DAY 1: CONSTANTA (Romania) - TULCEA
Boarding in Tulcea. Welcome cocktail and presentation of the crew. Dinner on board. Folk evening. Overnight.
DAY 2: TULCEA - SULINA - CRISAN (Romania)
Early in the morning, cruise toward Sulina, which is situated at the mouth of the Danube. Full board on board. In the beginning of the morning, arrival of the boat in Crisan and departure for an excursion on the Danube delta, a very important nature reserve and established as a Biosphere Reserve in 1998 by UNESCO. Walk on some of the many branches of the delta, through tropical vegetation (the northernmost tropical vegetation in Europe) and passing a great variety of wildlife. Return on board. In the afternoon, sailing to Oltenita.
DAY 3: OLTENITA (Romania)
Full board on board. Excursion to Bucharest. The cultural and economic center of Romania was established some 500 years ago. During the 1930s, Bucharest was nicknamed “Little Paris” because of its long tree-lined boulevards. Return on board in Ruse. Overnight.
DAY 4: Ruse (Bulgaria)
Full board on board. Full-day excursion in Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, medieval capital of Bulgaria but also the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, was established in the heart of the country. The city has remained in the collective Bulgarian memory as the majestic and flourishing capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. In the afternoon, discovery of Arnabasi, one of the most visited villages in Bulgaria and is now classified as an “Architectural and Historical Reserve”. Return on board in Ruse. Folk evening.
DAY 5: RUSE
Full board on board. Excursion to Ruse. The town has a surprising multi-ethnic character and is a cleverly constructed mix of Bulgarian and Romanian cultures. It is a beautiful town, with wide avenues, large squares and wonderful buildings following a style of "national Renaissance" architecture. Return on board in Svistov. Afternoon and night spend sailing.
DAY 6: THE IRON GATES
Full board on board. Day spend sailing. Passing through the narrow pass of the Iron Gates between the Carpathians and the Balkans - truly an amazing location. The most spectacular part of the pass used to be called “the Danube Boilers” by navigators and sailors because the water trapped between the steep mountainous walls seemed to bubble and boil. An equally striking but somewhat lighter landmark on the Serbian side of the river is the “Tabula Traiana” - an enormous Roman memorial plaque made of marble, erected to commemorate the completion of Trajan's military road, or “imperial route” that linked the province of Dacia to Rome. Passing through the “Small Boilers”. The rocky slopes come closer together, then suddenly, the mountain pass opens up, giving the impression of a lake between the mountains, at the spot where the Mracona Valley opens into the Danube. An elegant viaduct towers over the mouth of the river and we can see the “portrait” of the old Dacian King Decebalus carved into the rock face.
DAY 7: BELGRADE - NOVI SAD (Serbia)
Full board on board. Guided tour of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, the town has created its own cultural identity based on a mix of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. From the Fortress of Kalemegdan, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the great river Danube and its tributary, the Sava. In the afternoon, excursion to Novi Sad. Located in the southern part of the Great Plain in the Baga region, Novi Sad is the multi-ethnic capital of Vojvodina. The lively and colorful little historic center of Novi Sad is absolutely charming. Visit continues to Krusedol monastery and the small town of Sremski Karlovci. Return on board in Novi Sad. Cruise to Osijek.
DAY 8: OSIJEK - MOHACS (Hungary)
Full board on board. Excursion to Osijek. Beautiful Croatian city on the Danube, remarkable by its Baroque building and its Upper Town. Afternoon spend sailing toward Mohacs. Passing through the customs in Mohacs, and cruise to Budapest. Gala evening. Night spend sailing.
DAY 9: BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark in the morning. End of our services.
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