North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound

North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound 2015 / 2016

24 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest

The North Sea, the Black Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable cruise along the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals, past castles on the romantic Rhine and along the Main Danube Canal. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and take small boats to explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city—Cologne, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Constanta, and Bucharest. Spend time in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, enjoy a tasting of local specialties in Wertheim, and explore Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Other highlights include a visit to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, as well as an introduction to some of Germany’s famous beers in Nuremberg and wine tasting in Hungary’s Villány region. This is a vacation of a lifetime!

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1-2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome to Holland; onboard welcome reception; canal cruise on Day 2

Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day 5 Wertheim: guided sightseeing, special tasting

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 7 Bamberg: onboard lecture; guided walk, see the Old Town Hall

Day 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard lecture; beer tasting

Day 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche

Day 10 Linz–Grein: guided walks in Linz and Grein; visit Grein’s historical theater

Day 11 Dürnstein: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche

Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 13 Vienna–Bratislava: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square

Day 15 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine region

Day 16 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both cities

Day 17 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Day 18 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 19 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 20 Tulcea: onboard lecture

Day 21 St. Gheorghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebration

Day 22 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum

Day 23 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building

Day 24 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

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

Learn about the Danube Delta at an onboard lecture, and enjoy a Rüdesheimer coffee or wine 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:

  • 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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