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Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise

Gems of Eastern Europe

15 days from only €2,849pp

Experience more with so much included

  • See Kalocsa cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and Paprika Museum
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Pecs
  • Take a scenic drive into the ‘Puszta’ and watch a performance by some of the regions most skilled horsemen
  • Tour the historic city of Belgrade seeing the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge and pass through the Djerdap locks
  • Visit Pleven, the scene of a major battle during the Russo-Turkish War and the Pleven Panorama depicting these historic events
  • Guided tour of Bucharest, seeing the main sights of this beautiful city
  • Experience the vast nature of the Danube Delta
  • Visit the ancient Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea
  • Visit the fascinating Veliko Tarnovo, the village of Arbanassi and its ancient Church of the Nativity, plus the magnificent Churches of Ivanovo
  • Take a scenic drive to the spectacular rock formations at Belogradchik
  • Visit Lepenski Vir, one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Serbia
  • Enjoy a guided tour of cosmopolitan Novi Sad, with its historic Old Town
  • Visit Budapest and enjoy a guided tour
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails and dinner, plus the Captain’s Dinner
  • Return flights from Dublin with transfers to and from the ship included
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers included

Selected departures from April to September 2019

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At a Glance
14 nights on board a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
16 visits & tours
Full board (except one lunch)
Expert cruise director
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Checked Luggage
All port charges & airport taxes
 

Overview

On this incredible journey through the Balkans, we start by exploring the stunning sights of Kalocsa, Pecs and Belgrade with its magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress. Then it’s off to Pleven passing through the Iron Gates Gorge and the Djerdap locks before visiting Bucharest. Known as ‘little Paris’ this gem of a capital city will capture your heart with its romantic buildings and tree-lined boulevards.

Then we explore the very best of The Danube Delta and enjoy a cruise through Europe’s largest area of wetlands and marshlands – a UNESCO-listed site. From here we see Constanta where you can explore it’s charming Old Town and museums, Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi.

After taking a scenic drive to the spectacular rock formations at Belogradchik we visit Lepenski Vir – one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Serbia before travelling to Novi Sad, Osijek and Vukovar. Finally, we discover the imperial city of two halves – Budapest.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day minus one lunch; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Please note that on-board Wi-Fi speeds may vary.

Your Choice of Drinks


 

14 night drinks package available from €229 per person

While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers superb value and includes a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please see our dining information.

The cost of the drinks package is €229 per person for 2018 departures and €239 for 2019 departures.

Drinks packages must be purchased by all guests in the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. To book the drinks package please call the reservations team. 

Susie and Peter Recommend…

'One good thing about wine is that it can make otherwise unpronounceable names far easier to master. Take the famous Romanian wine varieties of Tămâioasă Românească (white, aromatic) and Fetească Neagră (red, hearty). Easy as pie after a glass of the stuff. Much the same applies to Bulgarian Mavrud, Serbian Smederevka, Croatian Crljenak Kaštelanski or Hungarian Kéknyelű. All of them are well worth ordering in the local taverns along the way. And now you know how.'

Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time
Budapest Airport Budapest 45 mins

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro (ship), Forint (Hungary), Lev (Bulgaria), Leu (Romania), Kuna (Croatia)
  • Deposit: €250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Languages: Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Hungarian
  • Time Zone: GMT+1 / +2
  • Countries: Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Hungary