Journey from Central Europe to the Balkans

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From Budapest to Lake Balaton, embark on a unique cruise to discover the majestic Danube and Sava rivers. Explore Hungary, Croatia, Serbia but also Bosnia through our excursions combining nature and culture. Wander through nature parks, medieval cities and multi-ethnic capitals with a diversity of architectures all along these two magnificent rivers.

Enjoy this fabulous 9-night river cruise onboard the 4* MS Victor Hugo and one night in a hotel near to Lake Balaton.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Budapest
  • Transfer from airport to port
  • 9 nights accommodation on board the MS Victor Hugo
  • Full Board basis – all meals and all drinks including alcoholic
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Refined French cuisine
  • Gala dinner and evening
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Guided Tour of Varazdin
  • Transfer to Lake Balaton
  • One night in a hotel near Balatonfüred, at Lake Balaton
  • Transfer to Budapest airport
  • Flight from Budapest to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person

Itinerary

Day 1 BUDAPEST (HUNGARY)

Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the quay to board the river cruiser. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2 MOHÁCS (HUNGARY) – OSIJEK (CROATIA) – SLAVONIA

We’ll sail and cross the border into Croatia in Mohàcs, passing Batina and the nature park of Kopacki Rit before reaching Osijek. This afternoon, join us for an optional excursion to the Kopacki Rit Nature Park and to Osijek. The nature park, located close to the confluence of the Drava and the Danube, is one of the largest and most attractive preserved wetlands in Europe.

Day 3 OSIJEK – VUKOVAR (CROATIA) – ILOK (CROATIA) – NOVI SAD (SERBIA)

We’ll cruise towards Vukovar, one of the prettiest towns in the Danube Valley. Join us for an optional excursion to the medieval city of Ilok. We’ll return on board and cruise to Novi Sad. Join us for an optional guided visit of Novi Sad: located in the Great Plain, the city is the multi-ethnic capital of Vojvodina. We’ll return on board and cruise to Belgrade.

Day 4 BELGRADE – SREMSKA MITROVICA (SERBIA)

Join us for an optional guided tour of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, the town has created its own cultural identity based on a mix of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. We’ll return on board and cruise towards Sremska Mitrovica. Our cruise will take us along the Sava River, crossing the plain of Vojvodina, a genuine bread basket of Serbia with a mosaic of cultures.

Day 5 SREMSKA MITROVICA (SERBIA) – BRCKO (BOSNIA)

Join us for an optional excursion across Vojvodina: Around the hamlet of Iriski Venac are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries, the chance to discover Serbian art – a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. We’ll return on board and start sailing towards Brcko in Bosnia. Enjoy a traditional folklore evening.

Day 6 BRCKO (BOSNIA) – SLAVONSKI BROD (CROATIA)

We’ll go for a walk in Brcko. The pedestrian main street is lined with buildings in the traditional Austro-Hungarian architectural style crossed with Ottoman influences. It contrasts with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the recent conflicts live side by side with modern constructions. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and cruise towards Slavonski Brod. The Sava River marks the border between Bosnia and Croatia, and we’ll pass through Slavonia, the fertile plain of Croatia, reaching Slavonski Brod in the night.

Day 7 SLAVONSKI BROD (CROATIA) – JASENOVAC (CROATIA)

Join us for a walk through Slavonski Brod. You’ll discover the town center and its main square, the Franciscan church and the Brod Citadel – an imposing construction in Vauban style, built to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invasions. We’ll return on board and cruise to Jasenovac, reaching it in the night. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8 JASENOVAC (CROATIA) – SISAK (CROATIA)

Join us for an excursion to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park: A land much favored by migratory birds when the Lonja floods. Sample regional produce in an authentic Slavonian farm. We’ll cruise towards Sisak.

Day 9 SISAK (CROATIA) – ZAGREB(1) – SISAK

Join us for an optional excursion to Zagreb. The harmonious combination of architecture and green space makes Zagreb a perfect model for a town. Even the cemetery, cultivated like an English landscaped garden, is a comforting place for a pleasant walk. Take a stroll along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. We’ll return on board for our gala dinner and evening.

Day 10 SISAK (CROATIA) – ZAGORJE – LAKE BALATON

We’ll disembark and transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province. Join us for a guided visit of the historic town of Varazdin, a real Baroque gem. Then we’ll continue towards Lake Balaton, a favorite short break destination for Hungarians. We’ll return to our hotel.

Accommodation

9 Nights accommodation aboard MS Victor Hugo, your 4* river cruiser, operated by Croisieurope.

1 night in a hotel near to Balatonfüred at Lake Balaton.

MS Victor Hugo

  • Total capacity : 48

  • Width : 9.5 meters

  • Year of construction : 2000

  • Year of renovation : 2018

  • Numbers of passengers : 96 Passengers

  • Length : 82 meters

LOUNGE BAR WITH DANCEFLOOR

The lounge tastefully decorated has panoramic views and is spanning the bow of the ship. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

RESTAURANT

Located on the upper deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

SUN DECK

Do not miss it to unwind! It is equipped with recliners and deck chairs, so that you can enjoy the best views of your cruise.

FITNESS

Start your day joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.

RECEPTION DESK

Perfect place to meet up with friends before excursions or to ask any information you may need to the staff. The Gift Shop is also located here, you’ll find a wide assortment of souvenirs, CroisiEurope products and post cards.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €250 per person
  • Single Supplement €740
  • Optional Insurance €21 (conditions apply)
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €2,169pp
  Number of nights: 10

27 April 2019 €2,169 Main Deck
27 April 2019 €2,439 Upper Deck

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