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Danube Delights

Price from $10,327* C1 Cabin including Flights

Dates: 27 June - 14 July 2021

Fully escorted

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Duration: 18 days

Experience the Solo Connections difference when you join us as we cruise the full length of the Danube! Solo Connections tours are fully escorted, unique small group tours designed specifically for solo travellers over 50. Our tour includes deluxe river cruise boat accommodation with your own private cabin, all meals and daily sightseeing. See eight countries and five renowned capital cities on this journey to the estuary of the Danube.

Experience the full length of the Danube, the most beautiful river of Europe, on this 18 Day Danube Delights river cruise tour. Cruise along 4,000 river kilometers to kilometer zero. See eight countries and five renowned capital cities on this journey to the estuary of the Danube, where it meets the Black Sea, and visit the UNESCO protected site of the Danube Delta for unforgettable experiences.

Highlights

  • Passau
  • Vienna
  • Esztergom & Szentendre
  • City Tour of Belgrade, “The White City”
  • Excursion to Vidin and Belogradchik
  • City Tour of Bucharest
  • Cruise Sfantu Gheorgh (Saint George)
  • Excursion to Constanta & The Black Sea Coast
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • The Iron Gates
  • Novi Sad Old Town
  • Tiny Harbor Town of Mahacs
  • City Tours of Budapest & Bratislava
  • Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Wine Tasting in Durnstein
  • Melk Abbey

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

27 June 2021 Air & Cruise Pricing – includes return economy class flights and taxes ex Brisbane*

  • C1 Cabin – $10,327 per person
  • B4 Cabin – $11,564 per person
  • B1 Cabin – $12,301 per person
  • A1 Cabin – $13,287 per person

Business Class flight upgrades available on request. Departing from another City? Ask us for further options.

Includes

  • Private single cruise cabin
  • Meals as per itinerary [B=Breakfast/L=Lunch/D=Dinner]
  • 24 hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
  • Free-flowing red & white regional wines with dinner
  • Sightseeing Tours and Transfers as per itinerary
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Tour Host – travels with group from/ to Brisbane
  • English Speaking Cruise Director
  • Port fees and cruise taxes

Excludes

  • Any meals, tours, flights, shore excursions, transfers, gratuities other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, internet, etc
  • Visas – if not travelling on Australian Passport
  • Travel Insurance

*Cabin categories and pricing available until sold out

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

Days 1 & 2

Brisbane to Passau via Singapore & Munich

This evening we will meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flights to Munich.

On arrival into Munich International Airport, on day 2, we will be welcomed by a representative who will assist with our transfer to Passau. We may not be able to check into our cabins straight away, however we can leave our luggage and take a walk. Upon embarkation of the ship, we have time to settle into our cabins.

This evening, we enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

River Cruise Ship:  Amadeus Star (June 2021) or Amadeus Queen (July 2021)  (15 Nights)

Day 3

Vienna (B,L,D)

This morning the ship passes through the charming UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau and then, in the early afternoon, stops in Vienna.

Discover the singular charm of this former imperial metropolis during the course of a city tour. The Austrian capital effortlessly unites a glorious past with the present in a memorable way.

After dinner, the ship will leave the harbor in Vienna and travel towards Hungary

Day 4

Esztergom (B,L,D)

Spend a relaxing day cruising the Beautiful Blue Danube or join the excursion to Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop.

The second highlight with this trip is Szentendre, an artists’ colony with numerous contemporary galleries and museums reflecting the artistic history of Hungary.

Just before lunch, the ship stops for those guests on the shore excursion to rejoin.

The ship will then continue cruising, making its way to Belgrade.

Day 5

Belgrade (B,L,D)

During lunch we arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia.

The “White City” is one of the most historically rich and important in all of Serbia and boasts a large number of monuments from different times and cultures.

Travel to the Kalemegdan Fortress for an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. See the National Museum, the Parliament, Terazije Square and the Palace of Princess Ljubica, as well as St. Sava Cathedral, which is the largest Orthodox church in the world.

If you feel like a snack, taste some of the best food along the Skadarlija, offering some of the best in local cuisine.

Dinner this evening is onboard as the vessel continues through the countries of the Danube.

Day 6

Bulgaria (B,L,D)

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising the river before reaching Bulgaria this afternoon. We visit Vidin, a town renowned for its centuries of history.

