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Budapest to The Black Sea

Traverse the Danube in elegance and style aboard our luxury vessels that dodge minimalism and lean into fantastic mood lighting and bright colours. Aboard our Riviera Travel Cruise ships, the priority is your comfort as we commandeer you down the adventure of a lifetime.

Take a gander through history at the variety of museums, dated landmarks, chapels, fortresses and UNESCO World Heritage sites in order to further your understanding of the vibrant cultures scattered down the Danube.

Whether you’d rather experience a guided tour through fortress ruins, or a sit-down dining experience where you taste local cuisine and interact with locals, there’s something for everyone aboard our Danube River Cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Oscar Wilde + 3 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Jun - Jul

Budapest to The Black Sea Cruise Itinerary

On a round trip beginning and ending in Budapest, cruise down the Danube through the Balkans for the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy scenic views, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites and exploring fortresses on this fifteen-day pre-planned dive into the cultures found along this famous river.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Fly to Budapest and transfer onto your 5-star cruise ship.

Day 2


Discover the impressive Baroque Cathedral, grand Archbishop’s Palace and enjoy a walking tour through the town. Alternatively, take a drive to the Paprika house and continue to the Puszta, Hungary’s Great Plain.

Day 3


Enjoy a trip to Kalemegdan Park and a guided tour through the cathedral, Republic Square and Prince Michael Street. Use your free time to explore the Old Town and enjoy a drink at one of the coffee houses.

Day 4

Iron Gates Gorge

Lounge on the sun deck as we traverse the magnificent gorge; a highlight for many passengers. Enjoy the views as our crew navigates the Great Kazan, where the river narrows to just 500ft.

Day 5


Use your free time to pay a visit to the St George Chapel Museum or one of the town’s many other museums or simply wander the streets to immerse yourself in culture.

Day 6


Our guided tour will take you to the Palace of Parliament, the former royal palace/national art museum and the Athenaeum. There is also the option of multiple Orthodox churches and squares, including Revolution Square, to pay a visit to.

Day 7

Danube Delta

To explore this bird-watcher’s paradise, we disembark onto smaller boats for an excursion guided by an expert who will point out the fascinating aspects of flora and fauna.

Day 8


Today we begin our return passage. Use your free time to visit one of the many museums or simply enjoy the sea air with a portside walk.

Day 9

Veliko Tarnovo / Arbanassi / Ivarno

Explore the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo, or the remains of the fortress complex on Tsarevets Hill; containing the ruins of Tsar’s Palace and Patriarch’s Palace.

Pay a visit to one of the richly-ornamented mansion houses, or the unassuming Church of Nativity in Arbanassi.

We end the day with a visit to the Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels and monasteries registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 10


After lunch we moor in Vidin. Use this opportunity to dive into the wilderness and enjoy the views created by the Belogradchik Rocks.

Day 11

Iron Gates / Lepenski Vir

Return to the splendor of the Iron Gates and enjoy a peaceful passage through the heart of Serbia’s Djerdap National Park.

Wander the wooden houses laid out in a fan shape at Lepenski Vir, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Day 12

Novi Sad

Enjoy a guided tour of this Vibrant City, known as the ‘Athens of Serbia’. See its Town Hall, ancient castle, synagogue and the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress.

Day 13

Osijek / Vukovar

Enjoy a guided tour of Osijek, seeing the main sights and learning about the city’s tumultuous past.

Drive to the historical city of Osijek, tour the Old Town and Upper City with its neo-gothic cathedral. Much of the city has been restored, but some buildings still bear the scars of conflict.

Day 14


Embark on a guided tour, including the Parliament Building, National Gallery and the Matthias Church. Then spend the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps paying a visit to the Castle District or one of the many museums.

Day 15

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

Return to the airport for your flight home.

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14 Nights
Jun Jul

Budapest to The Black Sea

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Kalocsa
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Pleven
  • Bucharest
  • Danube Delta
  • Constanta
  • Veliko Tarnovo / Arbanassi / Ivarno
  • Belogradchik
  • Iron Gates / Lepenski Vir
  • Novi Sad
  • Osijek & Vukovar
  • Budapest
  • Budapest (DISEMBARK)
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  • MS Oscar Wilde + 3 more ships

Budapest to The Black Sea Cruise Review

“My husband and I booked this river cruise for our anniversary. An excellent decision. It was the action-packed romantic getaway of our dreams. It was so peaceful floating through the Iron Gates Gorge – the fact this cruise does that multiple times is simply amazing.”

Lucy Sagharian, Essex

Budapest to The Black Sea FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many spaces are available?

Each ship can host a maximum of 167 passengers so make sure to confirm your space ASAP.

Is Wi-Fi available on board?

Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available to all guests during the duration of the cruise. However, it is important to note and plan for varying levels of speed and connection.

What currencies will be needed to make purchases?

Please note that aboard our ships we trade in Euros.
Currencies: Forint (Hungary), Lev (Bulgaria), Leu (Romania), Euro (Croatia), Dinar (Serbia)

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