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A Journey between Central Europe and the Balkans 2018

11 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Transfer by coach to the port. 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 before dinner. Departure of the cruise.

DAY 2: MOHACS (Hungary) - OSIJEK (Croatia)
We'll sail and cross the border into Croatia in Mohàcs, passing Batina and the nature park of Kopacki Rit before reaching Osijek. This afternoon, join us for an excursion to the Kopacki Rit Nature Park and to Osijek. The nature park, located close to the confluence of the Drava and the Danube, is one of the largest and most attractive preserved wetlands in Europe. We'll return on board after our tours.

DAY 3: OSIJEK - VUKOVAR (Croatia) - ILOK (Croatia) - NOVI SAD (Serbia)
We'll cruise towards Vukovar, one of the prettiest towns in the Danube Valley. Join us for an excursion to Vukovar and the medieval city of Ilok. We'll return on board and cruise to Novi Sad. Visit of Novi Sad: located in the Great Plain, the city is the multi-ethnic capital of Vojvodina. We'll return on board and cruise to Belgrade.

DAY 4: BELGRADE - SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia)
Guided tour of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, the town has created its own cultural identity based on a mix of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. We'll return on board and cruise towards Sremska Mitrovica. Our cruise will take us along the Sava River, crossing the plain of Vojvodina, a genuine bread basket of Serbia with a mosaic of cultures.

DAY 5: SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia) - BRCKO (Bosnia)
Join us for an excursion across Vojvodina: Around the hamlet of Iriski Venac are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries, the chance to discover Serbian art - a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. We'll return on board and start sailing towards Brcko in Bosnia. Enjoy a traditional folklore evening.

DAY 6: BRCKO (Bosnia) - SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia)
We'll go for a walk in Brcko. The pedestrian main street is lined with buildings in the traditional Austro-Hungarian architectural style crossed with Ottoman influences. It contrasts with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the recent conflicts live side by side with modern constructions. Afterwards, we'll return on board and cruise towards Slavonski Brod. The Sava River marks the border between Bosnia and Croatia, and we'll pass through Slavonia, the fertile plain of Croatia, reaching Slavonski Brod in the night.

DAY 7: SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia) - JASENOVAC (Croatia)
Join us for a guided walking tour of Slavonski Brod. You'll discover the town center and its main square, the Franciscan church and the Brod Citadel - an imposing construction in Vauban style, built to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invasions. We'll return on board and cruise to Jasenovac, reaching it in the night. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 8: JASENOVAC (Croatia) - SISAK (Croatia)
Join us for an excursion to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park: A land much favored by migratory birds when the Lonja floods. Sample regional produce in an authentic Slavonian farm. We'll cruise towards Sisak.

DAY 9: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGREB (5) - SISAK
Join us for an 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. We'll return on board for our gala dinner and evening.

DAY 10: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGORJE - LAKE BALATON
We'll disembark and transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province. Join us for a guided visit of the historic town of Varazdin, a real Baroque gem. Then we'll continue towards Lake Balaton, a favorite short break destination for Hungarians. We'll return to our hotel.

DAY 11: LAKE BALATON - BUDAPEST
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll set out for a guided visit of Tihany. This peninsula is truly captivating and you'll be charmed by its beautiful setting and its baroque Benedictine abbey. Enjoy time at leisure. Afterwards, you'll be transferred to Budapest, stopping for lunch along the way. We'll reach Budapest in the beginning of the afternoon. End of our services.

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Kopacki Rit Nature Park and Osijek
  • Vukovar and the medieval city of Ilok
  • The contrasting capitals of Belgrade and Zagreb
All This Included
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on the D11
  • Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Onboard entertainment, the gala dinner and evening
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • The excursions mentioned in the program
  • The traditional evening in Brcko
  • Transfers by coach on D10 and 11
  • The services of a tour leader during D10 and 11
  • Guided visit of Varazdin and Tihany
  • Lunch in Varazdin
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in or near Balatonfüred
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Victor Hugo
Lake 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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