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Budapest, the pearl of the Danube

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Victor Hugo
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This 9-day cruise combines nature, authenticity and tradition, in a unique river voyage along the Danube and Tisza rivers. Begin your journey in Budapest, the pearl of the Danube, and enjoy daily excursions to fascinating cities and sites in Hungary and Serbia, including Novi Sad, Szeged, Tokaj, the Royal Palace of Gödöllö, and the Opusztaszer commemorative natural history park.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Mohacs | Bezdan
Day 4 : Novi Sad | Titel
Day 5 : Kanjiza | Szeged
Day 6 : Szeged | Csongrad
Day 7 : Szolnok | Tiszafured
Day 8 : Tiszafured |Tokaj
Day 9 : Tokaj | Disembark | Budapest


  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllö, summer residence of the Austrian Empress
  • Walk along the banks of the Tisza and the pedestrian streets of Szeged
  • Sail through the Great Plain of Southern Hungary


MS Victor Hugo

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  • Small Ship

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Parliament Building, Budapest Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe Couple walking through the streets of Europe Sail past the royal palace of Budapest Town in eastern Europe

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Board the MS Victor Hugo from 6:00 p.m. in Budapest. Settle in your cabin and attend to the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a delightful dinner on board followed by a guided tour of Budapest by night.

Day 2 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Budapest. The town is cut into two parts by the Danube: Buda with its rolling hills and valleys, and Pest with its flatter landscape that offers a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube. The city was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO. In the afternoon, join a guided visit of the Royal Palace of Gödöllö. This marvelous castle, built by Count Antal Grassalkovich, was the favorite summer residence of the Austrian Empress Sissi. Get back on the ship and start cruising toward Mohács, the southernmost town on the Danube.

Day 3 Mohacs | Bezdan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning departure by coach from Mohács for a visit of Pécs, the regional center of southern Hungary, and also the birthplace of the famous painter Victor Vasarely. Discover the main square and cathedral. The town is 2,000 years old, located at the foot of the Mecsek Hills, and it enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. It has been an episcopal see since 1009. Cruise toward Bezdan, the Serbian customs post on the border with Hungary. Continue cruising to Novi Sad (Serbia).

Day 4 Novi Sad | Titel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today get off the ship for a coach excursion of Novi Sad, set in the southern part of the Great Plain, in the region of Baga, on the left bank of the Danube. Get back on the ship and start cruising on the Tisza, the largest river in Hungary, passing through an unforgettable countryside. Tonight enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. Then sail toward Kanjiza. 

Day 5 Kanjiza | Szeged

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the customs post at the border in Kanjiza. Arrive in the morning on Szeged, the "sunny city", it is the biggest in the Great Plain, and lies at the confluence of the Tisza and the Maros rivers. Set off on a guided tour of the city, especially its cathedral and its park in the main square. Walk along the banks of the Tisza and through the pedestrian streets of the city. Enjoy some free time and visit the famous Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum (not-included) which has been producing these traditional products since 1869. Then, take advantage of the night as you explore the city on your own. 

Day 6 Szeged | Csongrad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Departure early in the morning toward Csongrad. Get off the ship for an excursion to Opusztaszer natural history memorial park. Visit the paprika farm, a typical school from the farm region, a blacksmith's forge, a cart maker’s workshop with a cart demonstration, and visit a fisherman's cottage. All of these sites give a realistic idea of what life was like on the Alföld Plain in the 19th century. You won't want to miss the famous “panoramic painting” of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathians, which was painted especially for the Hungarian millennium exhibition in 1896 by Arpad Feszty. Spend the afternoon sailing through the Great Plain of Southern Hungary, "is as flat as the sea". The river brings this sandy landscape to life and provides fish for the local specialty, fish soup. This particular region of Hungary enjoys the most hours of sunshine in the year. Continue cruising toward Szolnok, in the northern portion of the Great Plain, arriving in the evening.

Day 7 Szolnok | Tiszafured

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start cruising early in the morning between lakes and rivers, enchanted by the beauty of this unspoiled countryside, a true paradise in the middle of the Alföld Plain and the second largest body of water in the country. In the afternoon, arrive in Tiszafüred, a yachting port surrounded by lovely countryside and is highly appreciated for its peaceful atmosphere. Choose to join an optional excursion to Hortobágy, one of the largest stretches of meadow land in Europe (over 540 square miles) called “puszta”. Then visit the Hortobágy National Park, over some 202,626 acres and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. Set in the heart of Europe, this region is full of treasures to discover. Get back on the ship for an evening of entertainment. 

Day 8 Tiszafured |Tokaj

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise toward Tokaj, arriving in the afternoon. Tokaj is set high on a loess hillock which leads into the Great Plain. The wine-growing region of Tokaj-Hegyalja is the birthplace of the 450-year-old Tokaj Aszú, a world famous sweet dessert wine. Discover this charming town, with its old houses, thick stone walls and baroque buildings. Then join a guided visit of the Rákóczi wine cellar, a natural cave in which the Tokaj wines mellow and mature, before you get to taste some of these delicious vintages. Tonight enjoy your gala dinner and dancing evening on board. 

Day 9 Tokaj | Disembark | Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before you disembark and transfer by coach toward Budapest.

MS Victor Hugo

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Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Main Deck
29 cabins (26 twins, 3 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (18 twins, 2 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe.


20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on D9
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-On board entertainment
-Assistance from our on board multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-Port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Personal expenses.

valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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