WJ Tested: Serbia – Donji Milanovac to Kostolac

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WJ Tested: Serbia – Donji Milanovac to Kostolac

Included Shore Excursion on Uniworld River Princess Eastern Europe Explorer Danube River Cruise

WJ Tested: Serbia - Donji Milanovac to Kostolac - Captain Stefan Ivanov

WJ Tested: Serbia – Donji Milanovac to Kostolac – Captain Stefan Ivanov

Day 7:
As Uniworld River Princess continued cruising the Danube towards Donji Milanovac in Serbia, passengers were treated to a Balkan-style barbeque on the Sun Deck. There were a variety of sausages from the region we were travelling through and although we were not long finished with breakfast many guests enjoyed the tastings.

Executive Chef Torsten Muller

Executive Chef Torsten Muller

At 11:00 a.m. we were pulling up to the dock in Donji Milanovac for a 2-hour stop, and Cruise Manager Heiner handed out maps of the town and pointed guests in the direction of souvenir shops, grocery stores and the local craft market.

Local Crafts Market in Donji Milanovac. Photo Courtesy of Dan Dudek

Local Crafts Market in Donji Milanovac. Photo Courtesy of Dan Dudek

Those that weren’t comfortable walking into town by themselves were able to join Heiner for a brief stroll to the center (Donji Milanovac is tiny, so it’s impossible to get lost).

Donji Milanovac, Serbia

Donji Milanovac, Serbia

Did You Know?… Donji Milanovac:

  • Is a small town in eastern Serbia
  • Has moved twice – first due to flooding, then to construction of a dam
  • The famous Mesolithic archaeological site – Lepenski vir – is nearby
  • Is the seat of the national park for the Iron Gates

    Donji Milanovac, Serbia - Photo Courtesy of Dan Dudek.

    Donji Milanovac, Serbia – Photo Courtesy of Dan Dudek.

We made a quick dash to the grocery store in search of Serbian beer (we feel it is important to eat and drink locally in order to get a true feel for a destination). The first shop we encountered had a great selection of local beer but only took local currency (which we didn’t have). So we were only able to purchase Austrian beer (still new to us and very good) from another shop that did accept euros.

Austrian Beer

Austrian Beer

A buffet lunch was available in the ship’s restaurant between noon and 1:30 p.m. for those that were still hungry and needed something to tide them over until the 4:00 p.m. Tea Time in the lounge.

Uniworld River Princess Sun Deck

Uniworld River Princess Sun Deck

The remainder of the afternoon was spent enjoying the scenery along the Danube through Serbia and Romania, and we did this both from our stateroom and the Sun Deck. We also played a few games of shuffleboard while on the Sun Deck and a few other passengers entertained themselves with the giant-size chess board.

Cruising River Danube in Serbia

Cruising River Danube in Serbia

Following a brief port talk about Kostolac and Viminacium by Cruise Manager Heiner Schmidt, it was time for dinner in the restaurant.

Did You Know?… Kostolac:

  • Is a small Serbian town on the Danube River
  • There are many vacation homes along the Danube in this area
  • There is an electric power plant here
  • Nearby is the ancient Roman site of Viminacium
  • A mammoth field was found in a Kostolac coal pit in 2012

Once we arrived in Kostolac we were entertained by the Ansambl Triola (Belgrade Old Town music) in the lounge. After their excellent performance was over, the remainder of the evening was spent dancing to the music of Freddy.

If You Go:

Continue Reading WAVEJourney’s Uniworld Eastern Europe Explorer River Cruise Review:

Cruise Overview | Bucharest | Peles Castle | Bran Castle | Bucharest City Tour | Uniworld River Princess | Giurgiu: Embarkation | Rousse to Varna & the Black Sea | Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi | Captain’s Welcome Gala | Vidin, Belogradchik & Baba Vida Fortress | Iron Gates | Donji Milanovac | Viminacium Archaeological Site | Sava River | Belgrade City Tour | Deck Dining | Vukovar & Osijek | Cruising the Danube to Budapest | Budapest City Tour | Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour | Gabcikovo Hydroelectric Dam and Lock | Bratislava City Tour | Captain’s Farewell Dinner | Vienna City Tour |

Notes: WAVEJourney travelled from Bucharest to Vienna as guests of Uniworld River Cruise Collection from July 25 to August 8, 2012.

 

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2 Responses to WJ Tested: Serbia – Donji Milanovac to Kostolac

  1. Your Uniworld article has inspired my husband and I to take our grown kids on a river cruise to Europe this summer. Where would you suggest we go for our first?

    Patti 01/17/2013 at 11:29 pm
    • Thanks for your comment, Patti. Your first river cruise… how exciting!!! Where to start? Our first river cruise was the Rhine and Moselle rivers and we think anyone would love it. Uniworld offers the Legendary Rhine and Moselle and it is on our list to do. You can see the itinerary here: http://uniworld.com/Destinations/Europe/Legendary_Rhine_and_Moselle/2013 Let us know if you need further suggestions. Cheers, WJ 🙂

      Viv 01/18/2013 at 12:43 pm

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