The Danube, from the Black Sea to Budapest - BBC19
Number of Days: 12
Begin your exciting holiday with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary - known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honour of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. You’ll take part on an exciting excursion to the serene Danube Delta a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, see Belogradchik’s eclectic group of 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, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy 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. Set along the banks of the Danube River, the capital of Hungary offers an eclectic mix of activities. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square. And with free time to explore on your own, perhaps walk across one or more of the city’s famous bridges, shop for Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery, and bask in the coffee house culture with a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café.
From the Black Sea to Budapest, your European river cruise will take your breath away with the spectacular beauty and grace of the legendary Danube River and its stops along the way.
12 DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA.Welcome 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, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.DAY 2. BUCHAREST-FETESTI (EMBARKATION).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-honouring 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 Suite Ship this afternoon. FETESTI (EMBARKATION): Your Balkan Adventure Begins. Explore your 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 3. ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA.A Mighty River's Entrance into the 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 CERNAVODA (B,L,D)DAY 4. CERNAVODA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA.Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaelogical Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)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 - Go for an Active Run through the park with your Host. Sail to Svistov, OR: CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-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 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, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)DAY 7. DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA-IRON GATES GORGE. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION.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-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 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 sights, 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 cafes, 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 MOHACS (B,L,D)DAY 9. MOHACS, HUNGARY.Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Host. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pecs 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 10. 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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. (B)DAY 11. BUDAPEST.Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders. Spend 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 12. BUDAPEST.Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
- Spacious accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
- Private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
- Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
- Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
- Onboard local entertainment.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
- A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
- An Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
- Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
- Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides and Excursion Drivers are included on the cruise portion only.
- From $6,300 - Various dates available from April - October 2019