Balkan Jewels

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Includes return flights from the UK. Descend into Eastern Europe, discovering the towns and cities along the Danube River with absolute ease from aboard your river ship. Glide through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, disembarking each day to enjoy the sights.

  • Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, where the Danube narrows as it winds between Serbia and Romania.
  • Medieval history abounds in Veliko Tarnovo as you admire its fortified walls and cobblestone lanes.
  • Enjoy the Hungarian culture and local handicrafts as you travel along the Danube river.
  • Europe
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
Tour Types
  • Cultural
  • River Cruise
  • Scenic
  • Singles
  • History
  • Luxury
  • Cruise
Day 1: Arrive Bucharest, Giurgiu, Embark Ship

On arrival into Bucharest, we will take you straight to your ship docked in Giurgiu. You’ll have time to unpack, relax and get acquainted with your ship.

Day 2: Rousse, Veliko Târnovo, Svishtov

Decide how you spend today, with a choice between two experiences.

Day 3: Vidin, Belogradchik

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.

Day 4: Iron Gates

Today, cruise through the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the Iron Gates, where you will see the towering rock sculpture of Decebalus.

Day 5: Novi Sad, Ilok, Vukovar

In Novi Sad, explore the city on a walking tour or take a guided bike ride.

Day 6: Kalocsa, Puszta

See local handicrafts and porcelain at the Folk Art House, and visit a paprika manufacturer – a famous export of the region. Later, visit a farm in Puszta for a traditional horse riding show followed by lunch. Here, watch as talented horsemen make their horses drop to the floor, sit on command and gallop around the ring, before completing their signature move the ‘Puszta-5’ – in which a single horseman controls a team of five horses, all whilst standing on the backs of the rear two.

Day 7: Budapest

Discover Budapest your way thanks to a selection of Freedom of Choice experiences.

Day 8: Budapest

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

Dates Price Single Availability
17-May-2021 for 7 Nights Flight Included On Request
06-Oct-2021 for 7 Nights Flight Included On Request
03-Nov-2021 for 7 Nights Flight Included On Request

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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