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Serbia Travel Guide

Cruising the rivers of Serbia opens up a world where vibrant cities meet peaceful landscapes. The Danube, winding through Serbia, showcases a country where every riverbank tells a story. As you drift along, you'll encounter historic fortresses like Golubac, guarding the river's entrance, and the Roman ruins of Lepenski Vir, whispering tales of ancient times. Serbia's river cruises are unique for their blend of natural beauty, from the dramatic Iron Gates gorge to the serene stretches that lead to charming towns and vibrant Belgrade itself. It's not just about the sights; it's about the warmth of the people, the rich flavors of Serbian cuisine, and the music that seems to flow as freely as the river. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Serbia river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Apr 21, 2024ScenicScenic JasperBucharestBudapest11$10,460
Apr 21, 2024ScenicScenic JasperBucharestBudapest9$9,990
Apr 21, 2024ScenicScenic JasperBucharestAmsterdam23$26,060
Apr 22, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBudapestBucharest12$4,777
Apr 22, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBudapestBucharest10$4,027
Apr 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBudapestBucharest11$4,498
Apr 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBudapestBucharest9$3,748
Apr 24, 2024TauckMS SavorConstantaBudapest13$6,990
Apr 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaPragueBucharest22$7,398
Apr 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaBucharestPrague22$7,398
Apr 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaViennaBucharest14$6,079
Apr 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestBudapest13$5,198
Apr 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam28$12,197
Apr 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestBudapest14$5,477
Apr 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaBudapestGiurgiu8$4,099
Apr 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestBudapest12$4,727
Apr 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestBudapest11$4,448
Apr 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam26$11,447
Apr 29, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaVilshofenGiurgiu15$7,398
Apr 29, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaGiurgiuVilshofen15$7,398
May 01, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaBucharestVienna14$6,179
May 02, 2024RivieraMS Thomas HardyBudapestBudapest15$4,949
May 03, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdePragueBucharest22$7,598
May 03, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBucharestPrague22$7,598
May 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamBucharest24$10,457
May 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamBucharest26$11,406
May 04, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaViennaBucharest14$5,779
May 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamBucharest25$11,047
May 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamBucharest23$10,297
May 05, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaGiurgiuBudapest8$4,199
May 06, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeVilshofenGiurgiu15$7,598
May 06, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeGiurgiuVilshofen15$7,598
May 06, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaBudapestGiurgiu8$3,799
May 06, 2024VikingViking VidarBudapestBucharest11$8,199
May 09, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaBucharestVienna14$5,879
May 10, 2024UniworldSS BeatriceAmsterdamBucharest25$14,899
May 10, 2024VikingViking KadlinBucharestVienna17$5,499
May 10, 2024EmeraldEmerald DestinyAmsterdamBucharest23$28,380
May 11, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeViennaBucharest14$5,879
May 13, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBudapestGiurgiu8$3,899

Serbia Travel Guide

Serbia River Cruises Highlights

  • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade): This historic fortress offers panoramic views of the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. It's a symbol of Belgrade's past, showcasing various eras from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman to Austrian rule.
  • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad): Known as the 'Gibraltar of the Danube,' this 18th-century fortress is a masterpiece of military architecture and hosts the renowned EXIT music festival.
  • Golubac Fortress (Golubac): An imposing medieval fortress at the river's entrance, Golubac stands as a sentinel over the Danube and is a striking example of Serbian military history.
  • Lepenski Vir (near Donji Milanovac): One of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, showcasing a prehistoric culture with well-preserved architectural and artistic works.
  • ?erdap National Park (Iron Gates Gorge): This park is famous for its natural beauty and the Iron Gates, the Danube's narrowest and deepest gorge, offering breathtaking views and hiking opportunities.
  • Sremski Karlovci (near Novi Sad): A small town known for its baroque architecture, wine production, and as a significant spiritual and cultural center.
  • Zemun (Belgrade): Once a separate town, now a part of Belgrade, Zemun is known for its bohemian vibe, cobblestone streets, and the Millennium Tower with stunning views of the Danube.
  • Viminacium (near Kostolac): An ancient Roman city and military camp with well-preserved remains, offering a glimpse into life during the Roman Empire.

