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From the Danube to the Tisza, "deepest" Hungary - Nature, authenticity and tradition 

BUDAPEST – PECS** – NOVI SAD – OPUSZTASZER – THE PUSZTA** – TOKAJ AND THE GREAT LAKES

 

   

 

Explore the wealth, nature, authenticity and tradition of a region which has retained its original character on this 9 day cruise from Budapest to Tokaj.  Visit the Hortobagy National Park and the Opusztaser Natural History Park, the Royal Palace of Godollo, and the major cities of Budapest, Pecs, Novi Sad, Szeged and Tokaj.  


Days
9 days
Code
BUT from Budapest to Tokaj  -OR- TBU from Tokaj to Budapest
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary
 
   
Day 1 BUDAPEST

Arrival in the afternoon. Boarding in Budapest between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. Settling into your cabin. Welcome cocktail, presentation of the crew. Dinner on board. Tour of Budapest by night. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 2 BUDAPEST – MOHACS
 

Breakfast on board. Morning devoted to the guided tour of Budapest. Explore this amazing city. The course of the Danube cuts it in two, dividing this metropolis into two entities: Buda with its hills and valleys and Pest  with its flat plain, whose panoramic view over the banks of the Danube is listed as part of the world's cultural heritage by UNESCO. Back on board. Lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the royal castle of Gödöllö. This magnificent castle, constructed by Count Antal Grassalkovich, was the favourite summer residence of the Austrian empress, "Sissi". Dinner on board and departure of the cruise for Mohacs, the most southerly city on the Danube in the country.

   
Day 3 MOHACS – BEZDAN – NOVI SAD
 

Breakfast on board. Departure from Mohacs for a visit to Pécs by coach. The regional centre of southern Hungary and birthplace of the painter, Victor Vasarely. Explore the main square, the cathedral and the Roman remains. This 2000 year old city, at the foot of the Mecsek mountains, with its Mediterranean climate and atmosphere, has been a bishopric since 1009. Back on board, lunch. Continuation of the cruise to Bezdan, border between Hungary and Croatia (customs check). And then onwards to Novi Sad (Republic of Serbia). Dinner on board and overnight stopover.

   
Day 4 NOVI SAD – TITEL – KANJIZA
 

After breakfast, departure by coach to Novi Sad. The city is situated in the southern part of the Great Plain in the region of Baga on the left bank of the Danube. Tour of the city with views of Petrovaradin castle. Back on board at the end of the morning. Departure of the cruise at 12.30 pm. Lunch on board. We will be taking the Tisza – the great Hungarian river – and will discover its unforgettable landscapes. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board. Sailing to Kanjiza. Overnight stopover.  

   
Day 5 KANJIZA – SZEGED
 

Breakfast during the cruise. Across the border at Kanjiza and customs check. Arrival around 6.00 pm in Szeged, "the sunlit city" and the largest city on the Great Hungarian Plain. It is situated where two rivers meet: the Tisza and the Maros.  Guided tour of the city, famous for its summer festival on the Cathedral square (from mid July to mid August) and the park on the main square. Stroll in the pedestrian street and along the banks of the Tisza. You will have some free time to visit the Pick salami and paprika museum in Szeged and discover the manufacturing process of this salami famous around the world since 1869. Full board on the boat. Free evening, overnight stopover.

   
Day 6 SZEGED – CSONGRAD – SZOLNOK

Departure early in the morning. We will reach Csongrad around 7.00 am. Breakfast on board. At 8.00 am departure for the excursion to Opusztaszer (no charge), a park which commemorates the country's history. The richness of the open air ethnographic collection is extraordinary. Among other things, you will discover: a farm which produces paprika, a school from the farming region, a blacksmith's workshop and a cartwright's workshop, a cart demonstration, a fisherman's house… All of which offer a faithful presentation of the way of life on the Alföld plain in the 19th century. A visit too to the famous "panoramic painting" which portrays the conquest of the Carpathian basin by the "Magyars", a painting commissioned for the Hungarian millennium exhibition in 1896 by Arpad Feszty. Back on board in Csongrad. Lunch and departure of the cruise. An afternoon's sailing through the Great Southern Plain, "a landscape as flat as the sea". The river brings life to the sandy landscape and provides the fish for the fish soup which is the speciality of the region. It is in this part of the country that the sun shines the longest. We will then reach Szolnok, the North of the Great Plain. Dinner on board. Arrival in Szolnok in the evening. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 7 SZOLNOK –TISZAFÜRED – LAKE TISZA
 

Departure early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Sailing between lake and river. The magical beauty of unspoilt nature will surprise us. A little paradise at the very centre of the so-called Alföld plain, the second largest expanse of water in the country. Lunch on board. Arrival around 2 pm in Tiszafüred, a marina surrounded by nature, a part of the lake loved for its peacefulness. Lunch on board. Departure for excursion to Hortobagy. This is one of the expanses of prairie called "puszta", among the largest in Europe (more than 1400 km²). The territory of Hortobagy National Park covers 82,000 hectares, classed since 1999 as a world cultural heritage site. It abounds with incomparable curiosities and treasures in the heart of Europe. Back on board in Tiszafüred. Dinner on board, followed by an evening's entertainment. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 8 TISZAFÜRED – TOKAJ
 

Departure for Tokaj early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Arrival around 2.00 pm. Tokaj rises on the summit of a loess outcrop which extends into the Great Hungarian Plain. The historic wine-making region of Tokaj has been supplying its "tokaji aszu" dessert wine to the world for 450 years. Explore the place in the company of our hostess. This charming village with its old buildings and its thick stone walls is also blessed with a number of beautiful Baroque edifices which punctuate the streets of the village. Visit to a vineyard followed by a wine tasting* in the famous Rakoczi cellar, a natural lair for the ageing of Tokaj wines. Back on board. Gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 9 TOKAJ - BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board. Disembarkation and transfer to Budapest airport for your onward flight

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS:





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers).

                       
 
EXCLUSIONS:

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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