Ker & Downey’s Danube River cruise touches five different countries in Eastern Europe, all situated along the lower Danube. From Bucharest, set sail on a luxury river cruise to explore the historical and natural wonders of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania – concluding with a divine dive into the Transylvanian countryside of Romania.

Suggested journey at a glance: 14 days/13 nights including seven nights on a luxury lower Danube River cruise and pre- and post-cruise extensions in Budapest, Transylvania, and Bucharest

Eastern European Immersive-Custom River Cruise to Bulgaria – Ker & Downey

This suggestion is just one of many ways to see these countries on your own customized Ker & Downey Eastern Europe itinerary. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible.


Begin your Danube river cruise in beautiful Budapest. Bite into some sweet treats like strudel and Hungarian Dobos cakes. Budapest is known for its spas. Soak in a restored 19th-century steam bath and swimming pool.

Eastern European Immersive-Custom River Cruise to Hungary – Ker & Downey

Lower Danube River Cruise

Set sail along the lower Danube River aboard your luxury river cruise vessel, the AmaMagna. Your Eastern Europe Immersive will be filled with Celtic fortifications, medieval towns, and grand cities, along with pastoral landscapes and the Danube’s famed Iron Gates. Historians will marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Christian Necropolis of Pécs and the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescoes revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. Likewise, nature lovers will love Bulgaria’s fairy tale wonder of Belogradchick and the bike-ready paths of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, as well as the centuries-old wine-growing hills of Ilok and the Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz.

Eastern European Immersive-Custom River Cruise to Hungary – Ker & Downey-Pecs


After seven days aboard the AmaMagna, it is time to delve even deeper into the culture and history of the region with a post-cruise extension into Romania. Slow and steady, your time in Romania is highlighted by several Transylvanian guesthouses where the hosts make you feel right at home. Of course, take time to explore the highlights such as Bran Castle, Peles Castle, and the Rope Street of Brasov. But don’t forget to slow down and admire the view of the Piatra Craiului mountains from your countryside inn. Go stargazing where the light pollution is non-existent, spot the brown bears of the Carpathians, set out on a hike in Piatra Craiului National Reserve, and take a horse cart to the village blacksmith in Viscri to watch him work. The wonders of Eastern Europe will undoubtedly unfold before you every step of the way.

Eastern European Immersive-Custom River Cruise to Romania – Ker & Downey-Bran-Castle


Your journey concludes in Romania’s dynamic and historical capital city. Admire Bucharest’s mix of neoclassical, Bauhaus, Art Deco, and modern architectural styles. Visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world, second only to the Pentagon.

Eastern European Immersive-Custom River Cruise to Romania – Ker & Downey-Bucharest

Custom Trips to Eastern Europe

Explore this fascinating corner of the continent on our Danube River cruise. Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Read more about the seasonality, pricing, and the Ker & Downey Difference in Eastern Europe.