Best of the Balkans APT Travelmarvel 2022 River Cruise

Discover the best of Europe on a 14-night premium river cruise. Begin in Budapest, Hungary’s grand capital, before heading to down the Danube to Serbia. Explore some of Romania’s & Bulgaria's most beautiful sights before ending in picturesque Bucharest.

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Fly into Budapest from the UK. Arrive at the airport and be transferred to your premium river ship, docked on the Danube River.

Spend the day exploring the sights of Budapest. Visit Castle Hill and admire the sweeping views of the Danube, the Houses of Parliament and Margaret Island. See the bridges arching across the inner city, including the iconic Chain Bridge, which is more than 160 years old. Cross the Danube and take in its historic monuments, such as Heroes’ Square and St Stephen’s Cathedral. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and gala Welcome Dinner on board as your ship sets sail, Budapest putting on a show around you.

From the sleepy port town of Mohács, history buffs will delight in the chance to travel to the ancient city of Pécs. As Hungary’s fifth-largest city, this World Heritage site offers plenty in the way of sightseeing. Be sure to check out the copper domes of the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, as well as the 11th-century Pécs Cathedral.

Following the Croatian War of Independence, Vukovar’s economy, infrastructure and culture were in disarray. However, today you will see the efforts taken to restore this city to its former glory. Today, visit the Vukovar City Museum, hidden inside Eltz Manor. Enjoy the chance to wander through the castle complex.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Visit a local family’s village, taking a tour of their home and barn to meet the resident farm animals. Stroll through the family’s fruit orchards to learn about the brewing process of ‘slivovitz’. This plum brandy is the national drink of choice.
In Serbia’s capital, join a guided tour through the city. Perhaps see the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. Experience a traditional Serbian way of living during your Insider Experience today.

Get ready to witness nature at its finest today as your ship cruises through the Iron Gates. This spectacular series of gorges connects Serbia and Romania, and makes for an out-of-this-world cruising experience. Make sure to have your camera charged and at the ready!

Go ashore to Rousse, one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities. Join a walking tour and admire the belle epoque architecture and manicured garden squares, which are reminiscent of Vienna. You’ll also pass by Liberty Square, the courthouse, the Rousse Opera House and Alexander Battenberg Square. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps visit the Regional Museum of History, the National Transport Museum, or the ancient castle ruins of Sexaginta Prista Fortress.

Spend the entire day in Bucharest, Romania’s hip capital. Join a guided tour of the city and 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. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, or perhaps you would like to wander the open-air Village Museum and gain an insight into traditional Romanian life.

Today you’ll discover the fortified walls and cobblestone lanes of Veliko Târnovo. With a local expert, be guided through this medieval city and uncover its rich history. At its centre, see the restored Tsarevets Fortress, citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire. After, head to the hilltops to visit Arbanasi, a village brimming with history.

Begin your day in Vidin with free time to explore your own way. Afterwards, you may like to explore Baba Vida Fortress, a medieval castle which dates back to the 10th century. Afterwards, head to Belogradchik to visit its ancient fortress on the northern side of the Balkan Mountains. While you’re here, see the town’s unique rock formations.

The day is yours to spend on board. Take it easy and relax, taking in postcard-perfect views from the Sun Deck.

Get out and explore Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city, on a guided tour. Afterwards, spend your free time relaxing, or perhaps visit Petrovaradin Fortress and check out its catacombs.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE: In Puszta, enjoy a traditional horse show featuring Magyar cowboys and fine equestrian skills.
Get to know Hungary’s oldest town, Kalocsa, set right on the Danube. The town is best known for its vibrant paprika festival as well as traditional folk art and local handicrafts. Afterwards, head to Puszta for your Insider Experience.

Return to Budapest, where you will spend the day your own way. You may wish to visit the Hospital in the Rock.

Disembark your ship this morning and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
31 October 2022 £3,195

What's Included

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 14 nights aboard a brand-new Travelmarvel River Ship
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 14 towns, villages & cities
  • Insider Experiences
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner
  • On board Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator, and local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping