Blue Danube to the Black Sea - Eastbound

Blue Danube to the Black Sea - Eastbound 2015 / 2016

14 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Bucharest

A visit to the Danube Delta is the highlight on this fascinating getaway through Eastern Europe. Start with two nights in Vienna, the “City of Music,” then transfer to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for included sightseeing before you embark your river cruise ship. Sail to Budapest for included sightseeing, Croatia’s Vukovar and Osijek, and Serbia’s Belgrade. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, Veliko Târnovo (Bulgaria’s ancient capital), and Arbanassi. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, and celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea. End your Danube River cruise in Oltenita, then travel to Romania’s lively capital of Bucharest for guided sightseeing and an overnight.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1-2 Vienna: welcome to Austria; guided sightseeing on Day 2

Day 3 Vienna–Transfer to Bratislava (Embarkation): guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes Square

Day 5 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine region

Day 6 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both cities

Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Day 8 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 9 Nikopol–Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: 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 10 Tulcea: onboard lecture

Day 11 St. Gheorghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebration

Day 12 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum

Day 13 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see Parliament Building

Day 14 Bucharest: 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 Danube Delta at an onboard lecture, and attend a Wine Tasting.

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

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.
  • 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.

  • 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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