Voyage through the Balkans 2019 APT River Cruise

Explore the best of the Balkan countries aboard a 14-night luxury river cruise. Cruise roundtrip from Budapest to Vienna via Bratislava, then head down through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Iron Gates, Danube

Itinerary

Fly from the UK to Budapest and be transferred to your luxurious river ship. After settling in, set off on a twilight cruise through the city this evening, and be enchanted by the sparkling lights around you.

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.

Take a walking tour of Vienna today.

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.

During a guided tour of Budapest, visit the Hungarian Parliament. A magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture, the building is now over 100 years old and houses the old House of Lords and the Hungarian Crown Jewels

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Arrive in Mohács and visit the Buso Courtyard, which offers an insight into the Busojaras of Mohács, and the craftwork associated with this event. Or perhaps take an excursion to Pécs and visit the Gyugyi Museum, which houses Laszlo Gyugyi’s private collection, including ceramics from the Golden Age of Zsolnay Factory.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: On a tour, see the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. Alternatively, explore the city by bike, or visit a brandy distillery for a tasting

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.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Spend the 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, tour the Palace of the Parliament or perhaps enjoy a visit to the Village Museum.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Travel to Veliko Târnovo for a guided city tour. Alternatively, perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo as you embark on a walk through the rock monasteries.

Spend a relaxing day on board to unwind as you cruise through the Iron Gates.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Disembark in Novi Sad and enjoy a tour. Those feeling energetic may wish to hike to Petrovaradin Fortress, where breathtaking views of the city and the Danube await

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Today, perhaps visit the landmarks of the Yugoslavian Civil War in Vukovar. Alternatively, wine enthusiasts will delight in a visit to Ilok for a wine tour, where the fertile soil has been ideal for winemaking since the 16th century

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Immerse yourself in Hungarian culture today with a visit to Kalocsa, a historical town on the Danube River.

See local handicrafts and porcelain at the Folk Art House, and visit a producer of paprika, a famous export. Later, visit a farm in Puszta for a traditional horse show and lunch.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Today unfolds as you please. See the Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square on a guided tour. Alternatively, the active may like to hike to Castle Hill, or perhaps enjoy a more relaxed culinary walking tour through Budapest’s Great Market Hall. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Today your journey draws to a conclusion. Disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
20 July 2019 £5,145
03 August 2019 £5,145
31 August 2019 £5,145
14 September 2019 £5,145

What's Included

  • Exclusive savings of up to £4,600 per couple - book by 24th December 2018*
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car (conditions apply, please enquire at the time of booking)
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 14 nights on one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships
  • Includes 41 meals - Enjoy 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board. This does not include French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional cost
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 11 towns, villages and cities
  • Signature Experiences
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions