Call free on: 0800 471 4754

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 7pm

Coronavirus Update

Call free on: 0800 471 4754

Contact HOLIDAY SEARCH
  • Choose a River

  • Duration

  • Month

  • Year

Best of the Balkans

  • Overview
  • Day by Day
  • See Your Ship
  • Prices & Departures

APT Travelmarvel Best of the Balkans

From £2,595 pp

The Best of the Balkans, sailing down the Danube visiting 15 towns and cultural experiences in Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria.  Visit a local Serbian family at their village home and learn about the daily rituals of traditional farm life and enjoy a traditional horse show with Magyar cowboys in Puszta.

What’s Included:

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK (fight supplements may apply)
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 15 towns, villages and cities
  • Insider Experiences
  • Complimentary soft drink, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board 
  • 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Travelmarvel River Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping

 

Strasbourg,- Le-Petite-France
Day 1 - Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship

Fly into Budapest from the UK.

Arrive at the airport and be transferred to your premium river ship, docked on the Danube River.

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Spend the day exploring the sights of Budapest.

Visit Castle Hill and admire the sweeping views of the Danube, the Houses of Parliament and Margaret Island. See the bridges arching across the inner city, including the iconic Chain Bridge, which is more than 160 years old.

Cross the Danube and take in its historic monuments, such as Heroes’ Square and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and gala Welcome Dinner on board as your ship sets sail, Budapest putting on a show around you.

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Mohács, Pécs

From the sleepy port town of Mohács, history buffs will delight in the chance to travel to the ancient city of Pécs.

As Hungary’s fifth-largest city, this World Heritage site offers plenty in the way of sightseeing.

Be sure to check out the copper domes of the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, as well as the 11th-century Pécs Cathedral.

Day 3 - Mohács, Pécs

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Today, visit the Vukovar City Museum, hidden inside Eltz Manor. Enjoy the chance to wander through the castle complex.

Day 4 - Vukovar

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Belgrade

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.

Insider Experience a traditional Serbian way of living.

Day 5 - Belgrade

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Make sure to have your camera charged and at the ready!

Day 6 - Iron Gates

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Rousse

Go ashore to Rousse, one of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities. 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 Rousse Opera House and Alexander Battenberg Square.

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

Day 7 - Rousse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Giurgiu, Bucharest

Spend the entire day in Bucharest, Romania’s hip capital.

Join a guided tour of the city and take in the wide tree-lined boulevards and belle epoque buildings, then walk through the Old City centre to the Royal Court, Stavropoleos Church and the Lipscani district.

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, or perhaps you would like to wander the open-air Village Museum and gain an insight into traditional Romanian life.

Day 8 -  Giurgiu, Bucharest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi

Today you’ll discover the fortified walls and cobblestone lanes of Veliko Târnovo. With a local expert, be guided through this medieval city and uncover its rich history.

At its centre, see the restored Tsarevets Fortress, citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

After, head to the hilltops to visit Arbanasi, a village brimming with history.

Day 9 - Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Vidin, Belogradchik

Begin your day in Vidin with free time to explore your own way.

Afterwards, you may like to explore Baba Vida Fortress, a medieval castle which dates back to the 10th century.

Afterwards, head to Belogradchik to visit its ancient fortress on the northern side of the Balkan Mountains.

While you’re here, see the town’s unique rock formations.

Day 10 - Vidin, Belogradchik

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Scenic Cruising

The day is yours to spend on board.

Take it easy and relax, taking in postcard-perfect views from the Sun Deck.

Day 11 - Scenic Cruising

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Novi Sad

Get out and explore Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city, on a guided tour.

Afterwards, spend your free time relaxing, or perhaps visit Petrovaradin Fortress and check out its catacombs.

Day 12 - Novi Sad

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Kalocsa, Puszta

Get to know Hungary’s oldest town, Kalocsa, set right on the Danube.

The town is best known for its vibrant paprika festival as well as traditional folk art and local handicrafts.

Afterwards, head to Puszta for your Insider Experience.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE In Puszta, enjoy a traditional horse show featuring Magyar cowboys and fine equestrian skills.

Day 13 - Kalocsa, Puszta

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Budapest

Return to Budapest, where you will spend the day your own way.

You may wish to visit the Hospital in the Rock.

Day 14 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

Disembark your ship this morning and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Breakfast

APT Travelmarvel Polaris Exterior ARTIST IMPRESSION

The new Travelmarvel Polaris, due to launch in April 2020 will feature a stylish restaurant on the Main Deck and Vista Lounge on the Upper Deck, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

The Alfresco Lounge will boast bi-folding windows opening out onto a front veranda, allowing uninterrupted airflow and outdoor access. McGeary’s Bar will offer a casual dining and social area, where you can enjoy hearty pub-style meals.

The 91 spacious staterooms and suites, ranging from 153 sq.ft to the Owners Suite’s 258 sq.ft in size, will feature a host of superior inclusions such as recessed blackout blinds, ensuring the perfect night’s sleep.  Suites and French Balcony Cabins on the Middle and Upper decks suites will feature wide horizontal electric windows to create a French style balcony when lowered, making the most of cabin space no matter the weather.

