With a large number of scenic landscapes along the Danube, with many under state or international protection, your romantic trip begins with a relaxing cruise. Segments of the river are important, beautiful and deserve attention and respect, but only the whole of the Danube connects the different worlds and traditions of the heart of Europe.

Day 1-4
Distance: 500km / 310mi

Nuremberg to Vienna

  • Your journey begins with a check-in at one of the Danube River cruises.
  • In Nuremberg, taste the famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread).
  • Stop in Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and walk through the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge and St. Peter’s Cathedral.
  • In Passau, gaze across the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers.
  • Culture in Linz is extraordinarily diverse. On the opposite bank of the Danube, visit the architectural masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries in the striking glass-and-steel Lentos Museum of Art.
  • Arrive in Vienna.

Day 5-7
Distance: 280km / 170mi

Vienna to Budapest

  • Spend a full day in Vienna wandering between the Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater.
  • At Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” discover where the legendary Empress Elisabeth, most known as Sisi, developed her enchanting personality.
  • Find yourself charmed by the Castle of Bratislava from the 13th century while enjoying breathtaking views of Slovakia and Hungary.
  • Arrive in Budapest for a full day of exploring both sides of the Danube River named “Buda” and “Pest.”
  • Stroll along the Danube promenade or the parks of Margaret Island.
  • Enchant your ears at the magnificent Hungarian State Opera House.

Day 8-10
Distance: 460km / 280mi

Budapest to Belgrade

  • In Croatia, observe nature and wildlife in the Kopački Rit Nature Park, around the confluence of Drava and Danube rivers.
  • Arrive in Belgrade where the Danube and Sava rivers merge between picturesque landscapes.
  • Tour Belgrade Fortress, the oldest cultural and historical landmark in Belgrade, and then wine and dine in Skadarlija, the central bohemian quarter.
  • Take a full day to experience the Iron Gates, one of the most impressive natural wonders of Europe, and the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 11-14
Distance: 930km / 580mi

Belgrade to Constanta

  • Enjoy a short trip in the embrace of the Danube around parts of Persina and Golyama Barzina Island.
  • Make a stop in Ruse, one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities, thanks to its imposing belle époque architecture.
  • Spend a day in Bucharest, known as the “Paris of the East,” famous for its Belle Epoque-era architecture from the 19th century.
  • Arrive in Constanta and gaze across the Black Sea coast. Explore the fascinating heritage of Roman vestiges, historic buildings, facades and mosques that color the Old City Centre.
  • End your journey with reflection and relaxation at a Black Sea spa.

Before you go

  • Pack for varying climates and activities (rain, high humidity, low temperatures at night and high temperatures during the day, swimwear, city tours, etc.).
  • Prepare to pay with Euros, but also ensure you have enough money of the local currency. For details, check with the local exchange bureau.
  • Ask for a VAT-refund when shopping. You’ll need to get the refund processed before your flight back home.
  • Cell phone roaming in Europe can be very expensive. Use an unlocked phone with a European SIM card.
  • Check your trip-cancellation or interruption insurance before your vacation

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