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The Enchanting East 2018

A voyage along the Danube from the Delta wetlands to Budapest aboard the Royal Crown

  • 26 June 2018
  • History and Culture
  • Budapest

Join us as we navigate the Danube River from the delta in the east to Budapest. We will travel through the heart of Europe visiting Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. This is one of the world’s great journeys, following as it does one of the most important trade routes since the earliest of times, linking the east with the west. We will journey through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, from the delta lands of the Danube to the plains of Hungary, visiting the great historic cities of Bucharest, Belgrade, and Budapest as well as picturesque riverside towns. From the great comfort of our vessel we will cruise effortlessly, enjoying the varied scenery and architecture whilst learning more about a region that has seen more of its fair share of conflicts, revolutions and wars. The combination of modern and traditional culture, wine tasting and folklore along the way makes for a fascinating trip. 

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Royal Crown

Royal Crown

This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with the comfort and service of a four-star vessel. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics and specially designed furniture, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Built in 1996, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown was designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. Exquisite furniture, expensive materials and accessories give the vessel its unique atmosphere. Facilities onboard include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck, lido bar, a putting green and large scale chessboard. Onboard the efficient air-conditioning system ensures a comfortable temperature. Two powerful engines propel the vessel up to a speed of 12 knots.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Bucharest, Romania.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to Cernavoda (approximately 3 hours) and embark the MS Royal Crown. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Danube Delta.

The vast Danube Delta is one of the most important wetlands left in Europe. From the port of Tulcea, join a boat trip to explore the delta. Sail in the afternoon.

Day 3 - Bucharest.

Arrive this morning in the port of Oltenita for a drive to Bucharest where we will explore the main sights of the city and see the boulevards with their decidedly French style. After lunch in a local restaurant there will be a choice of afternoon visits. You may wish to visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation, and makes for a fascinating tour (please note that closure at short notice is possible if unannounced official functions are taking place). Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the fascinating Village Museum, an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herăstrău Park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. We will re-join the MS Royal Crown in Giurgiu and sail on to Rousse for an overnight mooring. After dinner this evening we will be entertained by a lively Bulgarian folk troupe.

Day 4 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Rousse we depart by coach for a fullday tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant visit the museum town of Arbanassi, famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ.

Day 5 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular as we cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Day 6 - Belgrade, Serbia.

Spend the morning in this interesting city. A halfday tour highlights the city’s main attractions, including the Kalemegdan Fortress as it looms over the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the world, and Tito’s Memorial. Our tour will finish with a superb local folklore performance before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure, or you may like to join our optional tour to the historic Serbian towns of Oplenac and Topola. At Oplenac we will visit the outstanding complex of the Karadjordjevic Dynasty, including the Mausoleum and the Church of St George with its beautiful mosaic interior. The entire area of the mosaic is 3,500 square metres with 40 million various coloured pieces of glass which have 15 thousand different varieties of colour. On the surrounding hills, King Peter I planted vineyards from which they made superb wines, and Topola is still renowned for its wine production. Here we have a tour of the historic centre and a wine tasting before heading back to Belgrade. Sail in the evening.

Day 7 - Novi Sad.

Following the destruction of the three main bridges by the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, the city of Novi Sad, in the Serbian northern province of Vojvodina, has returned to normal after much rebuilding. The city is rich in historic buildings including the fortress, Bishop’s House, Clock Tower and numerous churches, some of which will be seen on our morning tour. Our exploration of Greater Novi Sad includes a wine tasting in nearby Sremski Karlovic where we sample some excellent wines of the former Yugoslavia.

Day 8 - Pecs, Hungary.

From the port of Mohacs, depart after breakfast for a morning tour to the university town of Pecs, a settlement dating back to Roman times. Our visit will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past, as well as a short organ recital in the splendid Pecs Cathedral. Return to the ship for lunch and the afternoon is at leisure to explore ashore or relax on board. Alternatively you might wish to join our optional afternoon excursion to nearby Siklós Castle, one of the best-preserved castle palaces in Hungary.

