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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Sail from Romania to Hungary’s capital of Budapest through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria on your European river cruise. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace Square. Travel to Oltenita to embark on your Danube River cruise, 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 fortress and tremendous 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.” You’ll take a guided walk through Bratislava, Slovakia before cruising to Vienna—the “City of Music.” Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit delightful Dürnstein and Melk—charming towns in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Take a guided tour and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey high above Melk. Visit Austria’s lovely city of Linz with a tour of the city’s historic sites, then pass through the horseshoe bend of the Danube—the beautiful Schlögen Oxbow—on your way to Passau. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers before cruising to Vilshofen, Germany, for the conclusion of your Danube River cruise.

  1. 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.

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  2. Day 2
    BUCHAREST
    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 Oltenita to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

    OLTENITA (EMBARKATION)

    Your Balkan Adventure Begins

    Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    CERNAVODA. 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 Archaelogical Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

    DISCOVERY Enjoy a visit to a local winery to learn about traditional Romanian wines with a tasting.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
    Fortresses and Fountains in “Little Vienna”

    ACTIVE Join a walk through the park in Rousse with your Avalon Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    VIDIN
    Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty

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

    ACTIVE Wander and discover this town, join your Adventure Host for a walk, OR:

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    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—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

    ACTIVE Stretch your legs, ease your mind and enjoy a walk lead by your Adventure Host, OR:

    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 Goluba?.

    GOLUBA?

    A Formidable Fortress

    CLASSIC Visit the Fortress of Goluba?, 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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    BELGRADE
    Fortresses and Folklore

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Discover Belgrade's central walkway with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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.

    DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NOVI SAD

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    NOVI SAD
    A Capital of Culture

    ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise, join your Adventure Host on this walk in and around town, OR:

    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.

    ACTIVE Enjoy a walking tour in Novi Sad along the narrow streets that climb slowly to the top of the hill above the city to Petrovaradin Fortress, OR:

    DISCOVERY Experience the sweet life in Serbia with a visit and tasting at the Museum of Beekeeping and Živanovi? Wine Cellar in Sremski Karlovci.

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ILOK

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    ILOK, CROATIA
    Croatian Heritage and Hilltop Vintages

    DISCOVERY Take a walking tour of Ilok with a wine tasting in a local cellar with stories of Croatian tradition.

    VUKOVAR, CROATIA

    The Heroic Town on the Danube

    CLASSIC Enjoy a walking tour of Vukovar, the city the largest river port in Croatia.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    MOHÁCS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PÉCS
    Underground Tombs and Heavenly Music

    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 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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    BUDAPEST
    Hungary’s Captivating Capital

    ACTIVE Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. 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

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
    Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle

    ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR:

    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.

    This afternoon, enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

    ACTIVE Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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, OR:

    CLASSIC Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY
    A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins

    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, OR:

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

    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.

    ACTIVE Alternatively join your Adventure Host for a bike along the river.

    YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK

    Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

    CLASSIC Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Walk through the doors of Austrian history with a guided sightseeing tour of Artstetten Castle, 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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. 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 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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    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.

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

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

    Before sailing to Vilshofen, 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 VILSHOFEN

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  18. Day 18
    VILSHOFEN (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Munich airport before 8 am.

    (B)

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    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.

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Accommodations

Gateway city for departures is Munich.

Port charges:
$480

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.

Bucharest: Radisson Blu
Overlooking the former Royal Palace and near the Romanian Athenaeum Concert Hall and Cismigiu Park, the Radisson Blu provides modern accommodation in the heart of Romania's capital. Guests can choose from the exclusive selection of five on site restaurants and three bars. The hotel also hosts the World Class Health Academy including indoor 22-meter swimming, outdoor Jacuzzi and pool, gym and fitness facilities. When you feel like relaxing, visit our Bali Spa, offering a nice menu of massages and body treatments (against a fee). Within the same complex as the Radisson Blu Hotel you can enjoy Romania's biggest casino.
Address:
Calea Victoriei 63 - 81 Sector 1
Bucharest , Romania

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