River Cruise Itinerary
Begin your exciting vacation with an excursion from Bucharest to Transylvania where you’ll visit the Bran Castle of Dracula fame, believed to be the home of Romanian vampires. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.Bucharest, Romania, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. Your river cruise will take you through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square. From the Danube’s delta at the Black Sea to beautiful Budapest and legendary Transylvania, you’ll long remember the discoveries, delights, and pure enjoyment of your European river cruise.
Day 1 (Sun, Sep 08, 2019): BUCHAREST, ROMANIAWelcome 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.
Day 2 (Mon, Sep 09, 2019): BUCHAREST. EXCURSION TO TRANSYLVANIA–BRASOVDepart Bucharest for Bran Castle of Dracula lore. Take a Guided Tour of the 1377 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire. Continue to Brasov for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 3 (Tue, Sep 10, 2019): BRASOV–BUCHARESTJoin a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov, followed by an afternoon drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle.(B,L)
Day 4 (Wed, Sep 11, 2019): BUCHARESTBeautiful 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. FETESTI (EMBARKATION) 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(B,D)
Day 5 (Thu, Sep 12, 2019): ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTAA Mighty River’s Entrance into the SeaCLASSIC 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(B,L,D)
Day 6 (Fri, Sep 13, 2019): CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTARomanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black SeaStart 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(B,L,D)
Day 7 (Sat, Sep 14, 2019): ROUSSE, BULGARIAFortresses 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 Go for an Active 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 (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in 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(B,L,D)
Day 8 (Sun, Sep 15, 2019): VIDINRocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in BulgariaCLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC(B,L,D)
Day 9 (Mon, Sep 16, 2019): DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE.LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSIONAncient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of 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. 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(B,L,D)
Day 10 (Tue, Sep 17, 2019): BELGRADE, SERBIAFortresses 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 sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox Church. 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)
Day 11 (Wed, Sep 18, 2019): MOHÁCS, HUNGARYArchaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.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(B,L,D)
Day 12 (Thu, Sep 19, 2019): BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing tour of Budapest, 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.(B)
Day 13 (Fri, Sep 20, 2019): BUDAPESTHungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic WondersSpend a leisurely day exploring the beautiful city of Budapest once more. Take time for shopping in the Great Market Hall or 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.You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.(B)
Day 14 (Sat, Sep 21, 2019): BUDAPESTYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)