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

Balkan Discovery

Expect outstanding views on your Danube River cruise from Hungary through the rich cultures and remarkable landscapes of the Balkan States of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bucharest
  • Belgrade
  • Veliko Turnovo
  • Budapest

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Expect outstanding views on your Danube River cruise from Hungary to Romania. Begin in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs. Sail through rich cultures and remarkable landscapes of the Balkan States of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Visit the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and attend a performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour. See ancient archaeological finds and the amazing Danube Gorge before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge—the natural border between Serbia and Romania.

You’ll cruise through Bulgaria with guided sightseeing in Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi. Such marvelous sights include Belogradchik’s remarkable rock formations made by 200 million years of nature’s elements; ancient stone cliff houses above the Yantra River; and Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances. Your Danube River cruise concludes here in Bucharest for an overnight stay in “The Paris of the East.”

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Balkan Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

Embark your ship in Budapest. Overnight cruise to Mohacs. (D)

Day 2 - 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. Evening and overnight cruise to Osijek. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Osijek (Croatia)

Join a morning guided walking tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions. Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac. This afternoon you might join a guided optional excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing. Evening and overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Belgrade (Serbia)

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. Attend an on-board lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations and culture of the Balkan states. 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 authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. Evening and overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Donji Milanovac

Join a guided tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artefacts, 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. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Vidin. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

Join guided sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Rousse. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Rousse

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, or join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, or join a jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight cruise to Oltenita. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Oltenita (Romania) - Bucharest

Disembark ship in Oltenita and transfer to the Romanian capital city of Bucharest for a guided tour of 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 9 - Bucharest - UK

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board ship
  • Daily afternoon tea on board ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
Map for Balkan Discovery