Untouched wilderness full of biodiversity as far as the eye can see! Be fascinated by natural spectacles and the immense variety of birds and plants of the Danube Delta. Join us on a journey full of nature, where besides flora and fauna, history also outgrows itself - in Budapest, Belgrade and Vienna as well as in old fortresses, principalities and kingdoms.
Located in Germany at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Liz, the Bavarian town of Passau has a charm that attracts tourists from far and wide. Rich in history, the town can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD when it was established as a colony of the Roman Empire.
Today, the town boasts superb examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen. Built in 1688, this magnificent cathedral houses one of the world's largest pipe organs and is a major attraction for visitors. Other notable buildings in the town include the Church of St. Michael and Lamberg Palais. With a population of only just over 50,000, Passau is a peaceful town and not at all difficult to get around for visitors. It's certainly worth a visit.
"Living on the water is a privilege" - early on, the first settlers chose Passau as their place of residence because of its location on the three rivers.
Crafts, trade, monasteries and (prince) bishops shaped life over many centuries. Immerse yourself in the past and present of the "Bavarian Venice"! Join us on a journey through the centuries, through picturesque alleys, past St. Stephen's Cathedral with its world-famous organ, the prince-bishops' residences and the town hall with its high-water marks.
Enjoy the views of the pilgrimage church Mariahilf and the Veste Oberhaus and let yourself be enchanted by the baroque flair of this bishop's town.
Get to know the capital of the young Slovak Republic on this excursion. Bratislava is located near the border triangle where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary and Austria meet and has always been considered a melting pot of different peoples and cultures. The old town, which is well worth seeing, has largely preserved its Gothic-Baroque style. Here you can clearly feel the upheaval that has taken place in recent years, and everywhere you look you can see that the old buildings are being restored. Besides a tour you have the possibility to taste Slovakian beer. Let us surprise you.Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
The Konditorei Kormuth is known to old Bratislavans as Patisserie "u Sturtter". It bears the name Konditorei because in the 19th century German and Hungarian were spoken in Bratislava. Mr. Sturtzer, who also ran a confectionery in these premises since the beginning of the 20th century, was of German nationality.
The premises of the Konditorei Kormuth were completely rebuilt and have been working on their present form for more than ten years. Only the front has been open to the public so far, the rear parts of the confectionery are still being renovated.
The history of the building in which the present confectionery is located dates back to the Renaissance period and is also the basis of the whole idea of the historical interior in the Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance spirit, which consists of historical artefacts and is a lifelong collection of the contemporary owner. His passion and feeling for art was also reflected in the appearance of the whole interior. All furniture is Neo-Renaissance from the 19th century, mainly from Italy. Mirrors, chandeliers, lamps, clocks, a collection of stained glass, sculptures and all artefacts are original historical antiques of the highest artistic quality, mostly from the 15th-19th century. The whole interior is supplemented by paintings and frescoes with Renaissance motifs, painted by academic painters for more than six years, according to individual rooms, which are also educational in nature and dedicated to various themes of old Bratislava. The lounges are thematically divided: one tells about the great monarchs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were crowned here, another about old crafts and their patrons, but also about palaces that were the pride of old Bratislava.
You can enjoy delicious cake and coffee directly from the rare historical porcelain and crystal, served by elegant gentlemen in stylish suits with bow ties and professional gastronomic knowledge.
Interesting is also the list of drinks, where you can learn something about the history of the confectionery and its premises, and you will be surprised by the interesting offer of special, non-traditional coffees, liqueurs, wines and other delicacies. The unique atmosphere is complemented by French and Italian chansons combined with historical Renaissance music.
Solt is a cruise port and a city in Kaloc, Hungary (Bach Kishkun District) with around 6,000 inhabitants. Two highways run through the region - 51 (190 km upstream and connected to Budapest / state capital) and 52 (64 km connected to Transdanubia).
The local landscape is characterized by arable land (in the east) with irrigation waterways, several shore dunes, a woody hill and vineyards (in the northwest). The city is named after the Hungarian prince Zoltan/Zolt (896-949 AD). The most famous sights are the Vecey Fortress (early 19th era), the Roman Catholic Church, the Changed Church and the Pincemuzeum, Meleg-Hegi (the cellar is a village with about 700 inhabitants), Place Saint-Laszlo (containing an open-air subject park), Revber equestrian centre, Radioado (antenna mast/radio transmitter with a height of 304 m), and Teleki-Shandor fort. It is a charming city that is worth visiting.
