From The Black Sea To The North Sea
from $18798
Duration: 26 Days
This enchanting Danube river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful views, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore. From Cernavodă set sail for the incredible Danube River Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join in guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert will introduce you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, home of the world’s largest Orthodox Church. In Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this fabulous European river cruise, you’ll visit the capitals of two countries: Buda-pest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria. Located in the heart of the Wachau wine region is charming Dürnstein, where you’ll go on a guided walk. Later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. This evening, sample some of Austria’s fa-mous Wachau wines. In Germany, enjoy guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, a true feat of engineering, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. This river cruise holiday concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. You’ll you get a unique per-spective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”
Day 1 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
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.
Day 2 BUCHAREST (EMBARKATION)
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 Cernavoda to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon. CERNAVODA (EMBARKATION) 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)
Day 3 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
A Mighty River's Entrance into the Sea Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. 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 of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HARSOVA (B,L,D)
Day 4 HARSOVA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
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)
Day 5 ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
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)
Day 6 VIDIN
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. 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)
Day 7 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA-IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR
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. Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubac. Golubac CLASSIC - Visit the Fortress of Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You'll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
Day 8 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. 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 remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NOVI SAD (B,L,D)
Day 9 NOVI SAD
History and Culture of Croatia CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications. Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard. ILOK, CROATIA CLASSIC -Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS B%
Day 10 MOHACS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PECS
Underground Tombs and Soaring Music 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 11 BUDAPEST
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square. 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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 12 BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take a free day to explore, with 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,L,D)
Day 13 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church, OR: DISCOVERY - Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 14 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and the Waltz 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Day 15 DURNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones 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 - Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the 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 - Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 16 PASSAU, GERMANY
The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau CLASSIC - Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." Alternatively, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 17 REGENSBURG
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. 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)
Day 18 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
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 Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 19 BAMBERG
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. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B,L,D)
Day 20 VOLKACH
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town CLASSIC - Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. 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, enjoy a relaxing afternoon while cruising to Kitzingen. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KITZINGEN (B,L,D)
Day 21 WURZBURG
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of 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. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely sailing afternoon. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Day 22 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 23 RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR; ACTIVE - Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei-where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS (B,L,D)
Day 24 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR; DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 25 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." In the afternoon you may join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 26 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Departure Date:
2021-09-16
Return Date:
2021-10-11
Single : 29085NZD
Twin : 19217NZD
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Departure Date:
2021-06-21
Return Date:
2021-07-16
Single : 28435NZD
Twin : 18798NZD
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