Balkan Gems
Onboard APT - Concerto River Ship
Hays Cruise Extras
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 5 towns, villages and cities
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion while on board
  • Oversea transfers, port charges and gratuities
Why book…
  • Discover Budapest, one of the Danube’s most beautiful cities
  • Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, where the Danube narrows as it winds between Serbia and Romania
  • See the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to five towns, villages and cities
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
Experience the world of luxury river cruising aboard APT River Cruises’ fleet of Concerto River Ships. These revolutionary ships are the grandest ships afloat on Europe's rivers and showcase a plethora of on-site amenities. Setting sail with a maximum of 164 passengers and 49 crew members aboard; each ship boasts luxury suites, elegant dining venues, stylish lounges, sun deck with pool, and a wellness centre. There are plenty of places to take in the ever-changing riverside views or simply relax during your time aboard. Most days the ships drop anchor in a different port of call, where you can discover local sights and daily life on a Freedom of Choice sightseeing tour or a once-in-a-lifetime Signature Experience.

Food
Dining aboard Concerto River Ships is always amazing thanks to the ships' membership of La Chaine des Rotisseurs culinary society. Take your seat in the elegant Verde Dining Room and savour a host of dishes from the multi-course, locally-inspired menu paired with unlimited wine. Tuck into casual light meals from morning until midnight in River Bistro in the Main Lounge. Weather and river conditions permitting; you can also opt for an alfresco lunch on the Sun Deck. Feast on tasty Italian-style fare in the stylish Bella Cucina Restaurant. Indulge in a fine dining experience with a unique six-course degustation-style menu in the renowned Chef's Table Restaurant. Celebrate a special occasion with family or friends in the Wine Room Dining Room.

Drink
Main Lounge is the ships' social hub and the perfect place to mingle with your fellow guests. Soak up the ever-changing views at sunset with a pre-dinner aperitif in the Observation Lounge. Visit the 24-hour tea and coffee bar for a selection of hot drinks at a time to suit. With complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; there's no excuse not to enjoy a drink or two as you dine.

Entertainment
Concerto River Ships offer something to entertain you both day and night. Take a dip in the Sun Deck's heated outdoor pool or work on your tan on a sun lounger. Shape up in the fitness room or indulge in a reviving massage in the wellness area. Immerse yourself in local life and see the sights at each port of call. Front Lounge is the spot to be entertained by local musicians and performer and watch lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and performances. After dinner, you can chat with new-found friends over drinks in the Observation Lounge as the pianist tinkles the ivories.
Day 1: UK to Budapest
Fly from your selected UK airport to Budapest and be transferred to the port to embark on board a concerto river ship.
Day 2: Bratislava, Slovakia
Step ashore today in Bratislava where you can venture out on a guided tour. Alternatively, explore independently through the picturesque streets of the old town or meander along St Michael's Street and admire the fairy tale-like St Michael’s Tower. Visit the peaceful Slavin to pay your respects to fallen soldiers, pay a call to the historical Devin Castle, or admire modern art at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. Later, attend a Signature Experience traditional folklore show in the Old Town. Perhaps learn a few Slovak dance moves, before sampling some delicious local specialities.
Day 3: Vienna, Austria
Take in a walking tour of Vienna today. Vienna is packed to the brim with wonderful sights — from the world-famous Opera House and Spanish Riding School to the Burgtheatre, Town Hall, St Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. After dinner, tonight's Signature Experience takes you to the magnificent Liechtenstein’s City Palace; where you'll attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring classical masterpieces and an operatic recital.
Day 4: Budapest, Hungary
Today, return to Budapest and discover one of the Danube’s most beautiful cities as you join a local guide for an exciting tour, including a visit to the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building on the river front. The 19th-century Chain Bridge spans Danube River and connects the hilly Buda district with the flat Pest area. You may have time to ride on the tram up Castle Hill to Buda's old town where you can step back to Roman times at Budapest History Museum and discover the World Heritage-listed Royal Palace.
Day 5: Pecs, Hungary
The ancient city of Pecs sits on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in southern Hungary, close to the Croatian border. Founded by Romans, this charming city is world-famous for it Zsolnay ceramics and is packed to the brim with famous landmarks; including the UNESCO-listed Sopiane Early Christian Mausoleum with its frescoed tombs, Pecs Cathedral on Szent Istvan Square with its vast towers, and the 16th-century domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim. Admire the exhibits on display at Gallery of Modern Hungarian Art and Csonvary Museum. Meander past the stylish shops and cafes on Kiraly Street and visit the nearby National Theatre and Art Nouveau style Palatinus Hotel.
Day 6: Belgrade, Serbia
In the Serbian capital of Belgrade, the choice of today’s activity is yours. Freedom of Choice™ sightseeing options include a visit to the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. Alternatively, take a bike ride or visit a brandy distillery for a tasting. Later, enjoy some free time in the city centre to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city’s main shopping district.
Day 7: Iron Gates, Romania
Today the ship charts a leisurely course through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds for a distance of 134kms through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans - forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Day 8: Giurgiu, Disembark Ship, Depart Bucharest
Disembark in Giurgiu and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
To book call 0800 408 4229 or Enquire online
Prices are per person, and are based on a Cat. E Twin Window Suite, departing 18 March 2020 and include savings where applicable, valid on new bookings made by 31 August 2019. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Solo supplements apply. Complimentary home-to-airport transfers are available within a 75 driven mile radius of selected departure airports in the UK and Northern Ireland and must be requested at the time of booking. No cash alternative available. Complimentary beverages available throughout the day on board and exclude French Champagne, and premium spirits. Terms and conditions apply.
Price per person from only
£1995
March 2020 - 7 Nights - Flying from selected UK airports to Budapest
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