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12-DAYS STUNNING IRON GATES AND THE DANUBE BEND

From the Iron Gates to the Danube Delta, admire the majestic blue river, crossing 8 countries and stopping in 4 capitals. 

You will discover tremendous landscapes of striking beauty where nature is queen.  From Belgrade to Vienna via Bratislava and Budapest, discover unique architecture, history and culture all along the beautiful Danube.

from $5,711 AUD per person
Trip code:LIT_PP
Duration:12 days
Destination:Central
Origin:Linz, Austria
Travel Dates:26/07/2019, 17/08/2019, 08/09/2019
Sale End Date:31 Mar 2019

Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.

•  Escorted by an experienced Tweet World Travel tour director

•  Expert advice from TWT Travel Specialist

•  All transfers

  • All touring & transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

•  Airport transfers

  • From Linz airport to Cruise Ship
  • From cruise ship to Tulcea airport

•  Meal and beverage

  • Fully inclusive food and drink package on board Croisi Cruise Ship

•  Complimentary WiFi on board Croisi Cruise Ship

•  Entertainment on board Croisi Cruise Ship

•  Tours and Shore Excursions included:

  • Visit the Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Sightseeing tour of Budapest
  • Visit the Puszta and enjoy a horse show
  • Guided tour of Novi Sad
  • Guided tour of Belgrade
  • Guided tour of Ruse
  • Visit to the famous Gelert Baths
  • Guided tour of Bucharest

•  Locally based professional drivers, English speaking tour guides

Pricing information:

Cabin Type Start Date End Date Price pp
twin share
Status
Main Deck 26 July 2019 06 August 2019 $5711.00 Book now
Middle Deck $6157.00 Book now
Upper Deck $6291.00  Book now
Single Supplement $8046.00 Book now
Main Deck 17 August 2019 28 August 2019 $5711.00 On Request
Middle Deck $6157.00 On Request
Upper Deck $6291.00 On Request
Single Supplement $8046.00 On Request
Main Deck 08 September 2019 19 September 2019 $5711.00 On Request
Middle Deck $6157.00 On Request
Upper Deck $6291.00 On Request
Single Supplement $8046.00 On Request

 

 

DAY 1: LINZ (Austria)

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer from Linz airport to Croisi Cruise ship

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Dinner

You will be transferred from the airport and taken to board the ship. After settling into your cabin, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail dinner. Our ship will cruise towards Melk through the night.

BOARDING OF SHIP AT 4PM.

DAY 2: MELK - VIENNA (Austria)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will depart by coach for the Melk Abbey. We will meet up with our guides in the inner courtyard to start our visit. The Abbey overlooking the Danube was first built as the Babenberg’s fortified castle. It was founded in the 11th century and the current buildings of the Benedictine abbey date from the Baroque era and were designed by architect Jakob Prandtauer.

Melk Abbey now houses a museum in which you’ll discover several rooms that have been enhanced thanks to architecture, sound and light as well as the use of various types of media. Computer animations will tell you a story about the construction of the edifices. You will also visit the marble hall, the world famous library and the bedchambers where a number of illustrious visitors have slept.

Afterwards we will return onboard the ship and cruise to Vienna. 

DAY 3: VIENNA - BRATISLAVA (Slovakia)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join us for a guided visit of Schonbrunn Palace with its magnificent park, the former summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family. When we arrive at the Palace we will be guided through the numerous rooms of the Habsburgs summer residence which bears witness to the splendour of the Court at the time of Maria Theresa. Take advantage of some free time to wander through the Palace gardens. After our visit we will begin to cruise to Bratislava.

In the afternoon we take a guided tour of Bratislava, dominated to the north by the slopes of the southern tip of the Little Carpathians and bathed by the Danube. Its charm is found in the old town, with its splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares.

We will then return onboard and cruise to Budapest.

