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Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest

From Budapest to Bucharest, SAGA presents an exciting itinerary along the Danube river – complete with spectacular scenic sailing portions and 1 night at a 4-star hotel in Bucharest.

Featuring 3 spectacular included excursions, guests enjoy visits to a variety of historically rich ports as well as scenic sailing portions.

Acting as your home for the 9 nights, the over-achieving Spirit of the Danube provides luxurious accommodation for the weary traveller.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Danube
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: July 2024
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Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest Cruise Itinerary

Revel in a spectacular 11-day itinerary, designed to conduct guests through highlights along the spectacular Danube river. Guests enjoy a selection of cultivated excursions to cultural hot-spots and scenic destinations.

Day 1

Arrive in Budapest (EMBARK)

Arrive in Hungary’s capital and embark the delightful Spirit of the Danube.

Day 2


Kick off your adventure with an included tour of the city’s highlights. Pay a visit to the UNESCO-designated Buda Castle.

Day 3


Spend the morning in Budapest before we depart along the Danube river.

Day 4


You may wish to spend the day exploring Vukovar’s historic city centre.

Day 5


This morning, enjoy an included excursion to Belgrade’s key attractions: explore the extravagant cathedral, St Sava Temple, and the Kalemegdan Fortress.

Day 6

Iron Gates Gorge / Decebalus Face (scenic sailing)

Relax on board your ship as we sail through the majestic Iron Gates Gorge, enjoy the opportunity to view the Decebalus Face. .

Day 7

Nikopol / Rousse

Spend the day exploring the riverside town of Nikopol under your own steam. You might pay a visit to the medieval hilltop Nikopol Fortress.

Day 8


Explore Rousse during an included tour.

Day 9


Today, you may wish to transfer by coach to Tulcea for an optional boat cruise into the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta.

Day 10

Fetesti / Bucharest (DISEMBARK)

Disembark from your ship and transfer to a 4-star hotel in Bucharest. You may wish to explore highlights such as the Palace of the Parliament, Cotroceni Palace and the historic Crețulescu Palace.

Day 11

Depart from Bucharest

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest Cruise Ships

Spirit Of The Danube

As our second purpose-built river cruise ship, this vessel promises comfort and elegance during your stay on board. With the addition of the latest engine technology, this ship is also one of the greenest cruising the rivers.

182 Guests Maximum
Panoramic Views
Splash Pool

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Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest Deals

Continue exploring the highlights of the Danube

10 Nights

Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest

  • Arrive Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Budapest
  • Vukovar
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates Gorge / Decebalus Face (scenic sailing)
  • Nikopol / Rousse
  • Rousse
  • Braila
  • Fetesti / Bucharest (DISEMBARK)
£2,996pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Danube  

Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest Cruise Review

“I had a really enjoyable experience, it was amazing getting to relax on the ship, everything was so clean and well-organised.”

Sarah Green, Norwich

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Through the Carpathian Mountains: Budapest to Bucharest FAQ

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

What’s included in the price?

Included in your booking price; 9-nights all inclusive aboard the Spirit of the Danube and one night half-board in a hotel, all gratuities on board,all flights and transfers, 3 excursions and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Is there an option for travel insurance?

Optional travel insurance may be included in your booking price – a reduction of £56 may be granted if not required.

What amenities can I expect on the ship?

The Spirit of the Danube features panoramic windows, a spacious sun deck, splash pool and modern contemporary suites featuring en-suite bathrooms and French balconies.

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