AVALON 2020: The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany with 2 Nights in Transylvania (WODQ)
20 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Deggendorf
Follow the graceful waterways from the Danube Delta through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria with stunning views along your Danube River cruise. Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary's capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other. Begin your European vacation before your cruise in Transylvania. Drive into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle, visit Dracula's Bran Castle by night, spend two nights in Brasov and enjoy a guided tour by day. Enjoy sightseeing in Bucharest, including the Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances.Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans-Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world's largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. You'll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic town of Pecs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest-the 'Pearl of the Danube.' Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna's historic Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Take a guided tour of delightful Durnstein and explore Melk's Benedictine Abbey above the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Visit Austria's lovely city of Linz, then pass through the beautiful Schlogen Oxbow river bend on your way to Passau-Germany's 'City of Three Rivers. Your Danube River cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.
|Day 1||Bucharest||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||Brasov||Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. THIS AFTERNOON CONTINUE TO BRASOV FOR THE NIGHT.(B,D)|
|Day 3||Brasov||Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov followed by free time. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Fetesti||Join a Guided Excursion in Bucharest, see the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city 's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Join your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon, for embarkation in Fetesti.DISCOVERY After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE(B,D)|
|Day 5||St. Gheorghe||A 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 to its delta into the Black Sea. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Cernavoda||Romanian 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||Rousse||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 Join a walk 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 Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, as well as the Bulgarian revival architecture in the15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Vidin||Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vidin before joining 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.This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC(B,L,D)|
|Day 9||IRON GATES GORGE||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 10||Belgrade||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 sites, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox churches. You may choose to spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK(B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Osijek||History and Culture of Croatia CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.DISCOVERY Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Vukovar. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Mohacs||Underground Tombs and Soaring Music CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pecs 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 BUDAPEST(B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Budapest||Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating CapitalCLASSIC 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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST(B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Budapest||The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of EuropeWith a free day to explore, take time to 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Bratislava||Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals to Castles CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin's Cathedral.Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA(B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Vienna||Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte DISCOVERY Visit Austria's largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, OR: CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride to a local cafe for Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN(B,L,D)|
|Day 17||Wachau Valley||Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.MELK Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ (B,L,D)|
|Day 18||Linz||Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte! CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk through the city's historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column. Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Alternatively, feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz's beautiful nature trails to Postlingberg for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)|
|Day 19||Passau||Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet This morning, cruise through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful 'City of Three Rivers.' ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists' Alley or peek into St. Stephen's Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF (B,L,D)|
|Day 20||Deggendorf||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon.(B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Port charges:$416Gratuities 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 Bucharest:in single room from $153 to $394, in twin room from $85 to $217All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $455B / Sapphire Deck / $2,627A / Sapphire Deck / $2,741P / Royal Deck / $2,970Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5,027NOTE:
- Special Interest Cruise: Wine Appreciation April 20
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