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Experience the natural harmony of the Danube Delta.

Majestic beauty.

15 days Passau-Danube Delta-Passau

There is probably no better way of travelling to eight countries in just two weeks. In this context, in a wide range of variety! Alternate visits to the metropolises of Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest with relaxed days on the river and hours of relaxation on the sun deck. At the point where the Danube breaks through the cataracts, a majestically beautiful ountryside passes gently by. Ultimately, natural harmony welcomes you at the place where nature is still in equilibrium: the Danube Delta is home to pelicans, egrets, otters and numerous species of fish.

Why this river cruise?

  • The classic among the two-week Danube cruises
  • All highlights along the upper and lower sections of the river
  • Variety of cities with cultural highlights and impressive countryside
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Wachau valley, Vienna, Budapest and the Danube Delta
  • Wide range of travel dates
  • Comfortable river cruise ships with spa area
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The first impressions of your trip.

Immerse yourself in fascinating worlds along the banks of the Danube!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 15-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category 
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception by the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Utilisation of the spa area with sauna, resting area and whirlpool
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin for embarkation & disembarkation
  • All port and passenger fees

* Please note: If you require an extended hotel stay, please contact nicko cruises customer service on: +49 (0) 711 / 248980-44 or e-mail: info@nicko-cruises.de after completing the booking

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 160 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Passau
Casting off 5:00 pm Embarkation from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Day

2

Vienna
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 5:30 pm City tour / walk Vienna Excursion Package

Join us on our sightseeing tour in the traditional Danube metropolis Vienna. The bus will take you along the Uno-City and Danube Island. You will see impressive buildings such as the state opera, the Burgtheater, the Hofburg, Parliament, town hall and Votive Church along the famous Ring Road. During a guided walk, you will experience the special atmosphere of this charming city. After some time of leisure, the bus will take you back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Day

3

Solt
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 1:30 pm Excursion to Kalocsa and the Puszta with a traditional display of horse-riding.

Being the first archbishopric in Hungary, Kalocsa is home to a stunningly beautiful cathedral as well as the archbishop's palace in the library in which a bible signed by Martin Luther can be found. Kalocsa is known for its folk art, especially the colourful embroidery and floral motifs on walls and on pieces of furniture. The sweet capsicum conquered the world from Kalocsa and helped the city build a reputation for its capsicums.Past the capsicum fields and through the Hungarian lower plains, the Puszta, all the way to Csarda. You will visit the stud farm and can then take part in a short coach journey across the wide plain of the Puszta. Afterwards the csikos (Hungarian horse herdsmen) will invite you to a special display of horsemanship, which you can watch from the stands. You will learn a great deal about Hungarian horse-rearing traditions and the customs of the former csikos, for in earlier times the horse was man's best friend in the Puszta. After the display, you will be offered a light snack and wine. In the shop, you will have the opportunity to buy Hungarian crafts, paprika products, wine and schnapps.

Day

3

Mohács
Mooring 7:00 pm Casting off 9:30 pm Excursion to Pécs

Pecs is one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary. The abundance of historical buildings and monuments are also the reason for being part of the UNESCO-World Heritage. During your guided walk you will see the Szecheny place, the plague pillar, the Cathedral, the Szsami Mosque and the Zsolnay fountain.

Trip duration:

05:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Belgrade
Mooring 11:00 am Casting off 11:30 pm City tour / walk through Belgrade Excursion Package

You will visit the Kalemegdan Fortress which is also the most famous landmark of Belgrade. Enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the confluence of Save and Danube as well as New-Belgrade. You can admire some artifacts of the Museum of Military History as you pass by. During a guided walk, you have the opportunity to explore the city center with its pedestrian zone and Republic square and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Serbian capital. The following bus tour will take you past the palace, town hall and the Church of the Holy Sava, one of the biggest Orthodox churches in the world.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Belgrade
Belgrade by night

Enjoy a wonderful evening with Serbian folklore music and dance show and a short bus tour through the illuminated city. One of the best Serbian folklore ensembles presents you an entertaining show with music, dances and costumes from all parts of Serbia. Various influences, such as from Russia or Turkey, have shaped the Serbian folklore and made them so varied, colorful and spirited.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Day

5

Iron Gate
Passage through the Danube Cataracts with the famous “Iron Gate”.

