Iconic Rivers of Europe with 2 Nights in Transylvania 2020
Iconic Rivers of Europe with 2 Nights in Transylvania 2020
Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Artistry II
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Mon, May 11, 2020
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Sat, Jun 06, 2020
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River Cruise Itinerary
From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise vacation across Europe is truly an adventure!Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafés, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. In Germany, enjoy a guided city walk in 2,000-year-old Cologne. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Melk, Austria, offers the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein, famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing introduces you to three capitals: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.Leave your ship in Oltenita, and head for Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, also known as the “Paris of the East.” A guided tour will show you many of its historical treasures. To round out this timeless European River Cruise, enjoy guided sightseeing in Bucharest, known as the “Paris of the East and a stay in Transylvania with a visit to Dracula’s Bran Castle.
Day 1 (Mon, May 11, 2020): AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.You may plan your arrival for early in the day to explore Amsterdam before your cruise.Perhaps take advantage of an optional excursion to explore the quintessential dutch village of Zaanse Schans with its picturesque waterways, windmills, and flower farms. You might also join an optional culinary walk through Amsterdam for a taste of authentic Dutch favorites.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(D)
Day 2 (Tue, May 12, 2020): AMSTERDAMCanals of Colorful AmsterdamCLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You might consider an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE(B,L,D)
Day 3 (Wed, May 13, 2020): COLOGNE, GERMANYProst! Celebrate in the RhinelandStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD(B,L,D)
Day 4 (Thu, May 14, 2020): BOPPARDA Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine GorgeTake advantage of free time instead to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast. Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.RÜDESHEIMEat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.This evening, enjoy a special performance on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ(B,L,D)
Day 5 (Fri, May 15, 2020): MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERGCastle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of WineCLASSIC Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel. Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner on your first night onboard. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE(B,L,D)
Day 6 (Sat, May 16, 2020): MAIN RIVER VILLAGEHidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River village.This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment onboard.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7 (Sun, May 17, 2020): WÜRZBURGA Pearl of a Day on the Romantic RoadCLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco, OR:ACTIVE Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG(B,L,D)
Day 8 (Mon, May 18, 2020): KITZINGENBavarian Wines and MythsCLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime.VOLKACHBavarian Beauty on the Main RiverCLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG(B,L,D)
Day 9 (Tue, May 19, 2020): BAMBERGOne Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven HillsCLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)
Day 10 (Wed, May 20, 2020): NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICHA King’s Palace and Town Halls Old and New in Modern MunichCLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG(B,L,D)
Day 11 (Thu, May 21, 2020): ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERGLiving Heritage and History LessonsCLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR: CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, and gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.DISCOVERY Later, enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG(B,L,D)
Day 12 (Fri, May 22, 2020): REGENSBURGMagical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval MiracleCLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU(B,L,D)
Day 13 (Sat, May 23, 2020): PASSAUGo for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.LINZ, AUSTRIAThe Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and MusicEnjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK(B,L,D)
Day 14 (Sun, May 24, 2020): MELK—WACHAU VALLEYStriking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, OR:ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. VIENNAVienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 15 (Mon, May 25, 2020): VIENNARoyal Collections, and Amusing Attractions CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg Empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST(B,L,D)
Day 16 (Tue, May 26, 2020): BUDAPEST, HUNGARYThe 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.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST(B,L,D)
Day 17 (Wed, May 27, 2020): BUDAPESTTime to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections. Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS(B,L,D)
Day 18 (Thu, May 28, 2020): MOHÁCSArchaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill 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 OSIJEK(B,L,D)
Day 19 (Fri, May 29, 2020): OSIJEK, CROATIAHistory and Culture of CroatiaCLASSIC Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.CLASSIC Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE(B,L,D)
Day 20 (Sat, May 30, 2020): 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 churches.DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history 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.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAC(B,L,D)
Day 21 (Sun, May 31, 2020): GOLUBAC—DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGEAncient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates CLASSIC Visit the Fortress of Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. For the most part, the fortress was a sort of “a border control” of the past and couple of time was a knot of conflicts between Serbia, Habsburg Monarchy and Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac. 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.Sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge— a natural border between Serbia and Romania. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN(B,L,D)
Day 22 (Mon, Jun 01, 2020): VIDIN, BULGARIARocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in BulgariaCLASSIC 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(B,L,D)
Day 23 (Tue, Jun 02, 2020): ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSIONCliff Houses, Castle Ruins, 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 to 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(B,L,D)
Day 24 (Wed, Jun 03, 2020): OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHARESTDisembark your Ship and transfer to Bucharest.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.After the visit drive to Brasov for the night. (B)
Day 25 (Thu, Jun 04, 2020): BRASOVCLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour of Brasov and admire its gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. In the evening depart for Bran Castle of Dracula lore. CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Bran Castle—the 1377 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire, followed by a dinner in this amazing location. (B,D)
Day 26 (Fri, Jun 05, 2020): BRASOV–SINAIA–BUCHARESTA Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East.” CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour of Visit Peles Castle,— the summer residence of the royal family until 1947.Drive out the Carpathians to Bucharest and 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. (B)
Day 27 (Sat, Jun 06, 2020): BUCHARESTYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)
- 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.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk
Day 6 Würzburg: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike
Day 7 Marktbreit: guided tour
Day 8 Kitzingen–Volkach: guided tours
Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz
Day 11 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board; beer tasting on board
Day 12 Regensburg: guided walking tour
Day 13 Passau–Linz: guided walking tour in Passau
Day 14 Melk–Wachau Valley: guided tour of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley
Day 15 Vienna: guided tour
Day 16 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
Day 17 Budapest: day at leisure
Day 18 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill
Day 19 Osijek: guided tour; concert performance
Day 20 Belgrade: lecture on board; guided tour
Day 21 Golubac–Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates: visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramaticIron Gates gorge
Day 22 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations
Day 23 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi–Rousse: choice of full day guided tour, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided tour in Rousse
Day 24 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Brasov: transfer to Bucharest, guided sightseeing
Day 25 Brasov: Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle
Day 26 Brasov–Sinaia–Bucharest: visit Peles Castle
Day 27 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
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.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367, in twin room from $160 to $242
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $394,in twin room from $85 to $217
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.