French at a Touch Travel Services

North Sea - Black Sea Cruise — Eastbound 2016 / 2015 / 2017

24 days from Amsterdam to Bucharest (WAO)

  • Cruise Overview
  • Day By Day Itinerary
  • Included Highlights & Features
  • Dates & Prices
North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Eastbound

Cruise Overview

The North Sea, the Black Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable cruise along the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Cruise through Amsterdam's lovely canals, past castles on the romantic Rhine and along the Main Danube Canal. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and take small boats to explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city - Cologne, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Constanta, and Bucharest. Spend time in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, and explore Bucharest, Romania's lively capital. Other highlights include a visit to Belgrade's Kalemegdan Fortress, the Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, as well as an introduction to some of Germany's famous beers in Nuremberg and wine tasting in Hungary's Villány region. This is a vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1-2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome to Holland; onboard welcome reception; canal cruise on Day 2

Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 4 Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day 5 Main River village: guided sightseeing

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz

Day 7 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall

Day 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting

Day 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche

Day 10 Linz - Grein: guided walks in Linz and Grein; visit Grein's historical theater

Day 11 Dürnstein: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche

Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 13 Vienna - Bratislava: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin's Cathedral

Day 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square

Day 15 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine region

Day 16 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both cities

Day 17 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Day 18 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 19 Nikopol - Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi - Rousse: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse

Day 20 Cruising: onboard lecture

Day 21 St. Gheorghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebration

Day 22 Cernavod": choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum

Day 23 Oltenita (Disembarkation)"Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building

Day 24 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

Buffet breakfast in Bucharest; superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements

NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.