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Balkan Discovery

Join this discovery adventure down the Danube, on a unique Danube River Cruise itinerary spanning 9 days. Travel from Budapest to Bucharest on a customisable getaway where you can control the adventure.

Customise your holiday by choosing from a selection of excursions offered each day. On-board activities, guided tours, tastings and more will all be made available to you.

Climb aboard any member of our Danube fleet for the signature Avalon Waterways River Cruise experience, complete with elegant design, open-air balconies, spacious common areas and contemporary decor elements.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon View + 3 more
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Oct
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Balkan Discovery Cruise Itinerary

From Budapest to Bucharest – enjoy a show stopping itinerary spanning 9 days. Sail, tour and taste your way through a variety of venues and scenery down the Danube river.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Arrive in Hungary and board your suite ship by 5pm.

Day 2


Explore Mohacs by foot with your adventure host, join a guided sightseeing tour or take a guided tour of Pecs to its 4th century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO-designated site.

Day 3

Ilok / Novi Sad

This morning, join a guided tour of Ilok before enjoying a brief lunchtime cruise to Novi Sad. Upon arrival, embark on a walk around town with your Adventure Host or a guided tour.

Day 4


Discover Belgrade’s central walkway with your Adventure Host, join a guided sightseeing tour or attend an on-board lecture. This evening, you may opt to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Diner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

Day 5

Golubac / Donji Milanovac (excursion to Lepenski Vir)

Today, visit the Fortress of Golubac or join a guided tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir.
This afternoon, we’ll sail through the scenic Iron Gates Gorge.

Day 6


Join your Adventure Host for a bike ride around town, embark on a guided sightseeing tour to the Baba Vida Fortress followed by a tour of Belogradchik or enjoy a wine tour with tasting.

Day 7

Rousse (excursions to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi)

Explore Rousse’s old town by bike with your Adventure Host, join a full-day guided tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo or join a guided sightseeing tour to Bulgaria’s largest inland port with the Holy Trinity Church.

Day 8

Oltenita / Bucharest (DISEMBARK)

Today, you’ll take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city – including the Royal Palace Square.

Day 9


Your getaway ends after breakfast this morning.

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8 Nights

Balkan Discovery

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Mohacs
  • Ilok / Novi Sad
  • Belgrade
  • Golubac / Donji Milanovac (excursion to Lepenski Vir)
  • Vidin
  • Rousse (excursions to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi)
  • Oltenita / Bucharest (DISEMBARK)
  • Bucharest
£2,455pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon View + 3 more

Balkan Discovery Cruise Review

“My suite was of excellent quality – lots of space and storage. Everything I expected from Avalon Waterways. I also really enjoyed the itinerary’s selection of tours.”

Ella Powell, Bury

Balkan Discovery FAQ

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

What features can I expect from my suite?

During your travels, you’ll enjoy spacious living quarters, open-air balconies and an elegant, contemporary design.

How many countries does this cruise travel through?

This Balkan Discovery cruise takes you through 5 countries in total; Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

What kind of excursions will be available?

Enjoy scenic sailings, guided tours, tastings and much more during your adventure.

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