Avalon Waterways - Balkan Discovery

Budapest to Bucharest

State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise visiting Hungary, Serbia & Bulgaria

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing! Embark your ship in Budapest, the lively Hungarian capital and cruise to Pécs, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next stop is in Croatia, with a guided sightseeing of Osijek. 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 and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes. To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honour of WWI soldiers.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1:   BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (D)

DAY 2:   MOHACS

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-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 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 OSIJEK (B,L,D)

DAY 3:   OSIJEK, CROATIA

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 Tvr?a, 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 the famous marshland area of Kopa?ki rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)

DAY 4:   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. 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 cafes, 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 5:   GOLUBAC-DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR-IRON GATES GORGE

Ancient 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 and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B,L,D)

DAY 6:   VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria 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 (B,L,D)

DAY 7:   ROUSSE. VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore 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, 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 (B,L,D)

DAY 8:   OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)-BUCHAREST

A Night in 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 this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)

DAY 9:   BUCHAREST

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 

Includes

  • Deluxe 8-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.  Large 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.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • 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 Avalon 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 & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
  • Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing
 

Bonus

SAVE up to $3,482 per couple. Offer ends 16 December 2019.

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Price per person, based on double occupancy for 14 April 2020 departure CAT D


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