2022 Season

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest with 2 Nights in Transylvania


cruise: WOBQ
13 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Budapest
Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other. Begin your Danube River vacation your way before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest. Drive into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit the grand Peles Castle. You’ll 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, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Bucharest. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.

From Bucharest, travel to Cernavodă to embark on your Danube River cruise. Take in the incredible views along the way, beginning with the Danube Delta at the Black Sea for a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s culmination of 2,845 kilometers from the Black Forest to the Black Sea! Your cruise on the Danube River carries you through the striking landscapes of the Balkans. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, including the Holy Trinity Church, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs.

One of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi holds Bulgarian Revival architecture within its 15th-century locale. Guided sightseeing In Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. You’ll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs before cruising to Budapest to conclude your amazing cruise on the Danube.

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Day 1 Bucharest: Welcome to Bucharest

Day 2 Bucharest–Sinaia–Brasov: Visit Peles Castle

Day 3 Brasov: Guided tour of Brasov; guided visit of Dracula's Bran Castle

Day 4 Brasov–Bucharest–Cernavoda (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; transfer to ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 St. Gheorghe: Excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration

Day 6 Hârsova. Excursion to Constanta: Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 7 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing of Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Vidin–Belogradchik: Choice of guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress, see the rock formations in Belogradchik or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac–Golubac: Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or bike with your Adventure Host; visit to Golubač fortress

Day 10 Belgrade: Choice of guided sightseeing or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture

Day 11 Novi Sad–Ilok: Choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; Ilok guided tour

Day 12 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 13 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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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