From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history.You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Sail through the Balkans, and on to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Visit vibrant Vienna, and explore the exquisite city of Prague. You’ll have time to fully enjoy this “Golden City” on your own, in addition to a guided city walk to see such sights as Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague.
Day 1 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
The day is yours to explore this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue
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 Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon 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
Day 3 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
From the Black Forest to the Black 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 of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 4 CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon 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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
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 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 the 15th-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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 6 VIDIN
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 7 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR
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—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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 8 BELGRADE, SERBIA
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 remaining 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
(B,L,D) BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY
Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 10 BUDAPEST
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 11 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 12 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls
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.
Enjoy live entertainment on board tonight as you prepare to sail.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 13 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s Habsburg Dynasty collection.
CLASSIC Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or join in more Guided Sightseeing of Vienna.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional 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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 14 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 for a 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.
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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment as you sail.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 15 LINZ
Fall in Love with Linz—Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk through the 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 visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Český 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 16 PASSAU–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW
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.”
Spend your free time hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF Breakfast
Day 17 DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (DISEMBARKATION)–REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk in Regensburg and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today’s modern and vibrant Regensburg Breakfast
Day 18 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Explore the City of 100 Spires
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Later, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague along Charles Bridge and Mala Strana.
Sample plum dumplings or Pilsner lager by the Vltava River, meet the locals, and see street performers in Wenceslas Square.This evening, you might join an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting Breakfast
Day 19 PRAGUE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.