From Bucharest to Izmail, Passage Danube Delta, Vilkovo, Bucharest, Rousse, Passage Danube Cataracts, Belgrade, Mohacz, Budapest, Vienna, Passage Wachau to Passau
Your trip starts in Bucharest. First you enjoy the point where the Danube stops being a river in order to flow out into the Black Sea: Kilometre Zero. Over more than 5,000 square kilometres of Danube delta, you can see over 4,000 animal and 1,000 plant species. Keep your eyes peeled, perhaps a pelican will fly past – anything is possible here. Here, the many enchanting towns in which you stop off almost become irrelevant.
|1||Oltenita (Bucharest) - Romania||—||8pm|
|Transfer from Bucharest Airport - Embarkation|
|2||Izmail - Ukraine||4pm||overnight|
Izmail with its 85.000 inhabitans is the capital of Bessarabia. Within all these centuries Bessarabia belongs to different countries. In the 14th century it was part of Moldavia, in the 16th century Turkish; 1790 Izmail was conquered by the famous Russian General Alexander Suvorov; today Izmail is a very peaceful and green city. Our City Tour will show you the Pokrovsky- Cathedral, the diorama of General Alexander Suvorov and a lot of other interesting buildings in this charming city on the Danube.<xml></xml>
|3||Izmail - Ukraine||-||3am|
|3||Vilkova - Ukraine||7am||1pm|
Boat-Trip to Danube Delta KM 0
In 1998, under UNESCO Programme on Man an the Biosphere, the 6264.03 km² of Danube Delta were established as Biosphere Reserve shared by Romania and Ukraine. Vilkovo is in the Chilia arm, which as of present remains the most unspoiled arm of the main three. You will see the spectacular flora and fauna during your boat trip to the mouth of the river. Here at Danube kilometer Zero you will be in the middle of this unique ecosystem between River and Sea.
|3||Passage Danube Delta||-||-|
|Excursion Vessels to Mile "0"|
|3||Izmail - Ukraine||05:30pm||7pm|
|Stop for Declaration|
|4||Galati - Romania||1am||3am|
|Stop for Declaration|
|4||Fetesti (Bucharest) - Romania||10:30am||11am|
|Stop for Disembarkation Shore Excursions|
City Tour of Bucharest
See the most interesting Highlights of Bukarest within this charming City Tour. Bukarest is just one Hour north of Oltenita and worth visiting!
You will first enjoy the magnificent buildings in the center and then visiting the Paalace of the Parliament – the second biggest building in the world! This guided walk through the Palace with all its gorgeousness is really unforgettable. Afterwards you will see the other hightlight of the city befor traveling back to Giurgiu to join A-ROSA SILVA.
|4||Oltenita - Romania||7pm||07:30pm|
|Re-Embarkation Shore Excursions|
|4||Rousse - Bulgaria||10:30pm||overnight|
|5||Rousse - Bulgaria||-||1pm|
City Tour of Rousse
Today you will see the most important City on the Bulgarian Part of the Danube. Ruse is known for its 19th- and 20th-centuryNeo-Barouque and Neo-Rococo architecture, which attracts many tourists. It is often called theLittle Vienna. The Most important sights or buildings are the Monument of Liberty that was built at the beginning of the 20th century by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi. Dohodno Zdanie is an imposing Neoclassical edifice in the city centre of Ruse, built in 1898–1902 to accommodate the local theatre performances. Along with the Monument of Liberty it is a symbol of the city. Girdap was the first privately owned Bulgarian bank. Established in Ruse in 1881, Girdap was among the six largest banks in Bulgaria, and during the wars its financial group was the most influential in the country. Today the main building houses the administration of Ruse's Chamber of Commerce and it's a favorite meeting point. The old city centre is the square around theRousse Historical Museum. The regional library "Lyuben Karavelov" is located on the square. The building is decorated with baroque ornaments- leaves, pearles and rosettes.
|6||Daytime - Passage Danube Cataracts||-||-|
|7||Belgrade - Serbia||6am||8pm|
|Belgrade’s troubled history is reflected in a rich and varied architectural legacy. In the past, the city has changed hands many times and has now been the capital of Serbia since 1992. At the heart of the city, the square of the Republic leads on to the pedestrian shopping area and also the so-called Skadarlija artists’ quarter, both of which are definitely worth a visit.|
City Tour of Belgrade
This relaxing guided tour takes you to the fortress of Kalemegdan. You will enjoy the most beautiful view over the City and the River Save and the river Danube. Then you will see the most historically significant sights such as the Dom, the Palace and the lovely pedestrian walk.
