See the best of Eastern Europe on this exhilarating Balkan adventure. Your cruise vacation begins with an overnight in vibrant Bucharest, the "Paris of the East." Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city, including inside visits of Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, Arbanassi's Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity, the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, and Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade. Other highlights: visit the medieval fortress of Vidin, pass through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, and enjoy an organ concert in Pécs. Your journey ends with two overnights in Hungary's lively capital of Budapest, where there's time on your own to shop for paprika at the Central Market Hall, explore the extensive hilltop castle grounds, visit the many churches and museums, and delight in the vibrant atmosphere.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest
Day 2 Bucharest - Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, onboard welcome reception
Day 3 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi'Svistov: 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 4 Vidin - Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations
Day 5 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
Day 6 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
Day 7 Mohács. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concert
Days 8 & 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing on Day 8, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square; free time
Day 10 Budapest: 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.