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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest 2019
(Cruise Only, Westbound)

9 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

Flights into Bucharest must arrive by Noon.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

FETESTI (EMBARKATION)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins

Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

DISCOVERY After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE (D)

Day 2 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea

CLASSIC Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA (B,L,D)

Day 3 CERNAVODA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)

Day 4 ROUSSE, BULGARIA
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

ACTIVE Go for an Active Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Sail to Svistov, OR:

CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B,L,D)

Day 5 VIDIN
Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)

Day 6 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA—IRON GATES GORGE.LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)

Day 7 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge— and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox Church.

You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (B,L,D)

Day 8 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY
Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)

Day 9 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not depart Budapest before 9 am. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Bucharest—Fetesti (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration
  • Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum
  • Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
  • Vidin—Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations
  • Iron Gates—Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
  • Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on board
  • Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs
  • Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
This deluxe river cruise through Eastern Europe stops in fascinating cities in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary—and offers exciting inland excursions.

Join your river cruise vacation in Bucharest with a transfer to Fetesti where your journey along the Danube River begins. Sail to the mouth of the Danube, where it flows into the Black Sea, and cruise through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you’ll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe concludes in Hungary’s capital of Budapest. You’ll disembark from your Suite Ship in this “Pearl of the Danube” with many new experiences to share, and new sights on future adventures to come.
Ship Amenities - Avalon Illumination:
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elevator
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Hair salon
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Well-stocked library
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Illumination:
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Healthy meal options
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Illumination, Avalon Passion
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Port charges: $208
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Triples not available.
  • Extra nights not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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