10% off Young Traveler discount based on the full land-only cost of the tour. Only applies to Globus and Cosmos; does not apply to Avalon Waterways, vacations including Oberammergau or Escapes Vacations by Globus. To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
Traveling party of 5, 6, or 7 must travel from same origination point and must be advised at the time of booking. Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, vacations including Oberammergau or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with other group allowances. Travelers already traveling at a discount, such as children, do not count toward the party total. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
The Welcome Back Credit will be awarded upon completion of Globus family of brands vacations from 2019 onward. Credit amount can only be applied to the land/cruise or cruise only portion of a new Globus family of brands vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus, 2020 Oberammergau, select Cosmos tours, Monograms City Getaways, and Custom/Charter vacations). Credit amount is per person and must be redeemed for a future vacation with a deposit within 2 years from date of credit issue. Bookings can be made by contacting your preferred travel agent. Passenger name or past invoice number is required to redeem the credit. Combinable with all applicable consumer promotions except those with any Globus family of brands special discount programs of the vacation price. Credit is not redeemable for cash, non-refundable deposit, airfare, transfers, travel insurance, prepaid gratuities, pre/post nights, or optional excursions and is non-transferrable. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Valid for all participating Globus family of brands offices. Additional restrictions may apply.
See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing!You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest–Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: 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.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening.
Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to shop in the Great Market Hall or take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery.
This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening enjoy a dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
Day 4: 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 with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
Day 5: BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
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.
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 typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
Day 6: DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR– 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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE
Day 7: CETATE, ROMANIA
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Jog along the river bank.
CLASSIC Visit the Danube’s old grain–shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties.
Sail to Vidin this afternoon.
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 NIKOPOL
Day 8: NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings
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.
As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse.
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”
You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse–dubbed “Little Vienna” for its baroque and neoclassical buildings.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
ACTIVE Join an afternoon Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
Day 9: 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.
Day 10: BUCHAREST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $263 to $361, in twin room from $148 to $197
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139
Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $171
B / Sapphire Deck / $985
A / Sapphire Deck / $1028
P / Royal Deck / $1113
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1885
It's simple: You refer your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.Read More