- VIENNA, AUSTRIA, City tour including Belvedere Palace
- BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, City tour including Primate Palace
- BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, City tour including Fisherman’s Bastion
- OSIJEK, CROATIA City tour with wine tasting & organ concert
- NOVI SAD, SERBIA, Walking tour
- BELGRADE, SERBIA, City by bus & walking tour
- VIDIN , BULGARIA, City Tour including Baba Vida’s Fortress
- BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, City tour including Parliament House (outside)
- Arrival and departure transfers* (if airfare purchased through us)
- Accommodations for 10 nights/11 days in all outside cabins in category of your choice
- Total of 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
- 2 glasses of wine/beer/soft drink/water for dinner daily while on the cruise portion
- Water/coffee/chocolate station 24 hrs + early riser breakfast and late night snacks free of charge
- Shore excursions, daily sightseeing programs, onboard lectures and folklore performances/music concerts and other surprises as outlined in the itinerary (excludes optionals)
- Live 2 piece band playing each evening
- Professional English speaking Cruise Directors and local, English speaking guides throughout
- 1 night first class hotel with buffet breakfast in Bucharest. (Novotel or similar)
DAY 1: DEPART THE USA TO EUROPE
DAY 2: VIENNA, AUSTRIA EMBARKATION
Welcome to Austria! Upon arrival to Vienna airport meet our guides outside of the customs area. Board your buses for a short spin through the city, before arriving to the ship for check-in. 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. (D)
DAY 3: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Your morning city sightseeing tour will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this “Imperial” capital. Starting with Hundertwasserhaus, you will continue on to Belvedere Palace for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Then it’s on to the city center via the Vienna Ringstrasse to view famous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheatre, the Votiv Church and others.
The next stop will be in the old center of Vienna to view 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). From this point, continue past the Spanish Riding School to Albertina Square, where you will see the State Opera and the famous Hotel Sacher.
Then it’s back on board the bus for a drive past the famous “Prater” with its Giant Ferry Wheel. Return to the ship in time for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase an optional tour. Set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia before midnight.
Optional: Schönbrunn Castle (Afternoon) After lunch – visit to Schönbrunn Castle, the home of Maria Theresa. The tour includes a stroll in the gardens and a visit to the imperial rooms of the former summer residence of the Hapsburg Royal Family.
Optional: Classical Vienna Concert (evening): 30 years ago musician and conductor Gert Hofbauer founded the “WIENER HOFBURG-ORCHESTER” which plays compositions by Johann Strauss and W.A. Mozart. Performing is an orchestra consisting of about 30 professional musicians and international soloists of the Vienna State Opera. A unique opportunity to enjoy a live classical concert within the historical ambience of one of Vienna’s famous palaces – the Hofburg, the Auersperg or similar (depending on the day of the week) (B, L, D)
DAY 4: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy a morning walking/mini train tour of this lovely city with its famous St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace. The sightseeing will end with a walk through the Old Town – Michael’s Gate, Michael’s Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and Slovak National Theatre. Enjoy free time for shopping and strolling and return to the ship for lunch.
OPTIONAL: Red Stone Castle with wine tasting
In the afternoon visit the 16th century Red Stone Castle housing a museum of furnishings from the nobility of the time. This will be followed by a wine tasting featuring a selection of high quality but lesser known wines from Slovakia.
Back on board enjoy Dinner and an evening free to waltz the night away!(B, L, D)
DAY 5: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Hungary! Morning at sail. In the afternoon, your motor coach tour of this lovely city will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the Opera, the Square of Heroes, (the Millennium monument) and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle, etc. There will be stops at the Square of Heroes, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for dinner. In the evening we recommend the optional Hungarian Folk Show.
Optional 2: Evening Cultural Performance (20:00 – 23:30)
Enjoy a rousing performance of the 40 member Hungarian National Folklore Ensemble. The concert will feature music, costumes and dances from various parts of Hungary and will be highlighted with numeras performed by the exquisite Gypsy Musicians! After the performance, a short bus tour will take you across the Chain Bridge and up to Fisherman’s Bastion where you will be able to witness the gorgeous bridges over the Danube under the night’s illumination! Truly beautiful! (B, L, D)
DAY 6: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Full free day to explore and enjoy pedestrian friendly Budapest on your own, or partake in one of our optional excursions as outlined below!.
Optional 1: Walking Tour of Downtown Pest (2.5 hrs)
We highly recommend this casual yet delightful walking tour led by our Cruise Director! From the dock you will first visit the largest open air market in Budapest where you can purchase anything from superb Hungarian salami to a nightgown! Then you will proceed down Vaci Utca, the city’s main pedestrian promenade full of shops, cafes and beautiful people! Your tour will end at the historic 140 year old Gerreboud Coffee House where you can savor a delicious cup of brew or home-made ice cream.
Optional 2 : Puzsta tour and Equestrian Performance Depart by motor coach for a visit to an authentic Puzsta, a horse farm with over 200 studs and other farm animals! 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. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: NEW! OSIJEK, CROATIA
Welcome to Croatia! View the passing vista’s from the sun deck, as you sail into the Drava River toward Osijek, Croatia’s 4th largest city. In the afternoon enjoy a bus and walking tour of the Old Town including the Tvrdja (Citadel), the best-preserved and largest ensemble of baroque buildings in Croatia. At the end of the tour, after a short organ performance at the Cathedral, enjoy a refreshment drink with snacks in the garden of the Franciscan Monastery. Then enjoy some free time in the town before returning to your ship for dinner. Sail on! (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Novi Sad, SERBIA
Welcome to Serbia! Your first stop in this “newly” minted Balkan country will be in Novi Sad, Serbia’s third largest city after Belgrade and Nis. You will be delighted with this pedestrian friendly town as you join your local guide for a walking tour through the town center. After the tour you will have free time to explore the many nooks and crannies of the town or enjoy a cappuccino and some people watching from the terrace of one of the many open air cafés. Or partake in the optional Serbian Country side tour.
Dinner is on board as you set sail for “White City” – Serbia’s capital of Belgrade!
Optional: Serbian Countryside & Wine tasting (Krushedol, Sremski Karlovci, Petrovaradin)
We highly recommend this delightful bus excursion which will include a visit to Krushedol Monastery, located on the nearby mountain of Fruska Gora. Renowned for its fresco paintings dating from the 15th century, the monastery is also a burial place for legendary personalities from Serbian history, including King Milan Obrenovic and Duchess Ljubica. After the monastery visit you will continue on to the small town of Sremski Karlovci, the center of wine production of the region. Here you will visit the Zivanovic family, whose members have been producing their private label “Bermet” wine for over a century and whose products have been enjoyed by members of the Hapsburg Monarchy as well as the Russian Tsars! Your hosts will welcome you to their home, where you will tour their wine cellars and “Museum of Honey” which they also produce. In the lovely ambiance of their large garden, they will serve you several varieties of “Bermet” accompanied by honey and snacks. A great way to meet and experience Serbian hospitality. On the way back you will stop to tour Petrovaradin Fortress, referred to as the “Gibraltar on the Danube”. Built in the 18th century over 116 hectares, the fortress has 4 levels, more than 16 km of underground tunnels, 12,000 loopholes and 13 gates. (B, L, D)
DAY 9: BELGRADE, SERBIA
A big day is ahead as your morning motor coach tour of this lively and vibrant capital will include all of the major attractions: Kalemegdan Fortress, looming over the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers;
St. Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral, perched on a hill which can be seen from every part of the city; the Parliament Building; Princess Ljubica’s Manor; Mark’s Church; and others. The tour will end with a stroll through Knez Mihajlova Street, the main pedestrian zone full of boutiques, open air cafés and galleries. The afternoon is free to explore Belgrade on your own or partake in the highly recommended optional tour to a local Serbian village where you will meet an authentic Serbian multi-generation family and enjoy a wonderful taste of Serbian home made food, live music and hospitality! See details below!
