9 Day Eastern Danube River Cruise

$3159
Land Only
$3929*
Air & Land
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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $4059* $3059
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4059* $3059
Budapest Monarch Governess $3949* $2949
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $3849* $2849
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $4269* $3269
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4269* $3269
Budapest Monarch Governess $3969* $3159
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4059* $3059
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $4199* $3479
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4479* $3479
Budapest Monarch Governess $4369* $3369
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $3999* $3269
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $4689* $3689
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4429* $3689
Budapest Monarch Governess $4389* $3579
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4209* $3479
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $4669* $3899
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4679* $3899
Budapest Monarch Governess $4599* $3789
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4329* $3689
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Budapest Monarch Governess $5089* $4319
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $5099* $4319
Budapest Monarch Governess $5019* $4209
Giurgiu Monarch Governess $4809* $4109

*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Budapest to Giurgiu: Passengers arriving to Budapest on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Passengers returning from Bucharest on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am.

Giurgiu to Budapest: Passengers arriving to Bucharest on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2:00 pm. Transfers to Giurgiu will depart at approximately 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary

DAY 2, Thursday - Cruise Embarkation in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to the port. Cabins will be ready for check-in at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. After dinner, we sail out of Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Puszta Horse Show
Awake this morning in Kalocsa, Hungary, a picturesque town that specializes in the production of paprika. One of the oldest towns in Hungary, Kalocsa is well-known for the horse shows of Puszta, in the rural region of the country. View an exciting show as you experience the countryside
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Vukovar & Osijek
Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. During lunch, set sail to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, offering picturesque architecture and vibrant night life, elected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2021
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Belgrade City Tour
Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city’s turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps, continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theatre, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing
Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel eastward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Vidin
Cross the border into Bulgaria early this morning and arrive in the port town of Vidin. The day is yours to explore this beautiful town with its many historic and cultural landmarks. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Sail away mid-afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Ruse City Tour
Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof. You could step back in time during a visit to the Kaliopa House, preserved from the late 19th century. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Romania
This morning transfer to the airport in Bucharest for your departure flight. The Bucharest airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Romania
Depart for Romania

DAY 2, Thursday - Cruise Embarkation in Giurgiu
Arrive in Bucharest, Romania and transfer to the port in Giurgiu. Embarkation will be ready for check in at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Ruse City Tour
Today explore Ruse, one of Bulgaria's most elegant cities, brimming with history from the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a walking tour and view the building of the Tax Administration with its wonderful facade, adorned with seven different symbolic figures on the roof. You could step back in time during a visit to the Kaliopa House, preserved from the late 19th century. Or, journey south on the optional tour of the village of Arbanassi in Veliko Tarnovo. This soaring village atop a high peak exemplifies the Bulgarian National Revival architectural movement
Optional: Full Day Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Vidin
Arrive this morning in the port town of Vidin. The day is yours to explore this beautiful town with its many historic and cultural landmarks. Be sure to sample the regional wine, as Vidin is known for its fertile climate, ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Sail away mid-afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Iron Gates & Scenic Sailing
Spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as your travel westward. Soak in the history as you view the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. Sail through the famed Iron Gates, a gorge that contains a pair of hydroelectric dams and power stations. It is easy to understand why visitors flock to this stunning gorge. The landscape around the area is truly breathtaking
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Belgrade City Tour
Explore the highlights of Belgrade and learn about the city’s turbulent history and architecture. Visit the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the lovely park surrounding it. Perhaps continue to the Republic Square and view the National Theatre, National Museum and the Prince Mihail monument. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in the city. Afterwards, arrive at the Vracar Plateau to view the Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Vukovar & Osijek
Arrive in Vukovar, the largest river port in Croatia. Spend the day learning about both the ancient and recent history of the area. The region is full of culture, with numerous museums conveying the story of Vukovar's chaotic past. Visit Osijek, the economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. In the early afternoon set sail towards Hungary
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Puszta Horse Show
Awake this morning in Kalocsa, Hungary, a picturesque town that specializes in the production of paprika. One of the oldest towns in Hungary, Kalocsa is well-known for the horse shows of Puszta, in the rural region of the country. View an exciting show as you experience the countryside
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Hungary
This morning transfer to the airport in Budapest for your departure flight. The Budapest airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Begin the day with a scenic drive through the expanses of the Danube plains, to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s former medieval capital. Tour the city that is one of the most picturesque places in Bulgaria, characterized by narrow cobbled lanes, medieval remains of fortifications and churches and an evocative handicraft market. Afterward, continue to the nearby historic village of Arbanasi, famous for its rich past and colorfully painted 15th century Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch including local wine or beer.

Day #8 01 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $75.00
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Begin the day with a scenic drive through the expanses of the Danube plains, to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s former medieval capital. Tour the city that is one of the most picturesque places in Bulgaria, characterized by narrow cobbled lanes, medieval remains of fortifications and churches and an evocative handicraft market. Afterward, continue to the nearby historic village of Arbanasi, famous for its rich past and colorfully painted 15th century Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch including local wine or beer.

Day #3 01 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $75.00
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