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Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise

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Experience more with so much included

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Fourteen nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Sixteen visits and tours, including guided tours in Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Novi Sad, Kalocsa, Osijek, Vukovar and Pleven; a scenic drive into the Puszta with an equestrian show; a cruise into the Danube Delta; guided visits to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, the churches of Ivanovo, the rock formations at Belogradchik, and the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir; and a visit to the ancient city of Constanta
  • Spectacular cruising through the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
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At a Glance
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14 nights on board a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
16 visits & tours
Full board (except one lunch)
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage
 

 

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Overview

On this incredible river cruise through the Balkans, we start by exploring the stunning sights of Kalocsa 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, on the final leg of this stunning river cruise we discover the imperial city of two halves – Budapest.

Your Itinerary

Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • All meals except lunch on day six
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

Extend Your Cruise

City Stay Option

3 night City Stay in Vienna from only £535

In 2023 - add four days to your holiday, staying at the centrally located Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna.

You’ll have seen many highlights of Vienna during your cruise. Now you are free to explore at your own pace. Hire a bicycle, view the city from the iconic Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel or relax amidst the elegant café culture, there’s an absolute wealth of things to do and see. Find out more

Plus save £150pp when you add an extension package to your 2023 river cruise. Find out more

Peters Church on Petersplatz. Vienna, Austria. Evening view.

Our Drinks Package

Pouring red wine into glass
 

14 night drinks package available from £259 per person

Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking.

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. View the example bar list.

To purchase the drinks package please call our reservations team.

Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. The bar menu is an example, with brands and prices varying across ships and itineraries.

Meet Cruise Director Hanna

Useful Information & Transfer Times

Fact File

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

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia or Serbia however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/serbia/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability 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.

Transfers

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent 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

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