Voyage Through The Balkans 2023 APT River Cruise
Embark on an in-depth exploration of the Lower Danube towards the Black Sea. Explore Belgrade the way you wish and sail through the Iron Gates. Marvel at Bulgaria’s natural wonders and admire Bucharest’s architecture.
Fly from the UK to Budapest and be transferred to your river ship.
Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore. This evening, set sail as Budapest’s monuments put on a twinkling show around you.
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. Otherwise, get active on a guided bike ride along the Danube River to an ancient water mill.
Bearing battle scars from the Croatian War of Independence, Vukovar has risen strong and offers a rich history to discover. Today, enjoy a Signature Experience.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Visit Eltz Manor, a castle that houses the Vukovar City Museum. Wander through the complex then be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, accompanied by classical music.
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 the Iron Gates and experience one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders you will encounter on this cruise. Your ship will ribbon its way through the series of gorges between Serbia and Romania.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: You might choose to explore the incredible World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. Alternatively, set out on a walking tour and discover Rousse, one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Visit the Palace of the Parliament, which is the second-largest administrative building in the world, or wander the open-air Village Museum and gain an insight into traditional Romanian life.
With an entire day in Bucharest, take in the wide tree-lined boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings, then walk through the Old City centre to the Royal Court, Stavropoleos Church and the Lipscani district. After lunch, the choice is yours.
In Veliko Târnovo, a local expert will guide you through this medieval city. Uncover its rich history as you wander through the city’s cobbled lanes and fortified walls. Its centrepiece is the spectacular restored Tsarevets Fortress, citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire.
Explore Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin. Raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia, the medieval castle dates back to the 10th century. Afterwards, venture to Belogradchik to uncover its ancient fortress on the northern slope of the Balkan mountains. You’ll also see the town’s unique rock formations.
The day is yours to relax on board, sleep in and take it easy, or awake early and take in stunning views from the Sun Deck.
After your choice of sightseeing, the afternoon has been set aside for you to further explore Novi Sad at leisure.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Get out and explore Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city. Otherwise, call in on a local farmstead for a real dose of Vojvodinian culture – featuring traditional breakfast, music and freshly-made doughnuts.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Experience a cultural cavalcade in Kalocsa, set right on the Danube. Local handicrafts are on show at the Folk Art House, then visit a producer of one of Hungary’s spiciest exports, paprika. Afterwards, a farm in Puszta is the perfect setting for a stellar horse show and authentic Hungarian lunch.
Today unfolds as you please. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: The active may like to hike to Gellert Hill, or perhaps enjoy a more relaxed culinary walk through Budapest’s Great Market Hall. Alternatively, set out on an insightful tour of the Hospital in the Rock, a museum dedicated to a former secret emergency hospital and nuclear bunker.
Say your farewells, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|15 March 2023||£3,595|
- Home-to-airport transfers by private car†
- Return scheduled flights from the UK
- 14 nights aboard an all inclusive Concerto River Ship
- Unique cultural experiences in up to 12 towns, villages and cities
- Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
- 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 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