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.

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.

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

  • 10-night Cruise from Vienna to Bucharest
    • 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)


  • 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)
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
  • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
  • Peles Castle
  • Brasov City Tour
  • Dracula’s Castle

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from New York area (JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 10-night cruise aboard the MS River Governess in a main deck cabin with 2 half windows
  • Two nights in a Brasov hotel
  • One night in a Bucharest hotel
  • Port charges
  • 35 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Wine or beer with lunches and dinners
  • 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

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

Book by Jul. 29, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
September 10
September 24
$4,699 $4,299
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For 2022 Departures
Rates are based on Main Deck (Cat D) cabins with 2 half windows. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT. C, Middle Deck with outside facing cabin with french balcony: Add $249 per person double occupancy (plus $100 single supplement)
• CAT. B, Middle Deck with outside facing cabin with french balcony: Add $399 per person double occupancy
• CAT. A, Upper Deck with outside facing cabin with french balcony: Add $699 per person double occupancy

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

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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