Danube River Cruise: Vienna to Bucharest with Dracula's Castle


On this air-inclusive trip, sail down the Danube River stopping at some of Eastern Europe’s most fascinating cities—from Vienna and Budapest to Belgrade and Bucharest. Before setting sail, go sightseeing in Vienna, which features beautiful palaces and modern architecture. Then, depart on the ship to Bratislava, Slovakia where you’ll explore the sights around Old Town. Next, stop down the river takes you into Hungary for a visit to Budapest. You’ll tour the city and then have a full day to discover sights at your leisure. Sail along the picturesque Drava River to Croatia for a day around Vukovar and then set your sights on Serbia, with stops at the charming cities of Novi Sad and Belgrade. Admire the stunning vistas as we cruise to Bulgaria, bringing you to Vidin. From Bucharest we’ll travel to Brasov and nearby Bran where the highlight is the mystical Vlad Tepes Dracula’s Castle.

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 13-day Danube River Cruise: Vienna to Bucharest tour visiting highlights along the Danube River.

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 10-night Danube Cruise to Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Vukovar (Croatia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Vidin (Bulgaria)
  • 2 nights in Brasov (Romania)
  • 1 night in Bucharest (Romania)

Tour Highlights

  • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
  • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
  • Walking Tour with Concert (Vukovar)
  • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
  • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
  • Authentic Serbian Lunch with plum brandy
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
  • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
  • Peles Castle
  • Brasov City Tour
  • Dracula’s Castle

Activity Level: Discoverer

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 10-night cruise on the Danube River
  • Two nights in a Brasov hotel
  • One night in a Bucharest hotel
  • Port charges
  • 35 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
  • 2 glasses of wine or beer with lunch and dinner
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours, shore excursions, onboard lectures, folklore performances, and concerts
  • Free Wi-Fi on ship(where available)
  • English-speaking cruise director and tour guides

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

Your fascinating river cruise journey begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Europe.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Vienna on Day 2.

Day 2: Arrive Vienna (Austria)

Day 3: Vienna Sightseeing/Set Sail

Day 4: Bratislava (Slovakia)

Day 5: Budapest (Hungary)

Day 6: Budapest (Hungary)

Day 7: Vukovar (Croatia)

Day 8: Novi Sad (Serbia)

Day 9: Belgrade

Day 10: Sailing through the Iron Gates (Serbia)

Day 11: Vidin (Bulgaria)

Day 12: Bucharest/Sinaia/Brasov

Day 13: Dracula's Castle Excursion

Day 14: Brasov/Bucharest

Day 15: Bucharest/USA

Guided Tour Pricing

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

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