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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany

1 Night Hotel in Bucharest and 16-Night Cruise from Cernavodai to Deggendorf

Avalon Jewels of Central Europe

Bucharest to Deggendorf - 18 days

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Detailed Itinerary:

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- Cernavoda (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. Travel to Cernavoda to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

CERNAVODA (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

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 to its delta into the Black Sea.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HÂRȘOVA

Day 4: HÂRȘOVA

Romania’s Cultural Legacies

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

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

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,

-OR-

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, as well as the Bulgarian revival architecture in the15th-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

Day 6: Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vidin before joining 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

Day 7: Donji Milanovac, Serbia - Iron Gates Gorge

Ancient Artifacts and 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.

Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubač.

GOLUBAČ

A Formidable Fortress

CLASSIC Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

Day 8: Belgrade

Fortresses and Folklore

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NOVI SAD

Day 9: Novi Sad

A Capital of Culture

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications.

Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard.

ILOK, CROATIA

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

Day 10: Mohacs, Hungary

Underground Tombs and Heavenly Music

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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 11: Budapest

Hungary’s Captivating Capital

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 12: Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take a free day to explore, with time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

Day 13: Bratislava, Slovakia

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle

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

During lunch time enjoy a short sailing to Hainburg.

HAINBURG, AUSTRIA

Enjoy some free time in the village of Hainburg or take a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the natural beauties of this area.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 14: Vienna, Austria

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

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

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.

Spend free time strolling in the Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride to a local café for Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

Day 15: Dürnstein - Wachau Valley

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.

YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

DISCOVERY This afternoon, learn more about sweet Austrian pastry. A workshop in a local bakery with an expert chef will let you create your own, pastry, fill it and enjoy it as well, OR:

CLASSIC Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town, OR:

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 at a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ

Day 16: Linz

Legendary Lovely Linz

Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

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.

Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

Borrow a bicycle with a picnic from ship, or hike the nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of Linz and the Danube.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

Day 17: Schlögen Oxbow - Passau

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” OR

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Spend free time strolling on Passau’s cobblestone streets and Artists’ Alley or maybe catch a concert rehearsal at St. Stephen’s Cathedral rehearsal.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF

Day 18: Deggendorf (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:
  • A valid passport is rquired 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 rare event that the high-speed train is unavailable, alternative arrangements will be made.
  • 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 reserves 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 Bucharest

    Cruise Start Date

    Category E- Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

    Category D - Lower deck aft w/ fixed windows
    Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
    Category A- Middle Deck w/ french balcony
    Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
    Suite -
    Upper Deck w/ french balcony
    Jul 18, 2021
    $8,177
    $8,632
    $11,032
    $11,147
    $11,375

    $13,661

    Aug 29, 2021
    $8,577
    $9,032
    $11,432
    $11,547
    $11,775
    $14,061
    Oct 10, 2021
    $8,277
    $8,732
    $11,132
    $11,247
    $11,475

    $13,761

    May 2, 2022
    $8,327
    $8,782
    $11,297
    $11,411
    $11,639

    $14,039

    Jun 13, 2022
    $8,477
    $8,932
    $11,447
    $11,561
    $11,789

    $14,189

    Jul 25, 2022
    $8,277
    $8,732
    $11,247
    $11,361
    $11,489

    $13,989

    Sep 5, 2022
    $8,877
    $9,332
    $11,847
    $11,961
    $12,189

    $14,589

    Oct 17, 2022
    $8,177
    $8,632
    $11,147
    $11,261
    $11,389

    $13,889

    IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
    Port charges: Additional $448 per passenger.
    For Single Passenger: 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:

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