DANUBE DELTA DISCOVERY16 days & 15 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Welcome to Vienna
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (D)
Freechoice: Tour the city of Vienna, or be guided through majestic Schonbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore beautiful Bratislava with a knowledgeable local guide. Alternatively, discover Bratislava's communist-era history during a guided tour. Or journey to the nearby Devin Castle where you'll tour the castle's ruins and sample some of the local specialty - the Devin's currant wine.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Join a guided tour through a city often considered the most beautiful in Europe. Alternatively, choose to relax at the Thermal Baths and Spa, or roam the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in Budapest's imperial past by attending an exclusive private classical music concert at the majestic Godollo Royal Palace. Royal Palace, was one of the favorite residences of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary.
Today you'll get to witness a traditional Hungarian horse show.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover the Zsolnay ceramic factory, one of the most unique porcelain factories in the world, where you'll enjoy a ceramic making presentation. Alternatively, explore the village of Villany and learn about everyday life in Hungary, while sampling some of the fine local wines.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore Osijek on a guided city tour, or try your hand at fishing in a local village stream. Or, if you're the more active type, you could opt to take a blissful guided bike ride through Osijek's countryside.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
As a special Scenic guest, you'll be invited into the home of a local family for a traditional home-cooked dinner to discover what everyday life is really like in Croatia. With great food and wonderful company, this will be both a magnificent meal, and a rare opportunity to meet people who understand the local way of life.
Today you'll discover one of the oldest capital cities in Europe - Belgrade, a city that has always had a huge impact on the entire region. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy in your own time before tonight's magnificent Serbian folklore performance.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided bicycle ride along the Danube, or taste your way around the local market on our Shop with a Chef tour. Or for some true insight into local life, you can join a walking tour of the city with a local. Alternatively, journey to Sremski Karlovci, where you can marvel at the many beautiful Baroque elements with our local guide.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day. It's a moment to savor, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced.
Day 10Iron Gates
Relax on board and admire the scenery as you cruise the spectacular Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that the Danube has carved out between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.Scenic Space-Ship (B, D)
Day 11Svistov - Russe
Freechoice: Discover the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo and the World Heritage-listed village of Arbanassi. Alternatively stay on board and enjoy the cruise towards the Bulgarian town of Russe, where you'll be treated to a guided sightseeing tour.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of the Silistra Fort, or take an excursion to Varna on the Black Sea coast. Alternatively, visit a local village and a primary school to learn about daily life in Bulgaria.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Embark on a small boat exploration of Tulcea and the surrounding Danube canals, home to Europe's largest white pelican colony (weather permitting).Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 14Saint George - Danube Delta
The World Heritage-listed Danube Delta is the best preserved of Europe's deltas and hosts over 300 species of birds. Be sure to have your camera ready as you sail through the passage of Saint George and the magnificent Danube Delta, to reach the Black Sea coast. Admire spectacular scenery during your small boat cruise to Mile 0, where the mighty Danube River meets the Black Sea.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 15Braila - Bucharest
This morning disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Bucharest, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay at the Marriott hotel.Marriott hotel (B, L, D)
After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your cruise, but there'll still be many wonderful memories to look forward to.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Area: 32,377 sq. miles
Official Language: German
What To See: Vienna is a splendid historical city, with its grand imperial palaces, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg - where the Habsburg rulers lived. Visit Salzburg for alpine beauty, an incredible fortress and some seriously scrumptious cakes. Suspended above the deep-green Inn River, the Alps are Innsbruck’s monumental attractions: creeping up on street corners, reflecting in glass façades and sneaking into every snapshot. Graz is an attractive place with verdant green parkland, red rooftops and a small, fast-flowing river gushing through its center. Zell Am See attracts travelers looking to relax and rejuvenate - and enjoy some excellent skiing in the winter.
Danube Delta Discovery
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