Discover Eastern Europe from the beautiful River Danube, visiting the medieval villages and captivating cities of five countries. Sail from monumental Budapest, through the dramatic natural wonder of the Iron Gates gorge towards the Black Sea; and spend two nights in Bucharest, where unbridled communism gave rise to the gargantuan Palace of Parliament, but the capital’s ever-changing story has brought modern touches to streets of 17th century Orthodox churches and art-nouveau villas.
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Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, embark MS Bellejour (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 2 - Budapest
Take in the stunning sights of Budapest, with relics and monuments from over a millennium of settlements, including Parliament building and Heroes’ Square.
Day 3 - Pécs - Mohács
On our tour of Pécs, we’ll view the City Hall, the Renaissance-style Bishop’s Palace, mosques, chapels and Roman remains. Enjoy a free afternoon in Mohács, awarded European Capital of Culture in 2010 for its museums, theatres and architectural treasures.
Day 4 - Osijek
An optional guided tour introduces you to Osijek, a lively Croatian city with a centre fortified after liberation from the Turks in the 18th century, the neo-Gothic Church of St Peter and St Paul and the grand Europska Avenija of elegant Vienna Secessionist mansions.
Day 5 - Vukovar - Novi Sad
An optional tour offers insight into Vukovar’s tumultuous past. This baroque city became a symbol of war after the atrocities of 1991; however the once-wrecked centre is being restored. Arrive in Serbia’s Novi Sad in the early evening.
Day 6 - Novi Sad
During the rule of the Habsburgs, Novi Sad was at the centre of Serbian culture; and its galleries and music scene have kept this vibrant city alive, now more than ever as it prepares to become a European Capital of Culture in 2021. An optional guided tour takes in the main sights, with time to make your own discoveries.
Day 7 - Belgrade
A panoramic coach tour through Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia, includes Republic Square and Saint Sava Cathedral, one of the largest church buildings in the world. We then visit the Kalemegdan Fortress, which has been rebuilt countless times since its beginnings as a 2nd century Roman fortification; and explore the city by foot to find legacies from Habsburg, Ottoman and Socialist rule.
Day 8 - Donji Milanovac - Cruise the Iron Gates
Donji Milanovac has been moved several times, creating a small, modern Serbian town steeped in history. An optional excursion to Lepenski Vir showcases one of Europe’s most important Mesolithic sites – it changed our knowledge about complex prehistoric cultures in Europe. We begin our passage through the four spectacular narrow gorges of the Iron Gates late this afternoon.
Day 9 - Vidin
Take a guided tour of Baba Vidin, a moated medieval royal fortress with towers, cannons and gallows; then view the legendary Belogradchik Rocks – a vast area of huge sandstone formations, varying from red to yellow, with names such as The Cuckoo, The Madonna and Rebel Velko.
Day 10 - Rousse
An optional city walk is available to discover Rousse, a city of European grandness with a history detailed within its 200 listed buildings, city museums and the ruined fortress – a Neolithic settlement turned into a Roman naval centre.
Day 11 - Cernavoda (Constanta)
We reach the Romanian shores of the Black Sea to discover Constanta, a city inhabited for millennia. We visit the richly decorated Orthodox Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, and stop by the beautiful Casino for spectacular views over the largest port on the Black Sea.
Day 12 - Giurgiu (Bucharest)
In Bucharest, we visit the opulent Palace of the Parliament, the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon). Work started on this controversial building for former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1984, and hundreds of rooms are still to be completed.
Days 13-14 Giurgiu - Bucharest
We return to Bucharest, where we stay for the next two nights at the Hotel Cismigiu (4T), with plenty of time to discover the grand palaces, the opulent concert halls, religious monuments and reminders of the nation’s political past. On day 14 we’ll take a VIP tour of Ceausescu’s former residence.
Day 14 - Bucharest - UK
We transfer to Bucharest Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Select Bellejour was built in 2004 and has a worldwide allure with comprehensive facilities to ensure all guests can enjoy every aspect of their vacation. When entering the ship guests are instantly encircled by the feeling of timeless elegance and luxury. This 126.7 m long vessel features 90 large cabins allowing for a maximum of 180 passengers. The ship has spacious public areas and plenty of outside seating, enabling guests to soak up the ever-changing scenery at any time. In the panoramic restaurant on the upper deck guests can enjoy culinary delights. Passengers can also enjoy an indoor wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and fitness area to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. When combined with excellent service on board the MS Select Bellejour, a cruise on the European waterways will be one to never forget. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which are spacious and well-thought-out. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, and a mini bar.
This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony. 90 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4 star river cruising. Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.
This is a special cruise program with many unforgettable highlights, including seven countries , Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, and five world famous capital cities Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest and the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Danube Delta
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This 9-day river cruise between Budapest and Bucharest introduces you to some of the highlights of the region — including Belgrade, Kostolac and Vidin.
See Bucharest’s 3,000-room Palace of Parliament. Make banitsa bread with a home cook in Vidin. Explore Belgrade’s Ottoman and European treasures, including 6th-century Kalemegdan Fortress.
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