Blue Danube to the Black Sea with Istanbul – Westbound
About Saray, Turkey
A visit to the Danube Delta is the highlight on this fascinating vacation through Eastern Europe. Your trip begins with three overnights in exciting Istanbul, Turkey, including visits to the 6th century Underground Cistern, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and the Grand Bazaar. Fly to Bucharest, Romania’s vibrant capital, then travel to Fetesti to embark your ship for a 10-night cruise along the Danube River. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea, sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. See the sights with a Certified Local Guide in each city along the way, from Romania’s Bucharest, to Austria’s Vienna. Disembark in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, and after included sightseeing transfer to Vienna for two overnights in the remarkable “City of Music.” There’s time on your own to savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, window shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets—an incredible conclusion to an amazing vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style bedsDays 1-3 Istanbul: guided sightseeing, visit the 6th century Underground Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and Grand Bazaar; Host service during your stayDay 4 Istanbul–Bucharest: fly to BucharestDay 5 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see Parliament and visit the National Art Museum; onboard welcome receptionDay 6 St. Gheorghe–Tulcea: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lectureDay 7 Harsova: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 8 Rousse: excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi, guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 9 Cetate: wine tastingDay 10 Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibitionDay 11 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 12 Vukovar & Osijek: guided sightseeingDay 13 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine regionDay 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 15 Bratislava (Disembarkation)–Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 16 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 17 Vienna: your vacation ends this morning
Istanbul Moevenpick (SF)Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)Vienna InterContinental (D)
Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.