About the tour: Grand Cruise along the Danube to the Black Sea and back to Passau by Air

Set sail on an adventure of epic proportions, enjoying a grand cruise of the River Danube. This unforgettable cruise is full of contrasts, cultures, flavours and impressions, visiting seven countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. The majestic Danube takes you from west to east. As you head closer to the Black Sea, the scenery becomes more exotic, as do the languages and the cultures. This is a true adventure!

Tour Includes


  • 14 nights cruising with full board
  • Return flights to Munich
  • Airport transfers in Germany

16 days from £1999 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Munich and transfer to our overnight hotel.

    By coach, we head to Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers meet. We embark our ship for a 14-night cruise. Relax on board as we sail towards Vienna, cruising through the beautiful Wachau Valley

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Arriving around lunchtime, enjoy a day experiencing the delights of Vienna - grand palaces, magnificent squares and historical monuments are just some of the features of this beautiful city. Join an optional city tour, which takes you on a journey through time to see the famous Hofburg; the city Parliament; the Town Hall and the Burg Theatre. Later in the evening we cruise overnight towards Kalosca in Hungary.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Vienna

    In the afternoon we arrive into Kalosca, one of Hungary’s oldest towns, located in the vast Hungarian plains, which is best known for its paprika and embroidery. We later make a short stop in Mohacs before cruising into Serbia.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise as we head to Belgrade, which lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. There is plenty of time to see the highlights of this Serbian capital. You can start by joining an optional city tour, which is a great way to see the main sights including the huge Belgrade Fortress and St Sava Church, one of the biggest churches in the world. Later this evening we cruise towards Romania/Bulgaria.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Belgrade
    Belgrade City Tour

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Belgrade City Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Enjoy a full day cruising through the breathtaking scenery of Eisernes Tor, the Iron Gate – the largest river gorge in Europe which carves a channel through the Carpathian Mountains and forms part of natural border between Serbia and Romania and also Bulgaria and Romania. The views are spectacular, with the Derdap National Park on the southern side of the Danube in Serbia and the Portile de Fier Nature Park on the northern side in Romania. It’s a fantastic day to spend relaxing on the sun deck.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Iron Gate Gorge Cruising

    In the morning we arrive into Ruse. Located in the north-eastern part of Bulgaria, Ruse is best known for its 19th and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture and is often called the Little Vienna. We depart early afternoon for an overnight cruise towards the Romanian city of Tulcea.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We arrive into Tulcea this morning where we will visit the Danube Delta museum on an included excursion. At lunch time we are transferred by coach to join a boat trip, where we will cruise along the River Danube as it makes its final journey to the Black Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of 2,200 square miles of rivers, marshes and lakes, is the second largest delta in Europe and is full of fascinating wildlife. Lunch is served onboard so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We rejoin our cruise ship in Braila, one of the largest Romanian ports on the Danube, and set sail overnight for Oltenita.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Morning arrival into Oltenita. Today, why not join an optional excursion to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where you can admire many landmarks including the Parliament Palace, which is the second largest building in the world after the US Pentagon; and the beautiful Romanian Atheneum. We return to our ship in Giurgui before cruising back toward the Iron Gate Gorge.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Bucharest
    Bucharest

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Bucharest
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Enjoy another full day cruising as we return through the spectacular Iron Gate Gorge.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Iron Gate
    Iron Gate

    Included Highlights

    • Iron Gate Gorge Cruising

    Lunchtime arrival in Belgrade, from where we offer an optional excursion to Novi Sad. Explore Serbia’s second largest city, with its most recognised landmark being the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from the banks of the Danube. You’ll also discover the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad and our optional guided tour takes in the many highlights of this fascinating city. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard before sailing through the night to Mohacs in Hungary.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Novi Sad
    Novi Sad

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Novi Sad
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We berth just across the Hungarian border in Mohács with some free time to explore the area. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Pécs one of the most beautiful cities of Hungary, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Cathedral and the Turkish Mosque. This afternoon we begin our overnight sailing to Budapest.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We arrive this morning in Budapest and spend a full day in the city. Join an optional city tour this morning and learn about the city’s history and how it is divided into two parts by the Danube river - one side called “Buda” and the one side known as “Pest”. See the fairytale towers of Fishermans Bastion before having some free time to explore this amazing city. This evening, we set sail towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budapest
    Budapest

    Included Highlights

    • Budapest

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Budapest Guided Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Our cruise arrives this afternoon in Bratislava, one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, with a rich history that dates back to the Celts and Roman settlements. Enjoy an optional guided city tour, where you will see landmarks such as: St Martin’s Church, which is the former coronation church of the Hungarians; the former University of Bratislava and numerous palaces dating back to the 18th century. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ which is a sweet white chocolate with poppy seed filling, before enjoying a relaxing dinner onboard our ship. This evening we continue cruising along the Danube into Austria and towards Melk.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Bratislava
    Bratislava

    Included Highlights

    • Bratislava

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Bratislava Guided Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We arrive this morning in Melk. Take part in an optional tour, beginning with a coach transfer from the ship, to Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. This baroque Abbey is one of Austria’s great cultural highlights, and is also one of Europe’s largest Abbeys.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Melk
    Melk

    Included Highlights

    • Melk

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Melk Guided Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We arrive early into Passau and disembark our ship, then transfer to Munich Airport for our return flights to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
    Middle Deck Comfort£200
    Middle Deck Superior £300 
    Upper Deck Deluxe £650 
    Upper Deck Deluxe Suite £850 

     

    Grand Cruise along the Danube to the Black Sea and back to Passau by Air 16 days from £1999pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You’ll spend 14 nights cruising on the 4-star MS Arena, which has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise: comfort, style and attention to detail. Climb aboard and feel right at home from the minute you set sail on the stylish and spacious MS Arena. Let the captain and crew take care of your every need while you relax and unwind in comfort as you glide along the river. Take advantage of the wellness and fitness centre, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the lounge or soak up the ambience and spectacular sights from the comfort of the elevated sun deck. Each cabin on board the MS Arena features panoramic windows with a French balcony, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river. The spacious cabins also feature twin or hotel-style double beds, en suite bathrooms and plenty of storage space; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise.



    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

    Flights to/from Munich are available from Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Southampton & Stansted. 

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880. 


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