Day 9 - Budapest, Hungary.

Arrive this morning and explore Hungary’s elegant capital. Our guided tour will include the old quarter, a visit to the Matthias’ Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, from where there are stunning views of the city. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore ashore at your own pace. Tonight enjoy your Farewell Dinner on board, followed by music performed by a local gypsy band.

Day 10 - Budapest to London.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
26 June 2018 to 5 July 2018
Category Price
Junior Suite £2695
Superior Suite £2795
Deluxe Suite £2995
Premium Suite £3195
Royal Suite £3695
Deluxe Suite For sole use £2995

Tour Reference Code: RCRC260618

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 9 nights aboard the MS Royal Crown on a full board basis, house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, Cruise Director, Tour Manager, Guest Speaker, gratuities, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, excursions shown as optional on days 6 & 8.

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Royal Crown

This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with the comfort and service of a four-star vessel. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics and specially designed furniture, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Built in 1996, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown was designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. Exquisite furniture, expensive materials and accessories give the vessel its unique atmosphere. Facilities onboard include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck, lido bar, a putting green and large scale chessboard. Onboard the efficient air-conditioning system ensures a comfortable temperature. Two powerful engines propel the vessel up to a speed of 12 knots.

 
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  • On Deck
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  • Sun Deck
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  • Your Suite

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    Your Suite

    Royal Crown has 45 suites which range in size from 145 square feet to the spacious Royal Suites which measure 200 square feet. All suites are fitted with spacious rosewood cupboards, a dressing table, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, individually controlled airconditioning and en-suite facilities with shower and hairdryer. Suites on the Select deck have portholes and the Royal Suites on the Panorama deck have large windows.

    Please note that Junior, Deluxe & Superior Suites have fixed twin beds. Premium and Royal Suites have fixed double beds with separate mattresses and duvets, so can be made up as twins if required.

  • Your Space

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    Your Space

    The elegant Lounge Bar is defined by its 30s inspired Art Deco style, with textured carpets, carved mahogany and plush sofas which create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Experience unforgettable views from the large windows as you enjoy tea or coffee. The Lounge is also where our Guest Speakers will entertain you with informative presentations. In the evenings, let the day come to an end with a choice of beverages from the extensive menu accompanied by a pianist playing a Steinway & Sons grand piano. The huge Sun Deck covers almost the entire length of the vessel, interrupted only by the bridge and the Lido Bar (open when weather permits) where you can enjoy a drink such as fresh juice, a milkshake, or even a cocktail. Recline on a sun lounger and read a book or watch the changing scenery. There is also a putting green and a large chess board for your enjoyment. For some time out, relax in the wellness centre which includes a sauna with shower facilities, and a fitness room. There is also a small boutique and a library with a selection of books and games. Daily news sheets are also supplied. 

  • Your Dining

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    Your Dining

    While the most beautiful river scenery passes by, enjoy delicacies created by the Executive Chef and his team. The restaurant has open seating, allowing you to sit where and with whom you like at each meal. In the morning breakfast is served buffet style, lunch is a delightful buffet with hot and cold choices and dinner is a served four course meal. In addition, house wine, beer and soft drinks are included at both lunch and dinner. 

  • Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin. A musician will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series of interesting talks and our cruise director will host informative port briefings. After a day exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable vessel.

  • For Your Comfort

    The Royal Crown is equipped with the latest safety and navigation equipment for sailing Europe’s waterways. During you voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers in the Bridge to learn more about navigating the varying water levels of these meandering rivers. There is no doctor onboard. Smoking is limited to the Sun deck.

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    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Crown for your upcoming journey.

    Built in 1996, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown is a splendid vessel, specially designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with comfort and excellent service. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Facilities on board include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck.

