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A Journey between Central Europe and the Balkans

11 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Boarding in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Beginning of the cruise.

DAY 2: MOHACS (Hungary) - OSIJEK (Croatia)
Full board on board. We'll sail and cross the border into Croatia at Mohàcs, passing Batina and the natural park of Kopacki Rit before arriving in Osijek. Afternoon, 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. Return on board. Overnight.

DAY 3: OSIJEK - VUKOVAR (Croatia) - ILOK (Croatia) - NOVI SAD (Serbia)
Full board on board. Cruise towards Vukovar, one of the prettiest towns in the Danube Valley. Excursion to Vukovar and the medieval city of Ilok. 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. Return on board and cruise to Belgrade.

Full board on board. Guided visit 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. Return on board and cruise towards Sremska Mitrovica. Cruise along the Sava River, crossing the plain of Vojvodina, a genuine bread basket of Serbia with a mosaic of cultures. Overnight in Sremska Mitrovica.

Full board on board. Excursion “across Vojvodina”: around the hamlet of Iriski Venac there are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries, the chance to discover Serbian art - a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. Return on board and sailing towards Brcko in Bosnia. Folklore evening on board - a chance to appreciate the musical and folk traditions of Bosnia.

DAY 6: BRCKO (Bosnia) - SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia)
Full board on board. 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. 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. Arrival in Slavonski Brod in the night.

Full board on board. 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. Return on board and cruise to Jasenovac. Arrival in the night. Evening of entertainment.

DAY 8: JASENOVAC (Croatia) - SISAK (Croatia)
Full board on board. 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. Cruise towards Sisak.

DAY 9: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGREB (5) - SISAK
Full board on board. 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 walk along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. Return on board. Gala evening.

Full board on board. We'll disembark and transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province. 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. Overnight in your hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Guided visit of Tihany. This peninsula is truly captivating and you'll be charmed by its beautiful setting and its baroque Benedictine abbey. Free time. Transfer to Budapest. Free lunch. Arrival in Budapest in the beginning of the afternoon. End of our services. 

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • The contrasting capitals of Belgrade and Zagreb
  • Lonjsko Polje & Kopacki Rit Nature Parks
  • The Orthodox monastery of Krusedol and Sremski Karlovci
  • Novi Sad and the Petrovaradin Fortress Osijek
  • The medieval city of Ilok & the Djakovo Stud Farms
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
  • 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.
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