One of the easiest, if not most popular, ways to see the Balkan state of Serbia is to take a Danube River cruise. This river cruise will not only highlight Serbian cities or towns, such as Golubac, Donji Milanovich, and the capital city of Belgrade, you can also see popular German, Austrian, and Romania river cruise ports, such as Deggendorf, Melk, and Bucharest. For example, your adventure along the Danube may begin in the Bavarian city of Deggendorf and end in the Romania capital of Bucharest. You will stop, along the way in a series of Serbian cities and towns, while taking in the unique river-scape. 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.Serbia Travel Guide
|Apr 29, 2021||Uniworld||River Duchess||Amsterdam||Bucharest||25||$10,999|
|May 04, 2021||Tauck||MS Joy||Budapest||Bucharest||13||$6,590|
|May 09, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Prague||Bucharest||22||$10,198|
|May 09, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Vilshofen||Giurgiu||15||$7,398|
|May 10, 2021||Tauck||MS Joy||Bucharest||Budapest||13||$6,590|
|May 12, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Vilshofen||Giurgiu||15||$7,998|
|May 14, 2021||Uniworld||River Duchess||Budapest||Bucharest||10||$3,439|
|May 14, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Vienna||Istanbul||13||$5,898|
|May 16, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Budapest||Giurgiu||8||$3,799|
|May 17, 2021||Uniworld||SS Beatrice||Prague||Bucharest||19||$8,999|
|May 17, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Vienna||Istanbul||13||$6,198|
|May 19, 2021||Uniworld||River Duchess||Bucharest||Budapest||10||$3,439|
|May 19, 2021||Uniworld||River Duchess||Bucharest||Amsterdam||25||$10,999|
|May 19, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Istanbul||Vienna||13||$5,898|
|May 19, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Budapest||Giurgiu||8||$4,099|
|May 19, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Bucharest||Prague||22||$9,698|
|May 19, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Budapest||24||$10,395|
|May 20, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaBella||Prague||Bucharest||22||$9,698|
|May 21, 2021||Riviera||MS William Wordsworth||Budapest||Budapest||15||$5,519|
|May 22, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Istanbul||Vienna||13||$6,198|
|May 22, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Bucharest||Prague||22||$10,298|
|May 23, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Giurgiu||Budapest||8||$3,799|
|May 23, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaBella||Vilshofen||Giurgiu||15||$7,498|
|May 23, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaVerde||Giurgiu||Vilshofen||15||$7,498|
|May 24, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Bucharest||11||$5,645|
|May 24, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Budapest||24||$10,395|
|May 24, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Istanbul||18||$7,655|
|May 24, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Bucharest||15||$6,610|
|May 25, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Istanbul||Amsterdam||30||$15,020|
|May 25, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Istanbul||Budapest||16||$7,130|
|May 25, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Istanbul||Budapest||18||$7,655|
|May 26, 2021||Uniworld||SS Beatrice||Budapest||Bucharest||10||$4,499|
|May 26, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Bucharest||8||$4,895|
|May 26, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Bucharest||9||$5,120|
|May 26, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Giurgiu||Budapest||8||$4,099|
|May 26, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaMagna||Giurgiu||Vilshofen||15||$8,098|
|May 26, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Budapest||Istanbul||16||$7,130|
|May 28, 2021||Riviera||MS Thomas Hardy||Budapest||Budapest||15||$5,519|
|May 28, 2021||Scenic||Scenic Pearl||Bucharest||Budapest||15||$6,610|
|May 28, 2021||AmaWaterways||AmaBella||Vienna||Istanbul||13||$5,898|
Serbia Travel Guide
Serbia River Cruises Highlights
- All gratuities included for meals and tours
- Airport and hotel transfers included in the river cruise price
- Panoramic and royal suites, as well as deluxe staterooms for budget travelers
- Free meals the whole length of the trip, plus unlimited beverage selections
- Guided shore excursions conducted by professional tour guides
- Updated fitness center onboard ship
- Views of castles, interesting rock formations, and lush, green landscapes from onboard ship
- Internet and Wi-Fi access ship-wide
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.
- Convert your currency so you have an additional way to pay for tips or meals eaten off-board ship.
- Only bring the clothes you need, nothing extra.
- 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 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 VisitIf 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 KnowGut 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
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 VisitA 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 KnowThe 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
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 VisitYou 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 KnowNovi 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
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 VisitMark your travel calendar for the spring or fall to visit Belgrade.
You Should KnowEven 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
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 VisitSet sail for Golubac during the spring or fall, when the temperatures are milder and so are the crowds.
You Should KnowDuring 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
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 VisitA 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 KnowSt. 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
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 VisitPlan a visit to Vidin during the cooler months of spring or fall.
You Should KnowThe 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)
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 VisitPlan to sail to Bucharest during the spring or fall, when river cruise prices take a dip and the temperatures are cooler.
You Should KnowThe 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
When you choose to go on a river cruise depends on your budget and whether you prefer more activity or a slower and more relaxing holiday. If your goal is to save money on the costs of a river cruise and go when there are fewer crowds, plan a trip during September, October, or November.
Spring travel may lead to flooding, which can impact the level of the river. You need to keep this in mind if you want to go when there are fewer crowds in the spring shoulder season of April and May.
While summer is generally the peak season for Serbia river cruise holidays, you may want to go during the shoulder season of September through November. If you go during this time of year, you can see the sites much easier, as the crowds begin to taper off.
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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