The trip leads directly from the boat to the puszta. On arrival all guests are welcomed with schnapps, larded bread with onions and wine. In Bakodpuszta you will get to know rare animal species, such as grey cattle and woolly pigs. Get an insight into the harmony between horses and people during the horse show. The elegance of horse and carriage driving and the puszta tens will provide you with unforgettable experiences. During the carriage ride to the Puszta you will marvel at the fauna and flora of Kalocsa Sarköz. After visiting the stables you will be taken to Kalocsa, 11 kilometres away. This picturesque town on the eastern bank of the Danube is a centre of Hungarian folk art. In the House of Folk Art you can see embroideries with typical Hungarian motives. In the disused railway station you will find numerous wall paintings. The old bishop's town is also known for its spicy peppers. In the town you can visit the Paprika House, where the paprika culture is presented and you have the opportunity to taste small snacks with paprika.
The wonderfully green Mecsek Mountains form the backdrop for Pécs, one of the most beautiful and at the same time lively cities in Hungary. From Kalocsa it takes about 90 minutes to get to the heart of this city, which offers an atmospheric mixture of past and present. Pécs was European Capital of Culture in 2010, but for Hungarians it has remained so after that. In hardly any other city can you experience such a relaxed atmosphere, combined with a wide range of cultural influences, countless places to stay and many historical sights. Everything you need to see in Pécs is located in the pedestrian zone in the city centre and you can experience all this on a sightseeing tour of about 2.5 hours in this fascinating city. As soon as you arrive, you will be immersed in the lively Mediterranean atmosphere that Pécs radiates. During the tour you will discover, among other things, the historical basilica, the mosque on Széchenyi Square, which is worth seeing, and of course the beautiful Zsolnay Fountain in Art Nouveau style, which reminds us of the heritage of the famous Hungarian ceramic artist Vilmos Zsolnay. Between all these places worth seeing, there is of course enough time to stroll through the small alleys and admire the many old buildings with their expressive facades. On this city tour you will dive deeply into the history and culture of Pécs and take home many unforgettable impressions.Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
Novi Sad is creative, energetic, and multicultural, it is a manifestation of present Serbia with its noisy pedestrian zones and squares, cafes and trendy bars, a thriving melody scene and fascinating galleries and museums. Through the city's many historical sights, it is easy to apprehend why the city will be the first European Capital of Ethos in 2021 that isn't a member of the EU.
Holiday at Novi Sad on a river cruise is a predominantly rewarding experience. When you travel into the city, you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Danube and then simply go ashore and realize the best attractions. The city has many historical and cultural sights, many of which are within a short distance. The Zmaj Jovina pedestrian street, which extends from the city square to Dunavska Lane, is the entrance to many of the town's most common attractions.
Pure culture is offered by this beautiful excursion, on which you can experience both the Krusedol Monastery and the city of Novi Sad up close. An exciting excursion awaits you.
Embedded in an idyllic landscape, the impressive Krusedol Monastery, which is especially famous for its beautiful murals and icons, welcomes you. After a relaxing time in a restful environment, you will then set off for Novi Sad and take a refreshment break in a cosy restaurant along the way. The metropolis of Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and you will quickly be captivated by its friendly atmosphere. Explore this fascinating city on foot and by bus, so you will not miss any of the many sights of Novi Sad. Especially the fortress of Petrovaradin is a place that characterizes Novi Sad and impresses with its imposing appearance. But also the town hall and the library of the town are impressive.
Novi Sad was founded in 1694 when Serbian merchants formed a colony on the other side of the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, a strategic military post of the Habsburgs. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became an important centre of trade and production and a centre of Serbian culture of the time, which earned it the nickname of Serbian Athens. Today Novi Sad, together with the capital Belgrade, is the industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy.
As Novi Sad was heavily destroyed during the revolution in the 19th century, today's landmarks have a baroque Austro-Hungarian touch. The walk begins at the Danube Park, one of the most popular places for relaxation for the locals. Calm, colourful and cosmopolitan: The Serbian town on the Danube is considered one of the most beautiful Balkan towns. During your walk you will discover numerous churches, the bishop's square and the theatre.
After the wonderful city walk in Novi Sad, a 30-minute bus ride to Sremski Karlovci takes you to the Zivanovic family home.
