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Day 1
Giurgiu, Romania

The southern Romanian city of Giurgiu is situated on the north bank of the Danube River, 40 miles south of Bucharest. It was originally established as a Genoese citadel known as San Giorgio, which was established in 1403 on the island in front of which Giurgiu. In 1417, it was conquered by the Turks and remained under their control until 1829, when the Peace of Adrianople returned it to Walachia. Some of the city’s most significant sights include the Church of St. Nicholas, which was built in 1830 by Nicholas I, tsar of Russia.

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Day 1
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is Romania’s capital and largest city and is an important industrial and commercial centre. It is home to a wealth of interesting landmarks including Parliament Palace – which is the largest parliament building in the world. Built in 1984, the structure spans 12 stories and has a total of 3,100 rooms. One of Bucharest’s most beautiful buildings is the Atheneum, which is situated near Revolution Square and is home to the George Enescu Philarmonic. If you wander inside, you will be able to admire a fresco which depicts scenes of Romanian history. Bucharest offers plenty to see and do for visitors, with a wealth of churches, museums, and parks to explore.

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Day 2
Silistra, Bulgaria

Along the banks of the Danube River on the Bulgaria boarder with Romania is the port city of Silistra. Originally built as a fortress by the Romans in 29AD and becoming an important military city in the time of Marcus Aurelius, Silistra is a major cultural, industrial, transportation, and educational centre for the north east of Bulgaria. There are many landmarks within the city including a richly decorated Roman tomb, and 1800s fortress, St. Peter and Paul Church and an art gallery.

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Day 3
Svishtov, Bulgaria

Nearly 150 miles north east of Sofia along the River Danube is the Bulgarian town of Svishtov. Most known for being an industrial port town, from here you can visit Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress.

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Day 4
Iron Gate, Romania

The Djerdap gorge system on the Danube River divides the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains and forms a boundary between Romania and former Yugoslavia. The last gorge in this system is the Iron Gate, which is two miles long and 530 feet wide. Its towering rock cliffs have helped establish it as one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders. The history of this gorge extends back to the 2nd century, when Trajan, a Roman Emperor, ordered a road and stone bridge be built as Kladovo. In 1972, a dam and hydro-electric station was constructed which led to the creation of a 150-km lake.

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Day 5
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is located the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Its name means “White City” and since Serbia gained status as an independent nation in 2006, it has become one of south-eastern Europe’s must-visit destinations. It is home to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. After the original idea was put forward in 1895, construction of the church began 40 years later, in 1935, and was completed in 1989. Kalemegdan is the site of a former Belgrade fortress, which now serves as the central park of Belgrade and is the best place in the city to view the confluence of the rivers and the gorgeous sunset.

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Day 6
Osijek, Croatia

The charming city of Osijek is situated in eastern Croatia and is accessible via a cruise along the River Danube. As the largest city in the region of Slavonia, it is of economic and cultural significance. The most important landmark in the city is Tvrda - an 18th century defensive fortress which has been designed in baroque style. This wonderfully preserved structure is a UNESCO World Heritage site which was built in a bid to prevent further occupation by the Ottomans.

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Day 6
Danube River, Rivers

Flowing a total distance of 1,770 miles, the Danube is regarded as the second longest river in Europe. Flowing from the Black Forest Mountains of western Germany, it can take river cruisers on a journey through some of Europe’s most fascinating towns, cities, and landmarks. It passes through nine countries including: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. It is known as the river of Mozart symphonies and Strauss waltzes, due to the fact it is lined with castles and fortresses that date back to a period where it provided a border between empires.

Many river cruises begin in the Bavarian city of Passau, but some cruises will combine the Rhine and Danube via the Main Canal.

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Day 7
Kalocsa, Hungary

Located in central Hungary is the town of Kalocsa, which overlooks the Danube River and is surrounded by the Sarkoz swamps. It is home to a wealth of folk art motifs, which were painted by the town’s “writing women” and are distinguished by their inventive use of colour and design. These motifs are often reproduced and distributed outside of Hungary. The Károly Visky Museums display a range of local work, while the bishop’s palace also displays a number of art treasures.

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Day 7
Danube River, Rivers

Flowing a total distance of 1,770 miles, the Danube is regarded as the second longest river in Europe. Flowing from the Black Forest Mountains of western Germany, it can take river cruisers on a journey through some of Europe’s most fascinating towns, cities, and landmarks. It passes through nine countries including: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. It is known as the river of Mozart symphonies and Strauss waltzes, due to the fact it is lined with castles and fortresses that date back to a period where it provided a border between empires.

Many river cruises begin in the Bavarian city of Passau, but some cruises will combine the Rhine and Danube via the Main Canal.

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Day 8
Budapest, Hungary

The River Danube plays a vital role in the build-up of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It flows right through the heart of the city and has led to the construction of seven magnificent bridges - which connect the old city of Buda, on the right bank, with more modern city of Pest, on the left bank. One of the city’s instantly recognisable highlights is the Hungarian parliament building – a spectacular structure which sits beside the Danube. Venture into Budapest, wander its many streets, and you will discover St. Matthias Church, which was originally built in Romanesque style in the 11th century, but later rebuilt in Gothic style, in the 14th century.

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