    The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas on board. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    AIR CONDITIONING

    Cabins and public areas are heated and have air-conditioning. ALARM An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    The daily programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the various ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, our tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the

    ALL ABOARD TIME

    indicated on that day’s daily programme. Important: it is the sole responsibility of our guests to be aboard in time for the vessel’s departure.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship is equipped with a PA system. Announcements are made in public areas and cabins. These are kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10am until at least midnight offering a fine selection of drinks. Richly textured carpets provide the convivial atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs. Complimentary tea & coffee is available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Lounge.

    BICYCLES

    No bicycles are available on board.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    Royal Suites (No.1-6), Panorama Deck Cabin size: 18.2 square metres (200 square feet) Furnishings: Panorama window, sofa and armchair, television, mini-bar/ fridge, dressing table, closet, safe. Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 27 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Premium Suites (No.11, 14, 15 & 16), Select Deck Cabin size: 14 square metres (150 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Deluxe Suites (No. 17-42), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Junior Suites (No. 43-46), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Superior Suites (No. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    COMMUNICATION

    The Royal Crown is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 31 625 695 802 (subject to charge).

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Your professional, English-speaking Cruise Director will look after your comfort, answer questions and help make your river cruise the holiday of a lifetime. Please do not hesitate to contact him/her at any time. A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will also accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board as this would be contravening official regulations.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed on board and delivered to your cabin every evening during dinner. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have high thresholds which must be stepped over. There are no lifts or chair lifts aboard.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. a shirt and trousers for gentlemen, and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.

    DRINKS

    Bottled water is available in your cabin and is replenished daily. A small bottle of water is provided per person each day to take on shore excursions. Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks are included with every lunch and dinner on board.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. In the bathroom there is an 110V socket which may be used for electric razors only. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8:30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise, we ask our guests to remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. We request that all guests carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of their cabin door. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the crew immediately and await instructions. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Lido Deck.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    FITNESS ROOM

    A small fitness centre, open daily from 06.00 to 22.00 hours, is located on Panorama Deck, at the aft. A variety of exercise equipment and a sauna are available. The sauna will be heated upon request by notifying reception at least 30 minutes in advance.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A selection of games and books is available in the Library. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    GIFT SHOP/BOUTIQUE

    An onboard gift shop is located near the reception area. Here you can purchase a selection of souvenirs and postcards etc. The opening hours are 07.30 to 21.30 hours.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HAIRDRYER

    Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer, located in the bathroom.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser on board.

    HOT TUB/SWIMMING POOL

    There is no hot tub or swimming pool on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attends to your cabin twice daily.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.

    LIBRARY

    A selection of English books and games are available at all times on a self-serve basis. A daily news print is also supplied.

    LIDO DECK

    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Lido Deck as well as a putting green and a giant chess set. The Lido Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Lido Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the MS Royal Crown, please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any other items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    LOUNGE

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Richly textured carpets provide the hushed atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the MS Royal Crown musician playing romantic, background music and more beautiful creations on the Royal Crown’s Steinway & Sons piano.

    MEALS

    The restaurant is located on Panorama Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Breakfast Buffet • Lunch Buffet • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee is served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your cruise director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MEDICAL

    There is no doctor on board, however crew members are trained in first aid and medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly in the case of an emergency. Passengers requiring special medications are advised to bring a supply with them. Please note that no medication of any kind can be handed out on the ship.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Library. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you’ve read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Sometimes it is necessary to make amendments to the itinerary, both for logistical and safety reasons. The Captain of the vessel shall decide if necessary and your Cruise Director will inform you of any necessary changes.

    ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT

    Entertainment is low key, and the onboard musician will play relaxing background music on the ship’s Steinway & Son’s piano.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and charge all purchases to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill. All onboard charges will be in Euros, payable with Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and place it in the box at Reception.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew member on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, we will happily serve you in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands. Captains have the authority to take any action deemed necessary to manage situations where guests are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board or otherwise causing problems during the cruise. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding such disruptions as the safety of our guests, crew and the ship remains our first priority. During the night, a night watchman is on duty. He performs a security check every hour and thus may be away from the front desk for a short time.

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Lido Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SPECIAL MEALS

    Requests for special meals should be made when you book your cruise. Please remind the Cruise Director of your request on the day of embarkation. The Chef will try to accommodate dietary needs as best as possible with the resources available.

