An original eleven-day trip including a ten-day cruise
Hungary - Serbia - Bosnia - Croatia
The majestic Danube, authentic Sava and Lake Balaton
DAY 1: BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Boarding in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Beginning of the cruise.
DAY 2: MOHACS (Hungary) - OSIJEK (Croatia) - Slavonia
Full board on board. We'll sail and cross the border into Croatia at Mohàcs, passing Batina and the natural park of Kopacki Rit before arriving in Osijek. Afternoon, 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. Return on board. Overnight.
DAY 3: OSIJEK - VUKOVAR (Croatia) - ILOK (Croatia) - NOVI SAD (Serbia)
Full board on board. Cruise towards Vukovar, one of the prettiest towns in the Danube Valley. Excursion to Vukovar and the medieval city of Ilok. Return on board and cruise to Novi Sad. Visit of Novi Sad: located in the Great Plain, the city is the multi-ethnic capital of Vojvodina. Return on board and cruise to Belgrade.
DAY 4: BELGRADE - SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia)
Full board on board. Guided visit 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. Return on board and cruise towards Sremska Mitrovica. Cruise along the Sava River, crossing the plain of Vojvodina, a genuine bread basket of Serbia with a mosaic of cultures. Overnight in Sremska Mitrovica.
DAY 5: SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia) - BRCKO (Bosnia)
Full board on board. Excursion “across Vojvodina”: around the hamlet of Iriski Venac there are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries, the chance to discover Serbian art - a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. Return on board and sailing towards Brcko in Bosnia. Folklore evening on board - a chance to appreciate the musical and folk traditions of Bosnia.
DAY 6: BRCKO (Bosnia) - SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia)
Full board on board. 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. 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. Arrival in Slavonski Brod in the night.
DAY 7: SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia) - JASENOVAC (Croatia)
Full board on board. Guided walking tour of 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. Return on board and cruise to Jasenovac. Arrival in the night. Evening of entertainment.
DAY 8: JASENOVAC (Croatia) - SISAK (Croatia)
Full board on board. 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. Cruise towards Sisak.
DAY 9: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGREB (5) - SISAK
Full board on board. 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 walk along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. Return on board. Gala evening.
DAY 10: SISAK (Croatia) - ZAGORJE - LAKE BALATON
Full board on board. We'll disembark and transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province. 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. Overnight in our hotel.
DAY 11: LAKE BALATON - BUDAPEST
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided visit of Tihany. This peninsula is truly captivating and you'll be charmed by its beautiful setting and its baroque Benedictine abbey. Free time. Transfer to Budapest. Free lunch. Arrival in Budapest in the beginning of the afternoon. End of our services.