From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg Royalty – Cruise Only 2019

16 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Deggendorf

2019 Information

From Romania, to Germany, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.

After embarkation, you’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Sail through the Balkans, and on to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Visit Bratislava and vibrant Vienna. Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to Germany.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 St. Gheorghe:Excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration Day 3 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta:Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in ConstantaDay 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi:Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Ve-liko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 5 Vidin–Belogradchik:Guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in BelogradchikDay 6 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac:Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 7 Belgrade:Guided sightseeing; lecture on boardDay 8 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs:Guided tour and organ concert in PécsDay 9 Budapest:Day at leisureDay 10 Budapest:Guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; visit Gödöllö Royal PalaceDay 11 Bratislava:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; lecture about royal dinasties in Europe, onboard Waltz lessonDay 12 Vienna:Choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum; visit Schönbrunn PalaceDay 13 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk:Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or visit Arstetten Castle; wine tastingDay 14 Linz:Guided walk or full day excursion Romantic AustriaDay 15 Passau:Guided walkDay 16 Deggendorf (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning

Day-By-Day Itinerary

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

Day 1

(D)

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

Flights into Bucharest must arrive by Noon.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

FETESTI (EMBARKATION)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

Discovery
DISCOVERY After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE

Day 2

(B, L, D)

ST. GHEORGHE. DANUBE DELTA EXCURSION

From the Black Forest to the Black Sea

Classic
Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas -2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
Discovery
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ

Day 3

(B, L, D)

CERNAVODĂ. CONSTANTA EXCURSION

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black SeaStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Classic
Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

Day 4

(B, L, D)

ROUSSE, BULGARIA

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

Classic
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Active
ACTIVE Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Sail to Svistov, OR:

Classic
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, as well as the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

Day 5

(B, L, D)

VIDIN

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

Classic
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

Day 6

(B, L, D)

DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION

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

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

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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

Day 7

(B, L, D)

BELGRADE, SERBIA

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

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

You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

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

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


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

Day 8

(B, L, D)

MOHÁCS, HUNGARY

Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture

Classic
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 9

(B, L, D)

BUDAPEST

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

With a free day to explore, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 10

(B, L, D)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

Classic
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Discovery
DISCOVERY Visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllö, one of the favourite retreat of Sissi.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

Day 11

(B, L, D)

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls

Classic
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.

Discovery
DISCOVERY A Local expert will reveal stories abut European Royal dinasties.

Later, enjoy an onboard Royal Waltz lesson which is still a living cultural heritage from the Habsburg monarchy.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 12

(B, L, D)

VIENNA

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

Discovery
DISCOVERY Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, OR:
Classic
CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning 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.
Discovery
DISCOVERY Take a guided tour to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy

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In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

Later 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 CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

Day 13

(B, L, D)

DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

Classic
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
Active
ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.

MELK

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

Classic
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:
Discovery
DISCOVERY Visit the Arstetten Castle, once owned by the Habsburg family and nowadays it is a property of the Hohenbergs which is the family of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, who were assassinated in 1914.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ

Day 14

(B, L, D)

LINZ, AUSTRIA

Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!

Classic
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column, OR:
Discovery
DISCOVERY Take a full day excursion among the picturesque mountain lakes and romantic villages beloved by the Habsburgs.

Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK

Day 15

(B)

PASSAU–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW

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

This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

Classic
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Active
ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. Spend your free time hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF

Day 16

(B)

DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

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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.

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