See the best of Eastern Europe on this exhilarating Balkan adventure. Your cruise vacation begins with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. Board your ship and head south, enjoying guided sightseeing in each city, including inside visits of Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, Arbanassi's Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity. Other highlights: an organ concert in Pécs, passage through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visiting the Lepinski Vir archaeological site and Vidin's medieval fortress. Your journey ends with three overnights in Bucharest, including an excursion to Transylvania to visit Dracula's Bran Castle - built in 1377-and the amazing Sinaia monastery in the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Days 1 & 2 Budapest: welcome to Hungary; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided sightseeing in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; organ concert
Day 5 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
Day 6 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge
Day 7 Vidin - Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations
Day 8 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: 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 9 Oltenita (Disembarkation)"Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 10 Bucharest. Excursion to Transylvania: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula's Bran Castle and Sinaia Monastery
Day 11 Bucharest: day to rest and explore
Day 12 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
Buffet breakfast in Budapest and 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.