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Danube Discovery Cruise



    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this amazing “old world” journey through seven countries and five capitals in some of the less traveled parts of the Danube River! Reserve by November 17, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on our Danube River Cruises so please reserve early.

New in 2017: smarTours travelers will be sailing on the 5-star, deluxe MS River Navigator! 

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 10-night Cruise from Vienna to Bucharest
    • Vienna (Austria)
    • Bratislava (Slovakia)
    • Budapest (Hungary)
    • Osijek (Croatia)
    • Novi Sad (Serbia)
    • Belgrade (Serbia)
    • Vidin (Bulgaria)
  • 1 night in Bucharest hotel
  • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension


  • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
  • Schonbrunn Palace (Vienna)
  • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Horse Farm (near Budapest)
  • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Baba Vida (Vidin)
  • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
  • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 10-night cruise aboard the deluxe MS River Navigator in an outside facing cabin on the Odyssey Deck
  • One night in a Bucharest hotel
  • Port charges
  • 30 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
  • Wine or beer with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours, shore excursions, onboard lectures, folklore performances, concerts, and wine tasting
  • Free Wi-Fi (where available)
  • English-speaking cruise director and tour guides

Your extension includes:

  • Transportation to and from the Carpathian Mountains resort of Brasov and nearby Dracula’s Castle
  • Breakfast (B) daily and two dinners (D)
  • Tour to Dracula’s Castle

Click on the tabs to learn more!


Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Cruise only pricing available upon request)



Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Nov 17 2016

Reserve after
Nov 17 2016




After Sale

Apr 15

Apr 27

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

May 5

May 17

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

May 25

Jun 6

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Jun 14

Jun 26

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

Jul 14

Jul 26

$ 3399

$ 3499

$ 3799

Aug 3

Aug 15

$ 3499

$ 3599

$ 3899

Aug 23

Sep 4

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

Rates are per person based on double occupancy from New York (JFK).
Single room supplement add $1099


$499 based on double occupancy / $628 based on single occupancy

CABIN UPGRADE: Rates are based on Odyssey Deck (Cat D) cabins with portholes. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT. C, Explorer Deck outside facing cabin with twin windows: add $299 per person
• CAT. B, Explorer Deck outside facing cabin with big panoramic windows: add $399 per person
• CAT. A, Navigator Deck outside facing cabin floor to ceiling French Balconies : add $649 per person
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.


Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating river cruise journey begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2
Arrive Vienna (Austria).
Arrive in Vienna, the splendid capital of Austria and the center of the Hapsburg Empire. You’ll be met at the airport and embark on a brief introductory drive to the city center enroute to the pier to board your riverboat for your Danube River Cruises. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax and unpack. This evening enjoy an orientation briefing and reception followed by dinner. MS River Navigator (D)
Day 3
Vienna Sightseeing/Set Sail.
Today, experience Vienna’s glorious past as you embark on an included panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the State Opera to the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s. Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own or join an optional excursion to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Your cruise director can assist in arranging tickets for an optional concert or cultural performance. Set sail late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Bratislava (Slovakia).
Over the next eight days sail along the lesser traveled parts of the scenic Danube River, crossing en route six different countries. This morning arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy a panoramic city tour including a visit to the ornate St. Martin’sCathedral, a 14th century Gothic church. Later, set sail for Budapest, the Hungarian capital. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Budapest (Hungary).
Spend the next two days in port in Budapest, one of central Europe’s most lively cities. On a morning tour, your guide will introduce you to the history and sights of this city, often called “Paris of the East”. Enjoy a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion located on Castle Hill. You’ll also see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert. Afternoon at leisure to relax at an outdoor cafe, shop or explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Full day at leisure for independent exploration. You may also enjoy an excursion to St. Andrej (Szentendre), renowned as a sanctuary for artists, or join an optional excursion to a Puszta,a large horse-breeding farm. Here you’ll be treated to a spectacular equestrian performance followed by a tasting of local snacks and wine. This evening set sail. (B,L,D)
Day 7
Osijek (Croatia).
Enjoy breakfast this morning and then head up to the sun deck to enjoy the beautiful vistas as you sail into the Drava River toward Osijek, Croatia’s 4th largest city. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Old Town, including Tvrdja (Citadel), the best-preserved and largest ensemble of baroque buildings in Croatia. Then, after a short organ concert at the local Cathedral, enjoy a refreshing drink and some snacks in the garden of the Franciscan Monastery. Enjoy some time to explore the city at your leisure before returning to the ship for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8
Novi Sad (Serbia).
Welcome to Serbia! When you wake up this morning, you’ll say hello to Novi Sad, Serbia’s lively university town. You will be delighted with this pedestrian-friendly town as you are led on a walking tour through the town center and the historic town square. Enjoy free time to explore the many charming streets lined with small shops and inviting outdoor cafes. This evening continue sailing towards the “White City”, Belgrade, Serbia’s vibrant capital. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Witness the “new” Belgrade today as it rebuilds and once again warmly welcomes Western visitors.Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is located on a hill at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. This ancient city, dating back to the Roman Empire, was destroyed and rebuilt several times during its tumultuous history. A tour of the city highlights includes the Kalemegdan Fortress, the imposing St. Sava Cathedral and the cobblestone bohemian quarter of Skadarlija. Afternoon at leisure to explore vibrant Belgrade on your own or join an optional visit to an authentic Serbian home. After dinner, you’ll be entertained by a local folklore ensemble featuring dancers and musicians dressed in colorful costumes. (B,L,D)
Day 10
Sailing through the Iron Gates (Serbia).
This morning, savor the beautiful vistas while learning about the fascinating history of the Balkans. After lunch, enjoy one of the highlights of your voyage: passage through the impressive Iron Gates Gorge and the gigantic Djerdap Lock where the Danube surges down from the Carpathian Mountains. The views along the two-mile long gorge are spectacular! Continue sailing towards the Romanian border. Your captain hosts a gala dinner this evening, followed by dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 11
Vidin (Bulgaria).
After docking in Vidin, embark on a walking tour of this delightful Bulgarian river port highlighted by a visit to Baba Vida, a well preserved medieval fortress. Enjoy some free time before returning to the boat for lunch. This afternoon delight on the passing countryside and participate in an on board lecture. Dinner is followed with entertainment by live musicians. (B,L,D)
Day 12
Disembark/Bucharest (Romania)/Dracula’s Castle Extension.
Dock at the Romanian port of Turnu Magurele and journey to nearby Bucharest, the capital of Romania, founded in 1459 by order of Prince Vlad Tepes, the original “Dracula”. Over the years, it has gone from times of greatness to periods of grief but especially flourished in the early 20th century when it was known as “Little Paris”. The influence of French architecture is still evident throughout, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Enescu Museum and the wide, tree-lined boulevards throughout the city. A panorama tour includes Revolution Square, the National Theater and the imposing Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world. Leisure time this afternoon for independent exploration or head to the scenic Carpathian Mountains for the Dracula’s Castle Extension. Please see the “Extension” tab for more detail about the Dracula’s Castle Extension itineraryNovotel Hotel or similar for travelers not going on the extension. (B)
Day 13 Main Tour
Board your return flight after ending your Danube River cruises. Your fascinating voyage ends as you arrive New York later today. (B)

Why not take advantage of your already included airfare to Europe and add a visit to the enchanting Carpathian Mountains resort of Brasov and to nearby Dracula’s Castle?

Day 12 Extension
Disembark and enjoy a morning tour of Bucharest. Later, depart by road for Sinaia and visit the magnificent Peles Castle, a former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family. Continue to Brasov, a medieval resort town set high in the scenic Carpathian Mountains. Aro Palace Hotel or similar. (B,D)
Day 13 Extension
Dracula’s Castle Excursion.
Enjoy a morning tour of Brasov including Town Square and the renowned Black Cathedral. Proceed to the nearby town of Bran where the highlight of the visit is a tour of the mystical Vlad Tepes Dracula’s Castle. Afternoon is at leisure to explore lovely Brasov independently. Tonight, savor a special dinner with local entertainment & music. (B,D)
Day 14 Extension
A scenic drive through the captivating countryside brings you back to Bucharest for an afternoon at leisure. Novotel Hotel or similar (B)
Day 15 Extension
Board your return flight. Your fascinating voyage ends as you arrive New York later today. (B) 

MS River Navigator

Built in 2002 and completely renovated from hull up in 2013, the River Navigator is the epitome of style and elegance! Her public areas consist of an elegant restaurant, a 1950’s themed Rat Pack bar including an original juke box and statue of Frank Sinatra, a wonderful panorama lounge, a cozy library and an over-sized covered sun deck offering fabulous views of the passing countryside. All standard twin cabins are 165sq ft in size and are spread over 4 decks.





