Board Avalon Passion and start the cruise in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour which continues through the striking landscapes of the Balkans. 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. Tour the historic town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s landmarks and delightful Dürnstein and Melk. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers before cruising to Deggendorf.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a wine tasting on board
Explore Passau and learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
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, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
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.
Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
FETESTI | EMBARK
Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon siote ship this afternoon. Discovery: After dinner, attend an onboard lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
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 Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
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 Târnovo 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.
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.
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.
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 cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning or join an optional excursion to the city of Vukovar, Croatia’s undiscovered pearl.
Classic: Join a morning guided walking tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, 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.
Classic: 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 cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
With 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.
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 Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through Kärntnerstrasse the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride to a local café for Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.
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 Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
Fresh fruit available throughout the day
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.
Avalon has designedincluded activitieswith a choice of experiences.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.