    TELEPHONE

    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.

    TOILETRIES

    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries from their Verbena range are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.

    TOWELS

    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom and are also on request should you require them on the Lido Deck. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VALUABLES

    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WATER

    Complimentary bottled water is provided in cabins and replenished as and when required, and smaller bottles are also provided each day on excursions. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.

    Wi-Fi

    Complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the ship. Please note that Internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas or locks.

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

     

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  • Your Suite

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    Your Suite

    Royal Crown has 45 suites which range in size from 145 square feet to the spacious Royal Suites which measure 200 square feet. All suites are fitted with spacious rosewood cupboards, a dressing table, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, individually controlled airconditioning and en-suite facilities with shower and hairdryer. Suites on the Select deck have portholes and the Royal Suites on the Panorama deck have large windows.

    Please note that Junior, Deluxe & Superior Suites have fixed twin beds. Premium and Royal Suites have fixed double beds with separate mattresses and duvets, so can be made up as twins if required.

  • Your Space

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    Your Space

    The elegant Lounge Bar is defined by its 30s inspired Art Deco style, with textured carpets, carved mahogany and plush sofas which create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Experience unforgettable views from the large windows as you enjoy tea or coffee. The Lounge is also where our Guest Speakers will entertain you with informative presentations. In the evenings, let the day come to an end with a choice of beverages from the extensive menu accompanied by a pianist playing a Steinway & Sons grand piano. The huge Sun Deck covers almost the entire length of the vessel, interrupted only by the bridge and the Lido Bar (open when weather permits) where you can enjoy a drink such as fresh juice, a milkshake, or even a cocktail. Recline on a sun lounger and read a book or watch the changing scenery. There is also a putting green and a large chess board for your enjoyment. For some time out, relax in the wellness centre which includes a sauna with shower facilities, and a fitness room. There is also a small boutique and a library with a selection of books and games. Daily news sheets are also supplied. 

  • Your Dining

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    Your Dining

    While the most beautiful river scenery passes by, enjoy delicacies created by the Executive Chef and his team. The restaurant has open seating, allowing you to sit where and with whom you like at each meal. In the morning breakfast is served buffet style, lunch is a delightful buffet with hot and cold choices and dinner is a served four course meal. In addition, house wine, beer and soft drinks are included at both lunch and dinner. 

  • Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin. A musician will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series of interesting talks and our cruise director will host informative port briefings. After a day exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable vessel.

  • For Your Comfort

    The Royal Crown is equipped with the latest safety and navigation equipment for sailing Europe’s waterways. During you voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers in the Bridge to learn more about navigating the varying water levels of these meandering rivers. There is no doctor onboard. Smoking is limited to the Sun deck.

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Crown for your upcoming journey.

    Built in 1996, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown is a splendid vessel, specially designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with comfort and excellent service. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Facilities on board include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck.

    The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas on board. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    AIR CONDITIONING

    Cabins and public areas are heated and have air-conditioning. ALARM An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    The daily programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the various ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, our tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the

    ALL ABOARD TIME

    indicated on that day’s daily programme. Important: it is the sole responsibility of our guests to be aboard in time for the vessel’s departure.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship is equipped with a PA system. Announcements are made in public areas and cabins. These are kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10am until at least midnight offering a fine selection of drinks. Richly textured carpets provide the convivial atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs. Complimentary tea & coffee is available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Lounge.

    BICYCLES

    No bicycles are available on board.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    Royal Suites (No.1-6), Panorama Deck Cabin size: 18.2 square metres (200 square feet) Furnishings: Panorama window, sofa and armchair, television, mini-bar/ fridge, dressing table, closet, safe. Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 27 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Premium Suites (No.11, 14, 15 & 16), Select Deck Cabin size: 14 square metres (150 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Deluxe Suites (No. 17-42), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Junior Suites (No. 43-46), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Superior Suites (No. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    COMMUNICATION

    The Royal Crown is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 31 625 695 802 (subject to charge).