DAY 4: BUDAPEST (Hungary)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will arrive in Budapest and then take a sightseeing tour of Budapest. First we will cross the famous Chain Bridge heading for the Buda Hills. We will go up to the Castle quarter followed by the Fisherman's Bastion, built in Neo- Roman style in 1902, from where we will enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the Danube. Behind the Bastion, we will find Matthias Church, the oldest church in the city, founded in 1015 by St Stepen, King of Hungary. The church was the scene of several coronations. We will then cross the plains of Pest and drive past Heroes Square, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Vajdahunyad Castle and more. We will then drive up the renowned Andrassy Avenue and past St Stephens Basilia. We will follow the river all the way to the famous Hungarian Parliament Building overlooking the Danube with its Byzantine and Neo Gothic styles.

In the afternoon we take an excursion to discover the Gellert Baths and Spa. Now a part of the famous Hotel Gellert in Buda, references to the spas healing waters have been found from as early as the 13th century. The current spa was founded in 1918, and a visit to the Art Nouveau Thermal Baths is a beautiful and historical experience. After the tour take some time to relax and enjoy the sauna and geothermal pools. This is an exceptional tour in one of the most historical places in the city. Don't forget to bring your swim suit.

In the evening enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest.

Our ship will cruise through the night.

DAY 5: BUDAPEST - KALOCSA (Hungary) - MOHACS (Hungary) - BEZDAN (Serbia) 

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we depart by coach in the company of your host/hostess in the direction of Kiskunsag Park, at the heart of the Puszta. The Puszta, also known as the Great Plain of Hungary, is a large, flat grassland that was regarded as the Wild West of Hungary in the 19th century with cow-boys watching over colossal cattle herds grazing on pasture. The Puszta has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999. Riding aboard a charabanc – a traditional horse-drawn carriage with wooden benches – you’ll be amazed by the wonderful landscapes and unusual fauna of the Puszta.

In a small part of the Hungarian Steppe, you’ll get to observe Racka sheep with their spiral-shaped horns, Mangalica pigs with their curly coats and Hungarian Grey cattle with their long, curved horns, as well as rare species of birds. In the course of your visit, you’ll get the chance to attend a traditional equestrian show while tasting "palinka" (plum eau-de-vie) and some "pogacsa" (small savory buns) as well as mineral water, sheltered from the sun under a thatched roof. The csikós, the mounted horse-herdsmen of Hungary dressed in traditional blue attire, will invite you to take part in their “games of skill and Return on board by coach.

After we board, we will cruise towards Mohacs and Novi Sad through the night.

DAY 6: NOVI SAD (Serbia) - BELGRADE (Serbia)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll set off by coach to visit the town of Novi Sad. Capital of the autonomous region of Vojvodina, Novi Sad is also the second largest town in Serbia, going by the size of its population. The town has a long and troubled history since it was under the rule of Celts, Romans, Franks, Barbarians and Turks until it became part of the Habsburg empire. It was known as “Petrovaradin” in the past, and the name Novi Sad (meaning ‘new plant') only came into use in 1748. The history of the town was further troubled during the 20th century when after the First World War, the Balkan territories were in turn united and separated under different names, until in 2006 when the town finally became part of an independent Serbia.

We’ll visit the city centre on foot. The Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, grew up around the ancient fortifications. We’ll get the chance to visit the Episcopal Church as well as an orthodox church before we continue up the main street to Freedom Square where we’ll find the Town Hall, dating from 1895. The coach will be waiting for you near Freedom square to finish the visit with a panoramic tour up the main boulevards leading to the boat.

Our coach will continue to the little village of Sremski Karlovci where we’ll visit the Cathedral of St Nicholas, built in typical baroque style in 1758, and the first ever secondary school of Serbia dating from the end of the 18th century which has a library housing around 18,000 books. We’ll take time to admire one of the most well-known of the town's monuments, the Four Lions Fountain, built in 1799 to celebrate the town's first ever waterworks. Return on board in Novi Sad.

The afternoon will be spent cruising, before arriving in the Serbian capital in the evening.

Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment in Belgrade.

DAY 7: BELGRADE - DONJI MILANOVAC (Serbia)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we set out by coach to visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, also known as one of the oldest European cities with history stretching back some 7,000 years. The "White City" is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers.

