Duration
16 Nights
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
02 & 16 Sep 2019
Destination
Europe
Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, the fortresses, churches and tradition found along the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea now shine in all their glory. Enjoy the sights from the luxury of the 5-star MS Robert Burns on this 16 Day Budapest to Black Sea tour. There is no better way to experience the  spectacular scenery and quaint and quirky towns of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Relax on board or venture out for day trips by coach to with knowledgeable local guides. Fancy observing a demonstration from the skilled horsemen of Puszta? Or visiting the largest, best-preserved Roman mosaic worldwide? Or passing through the Djerdap gates of the Iron Gates Gorge wine in hand? Do all this and more on this excellent-value tour, in first-class style reminiscent of the ‘golden age’ of cruising.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Included return flights between Australia and Europe
  • Travel onboard the 5-star MS Robert Burns
  • Privacy and first-class service with only 169 guests to 44 crew members

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
International return flights between Australia and Europe
14 nights on board a 5-star ship
16 visits and tours
Full board (except one lunch)
Expert cruise director
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
All port charges & taxes
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Guided tour of Pecs, Bucharest, Budapest and more
Sights such as Paprika Museum, Kalamegdan Fortress, Pleven Panorama, Smederevo Fortress and more

SAIL DATE Multiple Departures in 2019
  • Sep: 02, 16
Call us for an up to date quote on 1300 404 606

ITINERARY 
    • Day 1: Fly from Australia to Budapest
    • Day 2: Embark in Budapest
    • Day 3: Kalocsa & Pecs
    • Day 4: Belgrade
    • Day 5: Iron Gates Gorge
    • Day 6: Pleven
    • Day 7: Bucharest
    • Day 8: Danube Delta
    • Day 9: Constanta
    • Day 10: Rousse – Ivanovo & Veliko Tarnovo / Arbanassi
    • Day 11: Belogradchik
    • Day 12: Iron Gates & Lepenski Vir
    • Day 13: Novi Sad
    • Day 14: Osijek & Vukovar
    • Day 15: Budapest
    • Day 16: Disembark in Budapest
    • Day 17: Fly home from Budapest to Australia
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
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WHY BOOK WITH MY DISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site?
Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

VISA
A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for departure: 02 Sep & 16 Sep 19
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • Advertised price is based on a twin package staying in a Standard stateroom on 02 Sep & 16 Sep 19
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.  In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team who will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: Travel Insurance, Visas

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Fly from Australia to Budapest

2

Embark in Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. The friendly crew will welcome you on board and help you settle into your spacious, luxuriously appointed suite. The ship remains here overnight, so watch dusk descend over Hungary’s capital as you enjoy your first dinner on board.
Meals: Dinner
3

Kalocsa & Pecs

Arrive in Kolacsa & Pecs and either take a walking tour seeing the cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Paprika Museum. Or enjoy a visit to a paprika house then a scenic drive into the ‘Puszta’ and watch a performance by skilled horsemen. Later enjoy a visit to historic Pecs. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4

Belgrade

Tour the historic city of Belgrade, seeing one of the world’s largest church buildings and the magnificent Kalamegdan Fortess withs its superb views. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Iron Gates Gorge

Today cruise through one of the most spectacular stretches of the entire Danube, the Iron Gates Gorge, and pass through the Djerdap locks, the largest European dam outside Russia. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Pleven

Visit Pleven, the scene of a major battle during the Russo-Turkish War and the Pleven Panorama depicting these historic events. Or explore Nikopol with its ruined fortress and ancient churches. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Bucharest

Guided tour of Bucharest,  Romania’s capital, known as “Little Paris”, seeing the main sights of this beautiful city with its wealth of belle-époque buildings and tree-lined boulevards. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8

Danube Delta

Experience the vast nature reserve of the Danube Delta and enjoy a cruise on smaller boats into the heart of Europe’s largest area of wetlands and marshlands, a UNESCO-listed site. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9

Constanta

After a relaxing morning’s cruising, visit the ancient Romanian port of Costanta on the Black Sea. Explore its Old Town and museums, one of which houses the world’s largest and best preserved Roman mosaic. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10

Rousse - Ivanovo & Veliko Tarnovo / Arbanassi

Visit fascinationg Veliko Tarnovo, spectacularly sited on three hills, the village of Arbanassi and its ancient Church of the Nativity with lovely frescoes, plus the magnificent Churches of Ivanovo, hewn out of solid rock. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
11

Belogradchik

We moor in Vidin, home to the impressively preserved Bada Vida medieval fortress, and take a scenic drive to the spectacular rock formations at Belogradchik, at the foothills of the Balkans. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12

