- Avalon Waterways
9 Night Balkan Discovery – USD
River Cruise USD
Budapest to Bucharest
August 20, 2019
Avalon Waterways Passion
See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing!
You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. Built in the 19th Century, and providing the best panoramic views of Budapest, you can linger at this remarkable structure and get some amazing pictures. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. The lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova is dotted with historical buildings and charming cafés and you’ll see St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.
To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.
What we are Including
- 2 nights pre-cruise hotel in Budapest
- 6-night cruise on Danube River
- 1-night post-cruise hotel in Bucharest
- Tours in each port with headsets by expert local guides
- Wi-Fi, beverages at lunch and dinner & taxes
- Prepaid gratuities
- PLUS a CruisePlus Exclusive $225 per person onboard credit
*Ask us about arranging your flights!
Budapest to BucharestDAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
DAY 1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Welcome to Budapest–Hungary’s Captivating CapitalThe day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
DAY 2 (B)BUDAPEST The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe 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 cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening.
DAY 3 (B, D)BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION) Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to shop in the Great Market Hall or take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening, enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
DAY 4 (B, L, D)MOHÁCS Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács–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 Pécs to see its 4th–century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
DAY 5 (B, L, D)BELGRADE, SERBIA Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. 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. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street–Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
DAY 6 (B, L, D)DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR– IRON GATES GORGE Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates 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. After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge–a natural border between Serbia and Romania. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE
DAY 7 (B, L, D)CETATE, ROMANIA A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank. CLASSIC Visit the Danube’s old grain–shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties. Sail to Vidin this afternoon. VIDIN, BULGARIA Rocks and Ruins–Things of Beauty in Bulgaria CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIKOPOL
DAY 8 (B, L, D)NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo–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. As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse. ROUSSE Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna” You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse–dubbed “Little Vienna” for its baroque and neoclassical buildings. CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: ACTIVE Join an afternoon Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
DAY 9 (B)OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST 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, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
DAY 10 (B)BUCHAREST Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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What can you expect with your Avalon Waterways adventure?
Here’s just a small sampling of what an Avalon river cruise might provide on your journey:
- Open-Air Balconies in suites that offer unprecedented views with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the world
- Suites that are 30% larger than the average stateroom
- Undefinable yet ever present luxury
- Exquisite dining that features local ingredients prepared by world class master chefs
- A variety of dining options that includes special events tailored to your itinerary, a la carte meals and multiple venues aboard the ship
- Incredible itineraries to exciting and exotic locales that will leave you virtually speechless yearning to return for more