Your Cruising Itinerary Balkan Discovery

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Overnight cruise to Mohacs. Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Mohacs - archaeology, architecture, and an ancient watermill

  • Classic: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with
    its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a
    UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

Evening/overnight cruise to Osijek. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ilok, Croatia - history and culture of Croatia

  • Classic: Join a Guided tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old wine making traditions still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications.

Eveing/overnight cruise to Belgrade. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Belgrade, Serbia - fortresses and folklore of Serbia past and present

  • Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.
  • Discovery: Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic
Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

Overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Golubac-Donji Milanovac. Excursion to Lepenski Vir-Iron Gates

  • Classic: Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control for defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge.

After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Vidin. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria - Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty

  • Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

Afgternoon/overnight cruise to Rousse. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi - cliff houses, castle ruins, fortresses, and folklore

  • Classic: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its
    ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, OR:
    Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

Overnight cruise to Oltenita. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Oltenita, Romania (disembarkation) - Bucharest

  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined
    boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Bucharest

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Meals included: Breakfast

Included meals: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


Departure dates and prices 2022 - Balkan Discovery : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Avalon to add flights

Avalon brochure price in black from £2182

Travel 55 discount price in red from £2030

Telephone Avalon on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55


Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest : tour code WBOB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Delux Stateroom Panorama Suite Royal Suite
April 14
May 26
July 7
August 18
September 11
September 29

Prices include daily excursions, full-board dining and gratuities but exclude flights. Book your flights with us and we'll also include overseas transfers and ATOL protection. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Balkan Discovery

9 days with 7% discount

2022 prices from only £2030

Experience the extraordinary destinations of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the Balkans. You’ll cruise through the rich landscapes and cultural locales of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, the lively Hungarian capital, and cruise to Pécs, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a fascinating guided tour of the Serbian capital of Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, and see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, you’ll stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, known as the “Paris of the East.” A local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.

This 9 day Balkan Discovery cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

At Avalon, ‘included’ is one of our favourite words. Along with the widest suite views that  river cruising has to offer, and the space to soak it up from your window-facing bed, our cruises come with the following:

Full-board dining

From the full breakfast of your choice, with Bucks Fizz and a dedicated egg station, to lunch, afternoon snacks, afternoon tea, dinner and late-night supper, you will be fully catered for all day.


At each port of call, a local guide will show you around to give you a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at each destination.

Complimentary paired wine

You'll enjoy sommelier-selected regional wines at lunch and dinner, or beer if you prefer.


All tips for crew and staff are included, so you don't have to budget extra for tipping or worry about how much to give.

Your Ship - Avalon Passion

We're so passionate about our Suite Ships, we christened one the Avalon Passion. Joining our fleet of Suite Ships in 2016, the Passion graces Europe's waterways with style and relaxed luxury as only Avalon can deliver. Passengers board their home-away-from-home to find two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that create river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. Spanning 200 square feet, the Passion's Panorama Suites are 30% larger than the industry standard. It's the perfect place to stretch out on your window-facing Comfort Collection bed with the world at your feet. Host a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area-comfortably accommodating six guests. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare. Pack your own passions and cruise your way on the Avalon Passion.

Avalon Passion

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


  • Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge.
  • Take a Guided Optional Excursion to explore and enjoy Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter where legendary artists have found inspiration.
  • Spend free time browsing shops and cafè on Knez Mihailova Street

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!


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