The Top Deck will have a rooftop bar, terrace garden and heated whirlpool will make the most of the outdoor spaces and offer stunning views of the surrounding areas.

APT Travelmarvel Polaris - Lounge area ARTIST IMPRESSION

Artists impressions of the New Travelmarvel Polaris are provided for guidance.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 87 comfortable outside cabins and  suites, most with opening floor to ceiling windows and french Balcony
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views, shaded sitting area, Putting Green & whirl pool
  • Open seating Restaurant with tables for 4 to 8 guests
  • Vista and Alfresco lounge and bar’s with panoramic windows
  • McGeary’s Bar offering Drinks and pub style meals
  • Lift from lower to upper decks
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

87 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 153 – 258 ft² .  Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.      

Owners Suite

258 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling window dropping down to a French balcony with two chairs and a table
  • Enhanced sitting area with sofa and armchair
  • Mini Bar
  • Larger private bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products and fluffy bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat P, A & A+

167 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling window dropping down to a French balcony 
  • Bathroom with fluffy bathrobes
  • Mini Bar
  • Private bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style Queen beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat B+, B & C

167 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure 
  • Hotel Queen size beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat D & E

153 ft² –  Lower Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel Queen size beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

APT Travelmarvel Polaris Exterior ARTIST IMPRESSION

The new Travelmarvel Vega, due to launch in 2021 will feature a stylish restaurant on the Main Deck and Vista Lounge on the Upper Deck, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

The Alfresco Lounge will boast bi-folding windows opening out onto a front veranda, allowing uninterrupted airflow and outdoor access. McGeary’s Bar will offer a casual dining and social area, where you can enjoy hearty pub-style meals.

The 91 spacious staterooms and suites, ranging from 153 sq.ft to the Owners Suite’s 258 sq.ft in size, will feature a host of superior inclusions such as recessed blackout blinds, ensuring the perfect night’s sleep.  Suites and French Balcony Cabins on the Middle and Upper decks suites will feature wide horizontal electric windows to create a French style balcony when lowered, making the most of cabin space no matter the weather.

The Top Deck will have a rooftop bar, terrace garden and heated whirlpool will make the most of the outdoor spaces and offer stunning views of the surrounding areas.

APT Travelmarvel Polaris - Lounge area ARTIST IMPRESSION

Artists impressions of the New Travelmarvel Vega are provided for guidance.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 87 comfortable outside cabins and  suites, most with opening floor to ceiling windows and french Balcony
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views, shaded sitting area, Putting Green & whirl pool
  • Open seating Restaurant with tables for 4 to 8 guests
  • Vista and Alfresco lounge and bar’s with panoramic windows
  • McGeary’s Bar offering Drinks and pub style meals
  • Lift from lower to upper decks
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

87 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 153 – 258 ft² .  Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.      

Owners Suite

258 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling window dropping down to a French balcony with two chairs and a table
  • Enhanced sitting area with sofa and armchair
  • Mini Bar
  • Larger private bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products and fluffy bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
APT Travelmarvel Polaris - Suite ARTIST IMPRESSION
APT Travelmarvel Polaris - French Balcony Cabins C B B+ A A+ P ARTIST IMPRESSION

Cat P, A & A+

167 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling window dropping down to a French balcony 
  • Bathroom with fluffy bathrobes
  • Mini Bar
  • Private bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style Queen beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat B+, B & C

167 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure 
  • Hotel Queen size beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

APT Travelmarvel Polaris - French Balcony Cabins C B B+ A A+ P ARTIST IMPRESSION

Cat D & E

153 ft² –  Lower Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel Queen size beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • In room safe, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen HD television
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 12ContemporaryBudapest£2795SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck153 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Out  
Cat DLower Deck153 ft², Fixed Windows£2795 Was £3795  
Cat CMiddle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3145 Was £4145  
Cat BMiddle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3245 Was £4245  
Cat B+Middle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3295 Was £4295  
Cat AUpper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3395 Was £4395  
Cat A+Upper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3495 Was £4495  
Cat PUpper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£4545 Was £4545  
Owner's SuiteUpper Deck258 ft², French Balcony£4895 Was £4895  
Apr 15ContemporaryBudapest£2795SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck153 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Out  
Cat DLower Deck153 ft², Fixed Windows£2795 Was £3795  
Cat CMiddle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3145 Was £4145  
Cat BMiddle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3245 Was £4245  
Cat B+Middle Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3295 Was £4295  
Cat AUpper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3395 Was £4395  
Cat A+Upper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£3495 Was £4495  
Cat PUpper Deck167 ft², French Balcony£4545 Was £4545  
Owner's SuiteUpper Deck258 ft², French Balcony£4895 Was £4895  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Clients who viewed this cruise also viewed

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of cruises and information?

Don’t get lost and frustrated on the internet.  We are here to help.  Just ask us to recommend the best cruises for your requirements.  It’s what we do and it will cost you no more than going direct.

Whether a couple, a group, a seasoned cruiser or new to travelling solo, we treat all our customers how we’d like to be treated ourselves and nothing less will do.

Our advice is free and we don’t charge any booking fees.

All the holidays we sell with flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

Call us on 0800 471 4754