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Your professional, English-speaking Cruise Director will look after your comfort, answer questions and help make your river cruise the holiday of a lifetime. Please do not hesitate to contact him/her at any time. A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will also accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board as this would be contravening official regulations.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed on board and delivered to your cabin every evening during dinner. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have high thresholds which must be stepped over. There are no lifts or chair lifts aboard.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. a shirt and trousers for gentlemen, and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.

    DRINKS

    Bottled water is available in your cabin and is replenished daily. A small bottle of water is provided per person each day to take on shore excursions. Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks are included with every lunch and dinner on board.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. In the bathroom there is an 110V socket which may be used for electric razors only. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8:30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise, we ask our guests to remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. We request that all guests carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of their cabin door. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the crew immediately and await instructions. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Lido Deck.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    FITNESS ROOM

    A small fitness centre, open daily from 06.00 to 22.00 hours, is located on Panorama Deck, at the aft. A variety of exercise equipment and a sauna are available. The sauna will be heated upon request by notifying reception at least 30 minutes in advance.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A selection of games and books is available in the Library. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    GIFT SHOP/BOUTIQUE

    An onboard gift shop is located near the reception area. Here you can purchase a selection of souvenirs and postcards etc. The opening hours are 07.30 to 21.30 hours.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HAIRDRYER

    Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer, located in the bathroom.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser on board.

    HOT TUB/SWIMMING POOL

    There is no hot tub or swimming pool on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attends to your cabin twice daily.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.

    LIBRARY

    A selection of English books and games are available at all times on a self-serve basis. A daily news print is also supplied.

    LIDO DECK

    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Lido Deck as well as a putting green and a giant chess set. The Lido Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Lido Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the MS Royal Crown, please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any other items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    LOUNGE

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Richly textured carpets provide the hushed atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the MS Royal Crown musician playing romantic, background music and more beautiful creations on the Royal Crown’s Steinway & Sons piano.

    MEALS

    The restaurant is located on Panorama Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Breakfast Buffet • Lunch Buffet • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee is served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your cruise director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MEDICAL

    There is no doctor on board, however crew members are trained in first aid and medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly in the case of an emergency. Passengers requiring special medications are advised to bring a supply with them. Please note that no medication of any kind can be handed out on the ship.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Library. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you’ve read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Sometimes it is necessary to make amendments to the itinerary, both for logistical and safety reasons. The Captain of the vessel shall decide if necessary and your Cruise Director will inform you of any necessary changes.

    ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT

    Entertainment is low key, and the onboard musician will play relaxing background music on the ship’s Steinway & Son’s piano.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and charge all purchases to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill. All onboard charges will be in Euros, payable with Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and place it in the box at Reception.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew member on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, we will happily serve you in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands. Captains have the authority to take any action deemed necessary to manage situations where guests are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board or otherwise causing problems during the cruise. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding such disruptions as the safety of our guests, crew and the ship remains our first priority. During the night, a night watchman is on duty. He performs a security check every hour and thus may be away from the front desk for a short time.

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Lido Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SPECIAL MEALS

    Requests for special meals should be made when you book your cruise. Please remind the Cruise Director of your request on the day of embarkation. The Chef will try to accommodate dietary needs as best as possible with the resources available.

    TELEPHONE

    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.

    TOILETRIES

    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries from their Verbena range are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.

    TOWELS

    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom and are also on request should you require them on the Lido Deck. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VALUABLES

    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WATER

    Complimentary bottled water is provided in cabins and replenished as and when required, and smaller bottles are also provided each day on excursions. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.

    Wi-Fi

    Complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the ship. Please note that Internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas or locks.

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

     

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Tour Extensions

    • 20th to 26th June 2018

      Before embarking the MS Royal Crown we are offering the opportunity to explore Transylvania which is located in central Romania, a region of exquisite countryside surrounded by the arc of the dramatic Carpathian mountain chain. This region is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval towns and stunning castles. 

