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Voyage through the Balkans

On this Danube River Cruise, you’ll enjoy a wide range of scenery, tours and activities. Make the most of Signature Experiences, unique excursions offered exclusively to APT guests.

Explore museums, farms, castles and much more alongside your expert guide. From active bike rides to cooking classes, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into on this APT Touring River Cruise.

Relax after a full day of exploration, recline aboard one of our floating hotels – curated to the highest standard in order to provide comfort, relaxation and entertainment for the weary traveller.

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  • Cruise Line: APT Touring
  • Ship: MS AmaReina + 2 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Apr and Oct (2024)
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Voyage through the Balkans Cruise Itinerary

From expert guides to scenic cruisings – everyone at APT has come together to create a unique itinerary to guide you through your fifteen-day getaway. Enjoy historic monuments, museums, ancient cities and much more.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Arrive in the Hungarian capital and transfer to your luxury river ship.

Day 2


Embark on a city tour of Budapest – view some of its most historic monuments, including the Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square.

Day 3


Choose between excursions to the ancient city of Pecs, Hungary’s renowned wine region in Villany or a guided bike ride along the Danube River to an ancient water mill.

Day 4


Today, your Signature Experience takes you to Eltz Manor, a castle tha houses Vukovar City Museum. Explore the complex, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy some classical music .

Day 5


Visit the Belgrafe fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. If you’re feeling more physical – embark on a kayak tour along the Danube or partake in a Serbian cooking class.

Day 6

Iron Gates

Today, you remain on board as your ship navigates its way through a series of gorges between Serbia and Romania. We’ll cruise through the Iron Gates, giving you a front-row seat to the awe-inspiring natural wonder.

Day 7


Choose between exploring the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo or a walking tour through Rousse – one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities.

Day 8

Giurgiu / Bucharest

This morning, enjoy a walk through the Old City centre to the Royal Court, Stavropoleos Church and the Lipscani district. Visit the Palace of Parliament – the second largest administrative building in the world or wander the open-air Village Museum.

Day 9

Rousse / Veliko Tarnovo

Today, a local expert will guide you through this medieval city. You’ll view the spectacular restored Tsarevets Fortress – citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Day 10

Vidin / Belogradchik

This morning, explore the Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin. Afterwards, travel to Belogradchik to explore its ancient fortress on the northern slope of the Balkan Mountains – you’ll also get a first-hand view of the town’s unique rock formations.

Day 11

Scenic Cruising

Today is yours to relax on board and take in the scenery from aboard your vessel.

Day 12

Novi Sad

Choose to explore Novi Sad or visit a local farmstead for a traditional breakfast, music and freshly made doughnuts.

Day 13

Kalocsa / Puszta

Today’s Signature Experience whisks you away to the Folk Art House, then you’ll visit a producer of one of Hungary’s spiciest exports, Paprika. Afterwards, you’ll continue to a farm in Puszta to enjoy a stellar horse show and authentic Hungarian Lunch.

Day 14


Hike to Gellert Hill, enjoy a relaxed culinary walk through the Great Market Hall or set out on a tour of the Hospital in the Rock.

Day 15

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport to begin your journey home.

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Travel through the Balkans on a one-of-a-kind adventure

14 Nights

Voyage through the Balkans

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Budapest
  • Mohacs
  • Vukovar
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates
  • Rousse
  • Giurgiu / Bucharest
  • Rousse / Veliko Tarnovo
  • Vidin / Belogradchik
  • Scenic Cruising
  • Novi Sad
  • Kalocsa / Puszta
  • Budapest (DISEMBARK)
£4,995pp Est. Price per person
  • MS AmaStella + 2 more

Voyage through the Balkans Cruise Review

“A real highlight of this holiday was the lovely tour guides – informed, funny and personable. They really made the experience for me. All the excursions were lovely; it’s also nice to have a choice between a few options, saves you from stumbling through a long bike ride if you’re not feeling up to it.”

Anya Harris, Cambridge

Voyage through the Balkans FAQ

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

Do I get to control which ship I travel on?

Which member of our Concerto River Ships you travel aboard depends entirely on when you book. However, they’re all equal in terms of comfort, elegance and customer service.

What are Signature Experiences?

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities offered exclusively to APT guests – they’re included in your itinerary.

How many days will be spent entirely on-board?

Days 6 and 11 require you to remain on board. Don’t worry, through – alongside show-stopping views we also host a range of on-board activities for you to get stuck into.

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