Grand Danube Cruise - Westbound

Grand Danube Cruise - Westbound 2015 / 2016

18 Day River Cruise from Bucharest to Prague

Discover some of the Continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Eastern and Central Europe, from Bucharest to Prague. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, and Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey. Also visit the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik, the Lepenski Vir archaeological site on the banks of the Danube in Serbia, enjoy an organ concert in Pécs, and wine tasting in the Wachau Valley. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal. Enjoy three overnights in Prague, with guided sightseeing of the city’s main sights, plenty of free time, and the conclusion of your incredible cruise vacation.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 13-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 Pécs: guided sightseeing; organ concert

Day 8 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square

Day 9 Budapest–Vienna: cruising

Day 10 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 11 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 12 Passau: guided walk in Passau

Day 13 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche;beer tasting

Day 14 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or “Nuremberg Rally Grounds” tour

Day 15 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague: travel to Prague

Days 16 & 17 Prague: guided sightseeing on Day 16, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free time

Day 18 Prague: your vacation ends this morning

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

Learn from a local expert about the Balkans at an onboard lecture, and attend a German beer tasting.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • 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:

  • Due to closure of the Main Danube Canal, departure April 30 will embark the ship in Passau, with modifications to the first part of the itinerary.
  • 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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