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Active & Discovery on The Lower Danube with 2 Nights in Transylvania 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Looking for countless ways to experience four of the most fascinating European countries along the Lower Danube? Avalon’s Active & Discovery cruises present a diverse range of hands-on adventures that also engage your heart and mind throughout Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia.Our exciting menu of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions along the Lower Danube leads you off the beaten path and onto the winding bike paths, scenic hiking trails, and cultural and culinary avenues of the beautiful Balkans. Prepare to uncover the past and dive into the present in the most interactive ways. No other river cruise offers more elevating experiences on the Lower Danube than an Active & Discovery cruise.Move.Enjoy a little get-up-and-go on your cruising vacation when you:•Get ready to gush on a guided walk through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls.•Hike through the famous Belogradchik rock formations resembling people and animals in the Balkan mountain range.•Pedal from WWII to today on a historic bicycling tour through the waterfront capital of Belgrade.And be moved.Get off the beaten path and relish the world when you:•Feast on a foodie tour of Romanian cuisine – a perfect mix of Balkan, Ottoman, French and Russian influences.•Celebrate the comeback of Bulgarian wines post-communism with a music-accompanied winery tour and tasting. •Taste local honey specialties at the Museum of Beekeeping while learning about Serbia’s sweet beekeeping profession. Plus, Classic sightseeing is always available in every port along the way.Start sooner with a two-night hotel stay in Brasov to discover the beautiful and mysterious Transylvania! Avalon Choice sightseeing is the perfect highlight of your stay.Activate your senses and discover a world of wonder in all-new, entirely “you” ways on your personal, passion-packed cruise along the Lower Danube.

  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–SINAIA–BRASOV
    Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles castle. On the way, enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    BUCHAREST
    Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History

    ACTIVE Take a guided natural walk in the V?c?re?ti Nature Park. Also known as Urban Delta, this wetland is home to more than 150 different species of birds and small mammals. Enjoy this green get away and learn more about this special green area located only 4km away from the centre of Romania’s capital, Bucharest. OR:

    DISCOVERY Discover the joie de vivre of Romanian cuisine -- a tasty hodge-podge of Balkan, Ottoman, French, and Russian influences. OR:

    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 Adventure Begins

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

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SVISTOV

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    NIKOPOL. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
    Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture

    ACTIVE Follow your expert local guide through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls. 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 (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    VIDIN, BULGARIA
    Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria

    ACTIVE Enjoy a panoramic trek on the rocky landscape of Belogradchik. OR:

    DISCOVERY Get to learn everything about the production technologies of the Bulgarian wines and enjoy a tasting of the various labels produced by a local well-known winery. All accompanied by local snacks and symphonic music. OR:

    CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a visit to Baba Vida Fortress, Bulgaria’s only completely preserved medieval castle.

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

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    IRON GATES GORGE—DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR—GOLUBA?
    Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

    ACTIVE Enjoy this scenic hike through Djerdap National Park and stop along the way to taste some local specialties before returning to your Avalon ship. OR:

    DISCOVERY 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. OR:

    CLASSIC Join a guided tour of Donji Milanovac and learn the basic of the Cyrillic Serbian alphabet inside the local primary school. Meet locals and get to know the art of crocheting while learning about the history of this little Serbian town.

    Enjoy a brief sailing to Goluba?.

    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.

    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 Enjoy a guided hike tour to the Petrovaradin part of the town. Located on the right bank of the Danube, across from the main part of Novi Sad, this area will amaze you for its scenic views, OR:

    DISCOVERY Get to learn more about the beekeeper profession on this guided tour of Novi Sad by stopping to the Honey Museum and by tasting local honey specialties. 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.

    Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard.

    ILOK, CROATIA

    Croatian Heritage and Hilltop Vintages

    ACTIVE Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the easternmost town in Croatia and be mesmerized by the beauty of Ilok. OR;

    DISCOVERY Explore the town of Vukovar and meet a local beer brewer who will share with you his fascinating story during a beer tasting. OR;

    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 BELGRADE

    (B,L,D)


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    BELGRADE, SERBIA
    Fortresses and Folklore

    ACTIVE Get a real taste of Serbia on this guided bike tour focusing on the history of Belgrade, from WWII to today, OR:

    DISCOVERY Go way beyond the ordinary, and get to know Belgrade through its remarkable people and innovative minds.. OR:

    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 free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. You might consider partaking one of the Optional Excursion available.

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

    This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BELGRADE

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    BELGRADE (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (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

Port charges:
$180

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.

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
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
Belgrade: Radisson Collection Hotel Old Mill Belgrade
This 236-room property preserves the heritage of the 19th-century Old Mill in which it is partially housed and mixes modern chic with industrial design and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access is throughout. The hotel's restaurant offers modern Serbian menus with a twist and the lounge bar serves cool cocktails, leisure facilitites include a fitness centre and a spa with sauna and steam bath.
Address:
Vojvode Misica Boulevard 15
Belgrade , Serbia

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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
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 10457 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

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We have gone on several globus tours and always had a great experience. the hotels are all top notch, the travel arrangements great, the destinations and side trips wonderful.

We have taken several tours with Globus and will continue due to their professionalism, knowledge and quality of service.

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was everything we expected and more. I would definitely book another trip with Globus. I look forward to my next tour.

Globus was a highly reliable company as usual.

The Globus tour director was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and kept us occupies during the bus rides. The accommodations were very nice and conveniently located.

Globus is a first class operation. We have never gone wrong in booking a tour with Globus.

This trip to Portugal, Morocco and Spain was wonderful. A great experience from start to finish. Globus Tours are top notch.

It's usually hard to beat our expectations of a trip but Avalon most certainly did it. The atmosphere delivered, the food, the excursions and their wonderful staff made our vacation more than memorable.

Globus always provides very high quality. We were completely satisfied with our experience.

We have traveled many times with Globus. We consistently have found this tour operator to be reliable.

Excellent itinerary, outstanding guide, and a wonderful trip to a delightful country I would strongly recommend.

The tour cities and sites we visited were all great. The pace of the tour was good (not rushed with time to rest, shop or sight see on our own). Our tour director was fabulous (good communicator, knowledgeable, nice sense of humor). Our driver was a wonderful driver, I always felt safe. The extra excursions (I purchased all 4) were excellent and reasonably priced. I will use Globus again.

Globus Escapes are an economical way to travel during the off season. For me, I often prefer the off-season because there are fewer crowds. I especially appreciate the local tour guides in each area.

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