The beekeeping museum and winery provide a comprehensive insight into the long tradition of beekeeping in the Zivanovic family. Even today it is still a fantastic family business where visitors can enjoy the delicious honeys and wines. There are over 200 beehives in the beautiful estate, where the Beekeeping Museum was founded in 1968. A special highlight is the 300 year old wine cellar where you can taste the best wines of the region. The 3 hectares of vineyards are situated on the slopes of the Fruska hill and bear the name of the Zivanovic family. The quality of the delicious wine was appreciated many years ago, as the wine of the family business was already on the Titanic wine list. Indulge your senses with the wonderful taste and smell of honey and wine.
Belgrade, the Capital of Serbia, is one of Europe's oldest Cities. Known as the City that never sleeps, Belgrade is famous for its nightlife from its floating clubs on its two main rivers, the Danube and the Sava, to its many bars and nightclubs. Why not combine nightlife with great food, local specialties such as Cevapi, a traditional kebab meal are not to be missed.
However, this city is so much more than this. Rich in history and Culture, it is a seamless blend of Ottoman, Habsburg and Art Nouveau architecture with echos of its more recent Communist roots. Home to one of the largest Orthodox Christian Churches in the world, The Temple of Saint Sava, the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress and numerous renowned museums there is plenty to do and see in this imposing city.
During today's land excursion we get to know the Serbian capital Belgrade by bus and on foot. We will be picked up by our guide at the cruise terminal and reach the city centre after a ten-minute drive. Here we first leave the bus and take an interesting one-hour walk through Kalemegdan Park and the Fortress, and then proceed to Republic Square, where we enjoy a refreshing drink, which is included, at the Majestic Hotel. Afterwards, our panoramic drive through Belgrade begins, during which we pass the most important sights of the city. We will see the equestrian statue of Prince Miloŝ Obrenovič and admire the magnificent buildings of the National Museum and the National Theatre. Founded in 1844, the museum opened its doors to the public only in 2018 after an extensive renovation that took 15 years. The journey continues to Terezijeplatz and the monumental building of the National Assembly. At the St. Sava Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in the world, we make a photo stop. The cathedral in neo-Byzantine style covers the gigantic area of 4500 m² and is famous for its fantastic dome mosaics, among other things. After the city tour, which takes about 75 minutes, the bus takes us back to the landing stage of our ship.Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
This excursion offers you a great opportunity to explore the charming surroundings of Belgrade. A comfortable bus will take you to Topola, about 70 kilometres from Belgrade, where you can enjoy the wonderful flair of this beautiful small town. On the mountain Oplenac near Topola the impressive church of St. George awaits you, where almost all members of the Serbian royal family have found their last resting place. Especially the artfully decorated crypt of the church is very worth seeing and gives you an intense impression of the splendour that was common in the times of the Serbian royal house. Also included in this excursion is a visit to the affiliated museum, which shows you many artifacts from the time of the royal family Karadjordjevic.
Enjoy the beautiful grounds around St. George's Church and let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful atmosphere, which is mainly influenced by the surrounding vineyards. Of course, this entertaining excursion also includes a refreshment break, during which you will be served a tasty drink. Lean back and listen to the explanations of your tour guide, who will introduce you to the special features of this region in a charming way. Views of fantastic landscapes will make the return trip fly by.
It starts with a gentle murmur, the densely forested mountain ranges come closer and suddenly the most impressive Talduchbruch in Europe lies before you:
the "Iron Gate which is dominated by the steeply rising Golubac fortress in the southern Carpathians. Between the cosmopolitan cultural cities of Vienna, Belgrade and Budapest, nature opens up everything for you along the rugged Cataract Passage. Let yourself be escorted by sea eagles all the way to the Black Sea!
The excursion begins with the approximately one hour drive to Bucharest. With its 1.8 million inhabitants, the city is the seventh largest city in Europe.
Once you arrive in the Romanian metropolis, you drive along the main boulevards to the Arc de Triomphe and other main sights, which takes about one hour. One of the sights, for example, is the Unification Square with its artistically built fountains. It is named after the place where 4 of the 6 city districts meet. Besides the beautiful Patriarchal Cathedral, built in 1656, and the quaint old town, the Freedom Boulevard is also visited. A photo stop will be made at Revolution Square, where you can take a snapshot as a memento in front of the rebirth monument standing there.
Finally, the tour continues along Calea Victoriel Street to the impressive Parliament Palace, formerly known as the "House of the People". There, this and the adjacent Constitution Square will be visited and inspected during a stay of about two hours. There you can find a lot of information about the exciting history of the city. The excursion ends with the return journey to the ship.
