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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany with 2 Nights in Transylvania 2021

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Tour Itinerary

Follow the graceful waterways from the Danube Delta through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria with stunning views along your Danube River cruise. Sail from the Danube Delta at the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other. Begin your European vacation before your cruise in Transylvania. Drive into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle by night, spend two nights in Brasov and enjoy a guided tour by day. Enjoy sightseeing in Bucharest, including the Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances. Travel to Cernavodă to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans—Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge, visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. You’ll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Take a guided tour of delightful Dürnstein and explore Melk’s Benedictine Abbey above the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Visit Austria’s lovely city of Linz, then pass through the beautiful Schlögen Oxbow river bend on your way to Passau—Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Your Danube River cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.

  1. Day 1
    BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    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.
  2. Day 2
    BUCHAREST–SINAIA–BRASOV
    Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles castle. This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    BRASOV
    Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov followed by free time. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    BRASOV–BUCHAREST–CERNAVODA (EMBARKATION)


    CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion in Bucharest, see the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Join your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon, for embarkation in Cernavoda.

    DISCOVERY After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO DANUBE DELTA
    A River’s Entrance into the Sea

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

    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 at the Black Sea.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HÂRȘOVA

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    HÂRȘOVA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
    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 Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
    Fortresses and Fountains in “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 walk through the park with your Avalon 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 Bulgarian revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.

    Later, join your ship in Svistov.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    VIDIN
    Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty

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

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vidin before joining a Guided Tour to Belogradchik. See the remarkable rock formations on the slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of nature’s elements.

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

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR
    Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates

    Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    BELGRADE
    Fortresses and Folklore

    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

    (B,L,D)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    MOHÁCS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PÉCS
    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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    BUDAPEST
    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

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

    This afternoon choose among a wide offer 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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    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 sight of royal coronations at 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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

    CLASSIC Explore 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—summer home of the Habsburg Empire.

    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.

    This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    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

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  18. Day 18
    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 Cesky Krumlov.

    You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  19. Day 19
    SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU, GERMANY
    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.

    Before sailing to Deggendorf, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  20. Day 20
    DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gateway city for departures is Munich.

Port charges:
$448

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.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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 / $455
B / Sapphire Deck / $2,855
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,970
P / Royal Deck / $3,198
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5,484

Bucharest: Athenee Palace Hilton
Explore Bucharest from the glorious Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel, one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and enjoys views of Revolution Square and is close to Bucharest's many local attractions.
Address:
1-3 Episcopiei
Bucharest , Romania
Brasov: Kronwell Brasov Hotel
The Kronwell hotel in Brasov boasts stylishly luxurious guestrooms equipped with state-of-the art facilities, as well as free of charge wireless internet access that will satisfy the hotel's most exclusive guests. This centrally located hotel offers a stylish à la carte restaurant, a casual bar, a sleek European/Asian bistro and formal dining with a terrace. The spa has an indoor pool, a fitness studio and sauna.
Address:
Bulevardul Garii Nr 7A
Brasov , Romania

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Globus Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 8904 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

My trip was fantastic, hotels, staff and guide your director was outstanding!!! Very happy with my trip, and will book another trip again we Affortable tours !

Fantastic trip. One of the best trips I ever took.

The tour operator are exceptional professional and friendly

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