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Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania

15 days, 6 countries. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, castles and much more when you embark on this unique Uniworld River Cruise itinerary.

Enjoy a unique blend of hotels, railways and river cruising, with a host of both active and enriching activities to choose from when you board this Danube River Cruise.

Recline aboard the luxurious River Duchess, whose intimate environment is designed to promote tranquillity through elegant decor and modern amenities.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: River Duchess
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: May
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Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania River Cruise Itinerary

Travel through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany through 5 UNESCO-designated sites via train and boat. Enjoy castles, canals, mosques and much more on this cleverly-crafted itinerary.

Day 1


Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the five-star Pera Palace Hotel.

Day 2

Istanbul (EMBARK train)

Explore a selection of must-see historic sites – including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

Late afternoon, board the Golden Eagle Express to begin your rail journey.

Day 3

Veliko Tarnovo

By morning, enjoy the scenic views over Shipka Pass. Spend your afternoon on a tour of the medieval Tsarevets and Castle, with free time to wander the ancient city.

Day 4

Sinaia / Brașov

Travel to the neo-Renaissance Peles Castle. Later on, you’ll visit Bran Castle, popularised as ‘Dracula’s Castle’.

Day 5

Sighișoara / Sibiu

The UNESCO-designated Sighișoara, believed to be the birthplace of Dracula, is one of the best-preserved fortified medieval towns in Europe. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the town’s main highlights.

Later, we continue into Sibiu, known for its Germanic architecture in its Old Town.

Day 6

Kecskemet / Lajosmizse / Budapest (DISEMBARK train)

This morning, explore the fascinating city of Kecskemet before your train heads to Lajomizse for a spectacular ‘Puszta’ horse show..

By late afternoon, we arrive in Budapest, where you’ll check into the 5-star Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel. Enjoy a farewell reception dinner hosted at a local restaurant.

Day 7


Enjoy another day in Budapest at your leisure. You may choose to explore the thermal baths, Castle District, climb Gellert Hill or vsit any other attractions that take your fancy.

Day 8

Budapest (EMBARK ship)

Check out of your hotel and climb aboard your floating hotel, the River Duchess.

Day 9


Today, you’ll have the option to choose between three featured activites. Either embark on the ‘Budapest Panoramic Highlight with St. Stephen’s Cathedral’ tour, ‘Budapest Walk with Local Treats’ or the ‘Jewish Budapest’ excursion.

Day 10


Opt to enjoy the “Morning with the Masters at the Belvedere Palace’ activity, the ‘Vienna’s Historic Trails and Local Treats’ tour or the ‘Jewish Vienna’ excursion. You may also wish to embark on one of our Masterpiece Collection activities, which will either take you to a Private Mozart and Strauss Concert or to Schonbrunn with Strudel Show.

Day 11


Enjoy scenic cruising through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. After docking in Krems, choose between a ‘Stetteldorf Castle Visit’ or a tour through the ‘Treasures of Wachau Valley’.

Day 12

Engelhartszell / Passau

Choose between featured excursions: ‘Let’s Go: Scenic Bavarian River Biking’ or ‘Village Day: Passau’. Our Masterpiece Collection activity features a Bavarian Farm Visit.

Day 13


Explore this impressive, UNESCO-designated city on either a ‘Regensburg Walk with Thurn and Taxis Castle Visit’ or on the ‘Jewish Regensburg’ excursion. Our Masterpiece Collection activity affords you the opportunity to visit the Weltenburg Abbey.

Day 14


Witness your ship navigate a series of locks as it travels through the ‘continental divide’ – the Main-Danube canal. After docking, embark on the evening featured excursion ‘Nights Out: Faber-Castell Visit.

Day 15

Nuremberg (DISEMBARK ship)

Disembark from your ship and begin your journey home.

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania Cruise Ships

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River Duchess

This elegant floating hotel is decorated in soft hues of blue and green, complemented by soothing earth tones. Enjoy a tranquil onboard ambiance, spectacular views and stylish lounges when you travel down fascinating waterways.

Remodelled in 2012
42 Crew Members
Relaxing Decor

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Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania Deals

Enjoy an intimate travel experience through show-stopping highlights

14 Nights

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania

  • Istanbul
  • Istanbul (EMBARK train)
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Sinaia / Brașov
  • Sighișoara / Sibiu
  • Kecskemet / Lajosmizse / Budapest (DISEMBARK train)
  • Budapest
  • Budapest (EMBARK ship)
  • Vienna
  • Krems
  • Engelhartszell / Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg (DISEMBARK ship)
£14,398pp Est. Price per person

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania Cruise Review

“Absolutely awesome. Loved every second. There is quite a bit of checking in-and-out of places so I’d keep that in mind – but otherwise a very fun and immersive experience.”

Hannah Jamerson, Essex

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & The Castles of Transylvania FAQ

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

Does the River Duchess have a spa?

Yes, you can find the Serenity River Spa located on the Main Deck.

How many days in total will be spent cruising?

Eight out of your 15 days away will be spent cruising aboard the River Duchess.

How many UNESCO World Heritage sites does this cruise pass?

This adventure will take you past 5 UNESCO-designated sites!

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