Balkan Discovery 2021
9 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest
Starting at $3,228
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Experience the extraordinary destinations of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the Balkans. You’ll cruise through the rich landscapes and cultural locales of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, the lively Hungarian capital, and cruise to Pécs, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a fascinating guided tour of the Serbian capital of Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, and 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, you’ll stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, 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.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs:||Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill|
|Day 3 Ilok-Novi Sad:||Guided tours|
|Day 4 Belgrade:||Guided tour; lecture on board|
|Day 5 Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates:||Visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; scenic cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge|
|Day 6 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik:||Guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations|
|Day 7 Rousse-Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi:||Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host|
|Day 8 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest:||Guided sightseeing in Bucharest|
|Day 9 Bucharest:||Your vacation ends this morning|
- 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.
Hotel as shown or similar
1-3 Episcopiei Bucharest Romania
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.