Best of the Balkans River Cruise - JWT Travel

Best of the Balkans River Cruise

New
  • 29 April 2025
  • 7 Nights
  • From 1945pp Per Person
  • Travelmarvel river ship
Cruise the Balkans from Budapest to Bucharest aboard your Travelmarvel river ship on a remarkable adventure to the Best of the Balkans River Cruise.

Your Balkan adventure starts in Budapest, sailing across the Danube and visiting Mohacs, the ancient city of Pecs, Vukovar city in Croatia, Belgrade in Serbia, as well as cruising through the Iron Gates, a spectacular series of gorges that connects Serbia and Romania; the city of Ruse in Bulgaria and Giurgiu and Bucharest, Romania.

Life-enriching, relaxing and unique – a Travel Marvel river cruise is the ultimate holiday experience. Discover unforgettable destinations as you travel in total comfort and style. Wake up each morning in a new location, ready to explore new sights.

Departures from April to August 2025 now on sale.

*EARLY BOOKING OFFER SAVE €500* PER PERSON

Talk to the JWT Cruises experts to book your place on the Best of the Balkans River Cruise.

Best of the Balkans River Cruise

Cruise the Balkans from Budapest to Bucharest aboard your Travelmarvel river ship on a remarkable adventure to the Best of the Balkans River Cruise.

Your Balkan adventure starts in Budapest, sailing across the Danube and visiting Mohacs, the ancient city of Pecs, Vukovar city in Croatia, Belgrade in Serbia, as well as cruising through the Iron Gates, a spectacular series of gorges that connects Serbia and Romania; the city of Ruse in Bulgaria and Giurgiu and Bucharest, Romania.

Life-enriching, relaxing and unique – a Travel Marvel river cruise is the ultimate holiday experience. Discover unforgettable destinations as you travel in total comfort and style. Wake up each morning in a new location, ready to explore new sights.

Departures from April to August 2025 now on sale.

*EARLY BOOKING OFFER SAVE €500* PER PERSON

Talk to the JWT Cruises experts to book your place on the Best of the Balkans River Cruise.

Itinerary

Best of the Balkans River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship

Welcome to Budapest, the historic Hungarian capital. Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you’ll be transferred to your river ship, docked on the Danube River.

Day 2 – Budapest

Spend the day exploring the sights of Budapest. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional tour to discover the Hospital in the Rock Bunker Museum. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board as your ship sets sail, Budapest’s monuments twinkling around you.

Day 3 – Mohacs, Pecs

From the sleepy port town of Mohacs, history buffs will delight in the chance to travel to the ancient city of Pecs. As Hungary’s fifth-largest city, this World Heritage site offers plenty in way of sightseeing. Be sure to check out the copper domes of the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, as well as the 11th-century Pecs Cathedral.

Day 4 –  Vukovar

Following the Croatian War of Independence, Vukovar’s economy, infrastructure and culture were in disarray. However, today you will see the efforts taken to restore this city to its former glory. Visit the Vukovar City Museum, hidden inside Eltz Manor and enjoy the chance to wander through the castle complex.

Day 5 – Belgrade

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a local family’s village, taking a tour of their home and barn to meet the resident farm animals. Stroll through the family’s fruit orchards to learn about the brewing process of ‘slivovitz’. This plum brandy is the national drink of choice.

In Serbia’s capital, join a guided tour through the city. Perhaps see the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. Experience a traditional Serbian way of living during your Insider Experience today.

Day 6 – Iron Gates

Get ready to witness nature at its finest today as your ship cruises through the Iron Gates. This spectacular series of gorges connects Serbia and Romania and makes for an out-of-this-world cruising experience.

Day 7 – Ruse

Go ashore to Ruse, an elegant Bulgarian city. Join a walking tour and admire the belle epoque architecture and manicured garden squares, which are reminiscent of Vienna. You’ll also pass by Liberty Square, the courthouse, the Ruse Opera House and Alexander Battenberg Square.

The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit the Regional Museum of History, the National Transport Museum, or the ancient castle ruins of Sexaginta Prista Fortress.

Day 8 – Giurgiu, Depart Bucharest

After breakfast, disembark your ship and be transferred to Bucharest airport for your flight.

  • Seven nights cruising on a  Travelmarvel river ship with the services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director and local guides
  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Learn about life in Serbia during a visit to a local family’s village and fruit orchard in Belgrade
  • Onboard water stations, plus tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore 5 towns, villages and cities
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates, one of the most spectacular natural sights along the Danube River
  • Itinerary, inclusions and pricing are subject to change
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights are not included unless specified
  • Subject to availability
  • T&C’s apply

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