The Black Sea, the North Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable river cruise along the magnificent Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Spend a night in Romania's lively capital, Bucharest, then relax and enjoy as you cruise past cities and quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city, with inside visits of the Natural History & Archaeological Museum in Constanta, Belgrade's Kalemegdan Fortress, and the stunning Bishop's Residenz in Würzburg. Take small boats to explore the fascinating Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; cruise through the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, along the Main Danube Canal, and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei and visit the archaeological site of Lepenski Vir. Your trip ends with a cruise through Amsterdam's lovely canals - a wonderful way to conclude this marvelous vacation!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest
Day 2 Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, onboard welcome reception
Day 3 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lecture
Day 4 Cernavoda: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum
Day 5 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 6 Cetate: wine tasting
Day 7 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge
Day 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
Day 9 Vukovar & Osijek: guided sightseeing in both cities
Day 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square
Day 11 Budapest: morning at leisure
Day 12 Bratislava - Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit the Old Town and St. Martin's Cathedral; visit Schlosshof Palace en route to Vienna
Day 13 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 14 Dürnstein - Grein: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater
Day 15 Linz: guided walk
Day 16 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
Day 17 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 18 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town
Day 19 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
Day 20 Main River Village: guided walk
Day 21 Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 22 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 23 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 24 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): 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
- Departure April 27 is offered as an exclusive European History & Politics Cruise, including special lectures at no additional cost. Take a cruise through history! These fascinating cruises give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind Europe's famous sites.
- 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.