Grand Danube Cruise - Westbound

Grand Danube Cruise - Westbound 2016 / 2015

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 Tsarevet’s Fortress 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, wine tasting in the Wachau Valley and beer tasting in Regensburg. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal. Visit Hungary’s vibrant capital, Budapest, Austria’s Vienna and delightful Dürnstein and many more. 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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Special Interest Cruises Available

We offer cruises tailored to your passions so you can experience the very essence of your destination. Click to learn more about what special interest is available on this cruise and to view the specific departure dates. These limited-edition, no additional cost cruises allow you to enhance your subject knowledge with expert onboard presentations and to mingle with others who share your same interests.

Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Burcharest

Day 2 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Svistov: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress 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

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

Day 6 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

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

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

Day 14 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum 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 Hradčany 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.

Enjoy a local treat of sausage, sauerkraut & beer, and attend an onboard performance of Bulgarian Folk dances.


  • 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


  • Departure October 28 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • 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 excursions with Certified Local Guides.

    Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

  • Personalized room options.

    Personalized room options.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

    Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

    A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

    Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

    Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

    Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

    Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary wine at dinner.

    Complimentary wine at dinner.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

    Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

    Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

    Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

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

    Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.

    Premium L'Occitane bath products.

  • Friendly, English speaking crew.

    Friendly, English speaking crew.

  • Light lunch alternative.

    Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

    Headsets for shore excursions.

You see life differently. While others chase what’s popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That’s why we've used our 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that’s just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout.
  • Elegant, contemporary design.
  • Remarkable service.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits.
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Large bathrooms - showers with glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Choice of regional, Western and vegetarian dishes.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta and craving stations.
  • Alternate grill fare at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting).
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner.
  • Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards and games.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Professional Cruise Director.
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.






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