Balkan Gems 2020 APT River Cruise

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Discover remarkable landscapes, storied history and charming cultures as you traverse Eastern European countries such as Romania and Serbia on this invigorating adventure.

Iron Gate


Fly from the UK to Budapest and be transferred to your river ship. After dinner on board, set off on a twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital.

Admire Bratislava on a guided tour.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Later, attend a traditional folklore show in the Old Town. Perhaps learn a few Slovak dance moves, before sampling some delicious local specialties.

Arrive in Vienna and take in a number of the city’s most important landmarks as you enjoy a guided orientation tour.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: After dinner, head to the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, as well as masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss.

Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Then on May to September departures, enjoy your Signature Experience.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room, then board the Grand Empress steam train. Gödöllő Palace, a favourite residence of Elisabeth of Bavaria, is your destination. You’ll be shown through this monument of Hungarian aristocracy and architecture. Later, be treated like royalty with dinner served on board your train. Operates on all departures between May and September.

Enjoy your selected sightseeing tour in Mohács today.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: History buffs can venture to the ancient city of Pécs. Or perhaps travel to Hungary’s renowned wine region in Villány for a tasting at a local winery. Maybe get active on a guided bike ride through the Danube Floodplain to the village of Kölked. Here, visit its museum dedicated to the white storks which nest and feed in the area.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps see the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. If you’re feeling more physical, embark on a kayak tour along the Danube. Or gourmet lovers can partake in a cooking class.

Cruise through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here, the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania.Cruise through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here, the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania.

After a final breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell as you disembark your luxurious river ship for the last time. You will be transferred to Bucharest airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
2 October 2020 £2,995 French Balcony

This cruise is available in 2021 - click here for full details and prices


End your holiday with three nights in Romania. Spend a night in Bucharest before travelling to Brașov for two nights including a visit to Bran Castle, the likely inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Castle. Simply give our award winning team a call for full details on 0800 810 8220


What's Included

  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car†
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 7 nights on an APT Concerto Class 5* River Ship
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 5 towns, villages and cities
  • Exclusive APT Signature Experiences
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board, as well as premium wine with dinner+
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping