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About Giurgiu 

Giurgiu is located in the south of Romania, in the Greater Wallachia region of the country on the banks of the Danube River. It faces the Bulgarian city of Russe, which sits on the opposite bank of the Danube from it. If you book a river cruise which explores the Danube, specifically the section of it which passes through Eastern Europe before it reaches the Black Sea, then it’s likely you’ll stop at Giurgiu. The city is the port which serves Romania’s historic capital Bucharest and traditionally the first or last port of call you’ll visit on your journey, depending on which direction you travel. Giurgiu dates back to the first century BC and the time of the Dacians, who first populated the area, though did not become a city port until the 14th century, when Genoese merchants established it, naming it after their country’s patron saint, George. 

Exploring Giurgiu 

Though Giurgui acts as the gateway to Romania’s capital Bucharest for many, if you don’t fancy taking the trip to the capital during your time in port, it does hold a number of attractions of its own. 

Perhaps the city’s most well-known landmark is the Danube Bridge, also known as the Friendship Bridge, which is one of only two bridges which links Romania with Bulgaria. The two-deck structure, which opened in 1954, was at the time the only bridge over the Danube linking both countries and today accommodates train and motor traffic as well as pedestrians. It’s always satisfying and not to mention a great photo opportunity to catch sight of boundary signs on your travels and the bridge is no exception, having both ‘Romania’ and ‘Bulgaria’ notifications at either end of the bridge. It was after the fall of Communism that the crossing took the more practical name of the Danube Bridge, though it’s still referred to as the Friendship Bridge by many. 

Other notable sites in the town include the beautiful Turnul Ceasornicului, or Clock Tower, which dates back to the 1700s, the Greek-style Atheneum building and the ruins of the 14th century Giurgiu Fortress. This structure is the oldest in the area and though it wasn’t officially documented until the 1400s, it was used by the occupying Roman Empire as a garrison outpost and later used to defend the town against Ottoman invasion. Little remains of the fortress now, though much of its foundations and partial walls can still be seen. 

Giurgiu tips 

If you have visited Bucharest before and are just looking for a different experience while in port, you can actually visit two countries in one day, as the aforementioned Friendship Bridge connects Giurgiu with the Bulgarian town of Ruse.

Giurgiu Itineraries

Giurgiu

Vienna to the Black Sea

1 sailing date August 2020
8 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
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Giurgiu

15 Day Voyage Through the Balkans

8 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Bucharest

Bucharest to Budapest

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Budapest to Istanbul

1 sailing date April 2019
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Belgrade

Budapest to Istanbul

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Kalocsa

Istanbul to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
15 Nights From Istanbul, to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2019
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Bucharest to Budapest

7 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Belgrade

Danube Delta Odyssey

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Belgrade

Danube Delta Odyssey

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest and Bucharest

4 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest, Romania

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Giurgiu, to Hungary , Budapest
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Black Sea Explorer

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Giurgiu, to Hungary , Budapest
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Amsterdam

22 Day Grand Voyage of Europe

1 sailing date March 2020
20 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Munich

Majestic Danube - Bucharest to Munich

1 sailing date June 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to , Munich
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Budapest

Vilshofen to Giurgiu

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

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

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Vienna

Giurgiu to Vilshofen

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

Tulcea to Linz

3 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Tulcea, to Linz
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Belgrade

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

2 sailing dates September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
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