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2017 Vienna to Bucharest Cruise - A Lower Danube River Cruise

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A Lower Danube River Cruise through seven countries

02 – 19 August 2017                     

Save $500 per person
Was from $9,295 Now $8,795 per person twin share

Escorted tour

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We have re-introduced this well-priced river cruise which explores the southern and less-visited areas of the Danube
Recently- refurbished ‘River Navigator" is a very comfortable 4-star plus river boat  (only 134 passengers), cabins are all outside-facing and the food served in the large panoramic restaurant is of excellent quality.
Add in the friendly crew and it all makes for a fun and relaxing experience.
Start in Austria’s imperial city Vienna with its legacy of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss – a sophisticated beginning to the cruise.
Explore lesser-known Slovakia; Budapest - Hungary’s capital and city of bridges; Croatia; Serbia’s capital Belgrade - known as the ‘White City, Bulgaria and Romania – all from the river, a transport lifeline in days gone by.
In Romania, we travel by coach from Bucharest to Brasov in the mountains of Transylvania to visit Bran Castle made famous or infamous by ‘Count Dracula.’.
The on-board lectures give further insight into this complex region.

We have included most of the shore excursions which will provide many memorable experiences

m/s River Navigator

  • Capacity 134
  • Currency Euro
Included for every guest
  • Spacious outside Stateroom
  • Sightseeing with certifies local guides
  • Professional Cruise Director on board ‘ms River Navigator’
  • Included sightseeing with certified local guides
  • Wine tasting party with live music on board
  • Lectures on Balkan History and Modern Balkans today
  • Serbian Folklore performance
  • Farewell cocktails and Captains Gala Dinner
  • NEW: use of AUDIVOX aids for all shore excursions
  • FREE WI-FI (when available)
  • Two free glasses of wine / beer / soda with every evening meal


August 2017
Wednesday 02           Auckland - Singapore
Depart Auckland on Singapore Airlines to Singapore
Thursday 03             Singapore – Frankfurt - Vienna (Austria) D
Change planes to Frankfurt and on to Vienna.  Arrive midday and transfer to a centrally-located hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.
Friday 04                Vienna B D
This morning there is time to explore Mariahilfer Street, Vienna’s premier shopping / café area. Take time for a coffee and Vienna’s renowned pastries. Schönbrunn Castle is only 10 minutes away. Transfer to the ship early afternoon. Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail / crew introduction followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner on board, followed by a well-deserved rest.
Saturday 05             Vienna B L D
After breakfast, our morning city sightseeing tour will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this ‘Imperial’ capital. See the State Opera, Parliament, St Stephan’s Cathedral and take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace). Lunch is included with the balance of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight we include a Classical Concert.        
Sunday 06                Bratislava (Slovakia) B L D      
Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy a morning walking tour of the lovely city centre, past St. Martin's Cathedral and the Primate's Palace. Continue through the Old Town – Michael's Gate, Michael's Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and Slovak National Theatre. Set sail mid-afternoon and enjoy a wine-tasting party before dinner onboard this evening.
Monday 07              Budapest (Hungary) B L D
This morning we cruise into Budapest at midday. After lunch we include a city sights tour including St Stefan Cathedral, the Opera and the Square of Heros. This evening enjoy a rousing performance of the 40-member Hungarian National Folklore Ensemble.
Tuesday 08              Budapest B L D          
This morning, we enjoy a delightful walking tour of the city, first visiting the largest open air market in Budapest. Continue on to the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops and cafés. This afternoon we include a visit to an authentic Puzsta - a horse stud farm. The tour will include a drive in old fashioned horse drawn carriages, an unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship, followed by a taste of local ‘Palinka’ brandy, wine and snacks.
Wednesday 09           Osijek (Croatia) B L D
Welcome to Croatia. Arriving mid-afternoon, we enjoy a city tour of the Old Town, witnessing the best-preserved and largest ensemble of Baroque buildings in Croatia. Enjoy light refreshments in the gardens of the local Franciscan Monastery before returning to the ship for dinner.
Thursday 10             Novi Sad (Serbia) B L D          
Welcome to Serbia. A brief walking tour introduces you to this predestrian-friendly town before a wine tasting tour in the Serbian countryside. Your hosts will welcome you to their home where you will tour their wine cellars and the ’Museum of Honey.’ Tonight set sail for Belgrade.
Friday 11                Belgrade (Serbia)  B L D
After breakfast a morning tour of this lively and vibrant city includes the Kalemegdan Fortress, looming over the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Continue onto an authentic Serbian Village and homestead for lunch, music and fun before returning to the ship for dinner. After dinner, a private onboard folklore show before sailing for Romania.
Saturday 12             Cruising through ‘The Iron Gate Gorge B L D
Today relax onboard the ms ‘River Navigator.’  Pass through the highest gorge on the Danube, aptly named the ‘The Iron Gates’. More than 100 km long, this canyon, was a gigantic obstacle to navigation because of its pointed rocks, cliffs, and changing water levels, surrounded with very wild, yet attractive nature.
Sunday 13               Vidin (Bulgaria) B L D
On arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this delightful Bulgarian river port, highlighted by a visit to the 13th century fortress named ‘Baba Vida’ (Grandma Vida) the best preserved medieval fortress in the country. Free time before sailing to Romania mid-afternoon.
Monday 14               Brasov (Romania) B D   
After breakfast, disembark the ship and travel north by coach through the beautiful Romanian countryside towards Brasov, Romania’s second largest city and renowned winter resort.
Tuesday 15               Brasov (Dracula’s Castle) B D
We begin our half day sightseeing tour with the infamous Bran Castle, the ‘historic’ home of Count Vlad the Impaler – popularized world over in Bram Stoker’s novels featuring the blood-thirsty ‘Count Dracula. The afternoon is free to explore this lively city on your own before a special dinner tonight.
Wednesday 16          Brasov - Bucharest B D       
After breakfast, a leisurely journey back to Bucharest. On arrival, enjoy a city tour of the ‘Paris of the East,’ with the balance of the day exploring this friendly city on your own.  Farewell dinner tonight.
You are welcome to extend your stay in Europe or take our optional 10-day tour of Turkey or spend three days in Istanbul. See separate itinerary.
Thursday 17             Bucharest – Frankfurt - Singapore B            
After a final breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home via Frankfurt and Singapore.
Friday 18                Singapore – Auckland
Saturday 19              Arrive Auckland