About 60 km southeast of the capital of Bucharest, where the river of Arges flows in the Danube, is the attractive cruise harbour of Oltenita in Romania. On the banks of the Danube, you can look at the neighbouring city of Tutrakan in Bulgaria through the water. While the area has been populated at least since the Neolithic (around the 4th millennium BC), a city with that name was first mentioned in 1515. Treasured archaeological discover in the area are part of the Gumelnita culture.
All through the Russo-Turkish war at the end of the 19th century, the city was an important passage point where troops could reach Bulgaria and help the Russians. The most famous resident of the city is Ion Iliescu, who was the second head of the state of Romania from 1989 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004. In Oltenita, There is an Archaeological Museum which was initiated in 1957 and displays artefacts from the culture of Gumelnita. There are many other shops and shopping centres nearby, such as City Mall and Bucuresti. The town also has a hero monument on Nation Street.
Tulcea is and has been an important harbor in Romania since it's founding in 7th century BC by the Dacians. Conquered, destroyed and rebuilt by the Roman Empire to their specifications, the city is a showcase of Roman design. When visiting the city, obvious highlights include St. Nicholas' Church (1865) and the Azzizie Mosque (1924). A number of museums are also showcased within the city: the Danube Delta History Museum, the Art Museum, and the History and Archeology Museum are among this number.
The Danube is the second largest river in Europe with a length of almost 3000 km. It makes its way through 10 countries, although its nature is constantly changing. Sometimes it becomes so wide and flat that it seems to stand still, elsewhere it branches out into ever smaller outlets. Especially the huge Danube delta, where the Danube flows into the Black Sea, offers a home to many different aquatic creatures, birds and plants, so that the flora and fauna settled there becomes an unforgettable experience.
The excursion starts in the lively Romanian city of Tulcea. From the port authority, which can be found there, you will drive to the outskirts of the city in a beautiful nature reserve. This is a worldwide unique ecosystem and Europe's only wetland. It is home to over 4000 animal species and over 1000 plant species.
Continue on to the Europolis pier. There the boarding of the boats starts and a boat trip of about 3.5 hours begins. This way the breathtaking nature of the Danube Delta can seem more intense and you can enjoy a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the full. You can also take a closer look at the extraordinary bird life.
After the boat trip, the return to the boat begins, and after a total duration of the trip of about 4 hours, it will hopefully not be forgotten so quickly.
The departure by speedboat is planned via the Tulcea pontoon. The aim of this trip is to get to know the natural paradise of the Old Danube. The next destination during the cruise in the Danube Delta is a visit to Lake Nebunu, which is known as a pelican reserve in Romania. During the breeding season we can see thousands of pelicans coming very close to our boats. In this natural paradise, we can see a great variety of other bird species, such as the Great White Egret, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Rose Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican, and the Greater Swan. From Lake Nebunu, we sail through the side canals of the Old Danube to the canal of Mile 36. We take the Sulina main channel just before Tulcea. The fauna of these waters is very rich in fish such as carp, tench, flatfish, red mullet, carai, perch, pike, pike-perch and catfish. The speedboats return to the Tulcea pontoon.
Exclusive tour with maximum 10 people
-Permission to film and photograph the pelican reserve
-German speaking tour guide for each boat
Russe is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria and is the country’s most important river port. The city is well-known for its 19th-century structures, and the architecture of the city is quite interesting. There is a mix of Neo-Rococo, Neo-Baroque, and a few other styles of architecture. These types of buildings and structures have earned the city the nickname of Little Vienna, and they are the main attractions in the city. One key landmark to see in the city is the 20th century Monument of Liberty. Aleksandrovska street is also quite important as it has many buildings of different architectural designs.
Russe has been inhabited continuously since the ancient Roman era and only became part of Bulgaria towards the end of the 19th century. Since then, it has been the centre of innovation in the country, being the first to open a printing shop, private bank, pharmacy association, private insurance company, among many others.
Experience a wonderful trip around the Bulgarian town of Rousse with a detour to the Basarbovo Monastery. This varied tour is a very good opportunity to get to know the region better. You can look forward to the following highlights of this approximately 4.5 hour long excursion:
-Panoramic tour through Rousse
-walk through Rousse including a snack at the Hotel Dunav-Plaza
-visit of the Museum of Urban Life with approach and concert in the museum
-Directions to the Basarbovo Monastery
-Tour of the Basarbovo Monastery
-return to the ship
The city of Rousse, which is also considered the cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria, has a townscape worth seeing and is known for its many interesting buildings. Visible from afar is the 204-metre-high television tower of the town, which is considered the highest building in Bulgaria. From Rousse you will then visit the magnificent rock monastery of Basarbovo, which offers a breathtaking view and is very impressive. Especially the construction directly on a rock face is spectacular and makes this place an unforgettable place. After these great stops, the return to the boat follows.
