Explore lands once veiled in secrecy, hidden from the world behind the iron curtain of communism. This 11-day river cruise along the incomparable Danube explores the iconic destinations of the Black Sea, from Budapest, Bucharest, and Belgrade to the captivating scenic splendour of the Iron Gates.
Cruising on the timeless Danube, begin your adventure in Budapest, the queen of the river. See the historic Buda Castle, drinking in its Baroque splendour, and the powerful Hungarian Parliament Building, the nation’s iconic assembly building which emerges beautifully from the banks of the Danube. Then cruise to the provincial town of Kalocsa, renowned for its Baroque highlights, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Hungarian Puszta horse show, before travelling over the Croatian border.
In Osijek, choose from a range of Scenic Freechoice options. Embark on a guided tour of the city, enjoying sights such as European Square, or take a blissful guided bike ride through the surrounding countryside on a Scenic E-Bike.
Raise a toast as you pass through the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Beyond lies the beautiful town of Svishtov, signalling your arrival in northern Bulgaria. Here, visit the Byzantine heritage site of Veliko Tarnovo, before sailing towards Rousse for an enriching guided tour of the town’s Austro-Hungarian inspired architecture and ancient Roman fortress.
Your final stop is Bucharest, the cosmopolitan capital of Romania. Here, the brutal communist housing blocks of Ceausescu stand in contrast to French Baroque palaces and medieval churches. You’ll have chance to explore the history of the enigmatic city with a Scenic Freechoice excursion taking you round the impressive Palace of the Parliament.