2017 : The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest - Cruise Only Westbound (WOB0) - Passion
9 Day River Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest
A deluxe Danube River cruise from the Danube Delta to Budapest is the highlight on this fascinating vacation through Eastern Europe. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, celebrate the end of the Danube's journey as it flows into the Black Sea, and sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge. See the sights with a Certified Local Guide in Constanta on the Black Sea, Bulgaria's Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo, Serbia's Belgrade. Your vacation ends with disembarkation in Budapest.
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 throughoutElegant, contemporary designRemarkable serviceProfessional Cruise DirectorFriendly, English-speaking crewNon-smoking interiorComplimentary Wi-Fi throughout the shipFitness Center with state-of-the-art equipmentUpscale bar serving premium spiritsIncluded sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local GuidesComplimentary Nordic walking sticksComplimentary bicycles available for time on shoreSky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairsHair SalonWell-stocked library with books, cards, and gamesComfort Collection BedsSMEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsNightly turn-down serviceBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryerLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsSpacious 3-door closets for ample storageWell-stocked minibarIn-room safeIndividual climate controlComplimentary bottled water dailyCaptain's welcome & farewell receptionsBreakfast, lunch & dinner on board dailyDaily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu itemsComplimentary sparkling wine at breakfastComplimentary juices at breakfastMade-to-order egg station at breakfastDaily early- and late-riser breakfastsDaily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stationsGrilled lunch alternative at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting)Light lunch alternative in the Panorama BistroFour-course a la carte dinners with open seatingNightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheeseRegional wine, beer & soft drinks at all onboard lunches and dinnersDaily regional, Western & Avalon FreshSM vegetarian/healthy cuisineAlternative dinner of petite portions and wine in the Panorama BistroClub Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage stationPremium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teasCookies & fresh fruit available throughout the dayDaily Afternoon Tea with tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwichesDaily Night Fare served at 10:30 pmAnd, much more
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 8-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation): welcome to Romania! guided sightseeing in Bucharest, onboard welcome reception
Day 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lecture
Day 3 CernavodÃ??: excursion to Constanta, guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum
Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 5 Vidin-Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations
Day 6 Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition
Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
Day 8 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concert
Days 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes' Square
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Learn about the Danube Delta at an onboard lecture.
MealsCaptain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapesWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
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.
Welcome to Bucharest! After lunch a motorcoach ride takes you to Fetesti, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)
St. Gheorghe. Danube Delta Excursion
This morning during breakfast, dock in St. Gheorghe, from where the excursion into the DELTA will start. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe's deltas, this area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometers in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Depart St. Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small CELEBRATION to mark Km "0"-the end of the Danube's journey. This afternoon a chance to relax and to learn more about the fascinating Delta at an ONBOARD LECTURE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta
From Cernavoda this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the NATURAL HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is included. This afternoon, relax on board as you cruise westward towards Rousse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Rousse, Bulgaria. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi-Svistov
Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. A comfortable motorcoach ride away is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the ROYAL FORTRESS, and the Patriarch's Church. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria's history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain on board and join an INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will rejoin the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Vidin, Bulgaria. Excursion to Belogradchik
Today, enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS, Baba Vidin, is the town's primary landmark. It served as Vidin's main defensive installation during the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Iron Gates. Excursion to Lepenski Vir, Serbia
The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe's Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. After lunch dock at Donji Milanovac from where a short drive takes you to the impressive LEPENSKI VIR EXHIBITION CENTER housing archaeological artifacts found in this area and from where you have unique views of the Danube Gorge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early today, arrive in Belgrade. One of the oldest cities in Europe, the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A Local Guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world's largest orthodox church. Also visit the city's principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS, which showcases the history of Belgrade. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, the fortress witnessed many battles and observed the courage of those trying to defend the city from conquerors. The surrounding park is the most beautiful and largest park in Belgrade. In your free time, be sure to check out the city's lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafes. Perhaps visit one of the many art galleries or museums, relax in the park, or walk along the city streets and browse the local shops. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Mohacs, Hungary. Excursion to Pecs
Relax on board this morning before arriving in Mohacs, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pecs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a Local Guide, visit the UNDERGROUND TOMBS-now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site-many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an ORGAN CONCERT. Pecs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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|Day 3||Cernavoda|| || |
|Day 4||Rousse|| || |
|Day 5||Belogradchik|| || |
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|Day 9||Budapest|| || |
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights not available.
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $227
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,313
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,370
P / Royal Deck / $1,485
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,170
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