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North Sea-Black Sea Cruise - Westbound 2016 / 2015 / 2017

24 days from Bucharest to Amsterdam (WOA)

  • Cruise Overview
  • Day By Day Itinerary
  • Included Highlights & Features
  • Dates & Prices
North Sea-Black Sea Cruise - Westbound North Sea-Black Sea Cruise - Westbound

Cruise Overview

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

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:

  • 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.