Serbia River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Always wear comfortable footwear for treks over stone steps or cobblestoned paths. 
  • Check your travel documents for mistakes, and keep them in easy reach.
  • The currency in Serbia is the Serbian dinar, and while credit cards are widely accepted in cities, carrying some cash is advisable, especially for smaller towns and local markets along the river.
  • Travel with a carry-on and soft, small-wheeled duffel bag that features a telescopic handle for easy transport.
  • Use a universal travel adapter for quick connection of your electronics.
  • Carry a light sweater or jacket to stay warm if the AC is too cold.
  • Take your umbrella in the spring in case you get caught in a light shower
  • Use Google Translate to help you translate a language you do not understand on menus or signs.

Serbia River Cruises Things To Do

  • Deggendorf, Germany - Embarkation
    Deggendorf, Germany - Embarkation

    Deggendorf is the city of embarkation on many of the Serbia river cruises. It is located in Bavaria Germany and is home to various interesting and historical sites. The city plays host to a unique and fun zoo and is home to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey of St. Mauritius.

    Best Time To Visit

    If you want to see the attraction when there are fewer crowds and milder temperatures, plan a visit to Deggendorf during the spring or fall.


    You Should Know

    Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf is the city's zoo. It features a unique Bavarian menagerie of animals. You can find superlative places to hike in Deggendorf, including the Isarmundung nature preserve.
  • Melk, Austria
    Melk, Austria

    Located on the Danube River, west of Vienna, Melk is known for its large monastery that overlooks the town, and its Schallaburg Castle, the site of many of the city's cultural exhibits. In fact, if you are interested in castles, you can find several in Melk. Besides Schallaburg Castle, you can also visit Schloss Schonbuhel, Schloss Artstetten, and Schloss Leiben.

    Best Time To Visit

    A lovely time to see Melk is during May when the trees are budding, and you can view some of the beautiful gardens in the city.


    You Should Know

    The Melk Abbey features a dome with a gold statuary. Its large library also houses medieval manuscripts. You won't want to miss touring the gardens surrounding the Renaissance-period Schallaburg Castle.
  • Novi Sad, Serbia
    Novi Sad, Serbia

    Rich in cultural charm, Novi Sad officially became a city in 1748. It watches over the River Danube and is home to various historic landmarks, including the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dates back to the 1600s. The fortress is known for its tunnels and iconic clock tower. Right across the river sits the city's neo-Renaissance City Hall.

    Best Time To Visit

    You can enjoy the flowers in bloom or the trees adorned with crimson and gold leaves when you travel during the less crowded times of the year, or in the spring or fall.


    You Should Know

    Novi Sad is known as Serbia's second city and lies upriver from the capital of Belgrade, and downriver from Bucharest, Romania. Schedule a time to visit the tunnels inside the Petrovaradin Fortress, or stroll around the citadel if the weather is nice.
  • Belgrade, Serbia
    Belgrade, Serbia

    The capital of Serbia, Belgrade's historical landmark, Beogradska Tvdava, looks imposing when you come upon it upstream on a Danube River cruise. The structure reminds visitors of Belgrade's importance during Roman times, as well as the impact made on the city by the Byzantines, Ottomans, Austrians, and early Serbian empires. The capital is now home to several museums and the large Kalemegden park.

    Best Time To Visit

    Mark your travel calendar for the spring or fall to visit Belgrade.


    You Should Know

    Even though it has experienced some conflicts, Belgrade is considered relatively safe when it comes to crime. Some people refer to Serbia's capital as a "city that never sleeps." Its floating clubs on the river(s) are well known as well as Skadarlija, a street where singing and music filters through the area until daybreak. Most of the younger Serbians in the city speak fairly good English while the older residents often know German, or sometimes Russian or French.
  • Golubac, Serbia
    Golubac, Serbia

    The village in Golubac in Serbia is located in the eastern part of the country where it sits on the right bank of the River Danube. It is bordered by Romania on the east and is home to the historic Golubac Fortress, its primary tourist attraction. Other important sites include Tuman Monastery and National Park Djerdap, which is also an archeological site.

    Best Time To Visit

    Set sail for Golubac during the spring or fall, when the temperatures are milder and so are the crowds.


    You Should Know

    During the Middle Ages, the Golubac Fortress saw many battles, particularly between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottomans. Today, the popular tourist attraction is well known on Danube River cruises. Historically, the fortress has the noted distinction of fighting off 120 attempted invasions. A highly-rated tour site, the Tuman Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox religious site that was built during the 1300s. The church has been dedicated to the Saint Archangel Gabriel.
  • Donji Milanovich, Serbia
    Donji Milanovich, Serbia

    Located in eastern Serbia, Donji Milanovich sits on Lake Djerdap's right bank on the Danube River. The name means "Lower Milanovich." The small and quiet town is close to National Park Djerdap and serves as a home to St. Nicholas Church.

