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Danube Serenade

13-Night Cruise from Passau to Oltenita, 1 Night Hotel in Bucharest

Passau to Bucharest - 14 Days

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Passau, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Munich must arrive by 10:00 am. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

EVENING CRUISE TO LINZ (D)

Day 2: Linz, Austria

Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white marble Trinity Column, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to Mount Pöstlingberg to get an incredible bird’s-eye view of Linz and the mighty Danube River.

Enjoy an afternoon Danube sailing on your way to Ybbs. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN YBBS (B, L, D)

Day 3: Wachau Valley - Krems

An Ancient Village and Wachau Valley Vintages

Relax on board this morning and enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Krems.

CLASSIC Join a guided walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world, OR:

DISCOVERY Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VIENNA (B, L, D)

Day 4: Vienna

A Feast for the Soul in Vienna

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex — the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. You may also choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Alternatively you can choose to spend your free time strolling through Kärtnerstrasse, the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna; stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bratislava, Slovakia

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

ACTIVE Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle.

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

Day 6: Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mohács

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

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

Day 8: Osijek, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.

DISCOVERY Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.

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

Day 9: 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 churches.

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

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

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

This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

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

Day 10: Donji Milanovac - Iron Gates Gorge

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

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.

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

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

Day 11: Vidin, Bulgaria

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

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

Day 12: Rousse

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore

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, OR:

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

ACTIVE Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA (B, L, D)

Day 13: Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) - Bucharest

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)

Day 14: Bucharest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Passau
Program Start Date

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Apr 9, 2020
$5,818

$6,160

$7,788
$7,874
$8,045
$9,588
May 7, 2020
$6,518

$6,860

$8,488
$8,574
$8,745
$10,288
Jun 4, 2020
$6,518

$6,860

$8,488
$8,574
$8,745
$10,288
Jul 2, 2020
$6,468

$7,110

$8,438
$8,524
$8,695
$10,238
Jul 30, 2020
$6,468

$7,110

$8,438
$8,524
$8,695
$10,238
Aug 27,2020
$6,718

$7,060

$8,688
$8,774
$8,945
$10,488
Sep 24, 2020
$6,768

$7,110

$8,738
$8,824
$8,995
$10,538
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $312 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

• 13-night cruise from Passau to Oltenita in selected cabin category
• 1 night hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast, guided sightseeing and transfer from ship to the hotel
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Complimentary coffee and tea available throughout the day
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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