reserve, as the meandering river, reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird. This afternoon you may like to join an optional trip aboard a smaller boat which can reach parts of the Delta habitat that larger vessels cant, to fully appreciate the wilderness and bird life of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Sail on this evening and overnight.

Danube Delta

Day 7 Cruising the Danube

Make the most of the facilities onboard and perhaps watch the scenery glide by from MS Bellejours sun deck as you spend a day cruising the majestic Danube.

Danube Delta

Day 8 Chiciu to Giurgiu

Pause briefly in Chiciu to join an included full-day tour of Romanias lively capital, Bucharest. In the 1900s it was known as Little Paris, a reference to the elegance of the city and the social whirl enjoyed within it. That stopped however while Romania was under communist rule from 1948 until 1989. Youll view some of the communist architecture such as the enormous Palace of the Parliament, commissioned in 1984 by party leader Ceausescu, as well as elegant buildings from the pre-communist period. Cotroceni Palace, built for the Royal Family, is now residence for the President of Romania, while historic Cretulescu Palace was also a private dwelling, but now is an administrative centre. Lunch is included during your tour.

Rejoin your ship in Giurgiu and remain moored until later tonight.

Budapest

Day 9 Cruising the Danube

Make the most of the facilities onboard and perhaps watch the scenery glide by from MS Bellejours sun deck as you spend a day cruising the majestic Danube.

Danube

Day 10 Iron Gate to Donji Milanovac

Return through the dramatic Iron Gate gorge and arrive in the pretty town of Donji Milanovac, on the banks of the Danube in the midst of the Djerdap National Park, the largest, and possibly most beautiful, of Serbia’s five national parks. The region has a rich history, and this afternoon, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Lepenski Vir Mesolithic site, revealing a series of villages and rock carvings dating back to 6400 BC and the earliest examples of monumental sculptures.

Cruise overnight towards Belgrade.

Djerdap National Park

Day 11 Belgrade

Arrive in Serbia’s capital, one of the oldest European cities, this morning for a full-day stay. You can explore its key attractions, including the Kalmegadan Fortress, the cathedral and St Sava Temple, all set on the waterfront, independently. Or you may like to join an optional tour this morning which will reveal the highlights of this city at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers which features buildings from many different eras and cultures. Another optional excursion heads to the Topola region and the historic church atop Oplenac Hill this afternoon.

Cruise overnight towards Novi Sad.

Belgrade

Day 12 Novi Sad

Enjoy the day in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with this stretch of the Danube acting as a natural border. Beside Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin Fortress, with a 16-kilometre network of underground passages and the officers’ residences and government buildings beneath. Perhaps pay a visit to the City Museum within the fortress walls. Or you could join an optional walking tour of the old town centre with its fine 18th and 19th-century architecture.

Set sail again later this afternoon.

Novi Sad

Day 13 Mohcs to Kalocsa

Cruise through the morning to arrive in the port of Mohcs for a brief mooring at lunchtime. The town is famous for its folklore traditions and you can see a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys on an optional excursion. For those not booked onto the excursion your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly this evening for excursion participants to rejoin her.

Sail overnight towards the capital.

Hungarian horse archers

Day 14 Budapest

Arrive in Budapest this morning and after breakfast, join an included tour of the Hungarian capital, a cosmopolitan, culture-rich centre of two halves. Buda is the older part, with cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative centre with impressive 19th-century public buildings set on wide avenues. Your tour reveals the highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. This afternoon perhaps opt to join another excursion, either visiting the baroque Godollo Palace or the famous Lazar Equestrian Park.

Enjoy the rest of the day and the final evening of your holiday at leisure.

Budapest

Day 15 Budapest to UK

Disembark MS Bellejour after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Budapest

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