Blue Danube to the Black Sea - Westbound

Blue Danube to the Black Sea - Westbound 2015 / 2016

14 Day River Cruise from Bucharest to Vienna

A deluxe Danube River cruise from the Danube Delta to Vienna is the highlight on this fascinating vacation through Eastern Europe. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea, and sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge. See the sights with a Certified Local Guide in Romania’s lively capital of Bucharest, Constanta on the Black Sea, Bulgaria’s Arbanassi and Veliko Târnovo, Serbia’s Belgrade, Croatia’s Vukovar, and the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Your adventure concludes with guided sightseeing and two overnights in Vienna, the magical “City of Music.” Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, window shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets—a delightful way to end this memorable vacation!

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Highlights & Sightseeing

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

Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest

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

Day 3 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lecture

Day 4 Cernavoda: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum

Day 5 Rousse: excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi, 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 6 Cetate: wine tasting

Day 7 Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition

Day 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Day 9 Vukovar & Osijek: guided sightseeing

Day 10 Budapest: onboard wine tasting; guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square; onboard local specialty tasting

Day 11 Budapest: morning at leisure

Day 12 Bratislava (Disembarkation)–transfer to Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 13 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 14 Vienna: 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.

  • 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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