    Best Time To Visit

    A nice time to stroll through the peaceful town of Donji Milanovich is in the spring or fall, especially in September when the crowds taper off and the trees are displaying golden and crimson leaves.


    You Should Know

    St. Nicholas Church is a small Orthodox church with a beautiful interior – displaying icons and paintings. If you do not have a car, this is the main site to see in Donji Milanovich, as the town only has a few shops to visit during the day. The town has been nicknamed "Serbian Hollywood" because several movies were filmed in the town, including Cao Inspektore (1984) and Naivko (1975).
  • Vidin, Bulgaria
    Vidin, Bulgaria

    One of the highlights of Serbia river cruises is often Vidin, Bulgaria, an ancient city rich in culture and history. Sitting in northwest Bulgaria on the banks of the River Danube, it edges the border between Bulgaria and Romania. The city's history begins in the first century when the Romans captured it and it was called Bononia.

    Best Time To Visit

    Plan a visit to Vidin during the cooler months of spring or fall.


    You Should Know

    The main landmark of Vidin is the Baba Vida Fortress, a medieval castle that was built in the tenth century. Historians claim that the fortress is the country's only completely preserved castle of its kind in Bulgaria. You can see a great view of the River Danube from the castle's upper level. A nearby beach in Vidin makes it possible to enjoy a little swimming or sunbathing if you like.
  • Bucharest, Romania (Disembarkation)
    Bucharest, Romania (Disembarkation)

    Once you finish your Serbia river cruise, you will disembark in Bucharest (on many of the tours), and enjoy a guided tour of Romania's capital. The primary landmark in Bucharest is its massive Palatul Parlamentului government buildings, which boasts 1,100 rooms, many of which are not used. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Plan to sail to Bucharest during the spring or fall, when river cruise prices take a dip and the temperatures are cooler.


    You Should Know

    The city has a bustling nightlife, especially in the Lipscani district. Visit the small Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church on a side tour. The Curtea Veche Palace is the site from where "The Impaler," or Prince Vlad III once reigned.

Serbia River Cruise Packages

  • Getting There

    Starting your Serbian river cruise adventure is straightforward. The country is landlocked in the Balkans, with the Danube River flowing through the northern region. Most cruises begin or end in Belgrade, Serbia's capital, which is well-connected by air with Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport serving international flights. The river ports in Belgrade are centrally located, making them easily accessible by taxi or public transport from the airport or any city hotel. Once on the ship, you'll embark on a journey along the Danube, which is navigable for large cruise ships, giving you direct access to Serbia's most picturesque and historic locations along the river.

  • Immerse Yourself in Serbian Culture

    Serbian culture is a vibrant tapestry of traditions, history, and hospitality. Known for their warmth and friendliness, Serbians place great importance on hospitality and family. Don't be surprised to be welcomed with open arms and perhaps a shot of rakija, a traditional drink.

    The country has a rich history in music and dance, with traditional folk music featuring instruments like the accordion and tamburica. Festivals are a crucial part of Serbian culture, with events like the Guca Trumpet Festival and the EXIT music festival in Novi Sad drawing crowds from all over.

    Orthodox Christianity plays a significant role in Serbian customs, with many religious holidays celebrated throughout the year. Slava, the celebration of a family's patron saint, is a unique Serbian tradition where families host gatherings with special foods and rituals. Engaging in these cultural experiences offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of Serbia's unique identity.

  • Experience the Flavors of Serbia

    Serbian cuisine is a delightful experience known for its rich flavors and diverse influences. It's a culinary journey that's as hearty as it is tasty. Key dishes to try include "cevapi," small grilled meat sausages served with flatbread, and "sarma," cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rice. "Pljeskavica," a spiced meat patty, is another must-try, often served with traditional condiments like "ajvar," a flavorful red pepper spread.

    For those with a sweet tooth, "gibanica," a cheese-filled pastry, and "baklava," a sweet dessert layered with nuts and syrup, are not to be missed. As for drinks, Serbia's local wines are an emerging delight, with regions like Negotin and Vršac producing some excellent varieties. Rakija, a strong fruit brandy, is a staple in Serbian homes and is worth a taste for the adventurous.