      Day 1 London to Sibiu, Romania. Fly by scheduled indirect flight.Arrive this afternoon and transfer to your four-star hotel for a three night stay. Tonight gather for the traditional bread and salt welcome, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner at your hotel.

      Day 2 Sibiu & Sibiel. After breakfast join a walking tour of colourful Sibiu followed by some free time before lunch in the old city. Later we will drive to Sibiel and visit a unique and superb museum of glass painted icons, located in the old village church. This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner during which we will be able to talk to our local hosts about Romanian daily life in a Transylvanian village.

      Day 3 Sibiu & Alba Iulia. After breakfast we depart for Alba Iulia, the town where Ferdinand and Marie were crowned Kings of the Great Romania. On arrival we visit the stunning White Citadel and the Coronation Cathedral, as well as the Unification Museum. Lunch will be in a local restaurant, followed by some time here at leisure. Return to Sibiu and dinner this evening will be at your hotel.

      Day 4 Biertan, Sighisoara & Brasov. After breakfast depart for picturesque Biertan where the first glimpse of the town’s Medieval church is unforgettable; it towers over the square below, surrounded by vividly painted houses and backed by vineyards. On arrival we visit the UNESCO 14th century fortified church, once the home to the Lutheran Bishop of Transylvania. Continue on to Sighisoara and on arrival explore the Old Town. Enjoy lunch in ‘Dracula’s House’ restaurant followed by some free time. Continue on to Brasov where we will be staying for three nights. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.

      Day 5 Azuga, Sinaia & Rasnov. After breakfast depart for a city tour of Brasov, including the City Hall Square, St Nicholas Church and the Old City. Afterwards we continue to Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. We will stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting. Continue on to see the fairy-tale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century. Afterwards we head back towards Brasov with a stop enroute at the Rasnov Citadel, (please note that the entrance to the citadel is a 15 minute uphill walk).

      Day 6 Brasov. After breakfast, visit the Black Church, followed by some free time in the Old City. Our Farewell Dinner tonight will be in the nearby resort town of Poiana Brasov.

      Day 7 Brasov to Cernavoda. After breakfast depart for a visit to Bran to see the world famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, used the castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania. We then depart for Ploiesti and enjoy lunch on arrival before continuing on our journey to Cernavoda, where we will embark the MS Royal Crown.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £795
      Single £1095

      Price Includes: Six nights hotel accommodation at four-star hotels as described, meals as described, wine & soft drinks with included lunches & dinners, excursions, gratuities.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, lunch on day 6.

River Guides

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Danube click here.
     
    • Danube

    More than any other river in the world, the Danube will always conjure thoughts of music. The Danube rises in the Black Forest of Germany and reaches its end in the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities on its way (more than any other river in the world) and ten countries – Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova. It has many tributaries, some important rivers themselves. The Danube is all about high culture and the historic cities that appear in close succession along its banks.

    Vienna, for instance, is a jewel. Its Ring created by Franz Joseph in the 1860s is a parade of imperial magnificence, opera house after university, palace after cathedral, interspersed with shaded gardens designed for outdoor summer concerts. Yet this is a city centre small enough to walk around easily – though you can take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Must-sees include the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn but if you might want to try a must-do, go to the Music House where you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on screen – if you get to the end, the orchestra stands up and applauds you!

    Bratislava is a tiny city dominated by its castle on the hill and a historic gem. The Old Town is completely pedestrianized which makes for pleasant walking. Besides the Gothic Cathedral and an exquisitely pretty Old Town Hall, look out for the humorous statues – the Good Soldier Schweik’s head emerging from a manhole on the street for instance. Budapest is a city of two halves. Buda is hilly and wooded with Gothic houses and cobbled streets. Pest is all grand boulevards and Baroque buildings including a jewel of an opera house. For music lovers, there are museums to Liszt and Bartok and plenty of concerts on offer. And for everyone there are breath-taking views from the Fisherman’s Bastion perched high above the city where, in the sunshine, the Danube turns a perfect blue.

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