Iron Gates & Lepenski Vir

We cruise once agin between the towering limestone cliffs of the breathtaking Iron Gates Gorge. Later we visit Lepenski Vir, one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Serbia. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
13

Novi Sad

Cruise past the magnificent Smederevo Fortress, a medieval fortified city and once the capital of Serbia, the enjoy a guided tour of cosmopolitan Novi Sad, with its historic Old Town and fine 19th-century buildings. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
14

Osijek & Vukovar

This morning we take a thought-provoking journey to the Croatian cities of Vukovar asijek, both synonymous with the Yugoslavian Civil War, now being restored to their former baroque glory. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
15

Budapest

Visit this imperial city of two halves, Buda and Pest, on opposite banks of the Danube and see its iconic architectural gems – the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle on a guided tour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
16

Disembark in Budapest

This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark. Meals: Breakfast
17

Fly home from Budapest to Australia

The 5-star MS Robert Burns is the product of extensive planning and research, conducted to optimise the comfort and luxury of European river cruising. Coast along the Danube in style in this brand new Swiss-operated vessel built in 2018. Enter into a marble lobby swathed in natural light, enjoy beautifully refined furnishings and be cast back to the ‘Golden Age’ of cruising. With only 169 passengers to 44 crew members, you are guaranteed privacy and peace, and impeccable, personalised service. Ship Features: 
  • Thoroughly air conditioned public areas and individual heating controls in the cabins
  • Stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner
  • Lounge and bar to enjoy cocktails and the early risers’ breakfast
  • Bistro with open kitchen, large panoramic windows and al fresco seating
  • Lift between Emerald, Ruby and Diamond decks
  • Laundry Service
  • Spa and wellness area featuring Nail Salon and Hairdressing Service
  • Boutique gift shop for your holiday souvenirs
  • Reception area open 24 hours
  • Small splash pool and putting green on the Sun Deck
  • 24-hour complimentary tea and coffee station
Cabin categories
Lower Desk Suite – Emerald
Suites on the Emerald (lower) Deck measure approximately 16 square metres (172 square feet) and have smaller fixed windows.
  • A full size bed
  • Seating area with two chairs and a table
  • Flat screen TV
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities
Middle Deck Suite – Ruby
A gleaming wood door opens revealing your exceptionally appointed suite. At 17 square metres (183 square feet), its generous dimensions are amongst the largest you will find on a cruiser gracing any European river. Imaginatively designed and appointed to the highest specification, with all the luxury you would expect to find in a smart ‘boutique style’ hotel, your comfort definitely won’t be compromised on any level!
  • A full size bed
  • Seating area with two chairs and a table
  • Flat screen TV
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • French Balcony
Upper Deck Suite – Diamond
A gleaming wood door opens revealing your exceptionally appointed suite. At 17 square metres (183 square feet), its generous dimensions are amongst the largest you will find on a cruiser gracing any European river. Imaginatively designed and appointed to the highest specification, with all the luxury you would expect to find in a smart ‘boutique style’ hotel, your comfort definitely won’t be compromised on any level!
  • A full size bed
  • Seating area with two chairs and a table
  • Flat screen TV
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • French Balcony
What is included in The Deal?
Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.

Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need?
We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.

Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries?
MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.

Do I need travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606

How many people in a cabin?
At MyDiscoveries we can book a cabin that is right for you. For Solo, Triple and Quad cabins call us on 1300 404 606 

Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606

What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.

How do I book shore excursions?
This depends on the cruise line. Bookings for shore excursions can only be made once your cruise has been paid in full and the cruise line has opened up the booking capability in their system (typically this is around 6 months before departure).

Can I take alcohol on my cruise?
This depends on the cruise line, however, the in most instances the answer is no.

What will I pay for on board?
This depends on the cruise line and the type of fare you have purchased. To find out the specifics for the cruise you are interested in please contact us on 1300 404 606.

I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do?
If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.

How fit do I need to be?
We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the My Discoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE

How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan?
At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly instalment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!

Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries?
Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE

What type of clothes should I bring?
Dress during the day is casual including shorts (if the season is warm), trousers or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking tours. There are no “formal nights” and recommended evening dress is “elegant casual” such as a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse for ladies; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. Ties and jackets are optional. We suggest you pack comfortable walking shoes, dressier shoes, a collapsible umbrella/lightweight rain gear; items you can layer like lightweight jackets/sweaters; sunglasses, a sun hat/visor, sunscreen; and toiletries including a travel-sized hand sanitizer. Depending on the season and destination, you may also want to add a warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear.

When will I receive my documentation?
This depends on when you are travelling and when you booked your cruise. If you haven’t received your documentation 30 days before departure please contact us on 1300 404 606 and we can investigate further for you.