2019 : Balkan Discovery (WBO) - Passion
10 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest
See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing-so you don't miss a thing!
You'll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Heroes' Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen's Bastion. On an excursion to Pecs, Hungary, you'll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria's Belogradchik, where you'll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo, you'll visit Arbanassi's Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.
To round out this timeless Eastern 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, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.
Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Hungary
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Choice of guided tour in Pecs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohacs, visit St. Nicolas watermill
Day 5 Belgrade: Lecture on board; guided tour
Day 6 Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge
Day 7 Cetate-Vidin. Excursion to-Belogradchik: Visit the cultural port in Cetate; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations
Day 8 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi-Rousse: Choice of full day guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 9 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 10 Bucharest: Your vacation ends this morning
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Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.
Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to shop in the Great Market Hall or take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery.
This afternoon, board your Suite Ship. This evening enjoy a dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS
(B, L, D)
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-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, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs 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)
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
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.
Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B, L, D)
DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR- IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
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.
After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE
(B, L, D)
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.
Sail to Vidin this afternoon.
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
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)
NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-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.
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 of Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
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
OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)-BUCHAREST
A Night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
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, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 10 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $263 to $361, in twin room from $148 to $197
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139
Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.
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 / $171
B / Sapphire Deck / $985
A / Sapphire Deck / $1028
P / Royal Deck / $1113
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1885
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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