The Complete Danube – From The Delta To Nuremberg
from $11495
Duration: 18 Days
Discover the colorful worlds and unmatched views on your complete Danube River cruise from the Black Sea to Bavaria. Begin your European vacation before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest, including the Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances. Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise, beginning with the Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking landscapes of the Balkans—Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds. 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 town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit delightful Dürnstein and Melk—in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Take a guided tour and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey high above Melk. Your European river cruise continues with sightseeing in Passau, the “City of Three Rivers”, and Regensburg, to see the 179 AD entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You’ll dock in Roth for guided sightseeing of the Bavarian town’s timbered houses and Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, built in 1535. You may otherwise join a fascinating excursion to tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. A historic river cruise in many ways!
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
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. FETESTI (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
Day 3 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
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)
Day 4 CERNAVODA. 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 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
Day 8 BELGRADE
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)
Day 9 OSIJEK, CROATIA
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)
Day 10 MOHACS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PECS
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)
Day 11 BUDAPEST
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)
Day 12 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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)
Day 13 VIENNA
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)
Day 14 DURNSTEIN
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. 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)
Day 15 PASSAU, GERMANY
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)
Day 16 REGENSBURG
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
Day 17 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 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)
Day 18 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Departure Date:
2020-10-22
Return Date:
2020-11-08
Single : 17402NZD
Twin : 11495NZD
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Departure Date:
2020-06-02
Return Date:
2020-06-19
Single : 19350NZD
Twin : 12752NZD
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