Authentic Serbian Village and Home Hosted Lunch (Substitutes lunch on board) 13:00-17:30
Instead of lunch on board, this tour will take you from downtown Belgrade to the little village of Jarak, where 3 generations of the Serbian Tosic family will welcome you to their farm! Here you will tour their home, their barns with various farm animals and their fruit orchards from which they brew their own “slivovitz’, or plum brandy, Serbia’s national drink (also known as “rocket fuel”). Then its time for some homemade “grub” and festivities! In a rustic enviornment, the family and their neighbors will serve you a buffet lunch consisting of a vast array of Serbian delicacies – from “pita” (cheese pie) to homemade “kulen” (special salami) to numerous fresh salads and the house specialty – chicken paprikash! And while Grandpa Tosa enlivens you with his toasts and their two daughters serve you delicious treats, their sons in law and grandkids will pick up the harmonica and other instruments and entertain you with classic Serbian songs and dances! You may arrive as a tourist – but we guarantee you will leave as a friend! All your food, wine, slivovitz, soft drinks and hospitality galore are included!
The day is not over yet! After dinner, enjoy a private folklore show on board performed by members of Belgrade’s renowned “Talia” ensemble. In between the dances, a special fashion show will introduce you to the wonderful hand made sweaters of “Sirogojno” – made with special wool and local motifs. These sweaters are sold in some of the most fashionable boutiques worldwide for hundreds of dollars as each one is an individual work of art. If you live in cold climates, one of these sweaters would be a wonderful gift for a family member – or yourself! Late night, set sail for Romania & Bulgaria. (B, L, D)
DAY 10: AT SAIL & PASSAGE THROUGH “THE IRON GATE” GORGE
Enjoy a wonderful and relaxing day at sail as you marvel at the passing vista’s, participate in interesting talks on Balkan History presented by your Cruise Director and other activities. The highlight of the day will be the passage through the “The Iron Gates”, a great natural attraction, and the highest gorge on the Danube. Over 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. This danger was finally overcome in 1972, with the building of the “Djerdap” Hydroelectric and Navigation System, the largest of its kind in Europe. The Romanian and Yugoslav builders carried out this gigantic construction project by building a huge concrete dam which raised the level of the water from 30 to 90 meters. On both sides of the dam, two locks and two hydroelectric stations were built which today produce an average annual output of 10 billion kWh and enable safe passage for passenger and cargo ships all the way to the Black Sea. Arrive Vidin, Bulgaria in the evening where you will overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 11: VIDIN, BULGARIA
Welcome to Bulgaria! After breakfast, embark on 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. Then enjoy some free time for strolling and shopping or take the optional Belogradchik Rock excursion. Tonight prepare for your Captain’s Farewell Dinner!
OPTIONAL: BELOGRADCHIK ROCKS – The most famous natural phenomena in Bulgaria, the Belogradchik Rocks, located in the nearby mountains around Belotintsi village boast of unique rock formations aptly named after The Madonna, the Monk, The Bear, Lion, Mushroom etc…This unique product of Mother Nature is complemented by the Belogradhick Fortress some of whose walls and ramparts are over 2000 years old! (B, L, D)
Day 12: END CRUISE Disembark (Magurele) – Bucharest, ROMANIA (B, D)
As all good things must come to an end – so does your wonderful cruise adventure! Disembark after breakfast. Dock at the Romanian port of Turnu Magurele and transfer to the “Paris of the East” – Bucharest, Romania’s lovely capital! (2 hrs). Upon reaching the city, a panorama tour will highlight the major attractions including; Revolution Square, Arch de Triumph, the National Theatre, the Romanian Athenaeum and others. Stop for photographs at President Ceausescu’s humongous “People’s House” (today’s Parliament) the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Then it’s on to your first class hotel, where after check-in you will have free time to explore this lovely city at your leisure and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants on your own.
(NOTE: If taking the optional Dracula Extension you will enjoy your last night in Bucharest AFTER returning from Brasov).
Day 13: BUCHAREST – HOME (B)
After a final breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home. BON VOYAGE!
OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT/3 DAY “DRACULA” EXTENSION
$499 pp/twin, $596 single
Day 1 (12): Ship Disembark (Magurele) – Brasov, ROMANIA (D)
After saying goodbye to your fellow cruise passengers, board separate buses and head north through the beautiful Romanian countryside towards Brasov, Romania’s second largest city and renowned summer & winter resort. On the way, stop at Sinaia and tour the impressive Peles Castle*, the residence of the last Romanian King. Arrive and check in to your first class hotel in time for dinner and overnight. *If Peles is closed on this particular day of the week you will visit and tour the Palace on your way back to Bucharest.
Day 2 (13) BRASOV: ROMANIA (B, SD)
After a buffet breakfast, begin your half day sightseeing tour with a short bus ride to 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”. This imposing castle and the surrounding museum site will both entertain and educate you about the true life figure of Count Vlad, the Romanian national hero who fought the bloody Turkish occupation with equal ferociousness. The afternoon is free to explore this lively city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner at one of the popular local restaurants featuring national specialties and live entertainment.
Day 3 (14) BRASOV – BUCHAREST – (B)
After breakfast it’s time to check-out of your hotel and board your bus for the leisurely 2 hour ride back towards Bucharest. On arrival, enjoy a half day city tour of the “Paris of the East” before checking in to your first class hotel. The balance of the day is free for exploring this friendly city on your own, shopping for souvenirs or enjoying a dinner at one of the many local restaurants or café’s.
Day 4 (15) BUCHAREST – HOME (B)
After a final breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home. BON VOYAGE!
From VIENNA, Austria
Wiener Concert (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €57,00
Quite rightfully, Vienna is called the “Music Capital of the World” and with this optional tour you will get a coach transfer to see and hear The Vienna Residence Orchestra and the Viennese chamber orchestra. The program will consist of the best and most popular works from Mozart to Johann Strauss. The concert will take place at the Hofburg palace or at Kursalon Wien. A glass of champagne is included!
Schönbrunn Castle (duration 3 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €47,00
A visit and tour of Schönbrunn Castle, the Castle of Maria Theresa. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. The tour includes a stroll through the beautiful gardens full of wonderful statues, flowers and tree arrangements which constitute one of the most beautiful imperial properties in Europe. You will also visit of the imperial rooms of the former summer residence of the Habsburg Royal Family.
NEW! From BRATISLAVA, Slovakia
Red Stone Castle and Wine Tasting (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €40,00
A leisurely drive from Bratislava will take you through the wonderful scenery of little Carpathian vineyards to the 13th century Red Stone Castle. In the Castle you will see an exhibition of historic furniture and a unique collection of medieval arms. After the tour of the Castle, stop and visit a local wine cellar in one of the small Carpathian villages and a private winemaker. Wine tasting and snacks included.
From BUDAPEST, Hungary
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and Budapest by night (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €52,00
The National State Ensemble is regarded as one of the best in Hungary and one of the top ten touring groups in the world. It consists of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gypsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. After the lively show, your bus will take you to the top of Buda Hill to view the magnificent lights of Pest connected to Buda by its 8 unique filigree-like bridges! A glorious and romantic photo opportunity not to be missed!
Pest walking tour (duration 2.5 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €12,00
Join our Cruise Director for a leisurely stroll through Pests’ famous pedestrian street of Vaci Utca. Your stops will include the Great Market Hall and Gerbeaud, the oldest sweet shop in Budapest opened in 1858! Your tour will end with a delightful ride aboard an old fashioned tram back to the docking location.
Puszta horse show (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €48,00
Visit to Lazar Lovas Puszta, ca. 45 km. south from Budapest, where you will experience an unforgettable performance by the Czikos (Hungarian Cowboys) who will perform several breath-taking riding tricks and will introduce you to the art and skills of the local horsemen. You will see how they train their animals, how they ride their four-horse-carriages, ride without a saddle and much more. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to tour the stables, home to more than 100 horses. Then you will enjoy an authentic “ride to the Puszta” in several teamed oxen carts to a nearby outpost where you will have a chance to taste local “palinka” and wine along with typical Hungarian snacks.
