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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Balkan Discovery 2019

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River

Fly Cruise
9 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Belgrade
  • Belogradchik
  • Bucharest

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See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River

You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honour of WWI soldiers.

V109 Operated by Avalon Waterways


Balkan Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an optional wine–and–dine dinner this evening. (B)

Day 3 - Budapest

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to shop in the Great Market Hall or take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening enjoy a dinner on board. (B,D)

Day 4 - Mohács

Join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Mohács - the quiet Danube harbour town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill - one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone–ground grain processing, or take a guided tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th–century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Belgrade (Serbia)

Attend an onboard lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations and culture of the Balkan states. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Belgrade - where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge - and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava - one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street - Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an optional typical Bohemian dinner in the quartre of Skadarlija. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Donji Milanovac - Iron Gates

Join a guided tour to Lepenski Vir - an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge - a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Cetate (Romania)

Join your Avalon Adventure host for a run along the river bank. Visit the Danube’s old grain-shipping port on a guided tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties. Sail to Vidin this afternoon. Join a guided tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nikopol.

Join a full-day guided tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo - with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra river. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian revival architecture in the 15th–century town of Arbanassi. As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse. You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse - dubbed “Little Vienna” for its baroque and neoclassical buildings. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, or join an afternoon run through the park with your Avalon Adventure host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Oltenita - Bucharest

Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree–lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe–honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square - the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)

Day 10 - Bucharest

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Budapest
  • Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner during the cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee during the cruise
  • Daily afternoon tea during the cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi during the cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment during the cruise
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
Map for Balkan Discovery 2019