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Avalon Waterways Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Rhine, Main & Danube – Eastbound (WAO)

22 days Amsterdam to Bucharest 
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. On to Germany for a guided city walk in the 2,000-year-old Cologne. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River and stop in delightful Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. In Melk, Austria, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein—famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing in each city 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.

To round out this timeless 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.

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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

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 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 7 Marktbreit. Excursion to Rothenburg: guided sightseeing in Rothenburg

Day 8 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall

Day 9 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Roth; or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 10 Regensburg: guided walking tour; special treat

Day 11 Passau–Linz: guided walking tour in Passau

Day 12 Melk–Wachau Valley-Vienna: guided tour of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley

Day 13 Vienna: guided tour

Day 14 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 15 Budapest: day at leisure

Day 16 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill

Day 17 Belgrade: lecture on board; guided tour

Day 18 Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramaticIron Gates gorge

Day 19 Cetate–Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: visit to the cultural port in Cetate; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations

Day 20 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 21 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest

Day 22 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Amsterdam. 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.

Spend free time exploring the colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(D)
Day 2AMSTERDAM
 Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht.

You may join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—the best-kept medieval castle in Holland.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

(B,L,D)
Day 3COLOGNE, GERMANY
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Start 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! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)
Day 4RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei.

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:

ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

DISCOVERY Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)
Day 5MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
 Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 6WÜRZBURG
 A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

Explore the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 7MARKTBREIT. EXCURSION TO ROTHENBURG
 Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town

CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg—seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria’s Romantic Road, OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(B,L,D)
Day 8BAMBERG
 One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(B,L,D)
Day 9ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
 Living Heritage and History Lessons

ACTIVE Go for an early Morning Run with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC 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’s 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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 10REGENSBURG
 Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see the 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

(B,L,D)
Day 11PASSAU
 Go 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.”

You may join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz.

LINZ, AUSTRIA

A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte

This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own before cruising to Melk.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

(B,L,D)
Day 12MELK—WACHAU VALLEY
 Striking 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.

Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon.

VIENNA

Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 13VIENNA
 Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

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; or a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 14BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
 The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 15BUDAPEST
 Time 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 16MOHÁCS
 Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill. OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

(B,L,D)
Day 17BELGRADE, SERBIA
 Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge.

Explore the city on your own this afternoon and discover Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

This evening, you might like to join an Optional Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

(B,L,D)
Day 18DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE
 Ancient Artifacts and the Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir— the Mesolithic archaeological site of prehistoric cultures.

After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge— a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE

(B,L,D)
Day 19CETATE, ROMANIA
 A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank.

CLASSIC Visit the Danube’s old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties before sailing for Vidin, Bulgaria this afternoon.

VIDIN, BULGARIA

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 NIKOPOL

(B,L,D)
Day 20NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI
 Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings

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.

As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse.

ROUSSE

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse—dubbed “Little Vienna” for its Baroque and neoclassical buildings.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing tour to Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

ACTIVE Join an afternoon Run 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 21OLTENITA, 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, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

(B)
Day 22BUCHAREST
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$520

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

All prices per person based on double occupancy.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139

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.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $569
B / Sapphire Deck / $3283
A / Sapphire Deck / $3426
P / Royal Deck / $3711
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $6283

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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