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Budapest to the Black Sea
Our voyage takes us through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania to explore some of the ancient settlements and imperial cities which have been built along this great river...

Budapest to the Black Sea

Budapest to Fetesti

Monday 23rd May to Wednesday 1st June 2022

From £5,200 per person

9 nights including
2 Gala Dinners

The banks of the Danube, lined with castles and fortresses, formed the boundary between great empires, and its waters served as a vital commercial highway between nations. Our voyage takes us through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania to explore some of the ancient settlements and imperial cities which have been built along this great river.
The lower course of the Danube flows through the dramatic, narrow gorge of the Iron Gates to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas with 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise as the maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks offers the perfect breeding ground for the 300 species of birds which make the delta their home.

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Below you can explore the itinerary for this cruise. Click on the arrows to see more information on each days itinerary. Simply click the ‘Book this Cruise’ button to get booking and embark on ab exciting journey with us…

Guest Speaker Nick Hammond

Royal Crown cruise guest speaker Nick Hammond

Nicholas Hammond combined his boyhood passions for wildlife and art in a career that included being editor of Birds, head of publications and director of communications with the RSPB, before working for the Wildlife Trusts. He has written four books and numerous magazine articles about art and wildlife. A widely travelled guest speaker on cruises, his topics on this voyage will include the wildlife of the Danube, wild animals in fine art and stories of eccentric human interaction with the natural world.

Monday 23rd May

UK / Budapest

Join our representative at London Heathrow airport for pre-flight refreshments, before boarding the accompanied flight to the Budapest where Royal Crown awaits.

Setting sail in the evening, we witness the spectacular bridges and landmarks of Budapest’s illuminated waterfront.

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Tuesday 24th May

Kalocsa

The Bishop’s Palace of Kalocsa in Hungary

Set on the left bank of the Danube, Kalocsa is one of Hungary’s oldest towns and dates back to the early 11th century. This quaint town, filled with culture, is famed for its paprika, commonly known as ‘red gold’, and its intricate hand-crafted embroidery.

Built in the 1760’s, the Baroque-style Archbishop’s Palace houses astronomical devices and maps dating to the Middle Ages, and the 150,000-volume library includes a bible written by Martin Luther. Here we enjoy a concert of organ music before embarking on a fascinating excursion into the Puszta, the hinterland of Hungary, renowned for its paprika production and where we are treated to an impressive display that showcases the exceptional riding skills of the Puszta horsemen.

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Wednesday 25th May

Novi Sad / Sremski Karlovci

The old town of Sremski Karlovci in Serbia

Our morning is spent exploring Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad. Overlooking the Danube, Novi Sad is a city of history and culture overlooked by the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress.

The pretty town of Sremski Karlovci has a huge history that belies its modest size. Originally home to an ancient Roman Fortress, the village became a major cultural and spiritual centre during the 18th century, a legacy still visible in its beautiful baroque edifices. Sremski Karlovci is also famous for its local wines, and we visit a local winery to sample the regional varietals.

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Thursday 26th May

Belgrade

The beautiful old buildings of Belgrade in Serbia overlooking the Sava River

Our tour of Serbia’s ancient capital reveals the story of this remarkable city and highlights include the Orthodox Cathedral, the Square of the Republic and the mighty Kalemegdan Fortress which once contained the whole city within its walls and affords breathtaking river views over the Sava towards the Danube.

The highlight of our tour is a private visit to the Royal Place. Built between 1924 and 1929, with the private funds of His Majesty King Alexander I, today the palace is inhabited by

Crown Prince Alexander who, if in residence, will welcome us to his home at our exclusive reception.

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Friday 27th May

Golubac / Iron Gates Gorge

Golubac Fortress by the Danube River

Dominating a rocky promontory where the river narrows, the 14th century fortress of Golubac guards the entrance to the Iron Gates Gorge. It was a formidable structure, fought over by the Ottomans, Bulgarians, Hungarians and Serbs.

This afternoon, we will cruise through the Iron Gates, which originally consisted of four narrow gorges and three wide basins until a huge lock and dam was built in the 1960s to control the speed of the river and make navigation safer. A haven for wildlife and birds, the Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders and areas of outstanding beauty. The spectacular fjord- like scenery is to be enjoyed as Royal Crown sails between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains.

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Saturday 28th May

Vidin / Belogradchick

The spectacular rocks in the Belogradchick mountains with lush greenery surrounding them

The rocks of Belogradchik are rock sculptures situated in the fore hills of the western Balkan mountain range. They contain groups of rock figures resembling people, animals, fortresses and pyramids, their red colour contrasting beautifully with the green broadleaf forests, the lush meadows and small vineyards around the site.

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Sunday 29th May

Svishtov / Ruse

Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria on a summers day

From Svishtov, we venture to Veliko Turnovo, the evocative capital of the medieval Bulgarian Tsars and dramatically set amidst forested hills, divided by the Yantra River. Commanding pride of place is the impressive Tsarevets fortress, citadel of the second Bulgarian empire, which is complemented by scores of churches and other ruins, many of which are still being unearthed.

The village of Arbanassi became a wealthy crafts and trade hub during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today Arbanassi is a picturesque open-air museum of cultural heritage and architecture. We re-join Royal Crown in Ruse.

 

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Monday 30th May

Sulina

The Danube Delta at sunset where the Sulina Channel meets the Black Sea in Romania

We spend the day relaxing on board as we sail along the border of Romania and Bulgaria. Watch the scenery glide gently by from the comfort of the Sun Deck or perhaps attend a lecture by our guest speaker.

Arriving in Sulina at sunset, this most easterly point of our journey is where the River Danube meets the Black Sea. The Danube stretches for 2,845km and kilometre markings can be seen along the length of the river; today, we celebrate the end of its journey at ‘Km 0’ with Champagne on the Sun Deck.

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Tuesday 31st May

Tulcea / Danube Delta

A Pelican colony on the Danube Delta

Tulcea is the gateway to the Danube Delta, and from here we embark on a boat tour of this UNESCO protected aquatic wilderness which has the third largest biodiversity in the world, hosting over 5,500 flora and fauna species. Resident species include cormorants, white tailed eagles and glossy ibises whilst millions of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young.

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Wednesday 1st June

Fetesti / UK

We disembark Royal Crown in Fetesti, before being transferred to Bucharest airport for our flight home.

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Our decks and Cabins

Below you can see our decks and what cabins are on each of them. If you click the arrow you can see further information on each cabin and what it has to offer. So get exploring and get booking. We look forward to you joining us on board for an experience of a lifetime…

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Royal Suites

Panorama Deck

The Royal Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Panorama Deck
Picture windows
King-size bed

The Royal Suites are centrally located on the Panorama Deck, each with a king-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format. The suites also comprise a separate seating area with sofa, easy chair and dressing table/writing desk.

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Cabins With Double Twin Beds
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Premium Cabins

Select Deck

The Premium Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Queen-size bed

The Premium Cabins are located on the Select Deck, each with a queen-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format.

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Deluxe Cabins

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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Single Cabins
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Deluxe Single

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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