The City of Vidin, on the banks of the River Danube is the most Northwestern City in Bulgaria. A City with a rich history and culture, Vidin has the only fully preserved Medieval Fortress in Bulgaria, The Baba Vida Fortress.
There is also a rich Religious mix of buildings in the Metropolitan Complex. The second largest Orthodox Church in Bulgaria is here, the St Dimitar Church as well as the only Mosque in the world to have a heart on the top and not the usual half moon, the Osman Pasvantoglu Mosque. The heart was created to celebrate the love of Osman Pasvantoglu for a Bulgarian woman. Also in the Complex is a ruined Jewish Synagogue, smaller than the main Synagogue in Sofia but generally considered more beautiful. This city is also famous for its food and with many restaurants and cafes its well worth a visit.
The day trip to Belogradchik starts with a transfer bus in Vidin. The journey takes about one hour. You will enjoy the hilly mountainous region with its spectacular views. The small picturesque town of Belogradchik stretches at an altitude of 520 metres between the two mountain ranges of Veneza and Verderik in the Balkan Mountains. The locality welcomes the guests with a bizarre rock formation, which extends over a length of about 10 kilometres and with more than 200 smaller rock towers close to the town. During a refreshment break with coffee, tea, water and biscuits in a restaurant car park in the town centre with toilet facilities, you can enjoy the view of the rocks. The subsequent drive will take you to the Kaleto Fortress. This monument was built by the Romans in the 1st century to protect the trade routes from the Danube to the Roman province of Thracia. Some stairs and a narrow path lead to the highest point of the fortress. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the fantastic landscape with its majestic reddish rock faces, which have been declared a natural monument of Bulgaria. This natural phenomenon originated in the Permian period, which began about 230 million years ago. The ascent is optional, so excursionists with health problems can stay in the lower part of the castle. After the visit, the return journey to the ship takes about 1 hour.Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
Donji Milanovac is a picturesque little town nestling in spectacular scenery on the banks of the River Danube as it flows through eastern Serbia. The town is situated on the site of an ancient settlement that dates back over eight thousand years - the Romans also built there. Due to flooding issues, the whole of Donji Milanovac has been physically moved (but still within the same area) three times in its history! It is now nicknamed “the town of one hundred thousand roses”, and visitors can spend a pleasant time exploring this charming township.
A highlight has to be the beautiful orthodox Church of St Nicholas. Built in the nineteenth century, St Nicholas is ornately decorated with pictures and icons, and warmly welcomes visitors. Other places of interest are the town beach and pier, various historical monuments, and a selection of quaint shops.
You leave the ship in Donji Milanovac. A bus will take you to the archaeological site "Lepenski Vir". Here a settlement from the Middle and Neolithic Age was discovered. The oldest records date back to about 7000 B.C. Already on the way from the bus car park to the site itself you can first stretch your legs on a walk. At the site, a film provides information about the archaeological research on site. A curator will then guide you through the site and provide information about the history of the settlement and the excavations.
After visiting the Stone Age settlement, the bus will take you to Golubac. Here you will visit a fortress and be welcomed in the style of the Middle Ages. During a walk along the Danube, you will get a glimpse of days gone by during a guided tour in costume. The rest of the time in Golubac is at your leisure before you get back to the ship. The duration of the excursion is approximately 4.5 hours.
Not a town – nor a city. The magnificently imposing Golubac Fortress re-opened its doors in March 2019, after a five year facelift and upgrade. Sitting high on the cliff top above the Danube River in Serbia, and overlooking the entrance to the Iron Gate Gorge, the fortress is one of the most striking sights in the country. One of the many improvements to the fortress was the construction of a landing pier for visitors arriving by boat.
Although the fortress has been home to a number of conquering marauders, the original builder remains a mystery, although it is believed the fortress dates back to the 14th century. As with so many stunning castles, myths and legend surround the Golubac Fortress, most involving the sad lives of young girls and princesses confined within its walls. The fortress provides spectacular views across the 7km wide Danube, which get even better if you climb the turrets, and the visitor centre provides a wealth of historical information.