Down the Danube to the Black Sea

16-days Passau-Black Sea-Passau

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Down the Danube to the Black Sea – Cruise Summary

Chance to discover the widely unknown Lower Danube and enjoy the regions special flair. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, the dramatic valley breakthrough of the Danube Cataracts Mountains and the Carpathian Gorge with its breath-taking canyons and the Iron Gate. Explore the imperial and royal cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, plus the glamorous metropolises of Belgrade and Bucharest. Discover the enchanting towns of Pécs, Novi Sad and Ruse – and experience the Mediterranean flair and fresh sea air with an included excursion to the magnificent coastal city of Constanţa, in Romania, on the beautiful Black Sea.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Passau – Hotel Stay (2024 sailings) winter on the danube nicko cruises

Enjoy your time at leisure in Passau during your pre-cruise hotel stay.


Day 2: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

 Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00

Day : Vienna

Arrival 13:30 – Departure 17:30

Guided walking city tourof the tradition-steeped Danube city of Vienna, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and Ringstraße, plus time to explore the city yourself.

Day 4: Solt river cruise nicko cruises uk

Arrival 13:30 – Departure 14:00

Excursion to Mediterranean Pécs, one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary – or an exciting “Puszta” tour with a traditional horse riding demonstration (rejoining ship in Mohács).


Arrival 21:00 – Departure 23:00




Day 5: Belgrade Belgrade – The White Fortress

Arrival 13:00 – Departure 23:30

Guided tour/walk of Belgrade, with a visit to the Kalemegdan Fortress.

Evening excursion to Belgrade with a lively folkloric performance.


Day 6: Iron Gate

Passage through the Danube Cataracts with the famous Iron Gate.



Day 7: Ruse

Arrival 12:00 – Departure 21:00

Guided tour of Ruse with a visit to the Bulgarian Orthodox Trinity Church – or a panoramic trip to the historic town of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi, famous for its traditional residences.

Day 8: Cernavoda

Arrival 06:30 – Departure 17:00

Inclusive excursion to Constantza on the Black Sea, with lunch and time to enjoy the fresh sea air at leisure.

Day 9: Giurgiu 

Arrival 07:30 – Departure 14:00

Experience some special French flair in the “Paris of the East” on our Bucharest city tour/walk.


Day 10: Iron Gate

Enjoy a relaxing day on board the ship as you cruise the river.

Day 11: Novi Sad 

Arrival 14:30 – Departure 23:30

Guided tour through the colourful old town of Novi Sad, with time to make your own discoveries.


Day 12: Aljmaš / Batina 

Arrival 08:00 – Departure 09:00

Experience wonderful countryside on our excursion to Kopački rit Natural Park (rejoining ship in Batina).


Arrival 12:00 – Departure 14:00

Day 13: Budapest

Arrival 09:00 – Departure 21:00 

City walking tour of Budapest’s impressive buildings.

“Budapest impressions” city tour/walk with a journey on the oldest underground train in continental Europe – or actively experience Budapest on a bicycle tour.

Day 14: Bratislava

Arrival 15:00 – Departure 18:00

Walking tour through the lovingly restored lanes of Bratislava’s old town, with a trip to the castle and time to make your own discoveries.

Day 15: Weißenkirchen

Arrival 09:00 – Departure 23:30

Tour through the picturesque wine-growing town of Dürnstein.


Day 16: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Disembark until 9:30am. Transfer by local rail services to Munich Airport for return journey home or extend your stay in Munich with a City Stay package (pricing on request)

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • Excursion option to Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital city of Bulgaria, a place of rich history, surrounded by picturesque countryside.
  • Included excursion to Constantza, one of the most beautiful harbour cities on the Black Sea.
  • Passage through the Danube Cataracts, the Carpathian breakthrough with breathtaking canyons and the famous “Iron Gates” gorge.
  • Discover the lesser-known Lower Danube.

Sailing Dates

Fares from £3,495pp

Single Supplement From 45%

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  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • NEW for 2024 – 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Passau
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • 14-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Sennheiser audio sets on all excursions
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • 6 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee

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