Eastern Danube River Cruise & Flights

$8999 per person
11 days
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AFFORDABLE LUXURY River Cruise from Hungary to Romania with Flights

Experience a spectacular Eastern Danube cruise. Begin with a luxury stay in Budapest for two nights, then board your river cruise for a stunning journey to through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Flight from Australia are included!
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Cruise Europe's fantastic Danube River on the less-travelled route from Hungary to Romania. Explore historic sights, discover picturesque cities and enjoy the luxury of a room with an ever-changing view. With this special deal you travel with a reputable cruise company and flights with a full-service airline are included.

What's included

Bulgaria , Croatia , Hungary , Romania , Serbia Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Fly to Budapest, Hungary from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Bucharest, Romania to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
October 15, 2024 12:00 am View other Times
Additional Information
Booking Code: EDRCG11M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise transfers
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • International flights from Australia
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Drinks with Dinner: Wine & beer is included with cruise dinners, as well as other cruise features.
Additional Prices
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Europe. Optional Tours: Optional tours can be booked in advance to save. Contact us for current prices. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote. Solo Travellers: Single supplement from $3500 applies for private room & cabin

Europe River Cruise Overview

Book early to save on a bucket list European river cruise in 2024 or 2025.

River cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit Europe’s historic cities and charming villages as you sail the world’s most beautiful waterways. Cruise aboard a sleek, modern ship that’s purpose-built for river cruising in Europe. It’s like a floating boutique hotel, equipped with features and amenities to make your voyage comfortable and carefree.

Begin with a flight to Hungary, where you’ll discover the medieval architecture of Budapest during the 2-night stay. Then board your river cruise for a stunning journey to through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.



River Cruise Sale

Book our European river cruise deals before cabins are sold out!

Lowest price deal depart Australia on 30 October 2025.

For current prices and cabin availability, please email [email protected] anytime or call 1300 168 910 between 9:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: Prices in AUD are per person, based on twin share. Single supplement applies for private rooms. Please contact us for rates. This special is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please contact us for cruise options at other times of the year. Booking Code: EDRCG11M


Inclusions at a glance

  • Return economy airfare to Budapest & from Bucharest
    • Fly from Australian capital cities (surcharges may apply)
  • 2 nights Budapest in a 5-star hotel
  • 7 nights Eastern Danube River Cruise
    • MS Monarch Baroness or similar
    • Outside Category E cabin with private facilities
  • River port charges of US$190 per person included
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • One-way transfer to Bucharest Airport
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special features

  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
  • View an exciting horse show in Puszta, Hungary
  • Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia
  • Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city’s turbulent history
  • Sail through the famed Iron Gates, flanked by the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges
  • Discover the elegant city of Ruse, dating back to the Ottoman Empire

River Cruise features & amenities

  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness centre
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides


Hungary Budapest
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Danube River in Budapest
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
  • DAY 11

Fly to Hungary

Board your flights on a full-service airline to begin your exciting journey in Europe.


Arrive in Budapest

Arrive in Budapest and make your own way to the hotel (transfer can be pre-booked on request for a fee). The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. This evening, enjoy a drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Budapest


Budapest City Tour

Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Admire the Buda side with beautiful views of the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, perhaps join an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colourfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast


Budapest Castle District Tour & Cruise Embarkation

Begin the day with a tour of the Budapest Castle District. Stroll around cobbled streets of the Castle Hill quarter and learn about its fascinating history. View the Royal Palace and visit the 13th century Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungarian kings. From Fisherman's Bastion, admire panoramic views of the city. Free time to explore the area on your own before heading to Philosophers' Garden, featuring bronze statues of philosophers and religious figures. Walk around the garden, offering beautiful views of the city. Afterward, drive to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. The ship remains docked in Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Morning in Budapest, Afternoon Sailing

In the morning, discover the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bathhouse with its thermal pools and spas or, stroll along the Danube Promenade, a walkway along the Danube that goes from the Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge, offering stunning views of the capital. Another option is to head to Margaret Island, a quiet getaway within the city, that serves as a recreational park, located in the middle of the Danube River. This afternoon, the ship sails for Vukovar
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Vukovar & Osijek

Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. During lunch, set sail to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, offering picturesque architecture and vibrant nightlife
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Belgrade City Tour

Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city's turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps, continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theater, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing

Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel eastward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Full Day in Vidin

Cross the border into Bulgaria and wake up in the port town of Vidin. Today a guided tour explores this town with its many historic and cultural landmarks such as the Baba Vida Fortress and the town's mosque. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Perhaps join the optional Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress*. Travel through the scenic countryside to the fortress of Belogradchik built by the Romans and expanded over the years by Bulgarian and Ottoman rulers. The fortress also known as Kaleto, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the country. The view from the fortress of the surrounding fascinating sandstone rock formations is breathtaking. Free time to explore on your own before a panoramic drive through the historic part of Vidin, that includes brief stops at some of the city's landmarks. Sail away mid-afternoon
*Passengers who choose this optional, will not be able to participate in the included tour of Vidin.
Optional: Belogradchik Rocks & Medieval Fortress (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

Ruse City Tour

Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Take a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof as well as the Monument of Liberty. You will visit the oldest orthodox church in town from the 17th century called The Trinity. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Depart Romania, Fly to Australia

Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM. This morning, you will be transferred to the airport in Bucharest for your departure flight. The Bucharest airport is approximately a 2-hour drive from the port.

Meals: Breakfast

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More about Hungary

The landlocked country of Hungary shares its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The capital of Budapest is a great city to explore, with its medieval Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion and impressive Parliament Building. It's split by the Danube River and many European river cruises either start of end in Budapest. And if you're wondering, Hungarian goulash really is from Hungary. The tasty soup made from beef and vegetables and flavoured with paprika is known locally as Gulyásleves (gulyás is herdsman and leves is soup in Hungarian); because it originates from a dish cooked by the cattlemen of the Great Hungarian Plain.

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Cruise Europe's fantastic Danube River on the less-travelled route from Hungary to Romania. Explore historic sights, discover picturesque cities and enjoy the luxury of a room with an ever-changing view. With this special deal you travel with a reputable cruise company and flights with a full-service airline are included.

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Tour departures

This special river cruise deal is based on select cruise departures in October 2024 and 2025.

Price may vary or change without notice, depending on your travel date.
Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current cost.
Let us know if you'd like to travel at other times of the year.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is just a guide and details will be confirmed upon confirmation.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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      Eastern Danube River Cruise & Flights

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