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Vidin River Cruises

About Vidin

Vidin is situated in north-western Bulgaria, close to the country’s borders with Romania and Serbia. The town lies on the southern bank of the Danube River, with the Romanian town of Calafat located on the opposite side of the celebrated waterway. Vidin boasts a rich history and heritage spanning centuries of occupation from the Hungarian and Ottoman Empires until 1878, when the region was finally liberated. Modern day Vidin however, is one of the safest locations in Bulgaria, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere as well as a pleasant continental climate. The town is an excellent destination for river cruises along the Danube River, offering visitors excellent shopping and dining options alongside an impressive selection of historical and cultural attractions.

Exploring Vidin

Home to a range of fascinating buildings and monuments, Vidin offers visitors a brilliant cultural and historical experience. The region’s most significant historic structure is the magnificent Baba Vida medieval fortress, originally constructed during the 10th century. The fortress is amazingly well preserved and open to visitors of all ages who come to explore its extravagant chambers and historic architecture. The Baba Vida is a museum, as well as a preserved medieval fortress and as such houses a range of great historic artefacts including swords, bows and arrows.

Vidin prides itself on its religious diversity, and contains some fantastic architecture from the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. Vidin’s Synagogue, the Orthodox Cathedral of St Dimitar, the St Pantaleimon Church and the Osman Pazvantoglu Mosque are all situated within the same area to demonstrate the town’s religious diversity and each offers its own unique design and superb architecture to enjoy.

The town’s museums and galleries attract visitors throughout the year with their astonishing exhibits and works of art. Notable museums in the town include the Konaka Museum, the Krastata Kazarma, otherwise known as the Cross Shaped Barracks, and the Nikola Petrov Galleries situated in Danube Park, which houses exquisite paintings and sculptures from Bulgaria’s most prominent artists.

Aside from Vidin’s sight-seeing opportunities, the town also has a range of wonderful shops and restaurants selling a variety of authentic Bulgarian crafts and local delicacies.

Vidin tips

Vidin is big on festivals and if you find yourself there towards the end of August, you may be able to enjoy some of the Vidin Festival itself, when local pop and folk stars perform and locally-brewed beers are readily available.

 

Vidin Itineraries

Bucharest

Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound

3 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Vilshofen to Giurgiu

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Vilshofen , to Giurgiu
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Bratislava

Giurgiu to Vilshofen

12 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Giurgiu, to Vilshofen
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Regensburg

From the Danube Delta to Prague

4 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5399pp
Vidin

Danube Delta Discovery

1 sailing date April 2019
16 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Vienna

From the Danube Delta to Prague

1 sailing date July 2019
18 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5399pp
Bratislava

Grand European - Westbound

1 sailing date May 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Vienna

Grand European - Westbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
Tauck logo FROM £9219pp
Belgrade

European Sojourn - Amsterdam to Bucharest

22 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Iron Gates

Gems of South East Europe - Budapest to Giurgiu

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Giurgiu
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2659pp
Nuremberg

Treasures of the Danube - Nuremberg and Bucharest

1 sailing date May 2019
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4499pp
Bratislava

Treasures of the Danube - Bucharest to Nuremberg

1 sailing date May 2019
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Nuremberg
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4099pp
Bratislava

Grand Danube

1 sailing date April 2019
17 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4159pp
Budapest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Budapest

16 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1949pp
Budapest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Bucharest

6 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2199pp
Passau

Iconic Rivers - Rhine, Main and Danube Eastb.

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to UK
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Bucharest

Eastern Enlightenment - Belgrade to Bucharest

1 sailing date April 2019
8 Nights From Belgrade, Serbia, to Romania , Bucharest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3239pp
Belgrade

Eastern Enlightenment

1 sailing date April 2019
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Belgrade, Serbia
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Rudesheim

Black Sea to North Sea

1 sailing date July 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £7089pp
Belgrade

Bucharest to Budapest

7 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3199pp

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