From NOVI SAD, Serbia
Cultural heritage & Serbian countryside (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €27,00
The Monastery is situated on the mountain Fruska Gora, famous for its fresco paintings from the 15th century. The monastery is also the burial place for well-known figures from Serbian history, such as king Milan Obrenovic and Duchess Ljubica. On the way back to Novi Sad, stop in the small town of Sremski Karlovci, the center of vine production of the Fruska Gora region.
Here you will visit a private producer of wine, the Zivanovic family, who are well known for producing “Bermet” wine, exported to world capitals from Paris to Moscow. You will sample six different wines accompanied with snacks and you will visit their small but unique Museum of Honey. Then you will continue with a walk around this romantic town and visit the Orthodox Church, which is full of treasures of Serbian religious art. At the end of our tour you will stop at a Serbian high school dating from 18th century with its full library of around 18.000 books. Before returning back to your motor-coach, don’t be surprised if you meet a few ladies in German folk costumes who have not forgotten their ancestors and who still make the famous German Gugelhupf (kuglof) cake, which you will have a chance to try!
From BELGRADE, Serbia
Serbian Farm visit with authentic Home hosted lunch! (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €35,00
After your morning tour of Belgrade, instead of lunch on board, we highly recommend this visit to the Toshic family farm, located in the village of Jarak about 45 minutes from the city center! Here, Great Grandfather Tosha and his extended family of daughters, grandkids, great-grand kids and the helpful hands of local neighbors will welcome you to his farm and treat you to a wonderful, all you can eat buffet featuring typical Serbian delicacies, including locally produced “kulen” salami and home-made chicken “paprikash”. All of this will be accompanied with live music performed by his sons-in law playing typical Serbian folk songs and unlimited wine and home-made plumb brandy – Slivovitz – Serbia’s national drink, better known as “rocket fuel”! Be sure to see his stable of animals including Janko the loudest braying donkey from here to Hungary!
From VIDIN, BULGARIA
Belogradchik rocks (duration 4 hours)
Price Per Person EU – €28,00
Take a tour to the most famous phenomena in the region, Belogradchik Rocks. This natural fairy-tale features various boulders shapes that remind us of people and animals and are appropriately named; The Madonna, The Monks, The Rider, The Dervish, The Bear, Adam and Eve, The Castle, The Little Shepherd, The Mushrooms, The Lion and many others. The Belogradchik Fortress, situated at an altitude of 610 meters above sea level, offers memorable views. A refreshment including coffee or a soft drink at one of the local café’s will be included.
All optional excursions are shown for information and planning purposes. They are subject to change do to holidays, attraction black-out dates or other reasons. Some, if not all optional excursions may require a minimum number of participants to operate. Prices are quoted in Euros. Final list of availability and costs will be confirmed upon arrival to your vessels at the initial information meeting.
Pricing and Departures
M/S “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 a one seat 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 oversized 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. Low deck D cat cabins have portholes, C category twin windows, B category big panoramic windows and A category full floor to ceiling French Balconies! Suites are double sized and include DVD’s and mini bars. An elevator connects the middle and upper decks. With a maximum load of 134 passengers serviced by a crew of 36 the River navigator is sure to please even the most discriminating passengers! Non-smoking interiors – on board currency – Euro
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“DANUBE CRUISE WITH DRACULA CASTLE
We have been on many river cruises from Avalon, Viking and Uniworld so l feel very confident in saying that this was one of our best cruise experience. We booked it because the itinerary went to places that other cruise ships did not go We had great a great tour guide Andy and the local tour guides and drivers were wonderful. The food was much better that we expected and the choices were great. We never left the restaurant dissatisfied.
Our cabin was spacious and we had plenty of closet space to hang our clothes.The optional tours that we took were very good and were a very good value. The only problem l had was going upstairs in my night clothes to get our morning coffee.
l would recommend this cruise to anyone without hesitation.
