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.
THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE
- All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
- Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
- Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
- Headsets are included for excursions
- Official welcome from the captain and crew
- Onboard activities
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees included
- Prepaid Classic Sightseeing package
2-DAY/1-NIGHT EXTENSION INCLUDED
- Lake Balaton and Varazdin
- Including a visit to the Tihany Peninsula,
- One night's accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Balatonfüred & visit to Varazdin
- The contrasting capitals of Belgrade and Zagreb
- Lonjsko Polje & Kopacki Rit Nature Parks
- The Petrovaradin Fortress Osijek
- The medieval city of Ilok & the Djakovo Stud Farms
- Novi Sad
- The Orthodox monastery of Krusedol and Sremski Karlovci
Day 1: Budapest (Hungary)
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Day 2: MohãCs (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 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 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 a 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 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 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 favourite short break destination for Hungarians. We'll return to our hotel.
Day 11: Lake Balaton - Budapest
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll set out for a guided tour of Tihany. This peninsula is truly captivating and you'll be charmed by its beautiful setting and its baroque Benedictine abbey. Enjoy time at leisure. Afterwards, you'll be transferred to Budapest, stopping for lunch along the way. We'll reach Budapest in the beginning of the afternoon. End of our services.
- Transfer from Budapest airport/port on D1
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower and bathroom
- Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Onboard entertainment
- Gala dinner
- Transfers by coach on D10 and D11
- Services of a tour guide on D10 and D11
- Accommodation at a 3-star hotel in or near Balatonfüred
- All port fees
- Prepaid classic sightseeing package.
- Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Lunch on D11
- Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
- Personal expenses.
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