Danube River Cruise: Vienna to Bucharest

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AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, CROATIA, SERBIA, ROMANIA, AND BULGARIA

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.

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 15-day Danube River Cruise: Vienna to Bucharest tour which includes 2 nights in Brasov where you’ll explore the city and enjoy an excursion to Dracula’s Castle.

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)
  • 1 night in Bucharest

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)
  • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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 on the Danube River
  • One night in a Bucharest hotel
  • Port charges
  • 30 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
  • Wine or beer with lunches and dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours, shore excursions, onboard lectures, folklore performances, and concerts
  • Free Wi-Fi (where available)
  • English-speaking cruise director and tour guides

Tour Itinerary

Map

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

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: Disembark/Bucharest (Romania)

Day 13: Bucharest/USA

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Sep. 2, 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.

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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.

MS RIVER GOVERNESS
For 2022 Departures
Rates are per person based on Category D Cabin (Main Deck) with 2 half-windows that do not open. Single supplements apply when not sharing a room or cabin. Additional single supplements apply for upgraded services. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure, and which cabin types allow single occupancy.

  • Category C: Middle deck with French balcony
  • Category B: Middle deck with French balcony
  • Category A: Upper deck with French balcony

MS RIVER SAPPHIRE
For Select 2023 Departures: Apr. 23, Jun. 2
Rates are per person based on Category D Cabin (Lower Deck) with two small viewing windows that do not open. Single supplements apply when not sharing a room or cabin. Additional single supplements apply for upgraded services. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure, and which cabin types allow single occupancy.

  • Category C: Main Deck Aft with French Balcony
  • Category B: Main Deck with French Balcony
  • Category A: Upper Deck with French Balcony

MS RIVER VENTURE
For Select 2023 Departures: May 7, Sep. 12, Oct. 2
Rates are per person based on Category D Cabin (Main Deck) with 2 half-windows that do not open. Single supplements apply when not sharing a room or cabin. Additional single supplements apply for upgraded services. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure, and which cabin types allow single occupancy.

  • Category C: Middle Deck Aft with French Balcony
  • Category B: Middle Deck Mid/Bow with French Balcony
  • Category A: Upper Deck Aft with French Balcony

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 online or 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. For 2022 departures, full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. For 2023 departures, full payment is due 90 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.

Classical Music Concert

Walking Tour of Downtown Pest

Krusedol Monastery & Wine Tasting

Belogradchik Rocks

Reviews

Patti C

My husband and I were recently on A Danube Discovery Cruise. Our tour Director was Dusan Kuljic. When the unimaginable happened, and my husband became ill and needed emergency surgery in Novi Sad Serbia, Dusan jumped in and stayed by our sides throughout the ordeal. Once he'd found me a place to stay, he returned to his ship but never gave up contact with us, calling frequently to see if we needed anything. When the cruise ended and we were still in Novi Sad, Dusan returned to Belgrade, came to pick us up and move us to Belgrade where we could get a flight home. This man was truly our angel and turned what could have been a real nightmare into an opportunity to develop friendships, sight see, and rest as needed. He is one in a million and thoughts of him will always be at the top of our best memories of this trip.

Virginia W

We thought the trip was excellent. The river boat was good and the people on the boat were VERY gracious. I loved the size of the river boat. Our TD, Dusan J, was excellent. Would have loved for him to stay with us the whole trip. He left after the cruise and we had another one for mountain portion of the trip. He was OK but I can't remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the area. It would be better if you kept same one for all of the trip. I will take another river cruise with smarTours.

Prakash P

Everything was great.We had wonderful time.Tour guides,staff,crew and food was excellent.Also the group was the best ever.This was our seventh tour with smarTours.

TOM a

This vacation was one of the best we have had. Everything, including the ship, all accommodations (ship and land), tours and tour guides, cuisine was very well prepared and excellent. The personnel (ship and land) did everything possible to make everyone happy and satisfied.

Hersh R

We are now on our way home from this wonderful Danube River cruise. I would like to sum up our experience on the Little Prince as outstanding. This trip turned out to far exceed our expectations. The crew and cruise director (Duschan) were terrific. Dining room staff and food quality was excellent. Kitchen staff and our waiter Liviu went out of their way to accommodate the kosher requirements of our table. Tour guides in most locations were very knowledgeable and spoke good english. Our only criticism was the air conditioning in the cabin and dining room. The cabin was very hot and humid and nothing could be done by the staff. We will highly recommend SmarTours to our friends.

Karen Y

Great itinerary. Included excursions were OK but did not really cover a lot of things we wanted to see. Seemed like we viewed a lot of the places from the bus or a walk by but did not go into many places. Boat was older and seemed like a camping trip with the bath being very small and single beds hard. Difficult to regulate the temperature in the room too. Food was good and the staff on the boat was great, very accommodating to food allergies. Hotel in Bucharest was very nice.
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