Received: October 10, 2016
“Kleine Prinz Danube River Boat “Rocks”
First off all this is a Great value for the money spent. The ship is very comfortable, friendly crew, and the food is fairly good with buffet style breakfast and lunch, and dinner is a choice between 2 entrees. What surprised my wife and I the most was the excellent quality of the shore excursions, which were so wonderfully organized and conducted with very intelligent tour guides.The tour cruise Director for our group of 40 Americans was Dusan Kuljic, extremely competent, friendly and worked very hard to accomodate everybody’s needs. He also presented two lectures on Eastern Europe History and the Euro Economy with so much knowledge and preparation that blew us away.Overall we recommend this trip to anybody looking for Adventure-Knowledge and Sightseeing of Eastern Europe, and for us we keep in our memory, without any doubt, our best cruise ever!!!
Monica and Jose Luis from Novato, California, USA
October 18, 2012
“My mother and I recently traveled overseas on a river cruise up on the Danube. We can honestly say it was one of the best trips we’ve ever had the opportunity to take. The entire trip had wonderful accommodations and Kleine Prinz staff was superb. The program, tours and educational segment left us with lasting memories. If the opportunity arises again we would not pass up the chance to travel again with YOU:).
Amy Sherman and Joyce Pope
October 17, 2012
“REGARDING: Danube cruise and Der Kleine Prinz for 2012 season.I really want to let everyone know what a pleasure my cruise down the Danube on Der Kleine Prinz in July of this year was. Although the weather was insufferably hot, the staff and the tour was wonderful. After a little fall, my knee was treated and checked on for three days. The chef and the waitstaff were excellent; I did not have a bad meal. The evenings were a delight as we sat in the bar and were entertained. Laughter was everywhere!I would take this tour again in a heartbeat. The knowledge that was given to us by local guides as well as Dusan was phenomenal; my dad who was once a history teacher, would have loved it as I did.
I recommend this to anyone with a love of people, a curiosity about the area, and a will to see and do all from the base of a lovely boat.”
Received: JULY 01 2012
Thank you so much for all you did to make a great trip for my family and I. We really enjoyed ourselves. Back in New York we went to the 9-11 memorial before driving home. I’m attaching a photo of that also.Keep in touch.
Received : 10/08/2011
“Petit Prince was comfortable and clean with a very gracious Captain, hospitable staff and hard-working, efficient kitchen crew. Overall, the food was very good considering the small kitchen staff and their facilities. Lots of meat and potato fares, but the most memorable were the paprika-seasoned dishes that we rarely experience where we are. We especially loved the salad bar at lunch.The Serbian entertainers were very jazzy, energetic, talented and enthusiastic about making our evenings lively; however, many were just too tired to stay up past 9 p.m. We did some dancing some evenings, nevertheless, since the music was great.”
Mr. and Mrs. Freed
Received : 10/08/2011
We just got back home safe and on time after the wonderful Danube cruise. I want to thank you on behalf of myself, my wife and Dr. and Mrs. Jayarajan for all the arrangements you made for us. Even though the boat was a little old, the staff made up for it. We have taken six cruises so far, and the staff of the Der Kleine Prinz was the best. They worked as a team and always friendly and helpful. The food was good and the tours were enjoyable. We want to especially thank Mr. Dusan, the tour director, Ms. Alina, the hostess and Mr. and Mrs. Mimi, the singers at the bar.Hope to do more cruises with you in the future.
Raja Puthoor, Las Vegas
Received : 09/18/2011
Just wanted to let you know that our cruise was fabulous. We loved the Boat, the crew, the ports………..everything about it !!!!!So thank you for all that you did to make this such a wonderful Experience.
