Serbia, Hungary and Croatia 10 day tour
We would be delighted if you could join us on our escorted tour of Serbia, Hungary and Croatia. Contact us now if you wish to make a reservation.
Led by Frank Mackin
SEPTEMBER 9th 2019
(Sorry this tour is now full )
Please note that flight times are subject to change.
Depart Dublin 1425 arrive Budapest 1825
Depart Budapest 2140 arrive Dublin 2345
- Return direct scheduled flights from Dublin to Budapest
- All airport taxes and charges & fees
- 1 hand luggage 10kg
- Return airport coach transfers
- Coach transfer from Budapest to Novi Sad in Serbia
- 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in a 4 star central Hotel in Budapest
- 7 nights’ Bed and Breakfast in a 4 star central Hotel in Novi Sad, Serbia.
- Traditional Serbian buffet dinner with entertainment.
- Lunch at a Serbian farmhouse restaurant.
- Lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river Danube in Croatia
- Day trip to Fruska Gora National Park in Serbia
- City coach tour of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary.
- City coach tour of Novi Sad and the Petrovaridan fortress.
- Day tour to Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia
- Day tour to Ilok, known as the Dubrovnik of Eastern Croatia
- Assistance of our local tour guide
- Assistance of our tour leader Frank Mackin
- Single room supplement: €180.00 in total.
- Travel insurance
- Checked in bag €50
We are delighted to offer a 10 Day tour to Serbia, Hungary and Croatia. Our first two nights are in Budapest, the beautiful capital city of Hungary where the majestic river Danube flows through. The next 7 nights we will be staying in one of Europe’s undiscovered gems, the medieval city of Novi Sad in Serbia also on the banks of the river Danube and facing the slopes of the Fruska Gora mountains. It is dominated by the magnificent Petrovaridan fortress which proudly stands 125 metres above the river. This is the second largest fortress in Europe. Novi Sad is truly one of the historical treasures of Europe where Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks and Jews live in complete safety and harmony. It is home to 26 ethnic groups and six official languages. You will be delighted at the very warm welcome Irish guests receive in this simply amazing city. Lonely Planet ranked it third on its list of best city destinations for 2019. It will become the first non EU European Capital of Culture in 2021. The cost of living in Serbia is a fraction of that in Ireland and is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. This tour will appeal to those who want to sample something completely different from the usual mass tourist destinations. Visit it now before it is discovered.
We depart Dublin airport for our direct flight from Dublin to Budapest. On arrival we are met by Frank Mackin and our local tour guide. We will be then be transferred to our central 4 star Hotel, the Leonardo Hotel, for more information on the hotel visit their webside www.leonardo-hotels.com where we will be staying for the next two nights.
After breakfast we take a city tour by coach to admire some of the many attractions of Budapest. Often described as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe”, Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000 year old history, but also for the relics of others who settled here. The city has two sides, Buda and Pest, divided by the mighty Danube River. Pest boasts the largest parliament building in Europe which will remind you of a grander version of London’s Houses of Parliament. Buda has its historic castle and medieval streets and houses. The afternoon is free for you to explore Budapest and enjoy its riverside promenade, flea markets, bookstores, antique shops and excellent restaurants and café houses.
After breakfast we travel south of Budapest and through the Hungarian countryside and over the border into Serbia and the medieval city of Novi Sad on the banks of the River Danube. We will be staying for 7 nights in the central 4 star Novi Sad Hotel. where the Irish always receive a warm welcome. Mackin Travel clients will be allocated the hotels superior rooms, not the standard ones. For more information on the hotel visit their website www.hotelnovisad.co.rs
After breakfast our we take a coach tour of Novi Sad with our local tour guide and we visit the major attractions such as the Catholic and Orthodox Cathedrals. We will take a short walking tour of the old city and in the afternoon we visit the Petrovaridan fortess located on the right bank of the river Danube. It is known as "the Gibraltar of the Danube" due to its strategic location. This is a truly impressive fortress and despite its may attractions there are very few tourists. Frank reckons that it is only a matter of time before the Danube cruise liners include it on their itineraries. Tonight we have a typical Serbian dinner at our hotel with traditional entertainment.
We have a free day to relax and soak up the many delights of Novi Sad. Irish clients have taken advantage of the very cheap prices of hairdressers, dentists, chemists and opticians etc. The Hungarians and Croatians travel to Serbia due to the low prices.
After breakfast we travel to Belgrade the capital city of Serbia and the former capital of Yugoslavia.. It lies on the confluence of two great rivers, the Danube and Sava and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded by Celtic tribes in the 4th century and is a very friendly and energetic city re-discovering its tourism potential. Our guide will do a short walking tour of the old city. You then have free time for further sightseeing and shopping. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon giving us ample time to enjoy this historic city.
Today we spend a full day travelling around the Fruska Gora National Park, The Serbian people refer to this area as the Pearl of Serbia. This will remind a lot of mature clients when they travelled around the Irish countryside in their youth. We will visit the small enchanting town of Sremski Karlovci which dates back to to the 12th Century. This area is famous for its vineyards and we will stop in a wine cellar to sample the fantastic local wine. The Fruska Gora National Park is also famous for its monasteries and we will visit two of the most important ones.
After breakfast we travel to Ilok, one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia, on the banks of the river Danube.. Its friendly inhabitants are notoriously laid-back and welcoming. The town is dominated by its fortress and is known as the Dubrovnik of the Danube due to its strategic location. Our tour guide will bring us on a short walking tour of the old town and fortress. We will also visit the Catholic church of St John Capestrano, the Apostle of Europe who died here in 1456. This area is also famous for the quality of its wine and you have the opportunity to buy some in the old wine cellars direct from the producers at very reasonable prices. Our lunch time stop is in a lovely restaurant hand picked by Frank Mackin on the banks of the River Danube. We return to our hotel after a leisurely lunch.
We have a free day to relax and perhaps do some last minute shopping.
We depart our hotel and travel back to Budapest for our return flight to Dublin. We will be stopping for a break at Lake Palic, deep in the Serbian countryside. This a very popular destination for Serbs and Hungarians. This beautiful lake is surrounded by lovely parks and period houses and is 17km long. We then proceed to a traditional Serbian farmhouse restaurant for lunch.
The average temperature in Novi Sad is 23c in June and 19c in September.
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances outside our control we may have to alter it slightly.
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We hope that you will be able to travel with us and should you like to make a reservation please phone our Wexford office on 053 91 22121 The non refundable booking deposit is €150 per person, and the balance is due 10 weeks before departure.