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

Balkan Gems

Discover the fascinating cities of Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade and voyage through the spectacular Iron Gates on this all-inclusive River Danube cruise. Includes return from the UK, private home to airport transfers, complimentary drinks on board, excursions and signature experiences

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1945pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Belgrade Old Town
  • Bratislava Castle
  • Budapest Sunset
  • Iron Gates, Serbia
  • Belvedere Palace, Vienna

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Balkan Gems Special Offer

Join your luxury river cruise ship in Budapest and cruise along the scenic River Danube towards the Black Sea.

Enjoy a traditional folklore show and sample delicous local specialities in the city's Old Town before heading to the musical city of Vienna to experience an exclusive cocktail party and private concert, featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, as well as masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. Back in Budapest, board the Grand Empress steam train as part of a special Signature Experience which includes a visit to Godollo Palace, where you'll learn about Hungarian aristocracy (May to Sep departures).

In Serbia, admire the remarkable Belgrade Fortress and Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava, before taking in the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates.

A158 Operated by APT Luxury Cruises

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Balkan Gems Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest. Transfer to your luxury river cruise ship. (D)

Day 2 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Join a local expert for a guided tour of Bratislava before attending a traditional folklore show and sampling some local specialities in the Old Town. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Vienna (Austria)

Arrive in Vienna and explore a number of the city’s most important landmarks including St Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina as you enjoy a guided tour. Enjoy a Signature Experience this evening as you head to the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where a cocktail party and private concert await, featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, as well as masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a morning sailing, before a welcome reception at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room. Then, board the Grand Empress steam train to the stunning Gödöllő Palace, where you'll learn about Hungarian aristocracy and architecture. Later, be treated like royalty with dinner served on board your train. Operates on all departures between May and September. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Mohacs

Arrive in Mohacs and journey to the ancient city of Pecs, head to Hungary's renowned wine region in Villany for a tasting at a local winery, or opt for the guided bike ride through the Danube Floodplain to the village of Kolked for a visit to the museum, dedicated to thw white storks which nest in the area. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Belgrade (Serbia)

See the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava on a guided city tour, take a kayak tour along the Danube, or join a Serbian cooking class. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Cruising the Iron Gates

Enjoy a full day of cruising through the awe-inspiring landscape of the Iron Gates where the Danube winds its way through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Giurgiu - Bucharest (Romania) - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship in Giurgiu and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Due to navigational reasons, the Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-nights all-inclusive cruising in an outside cabin on a luxurious river ship
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Flights from regional UK airports with transfers between ship and airport
  • Complimentary beverages throughout the cruise
  • Room service and champagne on arrival for selected suite categories
  • Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experiences
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Butler service for selected suite categories
  • In-cabin entertainment system with flat screen TV, keyboard, free internet access, film and music library
  • Choice of open seating dining venues including main restaurant, casual lounge and alfresco on selected evenings
  • Welcome Reception, Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Evening entertainment including music performances, folklore dances, lectures and piano interludes
  • Guided excursions in small groups with personal headsets
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Port taxes

Special Features

  • Signature Experiences:
  • Folklore show in Bratislava followed by a tasting of local gourmet delicacies
  • Visit to Liechtenstein's City Palace for a Cocktail Reception and private concert
  • Board the Grand Empress steam train, then tour Godollo Palace (May to Sep departures)
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 18th - Budapest to Giurgiu - Sailing on: AmaReina From: £1945
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  • April
    • Apr 17th - Budapest to Giurgiu - Sailing on: AmaVerde From: £2245
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  • July
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  • August
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    • Oct 2nd - Budapest to Giurgiu - Sailing on: AmaVerde From: £2845
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