• Escorted Tour

Vienna to Bucharest River Cruise

A Lower Danube River Cruise through seven countries

We have re-introduced this well-priced river cruise which explores the southern and less-visited areas of the Danube

Recently- refurbished m/s River Discovery II is a very comfortable 4-star river boat  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. 

Your travel itinerary

Sunday 05 August

Auckland - Singapore

Depart Auckland on Singapore Airliens to Singapore

Monday 06 August

Singapore - Frankfurt - Vienna (Austria)

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Change planes to Frankfurt and on to Vienna.  Arrive midday and transfer to a centrally-located hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

Tuesday 07 August

Vienna

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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. 

Wednesday 08 August

Vienna

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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

Thursday 09 August

Bratislava (Slovakia)

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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. Free time this afternoon to explore before dinner onboard this evening.

Friday 10 August

Budapest (Hungary)

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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.

Saturday 11 August

Budapest

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This morning we enjoy a delightful walking tour of the city. We visit the largest open air market in Budapest and we then continue to the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops and cafes. 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. 

Sunday 12 August

Osijek (Croatia)

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Welcome to Croatia. Arriving midafternoon 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 before dinner.

Monday 13 August

Novi Sad (Serbia)

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Welcome to Serbia. A brief walking tour introduces you to this pedestrian friendly town before a winetasting 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.

Tuesday 14 August

Belgrade (Serbia)

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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. 

Wednesday 15 August

Cruising through 'The Iron Gate Gorge'

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Today relax onboard the ms River Discovery II 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. 

Thursday 16 August

Vidin (Bulgaria)

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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.

Friday 17 August

Brasov (Romania)

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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. 

Saturday 18 August

Brasov (Dracula's Castle)

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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.

Sunday 19 August

Brasov - Bucharest

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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, shopping for souvenirs. Farewell dinner tonight

Monday 20 August

Bucharest - Frankfurt - Singapore

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After a final breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home via Frankfurt and Singapore.

Tuesday 21 August

Arrive Auckland

Inclusions

• Return economy air Auckland – Vienna // Bucharest - Auckland
• One night pre-cruise in Vienna
• Three nights in Romania
• Four Star hotel accommodation
• 11 nights cruise in an outside stateroom on board ‘m/s River Discovery II
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
• Port and cruise fuel charges (NZ$285 approx)
• Free wifi on the ms River Discovery II where available
• Wine, beer and soft drink included with lunch and dinner onboard the ms River Discovery II
• Water / coffee / chocolate station 24 hours a day on board ms River Discovery II
• Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Upper Deck - Junior Suite (250 sq ft) $10,523 n/a
 Upper Deck - Category A (165 sq ft)  French Balcony $ 9,943 n/a
 Middle Deck - Category B (165 sq ft)  French Balcony $ 9,750 +$2,328
 Low Deck - Category C (165 sq ft) - Two half windows $ 9,170 +$2,408
Business Class Upgrade +$7,478
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$2,328
Early Booking Discount - if deposit paid by 01 December 2017 $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*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

Exclusions

• Travel Insurance – compulsory
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities
• Items not specified
• Airport and airline taxes (approx NZ$170)

Booking Conditions

• Travel Insurance – compulsory
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities
• Items not specified
• Airport and airline taxes (approx NZ$170)

 

 

Cancellations

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

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Documentation

• 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

 

General Information

Weather               Max ˚c                   Min ˚c

Vienna                  19                          14
Budapest              26                          15
Brasov                  23                          12

 

Clothing
On board m/s Discovery II: by day – comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes; By night – smart casual

Currency
Austria                  Euro                                              Croatia                Kuna
Bulgaria                Lev                                                Romania              Lev

 

Health and Fitness

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 negotiate stairs

Ship Information

Booking Form

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Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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