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Balkan Discovery with 2 Nights in Transylvania

11 Day River Cruise Budapest to Bucharest

Vacation overview

Experience amazing Danube River views your way with an Avalon YourWay vacation in Transylvania and Bucharest after your cruise. Begin in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and tour the historic town of Mohács or Pécs. Sail through rich cultures and remarkable landscapes of the Balkan States of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Visit the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and attend a performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour. See ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge—the natural border between Serbia and Romania. You’ll cruise through Bulgaria with guided sightseeing in Vidin, Rousse, or Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi. Such marvelous sights include Belogradchik’s remarkable rock formations made by 200 million years of nature’s elements and ancient stone cliff houses above the Yantra River.

Disembark your Danube River and continue to Transylvania for two nights in Brasov. Take a guided tour of the city by day, followed by a tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle by night. You’ll also drive into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit the grand Peles Castle. Return to Bucharest for an overnight stay and sightseeing, including the Royal Palace Square. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. Legends and legendary views fill your Balkan adventure!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

Day 2   MOHÁCS

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK

Day 3   OSIJEK, CROATIA

History and Culture of Croatia

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.

DISCOVERY Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

Day 4   BELGRADE, SERBIA

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.

This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

Day 5   DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR—IRON GATES GORGE

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.

After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

Day 6   VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

Day 7   ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore

CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA

Day 8   OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)—BRASOV

Disembark your Ship and drive to the picturesque town of Sinaia.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour of Visit Peles Castle, the summer residence of the royal family until 1947.

After the visit drive to Brasov for the night.

Day 9   BRASOV


CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour of Brasov and admire its gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture.

In the evening depart for Bran Castle of Dracula lore.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Bran Castle—the 1377 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire, followed by a dinner in this amazing location.

Day 10   BRASOV—BUCHAREST

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East.”

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

Day 11   BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill

Day 3 Osijek: guided tour

Day 4 Belgrade: guided tour; lecture on board

Day 5 Donji Milanovac—Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; scenic cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 6 Cetate—Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations

Day 7 Excursion to Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi—Rousse: choice of full day guided tour, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi or guided tour of in Rousse, or jogging tour of Rousse

Day 8 Oltenita (Disembarkation)—Brasov: transfer to Sinaia, visit Peles Castle

Day 9 Brasov: Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle

Day 10 Brasov—Bucharest: transfer to Bucharest and guided tour

Day 11 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • 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.


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Belgrade
Bucharest
Packages

Budapest

Budapest

Tastes of Hungary Dinner & Wine Pairing

Tastes of Hungary Dinner & Wine Pairing

Explore the piquant flavors of traditional Hungarian cuisine and learn the best wines to pair with it during this fun and delicious food and wine-pairing dinner!

Price Range: $$

Belle Époque Art & Architecture of Budapest

Belle Époque Art & Architecture of Budapest

Travel back to the Golden Age of Budapest's Belle Époque on this captivating guided excursion featuring Andrássy Avenue, glass-painter Miksa Róth's Memorial House, and the crown jewel of Budapest: the incomparable Hungarian State Opera House!

Price Range: $$

Bites & Highlights of Budapest

Bites & Highlights of Budapest

Experience some of Budapest's most famous sights and most delectable foods on this unique guided foodie tour!

Price Range: $$

Lunch & Wine Tasting in the Hungarian Countryside

Lunch & Wine Tasting in the Hungarian Countryside

Travel into the beautiful Hungarian countryside for an enriching half-day discovery of the Etyek wine region, including two wine cellar visits with wine tasting.

Price Range: $$

Private Budapest Jewish Heritage Discovery

Private Budapest Jewish Heritage Discovery

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Eastern Europe's largest Jewish community on this captivating guided tour through Budapest's former Jewish ghetto. This private excursion is only available for purchase online in advance of travel through the Avalon Waterways website.

Price Range: $$$$

Discover the Hungarian Puszta

Discover the Hungarian Puszta

Travel into the heart of the Puszta to an authentic horse ranch, where a breathtaking equestrian show, carriage ride, and hearty Hungarian lunch with Gypsy music await!

Price Range: $$

Belgrade

Belgrade

Private Yugotour through Belgrade: A Legendary ride from the rise to the fall of Yugoslavia

Private Yugotour through Belgrade: A Legendary ride from the rise to the fall of Yugoslavia

Feel the spirit of Yugoslavia. The Yugo tour is the ultimate way to experience the rise and fall of socialist Yugoslavia with all your senses.

Price Range: $$$$

Meet Belgrade

Meet Belgrade

Get to know Belgrade through its people, young and old. Let your local guide introduce you to the people and their stories.

Price Range: $$$

Belgrade on Two Wheels: Bicycle Tour in Belgrade

Belgrade on Two Wheels: Bicycle Tour in Belgrade

The bike tour is focused on the history of Belgrade from WWII to today. The main topics are history and politics of Yugoslavia, social issues, economy, lifestyle and architecture. The English speaking guides present these topics in an entertaining and personal way which guarantees a joyful tour. Everybody can participate, given one has a basic experience with riding a bicycle. The bikes are comfortable Dutch models with 7 gears, perfectly suitable for sightseeing purposes. Total length of the tour is 12 kilometer / 7.5 miles.

Price Range: $$

Royal Compound Visit

Royal Compound Visit

Visit Serbia's impressive Royal Compound on this guided excursion that tours the white marble Royal Palace; stately White Palace; private chapel dedicated to St. Andrew, patron saint of the former Yugoslavia's royal family; and parts of the extensive Royal Park.

Price Range: $$

Nikola Tesla Museum Visit

Nikola Tesla Museum Visit

Get a peek into the brilliant mind of one of the greatest scientists and inventors of all time, Nikola Tesla, on this fascinating guided visit to Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum.

Price Range: $

Bohemian Dinner in Skadarlija

Bohemian Dinner in Skadarlija

Enjoy a feast of hearty local dishes and live music during this dinner excursion in Belgrade's historic, Bohemian Skadarlija district.

Price Range: $$

Bucharest

Bucharest

Inside Ceausescu's Spring Palace

Inside Ceausescu's Spring Palace

From solid gold toilet paper holders to an indoor pool and cinema, get a rare peek into the home and private life of a former Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, on this enthralling guided tour of his Palatul Primaverii (Spring Palace).

Price Range: $$

Palace of the Parliament, Romania¿s Modern Marvel

Palace of the Parliament, Romania¿s Modern Marvel

Visit Bucharest's colossal Palace of the Parliament, the second-largest and most expensive administrative building and heaviest building in the world, on this mesmerizing guided excursion.

Price Range: $$

Bites & Highlights: Bucharest Foodie Walking Tour

Bites & Highlights: Bucharest Foodie Walking Tour

Discover the joie de vivre of Romanian cuisine -- a tasty hodge-podge of Balkan, Ottoman, French, and Russian influences -- on this special 3-hour foodie walking tour.

Price Range: $$

Packages

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$$$


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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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