The Danube From The Black Sea To Germany

11/27/2020 through 10/07/2021
11/27/2020 through 10/27/2021
Avalon Waterways

Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria on your European river cruise. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace Square. Travel to Cernavoda to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans-Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Trnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge, visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. 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. You’ll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest-the “Pearl of the Danube.” You’ll take a guided walk through Bratislava, Slovakia before cruising to Vienna-the “City of Music.”

Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit delightful Dürnstein and Melk-charming towns in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Take a guided tour and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey high above Melk. Visit Austria’s lovely city of Linz with a tour of the city’s historic sites, then pass through the horseshoe bend of the Danube-the beautiful Schlögen Oxbow-on your way to Passau. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers” before cruising to Deggendorf, Germany, for the conclusion of your Danube River cruise.

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Day 1 Bucharest: Welcome to Bucharest

Day 2 Bucharest-Cernavoda (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 St. Gheorghe: Excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration

Day 4 Hrsova. Excursion to Constanta: Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 5 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi: Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Trnovo and to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Vidin-Belogradchik: Guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik

Day 7 Iron Gates-Donji Milanovac-Golubac: Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; visit to Golubac fortress

Day 8 Belgrade: Guided sightseeing

Day 9 Novi Sad-Ilok: Guided tours

Day 10 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 11 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 12 Budapest: Day at leisure

Day 13 Bratislava-Hainburg: Guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; free time in Hainburg

Day 14 Vienna: Guided sightseeing

Day 15 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Ybbs: Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or Ybbs city sightseeing or bakery workshop; wine tasting

Day 16 Linz: Guided tour

Day 17 Passau: Guided tour; guided hike with your Adventure Host

Day 18 Deggendorf (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Bucharest, Romania
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Day 2 Bucharest
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Day 3 St. Gheorghe. Excursion To The Danube Delta
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Day 4 Hr?ova. Excursion To Constanta
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Day 5 Rousse, Bulgaria. Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
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Day 6 Vidin
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Day 7 Donji Milanovac, Serbia – Iron Gates Gorge. Excursion To Lepenski Vir
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Day 8 Belgrade
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Day 9 Novi Sad
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Day 10 Mohács, Hungary. Excursion To Pécs
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Day 11 Budapest
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Day 12 Budapest
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Day 13 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 14 Vienna, Austria
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Day 15 Dürnstein – Wachau Valley
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Day 16 Linz
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Day 17 Schlögen Oxbow – Passau
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Day 18 Deggendorf, Germany (Disembarkation)
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