Day 1: Bucharest, Romania
Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. 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.
Day 2: Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation)
Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History
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.
Travel to Fetesti to board your Suite Ship® this afternoon.
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your uite 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 (B, D)
Day 3: St. Gheorghe
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ (B, L, D)
Day 4: Cernavoda
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your 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 Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B, L, D)
Day 5: 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
ACTIVE: Join a Jog through the park with your 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 6: Vidin
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B, L, D)
Day 7: Donji Milanovacm Serbia - Iron Gates Gorge
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 8: 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.
You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Biking Tour, or spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK (B, L, D)
Day 9: Osijek, Croatia
History and Culture of Croatia
CLASSIC: Join a morning Guided Walking 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 an OPTIONAL Guided 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 MOHÁCS (B, L, D)
Day 10: Mohacs, Hungary
Underground Tombs and Soaring Music
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour to 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 BUDAPEST (B, L, D)
Day 11: Budapest
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B, L, D)
Day 12: Vienna, Austria
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.
Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an OPTIONAL Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B, L, D)
Day 13: Vienna
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
CLASSIC: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on 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. Join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN (B, L, D)
Day 14: Dürnstein - Melk
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades
ACTIVE: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
DISCOVERY: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B, L, D)
Day 15: Passau, Germany
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
CLASSIC: Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Alternatively, join a full-day Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B, L, D)
Day 16: Regensburg
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
You may join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B, L, D)
Day 17: Roth
Living Heritage and History Lessons
DISCOVERY: While sailing to Roth, enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.
CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge, Schloss Ratibor
CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle
CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Tonight, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg.
EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B, L, D)
Day 18: Nuremberg
A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
CLASSIC: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B, L, D)
Day 19: Bamberg
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.
Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.
DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B, L, D)
Day 20: Volkach - Kitzengen
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
CLASSIC: Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
During lunch time enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen.
Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths
CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B, L, D)
Day 21: Würzburg
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.
You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B, L, D)
Day 22: Main River Village
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River village.
This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ (B, L, D)
Day 23: Mainz
Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
CLASSIC: Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.
Sail to Rüdesheim while having dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B, L, D)
Day 24: Rüdesheim - Koblenz
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
DISCOVERY: Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
DISCOVERY: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
ACTIVE: Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History
Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B, L, D)
Day 25: Cologne, Germany
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Cologne.
CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral
DISCOVERY: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B, L, D)
Day 26: Amsterdam, Holland
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
CLASSIC: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
You might consider an OPTONAL Excursion to Zaanse Schans—a quintessential Dutch town complete with windmills, waterways, and flower farms, or a Guided Optional Biking Tour to the Dutch countryside.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Day 27: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Departures & Pricing
- 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.
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.
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Fetesti)
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
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 2, 2020
Jun 3, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $650 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.