Cruise to Eastern Europe




Experience the mystery and beauty of eastern Europe as you sail through the history of five fascinating nations – Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria – linked throughout by the majestic River Danube. Gaze in wonder at the great stone cliffs which arise out of the Danube, where ancient Roman ruins still cling to steep banks. You will sail through the legendary Iron Gates. Explore exciting Budapest, booming Belgrade, eye-opening Bucharest and the eerie rock formations of Belogradchik.

This is another exclusive Theatrical Adventure . A cruise that combines ample leisure sailing with intriguing ports of call and some great entertainment. You will be entertained – and you are invited to help us entertain! As well as our celebrity singers and lecturers we will prepare a full scale performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" in which our passengers are invited to form the chorus and provide the principal performers.

And of course what is special about the theatrical adventure is that we offer a number of single cabins with no single supplement.

We have two identical sailings planned in the coming months - October 2016 and March 2017


Friday 28 October/Thursday 23 March 

We meet in Budapest at the start of our adventure. Our cruise vessel is ready for boarding from 14:30 hours and we set sail  at 16:00 hours precisely. The banks of the Danube are rarely more attractive than as we pass the majestic architecture that makes Budapest such an exciting and inviting capital.

Saturday 29 October/Friday 24 March 

In the early hours we leave the European Union passing through passport control into Serbiaand our first port of call – Novi Sad which is home to 27 different ethnic groups and six religious denominations and often referred to as "Little Europe." Novi Sad in the north of Serbia is at one of the continent's true crossroads and its history as a multinational commercial and transit centre has left it endowed with historical and cultural sights that even much larger cities have difficulty matching.


Sunday 30 October/Saturday 25 March 

Our cruising begins in earnest as we depart Novi Sad for the leisurely 35 hour journey toGiurgiu, the capital city of Giurgiu County, Romania, in Muntenia. We pass the Iron Gates an amazing 83 mile-long stretch of the Danube River separating Serbia and Romania. The scenic gorge contains two hydroelectric dams and this project raised the river's water level by 114 ft. The gorge bears a large plaque as a reminder of the "hanging road" built into the cliff side by the Romans around 103 AD.

Monday 31 October/Sunday 26 March

Following an early breakfast another adventure 

unfolds as we  leave by coach, with packed lunch, for the 45 mile journey to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The city still retains the old charm that attracted tourists after the First World War when it was called "Little Paris." We see the extraordinary People's Palace, House of Parliament and the largest civilian building in the world.


Tuesday 1 November/Monday 27 March

After sailing overnight we arrive in Lom in north-western Bulgaria. Here guests have anopportunity of taking an optional excursion to see the Belogradchik Fortress built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. You can see its amazing construction which was begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans. Simply breathtaking views. We rejoin the boat at Vidin on the southern bank of the Danube in north-western Bulgaria


Wednesday 2 November/Tuesday 28 March

Welcome to beautiful Belgrade, Serbia's capital. Enjoy a panoramic tour 

driving past theNational Museum and the Parliament. Take a guided walking tour through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress and see the Orthodox cathedral, stopping at the Square of the Republic.

Thursday 3 November/,Wednesday 29 March 

We begin the day in Vukovar in eastern Croatia. We have a short walking tour and visit to the Green Market. You will notice that many of the city's buildings have been damaged – a powerful reminder of the devastation visited on Vukovar during the Croatian war of independence. The Vukovar massacre took place  at the Ovcara farm southeast of Vukovar on 20 November 1991.


Friday 4 November/Thursday 30 March 

We arrive back in Budapest at 11:00 hours having sailed more than 2000 km along Europe's second longest river.



  • Eight-day Magical Danube River Cruise
  • Spacious Stateroom with ensuite shower
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 four course lunches
  • 7 five course dinners
  • 7 afternoon teas
  • 7 Late night snacks
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • 24-hour tea and coffee self-service
  • Excursions led by expert guides
  • Talks, Lectures or Masterclasses
  • Professional entertainment
  • Opportunity to learn and perform a G&S show
  • Port Charges and Taxes

Yes indeed,  an extraordinary voyage for the traveller who wishes to venture – in comfort – off the beaten path and into the history of eastern Europe.


MS Rousse Prestige - October 28 - November 4, 2016

The Dutch built MS Rousse Prestige has - 4 passenger decks;  Panorama restaurant; Spacious observation lounge with bar and dance-floor; Library with reading corner; Internet corner; Small board-shop at reception; Medical doctor on board; Hairdresser; Massage parlour; Laundry service and large sun deck with whirlpool. All staterooms are exterior cabins. Those on the upper decks have large windows which can be opened. Voltage is 220V. All staterooms are equipped with shower/WC, hairdryer, individually controllable air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and safe.

  • There are 24 deluxe twin cabins on the top deck at a cost of £1350 per person.
  • There are 24 identical twin cabins on the second deck  at £1250 per person.
  • There are then 18 mezzanine cabins as singles at £1250 or as twins at £900 per person.
  • There are 10 cabins on the lower deck available as singles or twins at £1000 per cabin

Ariana - March 23 - 30, 2017

Completed in the Netherlands in 2012 this comfort- class vessel has tastefully furnished cabins with 80% of them featuring a French balcony; spacious common rooms; sun-deck with whirlpool; panorama restaurant; spacious and light-flooded observation lounge with bar and dance floor; library with reading corner, large foyer, board shop at the reception desk; W-LAN; comfortable Lido Bar; fitness area; hairdresser with massage parlour; laundry service; lift. All staterooms are exterior cabins and the top two - Saturn and Orion cabins have French balconies.All cabins are equipped with shower/WC, hair-dryer, individually controllable air-conditioning, TV with satellite receiver, radio, safe, telephone, 220V socket.

The Ariana can accommodate 162 passengers and this is the vessel that is available for our Eastern European adventure in March 2017.

  • There are 34 twin cabins on the top deck at £1400 per person.
  • There are 30 cabins on the middle deck. Fifteen will be available as single cabins at a cost of £1400 per cabin and the remainder as twins at a cost of £1250 per person.
  • There are 12 cabins on the lower deck which are available either as a single cabin for £750 or as a twin cabin for £625 per person.