Balkan Discovery – Westbound

Balkan Discovery – Westbound 2015 / 2016

10 Day River Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest

See the best of Eastern Europe on this exhilarating Balkan adventure. Your cruise vacation begins with an overnight in vibrant Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city, including inside visits of the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, Arbanassi’s Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity, the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, and Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade. Other highlights: visit the medieval fortress of Vidin and attend an icon-painting demonstration, pass through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, and enjoy an organ concert in Pécs. Your journey ends with two overnights in Hungary’s lively capital of Budapest, where there’s time on your own to shop for paprika at the Central Market Hall, explore the extensive hilltop castle grounds, visit the many churches and museums, and delight in the vibrant atmosphere.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest

Day 2 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Svistov: guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse

Day 4 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations; icon painting demonstration

Day 5 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 6 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan Fortress; onboard lecture

Day 7 Mohács. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concert

Days 8 & 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing on Day 8, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square; free time

Day 10 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn about the Balkans at an onboard lecture , and attend a lively performance of Bulgarian Folk Dances.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Local chef dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

  • 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.

  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.

  • Personalized room options & excursions.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.

  • English Speaking Crew

  • Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout.
  • Elegant, contemporary design.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guide.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Personalized room options & excursions.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Lounge bar serving premium spirits.
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
  • Remarkable service.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.

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