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

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit: Schönbrunn Palace, Austria

Saint Sava Temple - Belgrade

Visit: Saint Sava Temple - Belgrade, Serbia

Fishermans Bastion

Visit: Fishermans Bastion, Hungary


Visit: Bucharest, Romania

About the Tour

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
Dates & Prices

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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Your Itinerary

    Fly to Munich and transfer to Passau to board our ship for our 14-night cruise. Relax on board as we sail towards Vienna.

    • Included meals: Dinner


    Arriving around lunchtime, enjoy a day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Join our optional city tour, which will introduce you to some of the main sights. Later in the evening we cruise towards Kalocsa in Hungary.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After a leisurely morning cruise we arrive in Kalocsa, a small village in the vast Hungarian plains. We take a short drive to the famous Puzta horse ranch, to witness an exciting equestrian show. Later, we 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. Our optional city tour will uncover the city's highlights. Cruise through the night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We spend the day cruising along a stunning scenic passage, which creates the border between Romania and Bulgaria. Meander through the Carpathian Mountains towards, what is commonly referred to as, ' The Iron Gates'.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    In the mid-morning we arrive into Ruse, from where you can join our optional excursion to discover the city's highlights. We cruise towards Cernavoda.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Our included, full-day coach excursion takes us to Constanta on the Black Sea and later the coastal resort of Mamaia.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we offer an optional excursion to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where you can admire many landmarks. We return to our ship in the city of Turnu Magaurele before cruising back towards the Iron Gates Gorge.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Join an optional guided tour of Novi Sad with its imposing fortress and multi denominational churches. Later, we cruise towards Hungary.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Enjoy free time then join our afternoon optional excursion to Pécs one of Hungary's most beautiful cities, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We arrive this morning in Budapest where we include a guided city tour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Our cruise arrives this afternoon in Bratislava. Enjoy an optional guided city tour to see some of the city's landmarks.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After a leisurely morning cruise to Melk in Austria, enjoy an optional visit to the stunning Benedictine Abbey.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Vienna – Enchanting Austrian capital
    • Belgrade – Historic city at the confluence of the Danube and Sava
    • Iron Gate – Breathtaking River Gorge
    • Cernavoda
    • Ruse
    • Budapest – Grand imperial city
    • Bratislava – Architectural delights

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Vienna - Optional city tour
    • Bucharest
    • Novi Sad Sightseeing Tour
    • Pécs
    • Belgrade Sightseeing Tour
    • Bratislava Sightseeing Tour
    • Melk - Visit to the stunning Benedictine Abbey
    • Benedictine Abbey


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


    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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    You will spend fourteen nights cruising on the MS Select Explorer.

    The MS Select Explorer is an elegant river cruise vessel, built in the Netherlands in 2001. The 125.5 metre long vessel combines classical comfort with a cosy atmosphere.

    Enjoy a relaxing on board experience in the lounge/bar, the panoramic restaurant, and on the sun deck with its sunbeds. The lounge and restaurant are spacious and light, with floor to ceiling windows for watching the passing scenery. Another great place to enjoy the sights is the fully covered Sky Lounge.

    The Select Explorer has 75 cabins, across the Lower, Middle and Upper Decks. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, T.V., safe and hairdryer.

    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.

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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