    To truly savor Serbian flavors, visit local kafanas (taverns), where traditional dishes are served with a side of local music. For a more hands-on experience, some cruises offer Serbian cooking classes, allowing you to take the taste of Serbia home with you. With each meal, you're not just eating; you're experiencing a part of Serbia's rich cultural heritage.

  • The Perfect Time for a Serbian River Cruise

    A Serbian river cruise offers a unique way to explore the country's rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. The ideal time for such a cruise is from late spring to early autumn, approximately from May to September. During these months, Serbia enjoys warm and pleasant weather, with average temperatures typically ranging between 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). This climate is perfect for admiring the scenic beauty along the river and for exploring the charming riverside towns.

    The summer months, from June to August, represent the peak tourist season for river cruising in Serbia. This period is marked by a vibrant atmosphere with numerous local festivals and cultural events, adding to the allure of a river cruise. However, summer also tends to be the busiest time, so those looking for a more tranquil experience might prefer cruising in May or September. These shoulder months offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists, enhancing the tranquility of the river cruise. The beauty of the Serbian landscape during these months is heightened by the spring blooms or the rich autumnal colors along the riverbanks.

    Additionally, choosing to cruise outside the peak season often leads to better deals and a more relaxed atmosphere. It's advisable to pack a variety of clothing to accommodate warm days and cooler evenings, as well as a light rain jacket, due to the unpredictable nature of the weather. A Serbian river cruise, regardless of the specific month, provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in the country's natural beauty and cultural richness.

  • Why Book a Serbian River Cruise?

    Booking a Serbian river cruise offers a unique and enriching way to experience the beauty and history of this often-overlooked destination. Cruising the Danube in Serbia means waking up each day to new and breathtaking views, historic sites, and charming towns. It's a journey that blends the comfort and convenience of a floating hotel with the adventure of exploring off-the-beaten-path locations. What makes it special is the value – accommodations, transportation, and meals are all included, making it easier to budget and plan. Additionally, river cruises often provide exclusive access to certain landmarks and experiences, like private tours of ancient fortresses or local vineyards, which might be challenging to arrange independently. This travel style combines the ease of having a planned itinerary with the freedom to explore at each stop, offering a comprehensive and stress-free way to discover the rich tapestry of Serbian culture, history, and natural beauty.

  • Ready to Book Your Serbian River Cruise?

    If you're seeking an adventure that combines stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, then a Serbian river cruise is calling your name. Imagine gliding along the Danube, witnessing the majestic beauty of the Iron Gates, exploring ancient fortresses like Golubac, and stepping into the lively streets of Belgrade and Novi Sad. Each day brings a new discovery, from hidden archaeological treasures to the warm hospitality of local taverns. Savor the flavors of hearty Serbian cuisine, immerse yourself in traditional music and dance, and soak up the serene beauty of the Serbian countryside. This journey offers an ideal blend of relaxation and exploration, all with the convenience and comfort of river cruising.

    So why wait? Book your Serbian river cruise today and get ready for an unforgettable experience in one of Europe's hidden gems.

Serbia River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are Serbia River Cruises?

    Most Serbia river cruises take place on the Danube River and therefore include important Serbian ports as well as stopovers in Germany, Austria, and Romania. You may also experience stop at cities or towns in Croatia and Bulgaria. The cruises offered by major cruise lines, such as Avalon Waterways, offer all-inclusive packages and many modern conveniences, including Wi-Fi, top-of-the-line accommodations, and guided off-shore excursions.

  • What’s Included on Serbia River Cruises?

    All-inclusive amenities are featured for Serbia river cruises and include all your meals free, unlimited beverage selections, and the utmost in luxury accommodations. They also include built-in gratuities, which naturally ensures you will get the best service possible.

  • What’s the Best River Cruise of Serbia River Cruises?

    One of the best providers of Serbia river cruises that travel the River Danube is Avalon Waterways. The cruise line's diverse river cruise offerings give you a choice of river cruises of 9, 11, or 16 days. You also can choose from a deluxe stateroom, or panorama, or royal suite.

  • How Much Do Serbia River Cruises Cost?

    What you spend on a Serbia river cruise will depend on your travel dates and whether you go during the peak season (summer) or a shoulder season (spring or fall). To give you an idea of what you might spend, Serbia river cruises can range from $3,900 for the less expensive stateroom on an 11-day cruise to $4,600 or $6,500 for the upgraded suites.

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