Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest 2022 - 10 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest
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Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest 2022

10 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest

Starting at $3,087


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the beautiful Balkans! Enjoy relaxing on your ship and exploring the most fascinating cities with free time and guided sightseeing. You’ll spend one night in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and spend free time exploring the lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is 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, 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: Welcome to Hungary
Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation): Guided tour; onboard welcome reception
Day 3 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill
Day 4 Ilok-Novi Sad: Guided tours
Day 5 Belgrade: Guided tour; lecture on board
Day 6 Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: Visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge
Day 7 Vidin. Excursion to-Belogradchik: Guided tour in Vidin; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations
Day 8 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 9 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 10 Bucharest: Your vacation ends this morning
Notes:
  • 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1
ACTIVE Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host

Day 2
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square

Day 3
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of 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

Day 4
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

Day 5
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

Day 6
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge

Day 7
CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements

Day 8
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

Day 9
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

Day 10
DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states

Day 11
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube

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Spend some free time exploring on your own to visit shops and museums. See the beautiful home and churches along Victory Avenue

Day 20
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

Day 21
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Day 22
BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)

Day 23
MOHÁCS

Day 24
NOVI SAD, SERBIA

Day 25
BELGRADE

Day 26
GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE

Day 27
VIDIN, BULGARIA

Day 28
ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Day 29
OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST

Day 30
BUCHAREST

Day 31
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

Day 32
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ILOK

Day 33
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAČ

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA

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Day 47 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube

Day 48 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening enjoy a dinner onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (B,D)
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Day 49 MOHÁCS
Hungarian History in a Harbor Town Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. 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 of 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ILOK
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Day 50 ILOK, CROATIA
History and Culture in 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. Enjoy a brief cruise to Novi Sad while having lunch onboard. NOVI SAD, SERBIA The Athens of Serbia 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
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Day 51 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 sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches. DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAČ
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Day 52 GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates 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 for defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac. CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge. Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
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Day 53 VIDIN, BULGARIA
Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
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Day 54 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
Fortresses and Folklore 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, OR: 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
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Day 55 OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST
The Paris of the East 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. Spend some free time exploring on your own to visit shops and museums. See the beautiful home and churches along Victory Avenue
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Day 56 BUCHAREST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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