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Central Europe & Balkans

BUDAPEST - BALATON - SZGREB - SISAK - JASENOVAK - BRCKO - BELGRADE - NOVI SAD - OSIJEK - BUDAPEST

  

  
 

 Visit Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia on this 11 day cruise through Central Europe and the Balkans.  Highlights include visits to the capital cities of Budapest, Belgrade and Zagreb; Baroque towns, resort, lakes, monasteries, castles, forests and Natural Parks.


Days: 11 Days
Code -  SDA
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary (also available in reverse)

DAY 1   France - BUDAPEST - Balaton (Hungary)

 

Fly to Budapest on scheduled flight. Arrive late morning. Transfer by coach to Lake Balaton is a popular getaway Hungarians. Lunch and tour of Tihany peninsula indulge in the beauty of its baroque church and its church, free time, then on to Balatonfüred, one of the oldest resorts, the north shore of the lake, popular for his aristocratic charm and beautiful walks shaded by plane trees bordering the lake. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

     
DAY 2       

Balaton - Varazdin - SISAK (Croatia)


 

Breakfast then transfer to bus in Varazdin, Zagorje Province, northwest of Zagreb. Lunch. Visit the historic town of Varazdin Baroque jewel. Pleasant squares, palaces and pastel graceful silhouette of the castle form a homogeneous and endearing charm characteristic of cities of Central Europe. Continue to Sisak we reach the end of the afternoon. Boarding at 6.00 pm, check into the cabins. Welcome cocktail, presentation of the crew. Dinner on board, overnight stopover.

     
DAY 3  

SISAK (Croatia) - Zagreb (Croatia) - SISAK


 

Breakfast on board. Optional day trip to Zagreb, breakfast specialties included. The harmony between architecture and green space in Zagreb is a model of ideal city: the National Theatre, the Pavilion of Arts, Academy of Sciences and Arts, University Library of Secession. Even the cemetery developed as an English garden, is a pleasant place to stroll and colourful buildings, culinary specialties, are reminiscent of Austria. Walk through the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic center of Zagreb. Back on board for dinner. Overnight stop.

     
DAY 4  

SISAK - Jasenovac (Croatia)


 

Breakfast on board. Continue towards Jasenovac. Lunch on arrival of the vessel to 1.00 pm. Departure for the excursion to the Natural Park Lonjske Poljo. Home to many migratory birds during the floods of the Lonja. The villages with traditional wooden houses, where time stands still, will not fail to seduce you to Krapje.  After a short film to understand this particular area, you can look at Cigoc storks that nest on the roofs of the village houses. Get to taste local products in an authentic Slavonia farm. Back on board for dinner. Lively evening on board.

     
DAY 5   Jasenovac - Slavonski Brod
   

Continue overnight to Slavonski Brod. Breakfast cruise, morning navigation. Visit Slavonski Brod in the early afternoon, a city dominated by the citadel of Brod, the Vauban citadel built in the eighteenth century to protect the Austro-Hungarian Turkish offensive. Optional excursion "generous Slavonia. Departure by coach through the verdant hills overlooking the plain of the Sava to Pozega, a charming Baroque town: the plague column, the square and the church of the Holy Trinity form a homogeneous whole in which to stroll. Free time and continuation to the village of Stara Kapela which has preserved its houses, farms and traditional crafts. Welcome by the villagers and taste specialties of his Tamburica. Back on board for dinner. Overnight stop.

     
DAY 6  

Slavonski Brod (Croatia) - BRCKO (Bosnia)

   

After an overnight sail to Brcko in Bosnia, which we will reach in the afternoon. Walking tour in Brcko. The pedestrian street, lined with buildings in the Austro-Hungarian architectural tradition, mixed with Ottoman influences, contrasting with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the last conflicts coexist with modern buildings. Dinner on board followed by a folklore evening and the opportunity to immerse yourself in music and folk traditions in Bosnia.

