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Balkan Gems

Spend a week cruising through the Balkans down the Danube on an 8-day APT Touring River Cruise itinerary from Budapest to Bucharest.

Enjoy an itinerary designed to help you make the most of the highlights of your journey, from scenic sailings and kayak tours to wine tastings and city museums.

Sit back and enjoy the passing scenery aboard either the MS AmaKristina or MS AmaStella, complete with outdoor balconies and panoramic views so that you’ll never miss a moment of beauty aboard your Danube River Cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: APT Touring
  • Ship: MS AmaKristina / MS AmaStella
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr and Oct
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Balkan Gems Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy an expertly-crafted itinerary, designed to conduct you down the Danube from Budapest to Bucharest. You’ll have access to a choice from multiple excursions each day, ranging from cooking classes to active kayak tours.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Fly into Budapest – from there you’ll be whisked away onto your luxury river ship.

Day 2


Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest including the Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. Your afternoon is free to explore at your leisure.

Day 3


Venture to the ancient city of Pecs, travel to Villany for a tasting at a local winery or get active on a guided bike ride along the Danube to an ancient water mill.

Day 4


Pay a visit to Eltz Manor – a castle housing Vukovar City Museum. Wander through the complex and enjoy some sparkling wine accompanied by classical music.

Day 5


See the Belgrade Fortress and Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. Alternatively, enjoy a kayak tour down the Danube or partake in a cooking class.

Day 6

Iron Gates

Today, you’ll enjoy scenic cruising through the Iron Gates as your shop navigates through a series of gorges between Serbia and Romania.

Day 7


Explore the UNESCO-designated Churches of Ivanovo or discover Rousse on a charming walking tour.

Day 8

Bucharest (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship in Giurgiu and transfer to Bucharest airport to begin your journey home.

Balkan Gems Cruise Ships

MS AmaStella

Part of a symphony of stylish river cruisers, the AmaStella offers luxury staterooms and guest suites and APT’s signature Twin Balcony concept. Enjoy the spectacular Sun Deck for socialising, activities, or relaxation, and always with a river view.

Open Kitchen Restaurant
Wellness Centre
Home Port Basel

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Continue cruising through the Balkans

7 Nights

Balkan Gems

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Budapest
  • Mohacs
  • Vukovar
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates
  • Rousse
  • Bucharest (DISEMBARK)
£2,945pp Est. Price per person
  • MS AmaKristina / MS AmaStella  

Balkan Gems Cruise Review

“A perfect week filled with pleasant excursions and a wonderful on-board experience. High quality organisation when it came to tours, room service and meals.”

Kenny Jones, Birmingham

Balkan Gems FAQ

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

What ships are available for this cruise?

For this Balkan Gems getaway, you’ll travel aboard either the MS AmaKristina or MS AmaStella.

What kind of excursions are available?

On this adventure, you’ll enjoy freedom of choice between multiple daily excursions, scenic cruisings and a plethora of free time to explore under your own steam.

Will there be any days dedicated to scenic sailings?

Yes, Day 6 is dedicated to scenic sailing through the Iron Gates.

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