CRUISING DANUBE THROUGH HISTORY
Three days / two nights – by boat and bus
With the optional excursions to the Iron Gate Hydroelectric Power Plant and the Archaeological Museum in Kladovo or to the wine cellars at Rajac village and Vratna gates
Day 1: BELGRADE – SMEDEREVO – RAM – VELIKO GRADIŠTE – GOLUBAC – ĐERDAP GORGE – DONJI MILANOVAC – TEKIJA – KLADOVO (240km):
(Meeting passengers) Passengers arrive at the Port of Belgrade (Karađorđeva Street, next to the Branko’s Bridge) at 07:30 a.m. Boarding till 07:45h. Aquastar Maxim cruiser departs at 08:00. Cruise starts from the famous Belgrade fortress towards Kladovo, passing by Smederevo, the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers, medieval fortress Ram, in the area where the Danube is the widest in Serbia. Ram fortress was built in the late 15th century on the site which was later known as safe point for entering/exiting then occupied Serbia. Also, nearby is the oldest tourist cottage in the country. Cruise continues then to the Silver Lake and Veliko Gradište, passing Golubac Fortress where we enter the National Park Đerdap, also known as the Iron Gate. We cruise through the longest and deepest gorge in Europe, area of unique flora and fauna, where remains of one of the oldest European settlements can be seen. Passing Donji Milanovac, you will have the opportunity to visit the place where the Roman Emperor Trajan left a permanent imprint on the rock, known as Tabula Traiana. Arriving in Tekija after a 9.5 hour cruise. Short bus transfer to Kladovo. Accommodation at the Hotel “Aquastar Danube”. Dinner. Overnight.
Breakfast. Free time for Spa & Wellness activities (pool, sauna) or going to one of excursions:
OPTION 1: KLADOVO – ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – ROMAN DIANA – HP ĐERDAP – TRAIAN’S BRIDGE – KLADOVO (3,5h).
Visiting Đerdap’s Archaeological museum in Kladovo, whose exhibition covers remnants of different Danube cultures from prehistoric, Roman and medieval periods. Next is Roman fortress Diana, and after Hidroplant Đerdap, built in 1974. as the biggest project of the year in Europe. It significantly changed the position of the Danube River, the local villages as well as cultural and historical monuments that are located nearby. Next stop is a visit to the remains of Trajan’s bridge. The bridge was built at the beginning of the 2nd century, by the Roman Emperor Trajan in order to cross the Danube and conquer Dacian tribes. Up until the 12th century, the bridge was considered to be the largest in the world. We end this excursion with wine tasting with snack in hotel Aquastar Danube.
OPTION 2: KLADOVO – VRATNA GATES – RAJAC – KLADOVO (7h).
Short drive to the village Vratna where you can see the three highest, nature made stone bridges in Europe, over Vratna River nearby this natural phenomenon, is the old Vratna Monastery which was built in the 14th century. The excursion continues, through the town of Negotin and arriving at the Rajac vineries. According to the official reports Rajac vineries consist of more than 160 underground objects. Vineries are well known for their high quality wines. After the tour of the vineries, lunch is served and wine tasting is offered. Arrival at the hotel.
Day 3: KLADOVO – LEPENSKI VIR – CAPTAIN MIŠA’S HILL – VIMINACIUM – BELGRADE (280km)
Breakfast at the hotel and departure at 09:00. Driving along the Danube River with short stops, to Donji Milanovac Town. Arriving at the archaeological site Lepenski Vir, which was known as one of the oldest European and world urban settlements, as well as culturally advanced for the Middle Stone Age period (6500 BCE). After site tour, lunch is served in the ethnic restaurant “Captain Miša’s Hill” with breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding nature. The journey continues on towards Belgrade, passing near Golubac Fortress. The fortress was built in mid-14th century, and was many times demolished and rebuilt as a border fortress between Serbia, Hungary and Turkey. Next stop is Viminacium, built in the 1st century as one of the first Roman military camps on the Danube River. Viminacium was the capital of Upper Moesia during 3rd and 4th century, one of only few Roman settlements which was demolished and rebuilt. It is still being explored and new excavations are underway, promising great and exciting new discoveries. This is where the official sightseeing and program ends and after a short drive, arrival in Belgrade is expected in the early evening.
Included in the price:
- Danube Cruise from Belgrade to Tekija village according to the travel program;
- Two nights accommodation at Aquastar Danube Hotel 4* in Kladovo;
- Halfboard service (buffet breakfast and dinner);
- Use of Spa center facilities in the hotel (pool, sauna, hot tube…);
- Bus transfers from Tekija village to Kladovo on the 1st day, and last day from Kladovo to Belgrade (Belgrade Port);
- Lunch on the boat during cruise;
- Lunch in ethnic restaurant “Captain Misa’s Hill”;
- Entrance to Lepenski Vir and Viminacium;
- Services of tour guide and local guides.
Not included in the price:
- Air tickets to/from Serbia;
- Drinks on the ship during cruise;
- Optional excursions on 2nd day;
- Tips for tour guides, drivers, porters and baggage handlers;
- Lunch on first and last day depend on arrival and departure times;
- In case of late/early flight on arrival/departure tour will be extend by one/two nights;
- Personal costs and everything that is not mentioned in the program.