European Masterpiece with 2 Nights in Transylvania (Eastbound) 2020

23 Day River Cruise Mainz to Bucharest

2020 Information

Stunning views create a visual masterpiece on your Main and Danube River cruise from the heart of Germany to the Black Sea. Begin in Mainz and sail to visit a charming Main River village, then cruise to Würzburg for a guided tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Revel in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region to visit Kitzingen and the quaint town of Volkach, followed by a visit to Bamberg, the city of seven hills. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. See the timbered houses of Roth, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Tour Regensburg and see the entrance to its ancient fortress. Tour charming Passau—the “City of Three Rivers,” or take an excursion to the Austria’s lovely city of Linz. Visit delightful Melk and visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey above the Wachau Valley. Explore Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Explore the Hungarian capital of Budapest, followed by visits to historic town of Mohács or Pécs.

The striking landscapes of the Balkans include Osijek with the most preserved Croatian fortress, and Serbia for a guided tour of Belgrade. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Oltenita to continue your European vacation your way! Spend two nights in Transylvania with guided sightseeing in Brasov, and a nighttime visit to Bran Castle of Dracula lore, and also visit Peles Castle in the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy an overnight stay in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest and tour the Royal Palace Square.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Mainz (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Main river village:Choice of guided walkDay 3 Würzburg:Choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hikeDay 4 Kitzingen—Volkach:Guided tours; beer tasting on boardDay 5 Bamberg:Guided tour, see the Old Town HallDay 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:Full day guided tour in MunichDay 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg:Choice of guided tour in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board; beer tasting on boardDay 8 Regensburg:Guided walkDay 9 Passau:Guided walkDay 10 Melk—Wachau Valley—Vienna:Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, or morning hike; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in ViennaDay 11 Vienna:Guided sightseeingDay 12 Budapest:Guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 13 Budapest:Day at leisureDay 14 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs:Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill Day 15 Osijek:Guided tour Day 16 Belgrade:Guided tour; lecture on board Day 17 Golubac–Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates:Visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; scenic cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 18 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik:Guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formationsDay 19 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi–Rousse:Choice of full day guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeingDay 20 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Brasov:Transfer to Bucharest, guided sightseeingDay 21 Brasov:Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle Day 22 Brasov–Sinaia–Bucharest:Visit Peles Castle Day 23 Bucharest:Your vacation ends this morning

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Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

MAINZ, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)

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

Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 2

(B, L, D)

MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 3

(B, L, D)

WÜRZBURG

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road

Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco, OR:
Active
Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

Day 4

(B, L, D)

KITZINGEN

Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths

Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime.

VOLKACH

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River

Classic
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 5

(B, L, D)

BAMBERG

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

After the tour spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 6

(B, D)

NUREMBERG—EXCURSION TO MUNICH

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich

Classic
Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

Day 7

(B, L, D)

ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
Classic
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Discovery
Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 8

(B, L, D)

REGENSBURG

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

Classic
Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 9

(B, L, D)

PASSAU

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

Classic
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”

Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

LINZ, AUSTRIA

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

Day 10

(B, L, D)

MELK—WACHAU VALLEY

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

VIENNA

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 11

(B, L, D)

VIENNA

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

Classic
Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 12

(B, L, D)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 13

(B, L, D)

BUDAPEST

Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections.

Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

Day 14

(B, L, D)

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 15

(B, L, D)

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 16

(B, L, D)

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 GOLUBAC

Day 17

(B, L, D)

GOLUBAC—DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR—IRON GATES GORGE

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

Classic
Visit the Fortress of Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. For the most part, the fortress was a sort of “a border control” of the past and couple of time was a knot of conflicts between Serbia, Habsburg Monarchy and Ottoman Empire.

Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac

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.

Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

Day 18

(B, L, D)

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 19

(B, L, D)

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 walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA

Day 20

(B, D)

OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST

Disembark your Ship and transfer to Bucharest.

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.

After the visit drive to Brasov for the night.

Day 21

(B, D)

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 22

(B)

BRASOV–SINAIA–BUCHAREST

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

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

Drive out the Carpathians to Bucharest and 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 23

(B)

BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


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Ship Details

Artistry II

Artistry II

Cruise on Europe's most loved rivers with views that become part of your suite. The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. Enjoy unmatched, seamless views of passing landscapes from your window-facing Comfort Collection bed for the ultimate in European river cruise views. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Included Amenities


Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. D, E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
DECK PLANS

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.