Duration: 23 Days
Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from the Balkans to Germany. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour.
Travel to Fetesti to board your Suite Ship®. Begin with a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of the Danube Delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers from the Black Forest to the Black Sea! Cruise through the striking landscapes of the Balkans, and visit Rousse,-- Bulgaria’s largest inland port, or join a full-day guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.
Cruise through the majestic, narrow passage of the Iron Gates Gorge, followed by guided sightseeing in Vidin and an excursion to Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. Enjoy a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs before cruising to Budapest.
Explore Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit charming Dürnstein and Melk—in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”—Passau—before sailing to Regensburg. See the timbered houses of Roth, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds.
Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine region in Kitzingen and quaint Volkach. Tour Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” as well as a charming Main River village. Your cruise concludes in Mainz.
Welcome to Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. 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.
Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History
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.
Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon.
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
DISCOVERY - After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE (B,D)
A Mighty River's Entrance into the 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 - 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 to its delta into the Black Sea.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA (B,L,D)
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna"
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. Sail to Svistov, OR:
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. Later, join your ship in Svistov.
EVENING/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.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
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-forming 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 (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.
You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK (B,L,D)
History and Culture of Croatia
Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning or join an Optional Excursion to the city of Vukovar, Croatia's undiscovered pearl.
CLASSIC: Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (B,L,D)
Underground Tombs and Soaring Music
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour to 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 BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
The Danube's Shining Pearl and Heroes' Pride
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend 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 the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
ACTIVE - Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
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."
Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see the 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 Roth.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
Living Heritage and History Lessons
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.
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 Sightseeing 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 - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
EVENING 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT IN BAMBERG (B,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.
Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.
DISCOVERY - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B,L,D)
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.
During lunch time enjoy a relaxing cruise to 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg-"Pearl of the Romantic Road"- 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. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Wurzburg.
Enjoy live entertainment on board as you sail.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am. (B)