Contrasts of the Danube

Overview

Contrasts of the Danube

Contrast cultural cities including Bucharest, Belgrade and Rousse with the dramatic mountain scenery of the Iron Gates Gorge and the natural wonders of the scenic Danube Delta. This fascinating cruise offers many wonderful sights and experiences en route to the beautiful Black Sea coast.

What's Included:

  • Return flights and transfers
  • 8 nights aboard the ship and 1 night in a hotel
  • Full board
  • Captain's dinner and drinks reception
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hand Picked By

Hayley Peachy

Saga’s collection has grown to feature a variety of voyages exploring famous waterways such as the Rhine, Danube and Douro, as well as lesser-known waterways in France, Italy and the Netherlands. With a choice of ships reserved exclusively to them, customers can enjoy a grown-up atmosphere on board. They’ve also developed cruise and stay holidays that combine a hotel stay in a famous city such as Budapest and Vienna, with an unforgettable cruise. Contact us to find out more.

Hayley Peachy

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 15th April 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Highlights: This fascinating cruise offers many wonderful sights and experiences en route to the beautiful Black Sea coast among many others destinations.

Ship Overview

Amadeus Royal

A new addition to the choice of river cruise vessels from Saga, this top-quality ship offers impressive facilities and delicious cuisine. She offers spacious, comfortable public rooms with generous windows for you to enjoy the scenery.

The facilities on board include the Amadeus Club lounge, an indoor fitness area, a Sun Deck with deckchairs and the Lido Bar. You can enjoy buffet breakfasts and delicious four-course lunches and dinners with a choice of waiter-served main courses. In the afternoon, tea and biscuits are served and late-night snacks are also available.

All cabins are spacious and outside-facing, with a shower and wc, a television showing images from the on-board camera, air conditioning, a telephone, safe and hairdryer. Cabins have twin beds which can be pushed together as a double upon request.

Cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks have full-length windows and French balconies, apart from cabins 204 and 206 which have round windows. Cabins on Haydn Deck have a smaller window. Wi-Fi (complimentary from 2018) is available throughout the ship.

Amadeus Royal Profile

  • Length: 110 meters
  • Breadth: 11.4 meters
  • Maiden voyage: 2005
  • Passenger capacity: 142
  • Officers & crew: 40
  • Passenger decks - 4
  • Lift: Yes
  • Approx twin cabin size: 15 s.q meters
Amadeus Royal Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Budapest

Fly to Budapest where you embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.

The ship sets sails later this evening, bound for Mohács.

Day 2: Mohács

Today you arrive in Mohács and have a full day to explore this port and battlefield town. The plain close to the town was the site of a fierce battle where the Hungarian army was soundly beaten by the Turkish in 1526 and their king, Louis II, drowned in the flooded River Csele. This was the start of 150 years of Turkish rule. Mohács has always been an important port for Danube traffic, but it was the 19th-century steamboat traffic that created a building boom here. Today the town is famous for its carnival celebrations and folklore traditions. An optional full-day excursion visits the lowland city of Kalocsa and Puszta where you can view a traditional horsemanship show.

Amadeus Royal sails from Mohacs tonight and cruises south from Hungary into the former Yugoslavia, where the Danube now forms the border between Croatia on the west and Serbia on the east.

Day 3: Novi Sad and Belgrade

Spend the morning in Novi Sad, the city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with the Danube acting as a border. Beside Novi Sad lies the Petrovaradin Fortress, on a hill on the Danube’s right bank. The upper fortress contains a 16-kilometre network of underground passages and galleries, with officers’ residences and government buildings below in the lower fortress. Perhaps visit the Novi Sad City Museum within the fortress walls and discover the history of this fascinating city or, instead of exploring independently, you can join an optional tour of the highlights.

You’ll then sail to Serbia's capital, Belgrade, where you moor

Day 4: Belgrade

You'll have a full day to explore one of Europe's oldest cities, built at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers. Highlights include the National Museum, the parliament and St Sava Cathedral – the largest Orthodox church in the world. Alternatively, you can join an optional coach tour of the city which introduces you to Republic Square, with the National Theatre and Museum. You'll also visit the impressive Kalemegdan Fortress complex, home to the city's central park. After lunch an alternative optional excursion visits Topola and Oplenac.

Day 5: The Iron Gates

Cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the southern stretch of the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans to the ‘Iron Gates’, a gorge framed by sheer cliffs. The passage was infamous in ancient times as the water level was much lower, making navigation treacherous. Now the water level has been raised and the shipping hazards removed, but the journey is still exciting, and you’ll be able to watch as your ship manoeuvres through two locks by the Djerdap power stations.

Day 6: Svistov to Rousse

Explore the small Bulgarian town of Svistov this morning. This afternoon, your cruise continues to Rousse where you spend the afternoon, perhaps opt to join an optional tour or an optional excursion to Veliko Tarnovo a lovely town astride three hills.

Day 7: Tulcea

Spend the morning cruising to Tulcea, which was founded in the 7th century BC by the ancient Dacians and has fallen under the Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman flags. Spend the afternoon exploring. Perhaps visit the Danube Delta Museum in preparation for your delta tour tomorrow, and see an aquarium with native fish and reptiles, plus a range of exhibits from archaeological finds to folk art.

Day 8: Tulcea to Danube Delta to Tulcea

Set off in the early hours and sail through the stunning UNESCO-listed Danube Delta, a wetland biosphere rich in wildlife. The reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird! You'll also have the chance of an optional excursion aboard a smaller boat which will allow you to take a closer look at this rich natural habitat.

Sail back to Tulcea where you remain moored overnight.

Day 9: Tulcea to Bucharest

Disembark your ship after breakfast today and transfer to Bucharest, popular with the jet set and known as ‘Little Paris’ in the 1900s. Enjoy an included tour of the lively capital of Romania. See the enormous Palace of the Parliament – dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s egotistical folly – and the Patriarchal Church, before lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll stay overnight at a locally rated hotel in Bucharest.

Day 10: Bucharest to UK

Travel to the airport after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 15th April 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Highlights: This fascinating cruise offers many wonderful sights and experiences en route to the beautiful Black Sea coast among many others destinations.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Standard TwinFrom £1,799ppIncludes a saving of up to £200 per person on selected cabin gradesView Cabin

Standard Twin

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All cabins are spacious and outside-facing, with a shower and wc, a television showing images from the on-board camera, air conditioning, a telephone, safe and hairdryer. Cabins have twin beds which can be pushed together as a double upon request.

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View Cabin

Standard Twin

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All cabins are spacious and outside-facing, with a shower and wc, a television showing images from the on-board camera, air conditioning, a telephone, safe and hairdryer. Cabins have twin beds which can be pushed together as a double upon request.

Enquire Now