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Giurgiu River Cruises

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

Passau

Pearls of The Danube (Southbound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Vilshofen , Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
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Bucharest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Linz

Pearls Of The Danube (Northebound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £8349pp
Passau

Pearls of The Danube - Vilshofen To Giurgiu

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Vilshofen , Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36499pp
Belgrade

Treasures of Southeast Europe (Northbound)

1 sailing date May 2023
7 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9859pp
Budapest

Treasures of Southeast Europe (Southbound)

1 sailing date May 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Giurgiu, Romania
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9859pp
Melk

Pearls of The Danube - Giurgiu To Vilshofen

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36159pp
Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

6 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

North Sea to the Black Sea - Bucharest to Amsterda

1 sailing date October 2021
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer with Turkey and Istanbul

6 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4589pp
Budapest

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

6 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3819pp
Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania from Budapest

6 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Giurgiu

Black Sea Explorer with the Best of the Balkans

4 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
21 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

5 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Bucharest to Budapest

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Bucharest to Budapest

2 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
17 Nights From Istanbul, to Hungary , Budapest
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Giurgiu

Black Sea Explorer - Bucharest To Budapest

6 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Bucharest

Black Sea Explorer with Turkey

4 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Avignon

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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