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Avalon Waterways The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest – Cruise Only Westbound (WOB0)

9 days Bucharest to Budapest 
This deluxe river cruise through Eastern Europe stops in fascinating cities in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary—and offers exciting inland excursions.

Join your river cruise vacation in Bucharest with a transfer to Fetesti where your journey along the Danube River begins. Sail to the mouth of the Danube, where it flows into the Black Sea, and cruise through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of 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. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you’ll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe concludes in Hungary’s capital of Budapest. You’ll disembark from your Suite Ship in this “Pearl of the Danube” with many new experiences to share, and new sights on future adventures to come.

Ships: Passion - Illumination
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/24/19, 09/11/19, 09/25/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/05/19, 07/03/19, 07/31/19, 08/28/19, 10/23/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/23/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/25/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/20/18, 10/18/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration

Day 3 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse

Day 5 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; and, see the rock formations in Belogradchik

Day 6 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on board

Day 8 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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WOB - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
 Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

Flights into Bucharest must arrive by Noon.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

FETESTI (EMBARKATION)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins

Explore your Avalon Suite 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

(D)
Day 2ST. 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 CERNAVODĂ

(B,L,D)
Day 3CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
 Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea

Start 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 4ROUSSE, 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 Jog 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 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. 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 5VIDIN
 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 6DONJI 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 7BELGRADE, 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 Church.

You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, 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 MOHÁCS

(B,L,D)
Day 8MOHÁCS, HUNGARY
 Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture

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

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to 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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 9BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not depart Budapest before 9 am.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$208

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights not available.

All 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 / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $227
B / Sapphire Deck / $1313
A / Sapphire Deck / $1370
P / Royal Deck / $1485
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2513

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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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*08/09/2018 $3,499.00
*10/18/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,349.00
*10/25/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,249.00
*04/24/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,749.00
*06/05/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,949.00
*07/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,949.00
*07/31/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,949.00
*08/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,949.00
*09/11/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
*09/25/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,099.00
*10/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
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