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Day

6

Ruse
Mooring 11:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm City tour / guided walk of Rousse Excursion Package

The 5th biggest city of Bulgaria with the largest free port of Danube, was called once Sexaginta Prista – “the city with the 60 ships”. The city tour starts in the historic city center, passing the train station on its way to the Pantheon, a Christian memorial honoring Bulgarian heroes. The houses represent an interesting mixture of Baroque, Renaissance and other epochs. You will also see the Alyosha monument, the concert hall and the Trinity Church. The latter will be visited before a little walk through the city center, sightseeing of the memorial of freedom, the opera house and court. A small folklore show will show you the Bulgarian traditions before you’ll get back to the ship.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

7

Tulcea
Mooring 10:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Excursion to the Romanian Danube Delta with large boats

After the journey through 10 countries the Danube is divided into three estuaries – Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorge, before the Danube opens into the Black Sea. Between those three arms of the river the Danube has sculpted a beautiful delta that attracts many visitors from all over the world and is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Big excursion vessels will take you through the canals of the delta and show you the beauty of this Natural paradise. Please note, that we cannot guarantee that you will see the fauna in all its beauty.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

7

Tulcea
Exclusive excursion to the Danube Delta in small boats

After the journey through 10 countries the Danube is divided into three estuaries – Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorge, before the Danube opens into the Black Sea. Between those three arms of the river the Danube has sculpted a beautiful delta that attracts many visitors from all over the world and is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. In order to explore the uniqueness of the second largest delta in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site, you have the opportunity to go on a discovery tour with small boats of 6-8 people. Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that the animal world will show itself in all its splendor.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

8

Oltenita
Mooring 10:00 am Casting off 11:00 am city tour Bucharest Excursion Package

You will be amazed during your visit of Bucharest with its wide alleys and impressing buildings. It is called "Little Paris of the East" for a reason! Experience the special atmosphere of the city during a stroll through the old-town (Lipskan), where you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest Romanian-Orthodox churches „Stavropoleus“ and learn more about the history of the religion. After a short fotostop at one of the biggest buildings of the world, the Palace of Parliament, you´ll go back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

05:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Giurgiu
Mooring 3:30 pm Casting off 5:00 pm city tour Bucharest

You will be amazed during your visit of Bucharest with its wide alleys and impressing buildings. It is called "Little Paris of the East" for a reason! Experience the special atmosphere of the city during a stroll through the old-town (Lipskan), where you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest Romanian-Orthodox churches „Stavropoleus“ and learn more about the history of the religion. After a short fotostop at one of the biggest buildings of the world, the Palace of Parliament, you´ll go back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

05:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

9

Eisernes Tor
Enjoy a relaxing day on the river on board the ship.

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Day

10

Novi Sad
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 11:30 pm Stadtrundfahrt / -gang Novi Sad

Vorbei an der Festung Peterwardein fahren Sie circa eine halbe Stunde durch die hügelige Landschaft von Fruska Gora (Heiliges Gebirge), einem Höhenzug von 80 km Länge und bis zu 20 km Breite. Die Heiligen Berge beherbergen 17 Klöster. Das bekannteste davon ist das Kloster Krusedol, welches mitten in einem Birkenwald gelegen ist. In diesem Kloster erhalten Sie detaillierte Erklärungen zur serbisch-orthodoxen Religion. Auf dem Rückweg bringt Sie der Bus zum Stadtzentrum, wo Sie aussteigen und während eines Spaziergangs die Altstadt erkunden, die wunderschön und sehr farbenfroh restauriert wurde.

Day

11

Osijek
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm city tour of Osijek

The Croatian city Osijek, located at the river Drava, had its golden age around the turn of the century. The influence of the Habsburg or the western European architects is pervasive: like at the romantic castles of the Roman Catholic church of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostle or at the pastel-coloured houses with stucco decorations and lean towers in the centre of Osijek. It doesn’t go without notice that the city has been recovered faster than the suburbs from the destruction of war. That fact is contributing to the outstanding flair of Osijek, which you’ll experience through the comfortable bus and walking tour through the wonderful historic city and castle district.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

12

Budapest
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 8:45 pm City tour / walk Budapest Excursion Package

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is also called the "queen of the Danube". During your city tour by bus and by foot you will see for example the castle district with the fisherman’s bastion and the Matthias Church. Afterwards there will be a short photo-stop on Gellerthill to enjoy a wonderful view over the city.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

12

Budapest
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 8:45 pm City stroll “Impressions of Budapest” and a ride on the oldest underground of the European continent. Time for your individual trip on shore. Excursion Package

Today you will experience Budapest up close and from a new point of view. While exploring the Hungarian capital by foot and metro, sights like the Parliament Buildings, St. Stephen's Basilica and the small squares and passages with beautiful statues and buildings from many different eras, will make this a day to remember. You will also have the opportunity to discover the hidden corners and the unique atmosphere of the city, away from the hustle and bustle as we guide you to the lesser known, but beautiful areas of the city. After taking a journey to the past on the oldest electrified underground railway system on the European continent, which is only possible in Budapest, you will hop in the metro and travel to the Unicum Museum while enjoying the beauty of the Danube river.At the Unicum Museum, a captivating guided tour awaits you, there you will learn about the Zwack family and how this legendary drink is made. Unicum has been produced in Budapest since 1892 and all the while the recipe has stayed a well-guarded secret. To top this excellent day off, you will enjoy a tasting, before heading back to the ship.

Day

12

Budapest
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 8:45 pm Guided bike tour of Budapest, city on the Danube.

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Day

13

Bratislava
Mooring 1:45 pm Casting off 7:00 pm City tour / walk through Bratislava

Close to the border to Austria and Hungary, Bratislava lies in the fertile Danube plain south of the Little Carpathians. First you will have a short bus tour that will take you up to the Fortress. You will be impressed by the wonderful panoramic view over the city. Learn more about the interesting history of the fortress which used to be the residence of numerous Hungarian kings in the past. Afterwards you will explore the beautifully restored Old Town with its baroque buildings such as the Redoute, National theater, the Town Hall and palaces which remind the visitors of their glorious past during k.u.k. monarchy. Among other things, you will also get to know probably the most famous man of Bratislava, Gullimann Cumil.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

14

Wachau
Kreuzen durch das UNESCO-Welterbe Wachau.

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Day

14

Wachau
Mooring 12:00 am Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau.

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Day

14

Ybbs
Visit to Maria Taferl Excursion Package

A short bus ride away from the north bank of the Danube is the most important pilgrimage in Lower Austria: Maria Taferl. On a hill you can find the Maria Taferl Basilica, the Lower Austrian national sanctuary of the painful Mother of God. The sacred building was built around a shrine of the Virgin Mary. The name "Maria Taferl" is derived from this. According to tradition, there were already two miraculous healings in this place in 1633. In the following years, miracles and angelic apparitions were repeatedly reported in this place. You will visit the pilgrimage church and enjoy a panoramic view of the Niebelungen-gau. Back in Ybbs you will see the old ship's master's house, where today the art gallery "Atelier an der Donau" is housed. Marvel at paintings and sculptures by artists from all over the world. You are welcome to actuate the printing press yourself. The excursion concludes with a tour through the small streets of Ybbs old town, where you can still see the earlier wealth.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS VIKTORIA

 

Have a relaxing time – and why not on our well favoured MS VIKTORIA!

The tasteful ambient, a particularly high level of comfort in the spacious and stylish cabins as well as the large wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and relaxing area guarantee nothing but holiday - from the very first

day. Fantastic panoramas over the river landscape passing by always offers new perspectives, wherever you are at the time.

 

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    nicko modern 180 passengers 40 126.70 m 11.40 m 1.50 m 220 volts

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