Judy AmoresJudy Amores
Received : 08/28/2011
May we share with you and ITN readers, the splendid Seven Country Danube Cruise aboard a small ship, Der Kleine Prinz.Aboard this cruise ship, being hosted, assisted, and looked after by our Cruise Director, Dusan Kulljic, we were treated throughout, and guided to, numerous onshore walks, rides, performances, indeed, a diverse composition of scenes and places, and sights and sounds in our onshore visits.At times, escorting the group himself, Dusan was able to create for us, because of his own diverse ancestry and educational background, both an historic and contemporary panorama of our surroundings.At other times, he placed us in the care of carefully selected local guides, fully familiar with the area of our visit and able to “set us” within its historic background. Their knowledge was always responsive to our questions.In addition, Dusan was most helpful in especially assisting us whose Jewish ancestors migrated to the U.S., a number of them from their pre-war homes, to locate and visit the sites of synagogues, both those that once were, as well as those still in existence, some gloriously restored.He happily accommodated others in getting tickets to performances not on our scheduled program, for example, making reservations at Vienna’s Marionetten Theatre for an evening performance of “The Magic Flute.”And given his personal familiarity with the history of the area we were exploring for the first time, he presented us with essential information of the area’s history, from the days of the monarchy to the present.
As to our ship, its very comfortable cabins were always kept tidy and fully equipped. Every meal aboard ship was deliciously prepared and most appetizingly served. (this especially for me, as well, a vegetarian). The on board lounge was comfortable and inviting. And the inviting sun deck was equipped with all needs.
May I further note that the ship’s onboard staff with whom we came in contact were most helpful: the ladies who made sure our cabins were promptly serviced and supplied and the chefs and waitstaff who were always ready to please our palates.
We were especially appreciative of those who staffed the reception desk, always attentive to our needs, ready to answer our questions, and offering welcome suggestions.
As to those evenings when we chose to remain onboard, the evening’s musical pleasures, hosted by a most talented young vocalist, and accompanied by an equally spirited keyboardist, regaled us with many songs and melodies, thematically different each evening. And if we wanted to get up and dance, we were so invited.
Lest one think that all of this pleasure was simply happenstance, I hasten to add that when we first gave consideration to a river cruise, having previously been on a St.Petersburg/Moscow river cruise, we searched through a current issue of ITN. In the past ITN had well proved to be an important source of–and guide to–essential information for the many overland holidays we had put together in past years.
We contacted several ITN cruise advertisers, but it wasn’t until I spoke with Corinna Vargas at Value World Tours (see the back cover of your ITN) )that I knew I had found the right person at the right agency!
A ready and knowledgeable source of information, Corinna most timely responded to our every emailed inquiry. Most equally pleasant to speak with by phone, Corinna seemed to enthusiastically welcome–and knowingly answer–the many questions I must have “peppered” her with, both before and after I had decided that she and VWT were truly interested in making our Danube Cruise a most memorable experience.
And when we wanted to add to our cruise an additional day on our own in Vienna, Corinna was happy to assist, taking care of both hotel and flight reservations. Further, when we indicated we’d like to then spend an additional two days in London, where we had to change flights, Corinna once again was most happy to get us new flight reservations.
In sum, with the outstanding help and assistance we received before, during, and after the Danube cruise, our summer holiday will remain a memorable experience. We often think of its pleasure with friends, when we open and show our picture album of about 150 photos, all carefully annotated by Mel and relive, thanks to the folks of Prinz, the ongoing assistance of Dusan, and the continuous exchanges with Corinna, the Danube voyage of summer, 2011.
Mel & Jean Merzon
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Received : 07/08/2011
“I am a travel agent in Ohio and was traveling on the MS der kleine Prinz in October 2010. Our Seven Country Danube Cruise was wonderful, and we also added to our package the Pre-3 night tour to Transylvania – what a great surprise this was, and the town of Brasov was an unexpected delight to everyone.
It is a must to see Transylvania!I cannot say enough how wonderful our Cruise Director, Dusa, was – he was full of history, facts and information. Everyone anxioulsy awaited his daily seminars. His enthusiasm made the cruise all the better for everyone onboard. I have traveled with a lot of Cruise Directors, and Dusan you are the BEST!The staff overall was very accommodating, and the food was delicious with a great presentation.I will recommend Value World Tours to my clients.Thanks for the memories, and say hello to Dusan for me. I am sure he will not forget our group of travel agents, or what I had to say to get the door opened at the Citadel in Brasov!”
