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Twelve days. Six countries.

A unique travel experience.

12 days Passau-Iron Gate-Passau

The Danube breakthrough between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan Mountains is one of the most impressive river valleys in Europe and the most spectacular section of a Danube cruise. At the end of this imposing stretch is the “Iron Gate”: Over 110 km, the river makes its way through the mountains. Its journey takes you past the vineyards of the picturesque Wachau valley and the metropolises of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade. A special highlight of this cruise: Novi Sad in Serbia. This wonderfully and very colourfully restored city awaits you with its mix of Austrian/Hungarian and modern culture. 

Why this river cruise?

  • Travel through 6 countries in 12 days – with only 5 departure
  • The highlights of this cruise are the Danube Cataracts and the Carpathian breakthrough with its breathtaking canyons and the “Iron Gates” 
  • Visit the Croatian Kopački rit Natural Park with numerous waterfowl and glorious vegetation
  • Interesting impressions beyond the well-known tourist paths in the Djerdap National Park (Iron Gates) as well as the Golubac Fortress and the Lepenski Vir archaeological site.
  • Austrian/Hungarian culture in the colourful old town of Novi Sad in Serbia
  • Beautiful panoramic view on the confluence of the Sava and Danube in Belgrade
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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this Danube cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 12-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 4:00 pm Embarkation from 3.00 p.m to 4.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Vienna
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 11:00 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

2

Vienna
Trip to Vienna's taverns

In Vienna, coziness is very important, that’s why you have to plan the time you want to spend in Vienna. Enjoy a wonderful evening with music and wine at a typical Heuriger (wine tavern). Heuriger is not only the name for these quaint Austrian taverns but also for the young wine. The excursion price already includes one drink.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

2

Vienna
Classical music concert in Vienna

There is a reason why Vienna is called “The City of Music”. The bus will take you to one of the best chamber orchestras in the musical world of Vienna. Excellent opera singers, talented musicians and graceful solo ballet dancers will let you experience the warmth and charm of the lovely Vienna. This performance takes you on a journey through time, to experience the imperial Vienna, where the beautiful compositions from the likes of “the Waltz King” Johann Strauss and W. A. Mozart, will leave you amazed. Your evening will be filled with swinging waltz melodies, polkas and operetta melodies of the highest artistic level. The trip on the Ring Road back to the ship forms a perfect conclusion to the lovely evening.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

3

Budapest
Mooring 2:30 pm Casting off 11:00 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

3

Budapest
Evening boat ride in Budapest

Enjoy the illuminated city of Budapest during an evening cruise. While watching the skyline of the Danube metropolis you will be listening to classic music and taste a glass of sparkling wine.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

4

Mohács
Mooring 8:30 am Casting off 4:30 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

5

Belgrade
Mooring 6:00 am Casting off 10:30 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

5

Belgrade
Panorama tour of Topola and Oplenac

Enjoy the beautiful Serbian landscape during your panoramic bus tour from Belgrade to Topola. Topola is important for the history of the country by having served as capital of the revolting Serbia between 1804 and 1813. The city was founded by Karadjordje Petrovic, the leader of the first Serbian revolt. Learn more about this, during your visit of the Museum and the Karedjordevic House. Located on a Hill in Oplenac, near Topola, you will find the impressive Church of St. George. Made of white marble, it is one of the most frequented Cultural Memorials of the country. All kings, except the last Yugoslavian King Peter II. were buried here. You will be fascinated by the beautiful mosaic inside the church. It was modelled after the most gorgeous medieval frescos from other Serbian churches.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

5

Belgrade
E-Bike Belgrad

Mit dem E-Bike geht es heute auf die andere Seite der Save nach Neubelgrad und in den alten Stadtteil Zemun, wo sich unter anderem das neue Parlamentsgebäude Serbiens befindet. Erleben Sie Belgrad einmal abseits der touristischen Pfade. Die Guides präsentieren auf unterhaltsame und persönliche Weise hervorragende historische Kenntnisse, die eine spannende Tour garantieren. Erfahren Sie während der Tour vor allem Wissenswertes über die Geschichte Belgrads vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis heute. Neben der Geschichte und Politik Jugoslawiens (Serbiens) werden auch soziale Fragen, Wirtschaft, Lebensstil und Architektur näher erklärt. Nach einer kleinen Erfrischungspause genießen Sie noch einen wundervollen Blick auf die Festung Kalemegdan, bevor Sie zurück zum Hafen fahren.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

5

Belgrad
Evening excursion to Belgrade with a lively folklore performance.

