Balkan Gems with Transylvania & Bucharest

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Board your luxury river ship in Budapest. Cruise the Danube for seven nights, stopping to explore riverside towns in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Finish with a discovery of Transylvania.

  • On a city tour watch as Belgrade's chaotic past, old-world charm and new-world masterpieces unfold before your eyes.
  • Pass awe-inspiring natural wonders as you wind through the magnificent gorges of the Danube between Serbia and Romania.
  • Damaged during the Croatian War of Independence, explore Eltz Manor in its now completely restored pre-war appearance.
  • Europe
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • Austria
Tour Types
  • River Cruise
  • Land Journey
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Day 1: Budapest, Embark Ship
Welcome to Budapest, the historic Hungarian capital. Once you’ve arrived at the airport, we’ll whisk you away to your luxury river ship, docked on the Danube River.
Accommodation: Seven Nights, a Concerto River Ship

Day 2: Budapest
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.

Day 3: Mohács
You have the choice as to how you spend your day.

Day 4: Vukovar
Bearing battle scars from the Croatian War of Independence, Vukovar has risen strong and offers a rich history to discover. Enjoy a Signature Experience here.

Day 5: Belgrade
In Serbia’s capital, choose your activity.

Day 6: Iron Gates
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.

Day 7: Rousse
You might choose to explore the incredible World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. This fascinating complex is made up of churches, chapels and monk cells that were carved into the rock during the 13th and 14th centuries. Alternatively, set out on a walking tour and discover Rousse, one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities.

Day 8: Disembark Ship, Giurgiu, Bra?ov
Disembark your ship and travel to the Slanic mine, Europe’s largest salt mine. Descend 208 metres underground to discover some of the 14 rooms, as well as the Salt Museum. The pure air inside the mine is known for its respiratory healing effects. Later, continue to your hotel in Poiana Bra?ov, an alpine resort nestled in the Postavaru Mountains.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Poiana Bra?ov, Telerific Grand Hotel

Day 9: Bra?ov, Bran
This morning will be spent exploring Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Perched atop a rocky hill overlooking the town of Bran, the castle’s striking orange turrets tower above a thick forest of trees in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. Wander through its many rooms and admire the 19th-century antiques before continuing to Moieciu for lunch. This afternoon, delve deeper into Bra?ov’s history on a walking tour.

Day 10: Bra?ov, Sinaia, Bucharest
A visit to Pele? Castle awaits today, nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the town of Sinaia. This neo-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Romania’s first king, Carol I, and took 40 years to build. Enjoy free time for lunch in Sinaia then travel to Bucharest.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Bucharest, Radisson Blu Hotel

Day 11: Bucharest
Set out on a guided exploration of Bucharest’s Old City this morning. The area has recently undergone a decade of refurbishments, transforming the city’s historic core into a vibrant, walkable quarter. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the Palace of the Parliament. Started in 1984, and still unfinished, this enormous building was constructed under the command of former dictator Nicolae Ceau?escu and has over 3,000 rooms.

Day 12: Depart Bucharest
Your journey comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport.

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Touring with APT

It’s the extra little things APT think of that make your journey totally unforgettable. Whether it’s the inspirational destinations; eye opening experiences; or the fact that so much is included in the price, rest assured APT takes care of everything.

Learn from expert inside knowledge whilst you explore iconic sites – as well as discovering undiscovered gems at lesser known locations. Experience a new perspective on the world as the sights, sounds and flavours of unfamiliar cultures are vividly brought to life by their hand-picked local guides. And enjoy the unparalleled level of care and attention APT has refined over 90 years of family ownership.

APT offer a choice of Luxury or Essential river cruises and tours (Essential holidays are operated by APT Travelmarvel). There’s so much included from excursions, tipping, port charges and flights. Luxury even includes private home-to-airport  transfers and a range of Signature Experiences, giving you once-in-a-lifetime moments. And because everyone is different, the Freedom of Choice concept allows you to tailor your sightseeing in select locations, your way, at no additional cost.

But it’s the attention to detail in their personal service that truly sets APT apart. Their guests think so too. They’ve given them a 5 star TrustPilot rating.

Delight in every detail. That’s the APT Difference.


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