Spend wonderful four days exploring the beauties of the Iron Gate, the most important fortresses on the Danube, visiting important archeological sites and enjoying the natural beauty of Serbia.
1st Day – 17th of April
Belgrade – Smederevo – Ram – Veliko Gradiste – Golubac – Djerdap Gorge – Donji Milanovac -Tekija –Kladovo (240km):
Passengers arrive at the Port of Belgrade (Karadjordjeva Street, next to the Branko’s Bridge) at 7:20 AM. Boarding till 7:40 AM Aquastar Maxim cruiser departs at 8 AM.
Cruise starts from the famous Belgrade fortress towards Kladovo, passing by Smederevo fortress, 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 a safe point for entering/exiting then occupied Serbia. Also, nearby is the oldest tourist cottage in the country. The cruise continues then to the Silver Lake and Veliko Gradiste, passing the Golubac Fortress where we enter the National Park Djerdap, 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.
2nd Day (Saturday, April 18)
Breakfast. Free time for Spa & Wellness activities (pool, sauna) or going to excursion: Kladovo – Archeological Museum – Roman Diana – HP Djerdap – Traian’s Bridge – Kladovo (3,5 hours). Visiting Djerdap’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 Djerdap, built up in 1974.y 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.
The 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 a snack in hotel Aquastar Danube.
Price: adults – 20 €, children up to 7 years – 10€, paying at the hotel. Please note, a minimum of 15 persons is required for excursions to be realized. Dinner. Overnight.
3rd Day (Sunday, April 19)
Breakfast. Free time for Spa & Wellness activities (pool, sauna) or going to optional excursion: 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 wineries, lunch is served and wine tasting is offered. Arrival at the hotel.
Price: adults – 30€, children up to 7 years old – 10€, paying at the hotel. Please note, a minimum of 15 persons is required for excursions to be realized. Dinner. Overnight.
4th Day (Monday, April 20)
Kladovo – Lepenski Vir – Captain Misa’s Hill – Viminacium – Belgrade (240km) Breakfast at the hotel and departure at 9 AM. Driving along the Danube River with shortstops, 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 the site tour, lunch is served in the ethnic restaurant “Captain Misa’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 the mid-14th century and was many times demolished and rebuilt as a border fortress between Serbia, Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.
The 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 a few Roman settlements which were 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.
The program can be changed in case of unforeseen circumstances.
PRICE: 205 EUR per person
Included in the price:
Danube Cruise from Belgrade to Tekija village according to the travel program
3 nights accommodation at Aquastar Danube Hotel 4* in Kladovo, based on half board (buffet breakfast and dinner)
Use of Spa center facilities in the hotel
Bus transfers from Tekija village to Kladovo on the 1st day, and last day from Kladovo to Belgrade (Belgrade Port)
Breakfast and lunch on the boat during the cruise
Lunch in an authentic Vlach restaurant ‘Captain Misa’s Hill”
Entrance tickets to Lepenski Vir and Viminacium,
Staying taxes and assurance in the hotel and on the boat
Services of tour guide and local guides
Tolls and fees
Not included in the price:
Drinks on the ship during the cruise
Other individual expenses