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
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
- 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.