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Balkan Adventure

Discover the far reaches of the Danube on an exciting Balkan Adventure. This cruise explores the three capital cities of Budapest, Belgrade, and Bucharest, plus a host of other historic and scenic landmarks.

Insightful guided tours are complemented by plenty of free time to explore and discover this fascinating stretch of the river. Uncover new cultures and see the impact of the political and military events of the 20th-century.

Sail in style on an elegant Travelmarvel river ship with luxury suites and staterooms, boutique-hotel style décor, and award-winning dining. Enjoy the comfort of lavish surroundings, making river time as memorable as shore excursions.

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  • Cruise Line: APT Touring
  • Ship: Travelmarvel River Ships
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Aug 2025
£2,195pp
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Balkan Adventure Cruise Itinerary

Explore the far reaches of the famous Danube River on this 7-night cruise, which visits the historic and scenic Balkans. Tour three capital cities, picturesque towns, and villages and sail through the iconic Iron Gate gorges. Informative and insightful shore excursions with plenty of free time to explore partner perfect leisure and relaxation on board an elegant river ship. Enjoy beautifully appointed and stylish suites and staterooms, luxury amenities, and award-winning dining.

Day 1

Budapest

Fly from the UK to Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant and historic capital. Transfer to your luxury river ship moored on the Danube River.

Day 2

Budapest

Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Budapest, crammed with centuries of different architecture, including Art Nouveau and the iconic bathhouses fed by mineral-rich hot springs. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome dinner on board ship.

Day 3

Mohacs, Pecs

Mohacs is a peaceful port on the Danube with huge historical significance due to its location. Later, travel to Pecs, Hungary’s fifth-largest city and a World Heritage site. Don’t miss the 11th-century cathedral and the Mosque of Pasha Qasim.

Day 4

Vukovar

Vukovar is a city in transition following the Croatian War of Independence; however, it is being restored to its former glory. Visit the Vukovar City Museum, which charts this incredible journey, and take a stroll through the stunning castle complex.

Day 5

Belgrade

Explore Belgrade on a guided tour including the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava and the Belgrade Fortress. Today’s Insider Experience takes guests to the home of a local rural family in the village of Jarak.

Day 6

Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is a spectacular series of gorges that connect Serbia to Romania and a Balkan cruise highlight. One of Europe’s most important archaeological features, don’t miss the magnificent face of the Dacian Chief, Decebalus.

Day 7

Ruse

Admire the stylish Belle Epoque architecture on a walking tour of Ruse, an elegant Bulgarian city with beautiful garden squares to rival the finest European capitals. Visit Liberty Square and the Opera House with the afternoon free to explore.

Day 8

Giurgiu, Disembark Ship, Depart Bucharest

Disembark in Giurgiu and transfer to Bucharest airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Day 1

Bucharest / Giurgiu (EMBARK)

Fly from the UK to Bucharest, Romania’s capital and commercial center. Transfer to your luxury river ship moored on the Danube River.

Day 2

Ruse

Admire the stylish Belle Epoque architecture on a walking tour of Ruse, an elegant Bulgarian city with beautiful garden squares to rival the finest European capitals. Visit Liberty Square and the Opera House with the afternoon free to explore.

Day 3

Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is a spectacular series of gorges that connect Serbia to Romania and a Balkan cruise highlight. One of Europe’s most important archaeological features, don’t miss the magnificent face of the Dacian Chief, Decebalus.

Day 4

Belgrade

Explore Belgrade on a guided tour including the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava and the Belgrade Fortress. Today’s Insider Experience takes guests to the home of a local rural family in the village of Jarak.

Day 5

Vukovar

Vukovar is a city in transition following the Croatian War of Independence; however, it is being restored to its former glory. Visit the Vukovar City Museum, which charts this incredible journey, and take a stroll through the stunning castle complex.

Day 6

Mohacs, Pecs

Mohacs is a peaceful port on the Danube with huge historical significance due to its location. Later, travel to Pecs, Hungary’s fifth-largest city and a World Heritage site. Don’t miss the 11th-century cathedral and the Mosque of Pasha Qasim.

Day 7

Budapest

Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Budapest, crammed with centuries of different architecture, including Art Nouveau and the iconic bathhouses fed by mineral-rich hot springs. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome dinner on board ship.

Day 8

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

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Explore the historical cities of the Danube with APT

7 Nights
Apr - Aug 2025

Balkan Adventure

  • Belgrade
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Iron Gates
  • Mohacs
  • Pecs
  • Vukovar
£2,195pp Est. Price per person
  • Travelmarvel Polaris + 2 more  

Balkan Adventure Cruise Review

“A very well organised tour with plenty of interesting excursions included—great attention to customer comfort and abilities. The food was wonderful, with excellent choices and very much orientated towards local ingredients, although there was always a burger and chips available if you wanted it. The boat accommodation was excellent, and the local guides gave great insight into the history and culture of each country. It was so good that we would certainly use this company again.”

Margaret Combes

Balkan Adventure FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Which visas do I need?

When you make your reservation, our helpful bookings team can tell you which visas you’ll need based on your cruise transit locations and destinations. Always apply well before your cruise departure date – we recommend three to four months in case of delays. However, for some destinations, you may need to apply six months ahead of your holiday. If you need a letter confirming your holiday details to accompany a visa application, your booking representative can provide this.

When will I receive my travel documents?

Your travel documents are sent electronically on average two to three weeks before your cruise date. Always check the details carefully. We may ask for some last-minute information and if we do, you can provide this by email or telephone.

I am flying in for a few extra days in the departure location before my cruise. How do I meet the travel representative?

If you are already in the cruise departure location, we will email you with a time and venue to meet your tour group.

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