Received : 10/18/2010
“All on board the ship were most helpful especially the two young people who operated the bar and of course Dusan. (cruise director) Dusan was most accommodating, cheerful and just plain nice to be around. Dusan went out his way to be helpful, polite & caring in every way. I have already highly recommended your company to friends.”
Received : 08/16/2008
“Every tour guide was absolutely superb.”
Received : 09/20/2008
“Just got back from our extended trip on the “Six Country Cruise”, and 10 extra days in Romania.
About the cruise:Excursions We did not take too many of the excursions, because we had already seen most that were offered. We did go on the excursion to the private home for brandy, music, and food. We all thought it was fantastic. Everyone should go on this excursion. The other standard excursions were good. The other people we talked to about the optional excursions said they had a great time.Entertainment The cruise provided an assortment of entertainment, all of which was very good. I would like to highlight a couple of the individuals, who we all thought should be rated higher than very good. The Violin player, Mitica (sp?), and the female singer (who was the shorter of the two) were both outstanding. We sometimes stayed up very late listening to them. When there were no more passengers in the lounge, we thought it time to go to our room.
By the way, the sweaters that more being modeled were really nice and well worth the price. But, in Southern California the need for thick woolen sweaters is limited.Tour Guide/Director We thought Dusan did a very good job. Dusan had several informal discussions on the regions history, and one formal session. Wish we could have had several more.Cabins Thought these were exceptional for a river boat. Very spacious, and comfortable.Staff Everyone we encountered was very helpful, courteous, professional, and all around great people. I also think your bartender (Alexandria ?) was a good entertainer. She had great come backs to questions or comments. Wish her and her new husband great success.”
Received : 09/17/2008
“The staff of the Kleine Prinz were outstanding!”
Received : 06/06/2008
“Crew, maids, waiters, guide, entertainment onboard excellent! Vojin is suberb!”
Received : 09/16/2007
“Good experience, gorgeous eather, exceptional guide, good dining room staff.Vojin is an exceptional tour director, knowledgebale, attentive, personable, always on the job.”
Timmons and Miller Families
Received : 09/16/2007
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Will I need to obtain a visa for the Southern Danube Discovery cruise??
Are transfers included??
Which ship will be chartered for the 2017 Southern Danube Discovery cruises??
Will I be able to make phone calls and check emails while aboard the ship??
What is the currency should I be prepared to use??
What methods of payment are accepted on board and on shore??
Due to strict foreign currency laws, here are important notes regarding on shore expenses:
Cash: is accepted and preferred. (Euros & USD)
Credit Cards: are accepted, VISA OR MASTERCARD ONLY! (Limited use outside of urban areas.)
*Credit Card Note: As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code. Your USA magnetic strip cards may NOT work at local ATM’s requiring a PIN. Ask your bank for a chip card and/or bring along a debit card with your PIN (or enough cash to cover your expenses!)
If cash is still “king,” any recommendation of how much I should bring??
I’m super excited for all the tours! But will I have any free time during the program??
Are optional tours offered in this program??
How does tipping work in Eastern Europe? Is it accepted and/or required??
For more information about tipping, including Individual vs. Pooled Tipping, please take a look at our detailed Southern Danube Discovery Travel Tips.
What if I have special dietary needs or food allergies??
Anything else I should make sure to pack??
Electrical current in hotels and on the ship is 220 volts/50MHZ. In order to use appliances, including shavers, hair-dryers, chargers for movie cameras, etc., you will need to bring:
1) Universal Transformer: to convert from US 110 Volts to 220. (Note: recent electronic equipment such as laptops and cameras MAY automatically convert. Please check your individual item.)
2) Universal Adapter Plugs: Round pins for sockets that are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters, we recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at any electronics or appliance store before you leave.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked baggage. Additionally, those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking.
12 days/11 nights including a superb 10 night cruise through 7 old world countries from Vienna to Bucharest aboard the 5star “MS Navigator“!
If you want to learn more, check out Following the Danube – a 7-country river cruise through Europe’s history, an article written about the Southern Danube Discovery Rivercurse by Dan Barr from ITN.
Read full article Know Before You Go – River & Small Ship Cruising to learn more.