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Cruise through Central Europe, the Balkans, Lake Balaton, the Sava & the Danube

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,518

See the best of the Balkans on this round-trip Europe cruise from Budapest. Discover the unique traditions and delights of Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia before returning to the Paris of the East.


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This 11-day cruise is the ultimate way to see the Balkans in style. Cast off from the delightful village of Sisak (transfer from Budapest included), and sail first along the Sava River, before meeting up with the famous Danube for your onward cruise back to Budapest.

The centre of Hungarian culture for centuries, Budapest is much more than just your arrival and departure point, so consider booking an extra few days before or after your cruise to enjoy all it has to offer. Transfer by coach to Lake Balaton, a holiday favourite for Hungarians, then overnight in the health resort of Balatonfured. The following day, meet up with the MS Victor Hugo for your cruise, visiting the baroque towns of Varazdin and Sisak along the way.

From Sisak, you’ll go ashore again for an excursion to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Something of a ‘hidden treat’ compared to other European capitals, Zagreb weathered the civil war of the 90s to come out on top as a delightful city destination packed with medieval architecture, parks, cultural attractions, and a resolutely Croatian approach to good living. Upon returning to Sisak, sail on to Jasenovac, the gateway to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. Bird watchers take note, this may be the highlight of your trip. Enjoy lunch at a local Slavonian farm before an evening of entertainment aboard ship. The following day, visit the Brod Citadel, built to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invaders. You’ll also see more of the Slavonian countryside as you meet local villagers and sample the local food.

The Sava marks the border between Croatia and Bosnia, and your next port offers you a glimpse of the other side. Explore Brcko in Bosnia, where modern construction rises alongside traditional architecture scarred by war. Evening entertainment introduces you to the folk music and traditions of Bosnia.

Cross the border with an excursion across the Vojvodina region of northern Serbia. Explore the unique blend of Byzantine and Baroque influence in Serbian art and architecture, and take an evening walk through Sremska Mitrovica. Then it’s on to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia (and formerly of Yugoslavia), where the Danube and Sava rivers meet. Just like the rivers, the cultures of Slavic, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian Europe come together here, creating one of Europe’s most intriguing cities.

Sail north to Novi Sad, a diverse medieval city in Vojvodina, before visiting the Djakovo Stud Farm. Overnight back in Croatia, in the town of Osijek, your gateway to Kopacki Rit Nature Park. Finally, your cruise returns to Budapest for a gala evening farewell. If you didn’t devote some extra time to the Hungarian capital before your trip, we highly recommend doing so now, to bring your Balkan holiday to an unforgettable end.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,518

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Day 1

Budapest - Lake Balaton (Hungary)

Transfer by coach to Lake Balaton, a favorite short break destination for Hungarians. Free time for lunch. Guided visit of Tihany, a peninsula which will charm you by its beautiful setting and its baroque Benedictine abbey. Free time. Make your way to Balatonfured, one of the oldest health resorts. Dinner and night in our hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration10 Nights
Accommodation

MS Victor Hugo

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    MS Victor Hugo



    The MS Victor Hugo is well known for their fantastic restaurant with delicious cuisine and delightful, attentive service. For the evening activities, the ship features a spacious lounge bar with a dancefloor to relish a good glass of wine or a fruity cocktail. The spacious ...

    The MS Victor Hugo is well known for their fantastic restaurant with delicious cuisine and delightful, attentive service. For the evening activities, the ship features a spacious lounge bar with a dancefloor to relish a good glass of wine or a fruity cocktail. The spacious sun deck with deckchairs is perfect to relax and to enjoy the beautiful European weather.

    Welcome on board the MS Victor Hugo!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining Area
    • Gift Shop
    • Radar
    • Radiophone
    • Sundeck
    • Television
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Lake Balaton - Varazdin - Sisak (Croatia)

Transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province. Visit of the historic town of Varazdin, a real baroque gem. Afternoon: you'll continue on to Sisak. Boarding in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sisak (Croatia) - Zagreb - Sisak

Excursion to Zagreb. The harmonious combination of architecture and green space makes Zagreb a perfect model for a town. Even the cemetery, cultivated like an English landscaped garden, is an oddly comforting place for a pleasant walk. Take a walk along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. Return on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Sisak - Jasenovac

Cruise toward Jasenovac. Excursion to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, a land much favored by migratory birds when the Lonja floods. Sample of regional produce in an authentic Slavonian farm. Return to the boat. Evening of entertainment.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Jasenovac - Slavonski Brod

Cruise towards Slavonski Brod. Discovery of the Brod Citadel, an imposing construction in Vauban style, built in the 18th century to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invasions. Excursion: "Fertile Plains of Slavonia", through the green hillsides dominating the Sava plains to Pozega, a charming little Baroque town. Free time. Next stop is the small village Stara Kapela, where you will be greeted by the local villagers and invited to try their specialties, accompanied by tamburica. Return on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Slavonski Brod (Croatia) - Brcko (Bosnia)

Cruise towards Brcko in Bosnia, arriving in the afternoon. Take a walk through Brcko. The pedestrian main street is lined with buildings in the traditional Austro-Hungarian architectural style crossed with Ottoman influences. It contrasts with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the recent conflicts live side by side with modern constructions. Return on board. Folklore evening - a chance to appreciate the musical and folk traditions of Bosnia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Brcko (Bosnia) - Sremska Mitrovia (Serbia)

Cruise towards Sremska Mitrovica. Excursion across the Vojvodina. Around the hamlet of Iriski Venac there are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries, and you'll have the opportunity to discover Serbian art - a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. Evening, walk through Sremska Mitrovica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Sremska Mitrovica - Belgrade (Serbia)

Sailing towards Belgrade and guided visit of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, the town has created its own cultural identity based on a mix of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. Folklore evening on board : you'll discover the very heart of traditional folklore in the former Yugoslavia, admire the shimmering costumes, and marvel at the wide variety of songs and dances. Cruise towards Novi Sad.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Novi Sad (Serbia) - Ilok (Croatia) - Vukovar (Croatia)

Tour of Novi Sad. Located in the southern part of the Great Plain in the Baga region, Novi Sad is the multi-ethnic capital of Vojvodina. Return to the boat and cruise towards Ilok, where you'll have an excursion to this medieval city, and then visit the Djakovo Stud Farms. Return on board and cruise to Osijek, arrival in the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Osijek (Croatia) - Batina (Croatia) -Mohacs (Hungary)

Excursion to Osijek and the Kopacki Rit Nature Park, one of the largest and most attractive preserved wetlands in Europe. Transfer to Mohacs and cruise to Budapest. Gala evening. Cruise during the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Budapest

Buffet breakfast on board. Arriving in Budapest in the morning before disembarking.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DEPARTURES:

2017: May 22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Meals and beverages as indicated
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • On-board entertainment
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • All port fees
  • Assistance from on board multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers
  • Booking fees
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions/transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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