Navigator Sun Deck smarTours

Navigator Sun Deck Chess smarTours

MS River Navigator Cabins & Deck Plan

Category D – Odyssey Deck

Navigator Cat D smarTours

Category C – Explorer Deck

Navigator Cat C smarTours

Category B – Explorer Deck

Navigator Cat B smarTours

Category A – Navigator Deck

Navigator Cat A smarTours

Deck Plan

Deck Plan_Navigator_smarTours


Night 12 Main / Night 14 Extension
Bucharest: Novotel Hotel
Calea Victoriei 37B Sector 1
010061, Bucharest, Romania
Click here to visit hotel website
Nights 12-13 Extension
Brasov: Aro Palace
Eroilor Nr. 27
Brasov, Romania
Click here to visit hotel website

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your cruise through the Danube River more complete and memorable, your cruise director will offer several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. These optional tours are subject to change (and others will likely be added), and the prices are approximate.

Schonbrunn Castle (euro 47 per person) 
Visit to the Castle of Maria Theresa. The tour includes a stroll in the gardens and a visit of the imperial rooms of this former summer residence of the Habsburg Family, the inspiring Schönbrunn Palace.

Classical Concert (euro 57 per person) 
The Vienna Residence Orchestra a Vienna chamber orchestra. The program has consisted of works from Mozart to Johann Strauss. The concert will take place at The Hofburg Imperial Palace (or similar).
Walking Tour of Downtown Pest (euro 102per person) 
Join your Cruise Director for a delightful exploration of Pests’ vibrant city center! Tour the largest open air market in the city where you can purchase anything from Hungarian salami to a nightgown! Then proceed down Vaci Utca, the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops, cafes and beautiful people! Your tour will end at the historic 150 year old Gerreboud Coffee House where you can enjoy a delicious cup of brew or home-made ice cream.

Puszta – Horse Show (euro 48 per person) 
Visit the Bakod Puszta, and enjoy an unforgettable performance of one of the best horse-men-show in Hungary, including a visit to the horse stables. There will be a tasting of local “palinka” and some other culinary specialties.
Novi Sad
Krusedol – Sremski Karlovci – Petrovaradin Fortress (euro 28 per person) 
The Monastery is situated on the mountain Fruska Gora, famous for its fresco paintings from the 15th century. It is also the burial place of famous people from Serbian history, such as King Milan Obrenovic and Duchess Ljubica. On the way back, stop in Sremski Karlovci, center of vine production of the Fruska Gora region where you will  visit a private producer of wine, the Zivanovic family, who are well known for producing “Bermet” wine. Also, pass the Petrovaradin Fortress, known as the “Gibraltar on the Danube”.

Trip Preparation


Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Europe are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date



Return (main tour)

Return (with ext)

Apr. 15
AirBerlin 5:00PM 4:00PM 4:00PM
May 5, May 25, Jul. 14
AirBerlin 9:00PM 4:00PM 4:00PM
Jun. 14, Aug. 3
Lufthansa Airlines 4:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM
Aug. 23
AirBerlin 9:00PM 9:30PM 4:00PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


Please note that Turkish Airlines, and airberlin do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline!


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require a visa to enter the countries visited. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please advise us in writing should your address change.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 60’s & 70’s in May and September, 70’s & 80’s in June, July and August, 50’s & 60’s in October.


The currency used aboard the ship is the Euro! You will have an opportunity to exchange US dollars to Euros at the beginning of your trip. You may also purchase Euros in the USA before departure. The ship does not have currency exchange facilities. Traveler’s checks are not accepted aboard the ship nor are they widely accepted in the smaller towns and villages along the route. For incidental expenses onboard (excluding optional tours) you may also use Visa or Mastercard but a small service fee will apply. During visits to major cities and on shore excursions, you will find that many of the small souvenir vendors may accept US dollars or Euros as payment.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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