In one hour drive through the Vojvodina region you will reach Novi Sad, the capitol of Vojvodina with 300.000 inhabitans and a big university. It is the second biggest City in Serbia and has a lot to explore: The City Center with Freedom Place and Marias Church, Beaches along the Danube and the old Fortress Petrowaradin high above the Danube. On your way back to Belgrad you will visit Krusedol Cloister to learn something about the live of the Serbian popes and you will be astonished by the beautiful frescos and icons in the Church.
|8||Mohacz - Hungary||1pm||3pm|
|Stop for Declaration|
|9||Budapest - Hungary||8am||2pm|
|Budapest once consisted of three parts: Buda, Obuda and Pest. Buda meaning “oven” was the historical upper city with the castle. The part Obuda meaning “old oven” was the part between the hill and the Danube. And Pest on the left-hand side was where most of the population lived. In 1872, these three parts were combined to form a real centre.|
City Tour of Budapest
On this guided tour you experience all the highlights of the "Queen of the Danube". Photograph the millennium monument on Hősök tere (Heroes' Square) in Pest, marvel at the opera, the former stock exchange and the parliament building preserved in neo-Gothic style. Walking in the Buda hills, you see the Matthias Church and visit the Fisherman's Bastion, from where there's a wonderful view over the Danube and the Pest district of the town on the other bank. Light refreshments are included. This fascinating tour is rounded off by a trip to Gellért Hill with its trademark citadel and freedom monument.
|10||Vienna - Austria||2pm||11pm|
|Vienna, the capital of Austria, is known as the city on the blue Danube, but today the main river is actually detached from the inner city and only the Danube Channel runs through the city. Vienna is still one of Europe’s most seductive cities, however, and is worth a visit not just for its incomparable cultural treasures, the pomp and elegance of former glory, but also for its traditional coffee houses.|
City Tour with Viennese Flair
Get to know Vienna's most historically significant sights. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings, such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament Building, the city hall, the university, the stock exchange and past numerous palaces and memorials to famous composers, poets and artists. You travel along the Prater with its big wheel to the Hundertwasser house, to St. Charles's Church and the Viennese Music Association. Finally, you enjoy one of the loveliest views of the former imperial city from the gardens of the Belvedere palace before returning to the vessel.
|11||Krems - Austria||08:30am||9am|
|Stop for Disembarkation Shore Excursions|
Dürnstein & Benedectine Abbey Melk
Dürnstein is a very charming village surrounded by a wall: This wall, in turn, leads up to the castle that overlooks the village. This castle was erected in the 12th century and destroyed by Swedish troops in 1645. Richard I of England, was imprisoned in the castle’s tower until he was rescued by Blondel, his faithful minnesinger. Among the villages other special features is the blue and white baroque tower of the monastery. The former monastery church, which is today used as a parish church, was built between 1721 and 1725. Also of interest are the ruins of the former Klarissinnen Church, which are located close by. First you travel through the wonderful Wachau scenery and along the Danube to arrive at the Benedictine abbey at Melk. The abbey, enthroned on a 60 m high rocky outcrop above the town and the Danube, is one of the greatest Baroque buildings in Europe. An extensive visit forms the highpoint of your short tour, before you go back on board at Melk.
|11||Passage Wachau - Austria||-||-|
|11||Melk - Austria||12:30pm||1pm|
|Stop for Re-Embarkation Shore Excursions Stop for Re-Embarkation Shore Excursions The town is first mentioned as Medilica in 831 in a donation of Louis the German; the name is from a Slavic word for 'border. The area around Melk was given to Margrave Leopold I in the year 976 to serve as a buffer between the Magyars (called "Turks" in that time's sources) to east and Bavaria to the west. In 996 mention was first made of an area known as Ostarichi, which is the origin of the word Oesterreich (German for Austria). The bluff which holds the current monastery held a Babenberger castle until the site was given to Benedictine monks from nearby Lambach by Margrave Leopold II in 1089. Melk received market rights in 1227 and became a municipality in 1898. In a very small area, Melk presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries.|
|12||Passau - Germany||7am||—|
|Passau is a picturesque city located on a peninsula where the Inn and the Ilz join the Danube. The predominantly Baroque city has always been shaped by historical events. Its tourist attractions reflect its rich history. Passau is also called the “gateway to the Black Sea”. Disembarkation and Transfer to Munich Airport|
|Arrival Date||Ship||Cat./Bed/Deck||All-Inclusiv Fare|
|07/31 - 08/11/2014||A-ROSA SILVA||Twin Bed - Outside - Deck 1||$ 4,039|
|A-ROSA SILVA||Dbl Bed - Outside - Deck 1||$ 4,039|
|A-ROSA SILVA||Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 2||$ 5,439|
|A-ROSA SILVA||Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 3||$ 5,439|
|A-ROSA SILVA||Dbl Bed - Jr. Suite - Deck 3||$ 8,399|
|A-ROSA SILVA||Dbl Bed - Balcony Suite - Deck 3||$ 10,999|
AIR Add-on (Economy USA): $1,750
AIR Add-on (Economy Vancouver/Toronto): $2,325/$2,080