Embark on this 9-Day Balkan Discovery Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest on Avalon Passion. Cruise through Eastern Europe, tracing the Danube River, and explore the Balkan region. Uncover the diverse landscapes and rich cultures of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. The trip begins in Budapest, Hungary, with a visit to Pécs and its UNESCO World Heritage Site underground burial chambers.
Explore the historical treasures of Belgrade, one of Europe's oldest cities. Experience the Iron Gates Gorge, a natural boundary between Serbia and Romania. Witness the beauty of Belogradchik, Bulgaria, and Veliko Târnovo, the ancient Bulgarian capital, and the frescoes in Arbanassi's Church of the Nativity.
End your cruise in Bucharest, Romania's lively capital, often likened to the "Paris of the East."
Explore the Balkan region and discover diverse landscapes and rich cultures
Visit Pécs its underground burial chambers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Discover the historical treasures of Belgrade, one of Europe's oldest cities
Hungarian History in a Harbor Town. Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with the Adventure Host.
Active: Explore Mohacs by foot as you follow the lead of your Adventure Host Classic: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—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 Classic: Take a Guided Tour of 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.
Classic: Join a Guided tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old wine-making traditions still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
Enjoy a brief cruise to Novi Sad while having lunch onboard.
The Athens of Serbia
Active: Get your daily dose of exercise, join your Adventure Host on this walk in and around town, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second-largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications.
Active: Discover Belgrade's central walkway with your Adventure Host 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 cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
Classic: Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control for defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac.
Active: Stretch your legs, ease your mind and enjoy a walk lead by your Adventure Host Classic: Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge.
Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Join the Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active: Wander and discover this town, join your Adventure Host for a walk 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.
Active: Join a walk in the park in Rousse with your Avalon Adventure Host 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 Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
Overnight cruise to Oltenita.
Day 8: Oltenita, Romania | Disembark | 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 on your own to visit shops and museums. See the beautiful home and churches along Victory Avenue.
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.
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4 hours ago
The ability (of Kassandra) to tailor a guided trip to my exact preferences is very valuable to me, as well as the ability (of Kassandra) to provide expert guidance on destinations and travel dates. I also appreciate the ability of the backup staff (Maria Ignacio, Exito Travel) to coordinate all the details to make the travel logistics easy for the customer.
7 hours ago
Our Costa Rica trip was amazing! Kassandra planned everything and the excursions, hotels, overall organization were outstanding. Everything worked out smoothly, the excursions guides were knowledgeable allowing us to see so much of the fauna and flora of the country. The hotels were great as well, all in fantastic locations and with beautiful views.
22 hours ago
This is our 7th trip Kassandra has planned and she is wonderful to work with. She is responsive, helpful, patient and knowledgeable. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work together with her. We love Adventure Life!
1 day ago
Love Adventure Life, Mary is very experienced in the cruise department. Their post follow up after booking is great too.
1 day ago
Responsiveness and follow through along with staff being very personable.