  • Return economy air Auckland – Vienna // Bucharest
  • One night pre-cruise in Vienna
  • Three nights in Romania
  • Four Star hotel accommodation
  • 10 nights cruise in an outside stateroom on board ‘m/s River Navigator’
  • 17 included sightseeing tours and shore excursions
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners and receptions
  • All meals plus afternoon teas on cruise
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell Dinner
  • English speaking guides throughout
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Gratuities and tipping on board
  • Port and cruise fuel charges (NZ$285 approx)
  • Free WIFI on the ‘ms River Navigator’
  • Two free grasses of wine / beer / soda with each evening meal on board
  • Water / tea / coffee chocolate station 24/7 on board ‘ms River Navigator’
  • Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 persons travelling


  • Travel Insurance – compulsory – please ask us for a quote
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Items not specified
  • Airport and airline taxes (approx NZ$170)


Cost Per Person* NZD

Auckland to Auckland




Upper Deck - Suite (330 sq ft)

Was $10,997
Now $10,497



Upper Deck - Category A
(165 sq ft french balcony)

Was $10,295
Now $9,795


1 left

Middle Deck - Category B
(165 sq ft - panoramic window)

Was $ 9,899
Now $9,399



Middle Deck - Category C
(165 sq ft - twin windows)

Was $9,699
Now $9,199



Low Deck - Category D
(165 sqt ft - two portholes)

Was $9,295

Now $8,795







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Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 11 December 2016)




Previous Pukekohe Travel International Tour Discount








Land Only - start Vienna/ end Bucharest

Deduct $2800


*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Booking Conditions

  • A deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on this tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 15 June 2017

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 15 June 2017 – loss of deposit
  • After 15 June 2017 - no refund
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General Information


  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
  • No visa is required for New Zealand passport holders
  • All other passport holders please ask


  • Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and climb stairs

Weather       Max ˚c         Min ˚c
Vienna               19                     14
Budapest           26                     15
Brasov              23                      12


On board m/s River Navigator - by day – comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes; by night – smart casual


Austria             Euro                                      Croatia             Kuna
Bulgaria            Lev                                        Romania           Lev

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