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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany

1 Night Hotel in Bucharest and 16-Night Cruise from Fetesti 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- 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.

In Fetesti:

Your Balkan Adventure Begins

Explore your 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 (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 to its delta into the Black Sea.

EVENING/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,

-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 (B, L, D)

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 (B,L, D)

Day 7: Donji Milanovac, 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

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 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.

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

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

Welcome to 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 (B, L, D)

Day 12: Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

With a free day to explore, take 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 (B, L, D)

Day 13: 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.

Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)

Day 14: Vienna, Austria

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

DISCOVERY: Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.

CLASSIC: Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.

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

In your free time why not stroll through 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 (B, L, D)

Day 15: Dürnstein - Wachau Valley

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

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 Melk.

In Melk:

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

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 (B, L, D)

Day 16: Linz

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.

Consider a full-day Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Alternatively, feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B, L, D)

Day 17: Schlögen Oxbow - Passau

Go for Baroque in 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: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

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

Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.

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

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
    Apr 20, 2020
    $7,968
    $8,423
    $10,595
    $10,709
    $10,938

    $12,995

    May 18, 2020
    $8,418
    $8,873
    $11,045
    $11,159
    $11,388
    $13,445
    Jun 15, 2020
    $8,318
    $8,773
    $10,945
    $11,059
    $11,288
    $13,345
    Jul 13, 2020
    $8,118
    $8,573
    $10,745
    $10,859
    $11,543
    $13,145
    Aug 10, 2020
    $8,118
    $8,573
    $10,745
    $10,859
    $11,543
    $13,145
    Sep 7, 2020
    $8,818
    $9,273
    $11,445
    $11,559
    $11,788
    $13,845
    Oct 5, 2020
    $8,318
    $8,773
    $10,945
    $11,059
    $11,288
    $13,345
    IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
    Denotes departure offered as a "Wine Lovers" cruise.
    Port charges: Additional $416 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 Fetesti on embarkation day
• 16 night Cruise from Fetesti 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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