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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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bucharest, Romania
Day 2 : Bucharest | Fetesti | Embark
Day 3 : St. Gheorghe | Danube Delta
Day 4 : Cernavoda | Constanta
Day 5 : Rousse
Day 6 : Vidin
Day 7 : Donji Milanovac | Iron Gates
Day 8 : Belgrade
Day 9 : Osijek, Croatia
Day 10 : Mohacs, Hungary
Day 11 : Budapest
Day 12 : Budapest
Day 13 : Bratislavia
Day 14 : Vienna, Austria
Day 15 : Dürnstein | Wachau Valley
Day 16 : Linz
Day 17 : Schlogen Oxbow | Passau
Day 18 : Deggendorf | Disembark

Highlights

  • 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.”
  • Join a guided tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks
  • Discover the Romanian capital city of Bucharest

Ship

Avalon Passion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Admire Roman-inspired architecture in Bucharest Wander the grounds of Belvedere Palace, Vienna Admire the artistry of Linz Enjoy the tranquility of Durnstein Wander around the charming region of Veliko Tarnovo Explore the countryside surrounding Belgrade
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Day 1 Bucharest, Romania

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.

Day 2 Bucharest | Fetesti | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 St. Gheorghe | Danube Delta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 to its delta into the Black Sea.

Day 4 Cernavoda | Constanta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Rousse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Vidin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 Donji Milanovac | Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 9 Osijek, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 10 Mohacs, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Take a guided tour to nearby Pécs 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.

Day 11 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 12 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 13 Bratislavia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 14 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 15 Dürnstein | Wachau Valley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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
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.

Day 16 Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 17 Schlogen Oxbow | Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen 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.

Day 18 Deggendorf | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon.
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Travelers currently booked on departures from March 14-June 30, 2020 can rebook to any voyage departing before December 31, 2022, with no rebooking fees. Plus, receive a travel credit of $200 per person redeemable for future travel. 
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new reservations made from March 24, 2020, forward travelers have the option to cancel their trip up to three days prior to departure and normal cancellation penalties will be waived. Deposits remain non-refundable. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

Throughout the Ship:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms:
  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.
Health & Fitness:
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host
Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • 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
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.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.
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