Duration: 21 Days
Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from Germany to the Black Sea. Begin in Mainz and sail to visit a charming Main River village, then cruise to visit Würzburg, 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 of the Imperial Dynasties. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace. See the timbered houses of Roth, with its Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Tour Regensburg and see the entrance to its ancient fortress. Visit charming Passau—the “City of Three Rivers,” or take an excursion to Austria’s lovely city of Linz. Visit delightful Melk in the Wachau Valley, and take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Cruise to the Hungarian capital of Budapest for a guided tour, followed by a visit to the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs.
On to the striking landscapes of the Balkans to see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and continue to 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 for an overnight stay in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. Join us for a guided sightseeing tour of historic Bucharest.
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 (D)
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 WURZBURG (B,L,D)
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg 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 WURZBURG (B,L,D)
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.
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 (B,L,D)
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 (B,L,D)
A King''s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
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 (B,D)
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 (B,L,D)
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 (B,L,D)
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.
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 (B,L,D)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk''s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
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 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 (B,L,D)
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 Schonbrunn 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 (B,L,D)
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 cafes, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
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 MOHACS (B,L,D)
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-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 Pecs 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 (B,L,D)
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 Tvr?a, 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 Vukovar.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
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 cafes, 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 (B,L,D)
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 (B,L,D)
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 (B,L,D)
Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-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 (B,L,D)
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, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (B)