The town has a fortress sitting atop one of the highest hills in Belgrade as well as a commercial centre and port. We will start off with a guided panoramic tour of the city, during which we will have the opportunity to admire Belgrade's National Theatre and National Museum, the Royal Palace which currently houses the City Assembly of Belgrade, the Ancient Royal Palace and more.

We will stop off at the Orthodox Church of St Sava. Its construction began in 1939, though it has remained a work in progress since the Second World War. We will head back to the city by coach for some free time before our guide takes you to Kalemegdan Park, the largest and most beautiful park in Belgrade located atop one of its highest hills along side Belgrade Fortress, overlooking the Danube and Sava.

We will return back to the boat and the afternoon will be spent cruising to Donji Milanovac.

DAY 8: DONJI MILANOVAC - THE IRON GATES

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The entire day will be spent cruising on the Danube. Our ship will pass through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube that forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. It was called "The Cauldrons" by ancient sailors, since the water, held tightly between two steep cliffs, seem to be boiling. On the Serbian bank of the river, we will catch a glimpse of The Tabula Traiana- a marble plaque honouring the Roman Road that once linked Rome to the province of Dacia.

Tonight is our Gala evening and dinner.

DAY 9: RUSE (Bulgaria)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will arrive in Ruse.

Join us on an excursion for a tour of the canyon-shaped valley along the Rusenski Lom River, and the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock. We’ll set off by coach to visit the town of Ruse, one of the largest ports in Bulgaria. It was founded by the Romans under the orders of Emperor Augustus. During the Ottoman Empire, it was the most important town of the empire located on the Danube.In the company of our guide, we’ll discover the fascinating architectural heritage of the town, a rich mixture of Bulgarian and Romanian cultures.

We’ll get the chance to admire the Dohodno Zdanie (the Old Theatre), built in 1902 by architects Raul Brank, Georg Lang and Frank Scholz; the Monument of Liberty, a masterpiece by Florentine architect and sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi; the Catholic Church with its multi-coloured stained-glass windows and so on. We’ll end our visit with a tasting of a local pastry and wine.

Afterwards we have some free time to go shopping before our coaches take us back to the ship.

DAY 10: RUSE - GIURGIU (Romania) - OLTENITA (Romania)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our ship will cruise to Giurgiu where we will take a guided tour of Bucharest. We’ll leave on our full day excursion in the company of our guides to discover the Romanian capital of Bucharest. According to legend, the city was founded by a shepherd called Bucur, which means ‘joy' in Romanian. Bucharest has suffered greatly from its communist past but after the year 2000, due to the advent of significant economic growth, the city has modernised. We will start off our visit with a panoramic tour of the city giving you an overview of the various monuments of the capital.

We’ll head to a restaurant for a typical Romanian lunch with traditional music and folklore dancing to entertain us. After lunch, we’ll head again by coach to Bucharest's Eco-museum, a genuine village in the city where we’ll learn about the habitats of the different regions of Romania and their handcrafts. We’ll conclude our visit with a photo stop at the Palace of Parliament, a gigantic neo-classical style marble construction designed by Ceausescu before visiting the Orthodox Church.

We’ll leave Bucharest by coach and head back to the ship.

We will return to board the cruise boat in Olenita.

DAY 11: TULCEA (Romania)

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will arrive in Tulcea and then take an excursion to The Danube Delta where we will board a tourist pleasure boat to enjoy the flora and fauna, see the multiple natural and artificial canals, and walk away with impressions that will last a life time. Keep your eyes peeled for some white pelicans, dwarf cormorants, glossy ibis or other species.

We will return on board in Tulcea. Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

DAY 12: TULCEA 

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Vivaldi

MEALS: Breakfast

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Transfer from cruise ship to Tulcea airport

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tulcea airport for your flight home to Australia.

Cancellation charges for this booking as below:

-  Cancel at anytime: $900 deposit is non-refundable

-  More than 109 days before departure: 65% of total price

-  Between 109 and 65 days prior to departure: 70% of total price

-  Between 64 and 40 days prior to departure: 75% of total price

-  Within 39 days prior to departure: 100% of total price

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