     
DAY 7   BRCKO (Bosnia) - Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia)
    Breakfast and departure on board the boat to Sremska Mitrovica. Morning cruise and lunch onboard before arriving in Sremska Mitrovica, the base for an optional excursion "through Vojvodina. Around the hamlet of Iriski Venac are scattered over 16 Orthodox monasteries, the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Serbian art style combining Byzantine and Baroque architecture. Visit the Orthodox monastery Krušedol: Founded in the sixteenth century, is decorated with wonderful paintings. Continue to Sremski Karlovci, quiet little town of 9,000 inhabitants on the banks of the Danube. In the seventeenth century, when the Turkish threat aside, the city became the cultural center of the Serbs of the Austro-Hungarian and the seat of Orthodox Patriarchate. The cultural influence of the city continued with the creation of the first Serbian school in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth century, with the meetings of the greatest men of letters and theologians. Walk through this picturesque town, visit the Orthodox Cathedral Saborna Crkva full of treasures of Serbian religious art, a reflection of past power, and visit the school. Back on board for dinner. Walk in Sremska Mitrovica. The former Sirmium was one of four Roman capitals. From this glorious past, witnessed the Sava as strategic issue at the heart of the province Illyrian, some vestiges remain  in this lively and well-restored old town.
     
DAY 8   Sremska Mitrovica - BELGRADE (Serbia)
    Arrive in Belgrade at 2.00 pm. Optional guided tour of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava, the city has forged an identity to the meeting of cultures Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic. From the fortress of Kalemegdan, sweeping views over the river and its tributary. Belgrade is a city whose airy modern-looking places and Terazije Republike is the vibrant center. Back on board in late morning. Dinner on board. Folklore evening on board in Belgrade. This show will immerse you in the heart of the folk traditions of the former Yugoslavia, the opportunity to admire the shimmering costumes and variety of dances and songs. Check around midnight in the direction of Novi Sad.
     
DAY 9   NOVI SAD (Serbia) - Ilok (Croatia) - Vukovar (Croatia)
    Arrive in the morning in Novi Sad. Breakfast on board. Optional trip to Novi Sad. Located in the southern Great Plains in the region of Baga, Novi Sad is the capital of the multiethnic Vojvodina. The town center is alive and colourful not fail to seduce you. Back on board for lunch. Check cruising towards Ilok. Check cruising towards Ilok. Optional excursion to the medieval city of Ilok and Vukovar. We begin the tour with Ilok where a noble Italian family, Odescalchi, took possession of this city in 1697 leaving a rich historical heritage. Visit the historic center of the sanctuary (church and convent of St. John of Capistrano), and the Odescalchi Castle, which is a museum presenting the cultural and historical heritage of the city. You will participate in a tasting of local products before heading back towards Vukovar. Panoramic tour of the city hit hard by the seat of the Serbian army in 1991 but is poised to become the beautiful Danube city it has always been with its Baroque architecture. Back on board for dinner in Vukovar and continuation of the cruise to Osijek. Arriving at night in Osijek.
     
DAY 10   OSIJEK (Croatia) - Batin (Croatia) - Mohacs (Hungary)
    After breakfast. Optional trip to Osijek and park Kopacki Ritt. We begin the tour with Osijek, located east of the historic Croatian region of Slavonia. Guided tour of the upper town with an overview of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, neo-Gothic brick structure, whose size and majestic appearance to his being dubbed the "cathedral", continue to downtown (Tvarda) where we will start the visit by the eighteenth-century fortress (superb panoramic view of the river), then the great place where you can admire the monument of the Holy Trinity. Proceed to the park Kopacki Ritt, located near the mouth of the Drava and the Serbian border, is one of the largest and most attractive places in Europe swampy and houses on these 23 000 ha more than 141 species of birds. Visit the park by boat. Lunch in a restaurant. Transfer by coach to Mohács for boarding and continuation of the cruise to Budapest. Gala dinner and dance on board. Night navigation.
     
DAY 11   Budapest (Hungary)
    Breakfast on board. We arrive in Budapest at 11.00 am. Landing and return flight to France. End of our services.

   
   

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.

 

                      
   
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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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