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Day

6

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

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Day

6

Golubac
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 7:30 pm Excursion to Golubac Castle and Lepinski Vir

Explore the entrance to the “Cataracts route” from a different perspective. We drive from Golubac to Lepinski Vir. Experience ancient history during your visit of the archeological site of Lepenski Vir, location of one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all times. The complex layouts of the buildings in this re-discovered settlement give a deep insight to the important technical knowledge and skills of its inhabitants. It is assumed that the Lepenski Vir culture is even older than the culture of Mesopotamia. During your visit of the museum you will see sculptures and tools that are dating back to 6500 and 5500 B.C. Experience the life of prehistoric cultures with the help of virtual tours on the computer and during the visit of the excavation. Back to Golubac you visit the storied castle ruin “Golubac”, built in the 15th century. The curtain wall with its nine impressive towers and the beautiful landscape will amaze you, before you enter the over 100 km long “Cataracts route”.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

02:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

7

Novi Sad
Mooring 9:30 am Casting off 9:30 pm Guided walk through Novi Sad

In 1748, Maria Theresia declared Novi Sad as a royal free city and gave her the name "Neoplanta". Since Latin was the official language in Hungary, the word "Neusatz" was translated by the Serbs with Novi Sad. The city developed into a thriving cultural center, a metropolis for artists and writers. In the 19th century it was also called the "Athens of the North". From the pier, you’ll have a view to the fortress, which is on the opposite Danube site, in the old town. Enjoy the walk through the pedestrian area with narrow alleys and wide squares the beautiful and colorful restored houses and the juvenile and cozy flair of the city.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

7

Novi Sad
Trip to Sremski Karlovci

In 1699 the Holy League and the Turkish signed the peace treaty in the chapel of Peace in Sremski Karlovci. This building has four entrances so that all parties involved could enter at the same time. Following a short walk through Sremski Karlovci you will visit the museum of beekeeping and a wine cellar. Here you will learn more about the history of viniculture in Serbia. There will be also a winetasting with some snacks afterwards.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

00:45 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

7

Novi Sad
Afterwards time to make your own discoveries.

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Day

8

Osijek
Mooring 7:30 am Casting off 6:30 pm city tour of Osijek Excursion Package

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

8

Osijek
Kopački rit Natural Park

Approx. a 1-hour bus ride from our pier in the area between Danube and Drava lies the Kopacki rit Nature Park, one of the largest and best-preserved wetlands in Europe. The canals and lakes, which are covered with reeds and whose surface is covered with white water lilies, are mostly surrounded by white willow trees. These give numerous freshwater fish (carp, pike, perch), reptiles (fire salamander, pond turtle) and bird species (cormorants, storks) a home. Probably the most famous inhabitant is Europe's largest eagle: the white-tailed eagle. Experience the untouched nature on a boat trip and if you are lucky, you will also see some of the wildlife there. Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that the animal world will show itself in all its splendor. Afterwards you will visit the nearby Rural House, where you will learn more about the area, its tradition and culture in an interesting and humorous presentation. Tasting local products such as Ajvar and slivovitz is included as much as finding out what lies behind the fearsome "Busho" mask before going back to the ship.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

9

Kalocsa
Mooring 8:30 am 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

9

Kalocsa
Visiting the Swabian wine village of Hajós.

During the 18th century the little village of Hajos became home to the so-called Danube-Swabians. Their traditions and way of life can be still explored in a little museum exhibiting diaries and letters. Don't miss the chance to try some typical Hungarian wine during a tasting at the end of your visit.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

01:20 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Wenig

Day

10

Bratislava
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 6:30 pm City tour / walk through Bratislava Excursion Package

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

11

Wachau
Scenic cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau valley.

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Day

11

Pöchlarn
Mooring 12:30 pm Casting off 4:30 pm Visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk

Melk has been a spiritual and cultural center of the country for more than 1.000 years. During an interesting guided tour, you will learn more about this impressive and famous Abbey with its magnificent Baroque architecture. The Benedictine monastery became also known literary by Umberto Eco's novel "the name of the rose". The imposing Baroque building is a visible expression of the importance of the baroque monastery. The tour of the monastery impressively conveys the former significance of the monastery. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the outdoor facility yourself before the bus picks you up to return to the ship.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Day

12

Passau
Mooring 8:30 am Disembarkation until 9:30 a.m.

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

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Your ship on its journey: MS MAXIMA

 

Our MS MAXIMA is a classic comfortable ship. The spacious outer cabins are equipped in style and comfort. On the middle and upper deck, all cabins have a French balcony, on the main deck, large portholes. This gives a fantastic view of the landscape passing by. A whirlpool invites you to soothing relaxation in the wellness area. And there is one thing on the menu: enjoyment!

 

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