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Through Central Europe and the Balkans - Lake Balaton, the Sava & the Danube 2018

11 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: BUDAPEST - LAKE BALATON (Hungary)
Upon arrival in Budapest, you will be transferred by coach to Lake Balaton, a favorite short-vacation destination for Hungarians. Join us for a guided tour of Tihany, a popular recreational area with beaches on its eastern and western coasts. After some free time on your own, we’ll head for Balatonfüred, one of the oldest health resorts on the northern shores of the lake. We’ll spend the night at the hotel.

DAY 2: LAKE BALATON - VARAZDIN - SISAK (Croatia)
You’ll be transferred by coach to Vara?din for a tour of the town. After lunch, we’ll continue to Sisak, arriving in the late afternoon. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner tonight will be followed by an evening of entertainment.

DAY 3: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGREB - SISAK
Join us for a full-day excursion to Zagreb. The harmonious combination of architecture and green space makes Zagreb a perfect model for a town. Even the cemetery, cultivated like an English landscaped garden, is a comforting place for a pleasant walk. Take a stroll along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. Afterwards, we'll return on board.

DAY 4: SISAK - JASENOVAC (Croatia)
We’ll cruise to Jasenovac and visit the Lonjsko Polje protected wetland. We’ll also have a taste of some regional products at an authentically decorated Slovenian farm. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 5: JASENOVAC - SLAVONSKI BROD
We’ll cruise to Slavonski Brod, dominated by the Brod Citadel, built in the 18th century to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invasions. Next, we'll set off by coach for our excursion through the green and “Fertile Plains of Slavonia.” We’ll continue on to the village of Stara Kapela. We’ll be welcomed by the local villagers and invited to sample their specialties while listening to traditional music. We'll return on board after our tour.

DAY 6: SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia) - BRCKO (Bosnia)
We'll cruise towards Brcko in Bosnia. Today, enjoy a stroll through Br?ko. The pedestrian street, lined with traditional buildings, contrasts with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the recent conflicts live side by side with modern constructions. We’ll enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

DAY 7: BRCKO (Bosnia) - SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia)
We’ll cruise to Sremska Mitrovica. Join us for an excursion across the Vojvodina. There are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries and we’ll have the opportunity to absorb Serbian art - a mix of Byzantine and Baroque styles. We’ll continue to Sremski Karlovci, a peaceful little town of some 9,000 inhabitants on the banks of the Danube. Enjoy a stroll through Sremska Mitrovica.

DAY 8: SREMSKA MITROVICA - BELGRADE (Serbia)
We’ll cruise towards Belgrade. Once we arrive, join us for a guided tour of the city, the cradle of the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. We’ll enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment. Our ship will begin to cruise to Novi Sad.

DAY 9: NOVI SAD (Serbia) - ILOK (Croatia) - VUKOVAR (Croatia)
Join us for a guided tour of Novi Sad, the industrial and financial center of the Serbian economy and a major cultural center. We’ll then cruise to Ilok for our excursion to the medieval cities of Ilok and Vukovar. We’ll return on board and cruise towards Osijek, reaching it during the night.

DAY 10: OSIJEK (Croatia) - MOHACS (Hungary)
Join us for an excursion to Osijek and the Kopacki Rit nature park, one of the largest and most attractive marshes in Europe. We'll then be transferred to Mohacs and cruise towards Budapest. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.

DAY 11: BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking towards the end of the morning. Transfer by coach to the airport. End of our services. 

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • The contrasting capitals of Belgrade and Zagreb
  • Vukovar and the medieval city of Ilok
  • Kopacki Rit Nature Park and Osijek
All This Included
  • Coach transfers on D1 and 2 and to Budapest airport on D11
  • Services of a guide on D1 and D2
  • Guided visit of Varazdin and Tihany
  • Lunch in Varazdin
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Balatonfüred or the surrounding area
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner on D2 to breakfast on D11
  • Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the ship
  • Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Gala dinner
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Excursion to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
  • Traditional evenings in Brcko and Belgrade
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Victor Hugo
Balaton: to be determined

Notes
  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • You must have a valid passport to travel. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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