The Danube is the second longest river in Europe at 2857 km. It flows through 10 countries, and is constantly changing. You’ll never get bored when you’re on the Danube!
I’ve cycled parts of the Danube in Germany and Austria, but it exceeded my expectations in Serbia! This time, I was on a half-day river cruise instead of cycling. And I wasn’t just cruising the Danube, but also exploring the Roman Emperors Route, a certified European cultural route by the European Institute for Cultural Routes.
The Danube divides Romania and Serbia and is where the Roman Empire established its eastern border. Military fortifications were built to protect from Barbarian tribes crossing the river. I loved the mix of nature – the river on the Serbian side meets the lush Derdap National Park on the part that I explored, and history.
My journey departed from the city of Donji Milanovac abroad the Aqua Star Maxim. Regular journeys abroad this ship only depart from Belgrade on Fridays, but you can easily rent a smaller boat, just visit the Tourism Information in Donji Milanovac, who can put you in touch with a local captain. Ideally you want to do this a few days in advance, to make sure that a captain is available.