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15 days from £3,099 per person
Drinks included with lunch & dinner

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Gliding through the narrow gorges and spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates.


Step aboard MS River Discovery II for a Danube cruise along the eastern stretches of the river towards the Black Sea. Together, we’ll tick off five fascinating countries: Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, collecting historical titbits and cultural nuances as we go. Nature enthusiasts will relish an afternoon floating along the forested waterways of the Danube Delta. The bobbing reed islets, sandbars and chorus of croaking frogs will make the sparkling cities of Budapest, Belgrade and Rousse feel a world away.

Your holiday includes:

6 excursions and visits

  • City tours in Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Bucharest and Vidin (with Belogradchik Rocks)
  • Cruise on Danube Delta


  • 14 nights cruise on MS River Discovery II
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)


  • Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner
  • Welcome reception party and gala dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Wi-Fi included on board
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan cruise director, tour manager and entertainer
  • Porterage

Map of Eastern Europe with River Cruise Route showing

  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 - UK - Budapest

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, embark our ship where light refreshments are available. We’ll dock overnight in Budapest, so you can view the city beautifully lit up from the water.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • BL8 DAY 2

    Day 2 - Budapest

    Budapest is dramatic and historical and flamboyant and peaceful all in one. It is architecturally beautiful; feast your eyes on baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings on our included city tour this morning. Together we’ll explore the Parliament Building, peek inside St Stephen’s grand, opulent basilica and explore the Palace District before you’re free to spend the rest of the day discovering the city under your own steam.

    Perhaps take a wander in City Park - walk past the lake and through a tree-lined avenue to the gates leading to the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle. This picturesque area is seemingly taken straight from the pages of a fairytale book.

    • City tour of Budapest (morning)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 3 Kalocsa

    Day 3 - Kalocsa

    Known as the paprika capital of the world, the small town of Kalocsa gives a fascinating insight into local life in Hungary. On our optional excursion you’ll visit the Folk Art House before learning about the regional spice at the Paprika Museum, where you’ll enjoy a small tasting of some traditional cuisine - you’ll learn there’s more to Hungarian food than goulash! Later, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by a performance of Hungarian horsemanship - a fascinating experience.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • DAy 4 Vukovar

    Day 4 - Vukovar

    Vukovar was once a pretty town on the banks of the Danube; its streets were lined with elegant baroque mansions, museums and art galleries. Today the town has more memorials and other war-related sites than any other single place in Croatia. The Battle of Vukovar took place in 1991, in the early stages of the Yugoslav Wars and although there has been much work to repair the damage, the remaining blasted facades give the town an undeniably eerie yet alluring ambience.

    We dock until late this evening, so after our morning city tour you’ll have the rest of the day to immerse yourself in the town’s stirring history.

    • City tour of Vukovar (morning)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • BL8 DAY 5

    Day 5 - Belgrade

    Belgrade stands proudly on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Here, historical buildings sit pretty on lively pedestrian boulevards, while its backstreets are a treasure trove of cultural, religious and military heritage. Unravel the city’s chaotic past as we learn about the legacies of Habsburg, Ottoman and Socialist rule on our included city tour. We’ll take in the Republic Square, Saint Sava Cathedral and Kalemegdan Fortress.

    • City tour of Belgrade (morning)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 6 Iron Gates

    Day 6 - Iron Gates

    Today is dedicated to scenic cruising as we glide through the famous Iron Gates gorge. This spectacular passage is made up of narrow gorges and wide basins. Sit up on deck for the best views and watch the scenery slowly roll by.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 7 Rousse

    Day 7 - Rousse

    Opulent, leafy squares and elegant belle époque buildings and neatly kept parkland - you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into Vienna at first glance. Rousse is one of Bulgaria’s most grand and beautiful cities, but this metropolis is more than just a pretty face; there’s history in abundance, as displayed in the many museums. It’s also home to a ruined Roman fortress that you might like to explore on today’s optional excursion.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 8 Tulcea

    Day 8 - Tulcea

    We arrive in Romania this morning as we dock in Tulcea. The city itself is home to some great museums and a 19th-century church, but we’re using it as a base to explore the famed Danube Delta; a wilderness of wetlands and forests.

    We’ll navigate these forested waterways with a local guide, who’ll keep us on the lookout for wildlife. During the summer, 350 species of birds gather here - including the white pelican - so it’s a real must for twitchers. But we might also see croaking frogs, tortoises, emperor dragonflies and more - you’ll likely think you’ve been transported somewhere a little more tropical.

    • Danube Delta cruise (afternoon)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 9 Cernavoda

    Day 9 - Cernavoda (Constanta)

    Today you have the chance to visit the Romanian shores of the Black Sea on an optional city tour of Constanta, the oldest city on the Black Sea coast. This ancient metropolis by the sea is a lively city with beaches, parks and lakes. The richly decorated Orthodox Cathedral of St Peter and Paul is particularly interesting.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 10 Oltenita

    Day 10 - Oltenita (Bucharest) - Giurgiu

    Today, our included excursion brings us to the Romanian capital city of Bucharest where we have a full day to explore this historic city, with its splendid Orthodox churches, the opulent Parliament palace, concert halls, religious monuments and more. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and travel back to our ship in the late afternoon.

    • City tour of Bucharest (all day)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 11 Vidin

    Day 11 - Vidin

    Resting on a bend of the Danube, Vidin offers beautiful riverside views and the distinct feeling of being far, far away from anything else. The sprawling town square is dominated by an enormous communist-era monument and the majestic Baba Vida Fortress is one of the country’s best.

    We start our day here with a city tour this morning. We’ll also venture out to the legendary Belogradchik Rocks; a collection of bizarrely shaped formations which date back about 230 million years. This fascinating ancient site is shrouded in some equally bizarre legends, but excavations of the site have revealed the bones of prehistoric creatures, wall foundations, ceramic fragments and the iron gads of spears and arrows.

    • City tour of Vidin with Belogradchik Rocks (morning)

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • DAy 12 Doji Milanovac

    Day 12 - Donji Milanovac

    In Serbia’s mystical east, Donji Milanovac is a pretty town with panoramas stretching between towering cliff faces. Take a wander through the quaint streets and you’ll soon stumble upon the striking centrepiece of the town, the Church of St Nicholas, which houses artefacts dating back centuries. For wonderful views of the river, you might like to take a walk into the hills just above the town.

    Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion to Lepenski Vir; one of the most significant prehistoric archaeological sites in Europe, with examples of human life dating back to 20,000 BC.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 13 Novi Sad

    Day 13 - Novi Sad

    Novi Sad is a relaxing, youthful city. Locals lull on the lawn of Danube Park and the welcoming centre is made up of pretty, pedestrianised streets and pavement cafes. It competes with Belgrade as Serbia’s capital of art, architecture and culture (it plays host to Serbia’s largest music festival each July), so it’s a really lovely city to simply ‘be’.

    You can join our optional city tour or explore as you please. The hilltop citadel, Petrovaradin Fortress is a walk across the Varadinski Bridge and hosts artist workshops, the City Museum, the Church of St George and some spectacular viewpoints of the river and city.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 14 Mohaca budapest

    Day 14 - Mohács - Budapest

    We’ll spend the day sailing back towards Budapest. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax, perhaps up on deck or in the lounge and take the time to reflect on your trip through five captivating countries.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • Day 15 Budapest - UK

    We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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Eastern Europe Explorer with the Danube Delta

15 days from £3,099 per person