North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound

North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound 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, and explore Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Other highlights include a visit to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, the Tsarevet's Fortress 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

Days 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 Main River Village: guided sightseeing

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

Day 7 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall

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

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

Day 10 Linz–Grein: guided walk in Linz and Grein; visit the historical theater in Grein

Day 11 Dürnstein–Vienna: guided walk in Dürnstein, 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 Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse.

Day 20 Cruising: 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

Day 24 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

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

Enjoy a Tasting of Authentic German Beers, and attend an onboard performance of Local Serbian Music.


  • 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


  • 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 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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