Wander through the streets and view the many churches and Renaissance buildings which decorate the town.

A short distance away is the Baba Vida Fortress, located on the banks of the Danube, which is the only fully-preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria. Another fortress, Kaleto, stands imposingly beside Vidin and is worth a visit.

Day 7

Oltenita (B,L,D)

In the morning, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the passing landscapes, before the ship docks in Oltenita.

Do not miss the bus tour which forms part of the program for today. This tour takes us to the Romanian capital Bucharest, where we will enjoy a city tour followed by dinner in the city, during the course of which you can savor the atmosphere of this lively, colorful and western-oriented metropolis.

On the way back to the ship, which will in the meantime have travelled to and docked in Fetesti, we will cross endless cornfields and pass the picturesque farming villages of the sparsely populated Baragan lowlands.

Day 8

Danube Delta (B,L,D)

Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta. At the meeting of the Black Sea and the Danube, this UNESCO site hosts 27 different ecosystems and is home to many unique species of birds, fish, and other creatures.

From the fisherman’s village of Saint George, observe daily life for the people who inhabit this fertile delta.

For those wishing to delve further into the scenic waterways, the optional Delta Safari boat excursion awaits (additional cost and only bookable on board).

During dinner, enjoy sunset over the waters of the Danube Delta as our vessel departs and begins the journey back up the Danube.

Day 9

Hirsova – Fetesti (B,L,D)

Relaxation is on the schedule today as the vessel plies the waters of the Danube.

The afternoon offers an opportunity to see Constanta, the oldest city on the Black Sea coast. This ancient metropolis by the sea is Romania’s longest continually inhabited city.

The vessel stops for those on the excursion to rejoin before dinner this evening.

Day 10

Rousee – Svishtov (B,L,D)

Continue to enjoy your experience onboard, consider a massage or relax in the lounge and view the passing scenery.

For a little more adventure, an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria, is available today. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. High on a peak is the remains of the medieval town of Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire.

Rejoin the vessel in Svishtov as lunch is served.

Day 11

Iron Gates (B,L,D)

On deck there is much natural beauty to take in as you cruise the mighty Danube River and the picturesque “Iron Gates.”

The Iron Gates is a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania, featuring breathtaking scenery. This part of the river is named the Iron Gates for the two hydroelectric dams that control the water flow.  Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the steep hills.

Over dinner this evening recount the beauty of the day with your fellow travellers.

Day 12

Novi Sad – Vukovar (B,L,D)

Late morning we arrive in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, known for its 19th century buildings and stunning parks.

See the Catholic St. Mary’s Church, the Orthodox Church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. Also the impressive fortress Petrovaradin, that has the distinction of ‘never being taken by the enemy’.

This evening the vessel stops in Vukovar, located on an important trade route at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers. All would pass by on the way to Budapest and Vienna upstream and Romania downstream. An optional evening walking tour is available for those wishing to explore further (additional cost).

Day 13

Mohacs – Kalocsa  (B,L,D)

This morning we visit, and take a walking tour, of the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations.

Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which had a huge impact on European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube.

This afternoon relax onboard or join the optional Grand Hungarian Puszta excursion to enjoy the scenery of the endless plain, where the sky stretches into the horizon (additional cost).

Day 14

Budapest (B,L,D)

Early this morning we dock in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary.

A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis.

In the afternoon there is the option to take an excursion to the Royal Palace of Godollo, an imperial and royal Hungarian palace located in the municipality of Gödöllő in Pest county, central Hungary. It is famous for being a favourite place of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary (additional cost).

A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night.

Day 15

Bratislava (B,L,D)

Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava this afternoon on a city tour.

The city is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also see Bratislava Castle, high above the city. From Michael’s Gate, take a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner onboard this evening.

Day 16

Durnstein – Melk/Emmersdorf (B,L,D)

This morning arrive in Dürnstein, a tiny village surrounded by vineyards, which serves as a jumping off point for an excursion to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine Abbey.

During the day the vessel winds its way through picture perfect scenery in the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley. Rich fields of vineyards line the shores with pretty houses dotting the landscape.

This afternoon with all travellers safely back onboard, the vessel cruises toward the port where this magnificent voyage began.

Days 17 & 18

Passau – Brisbane via Munich & Singapore   (B)

After breakfast, we bid the ship farewell and are transferred to Munich for our return flights to Brisbane.

 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444