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Balkan Discovery with Extended Stay in Bucharest - Westbound 2016 / 2015 / 2017

12 days from Bucharest to Budapest (WOBE)

  • Cruise Overview
  • Day By Day Itinerary
  • Included Highlights & Features
  • Dates & Prices
Balkan Discovery with Extended Stay in Bucharest - Westbound Balkan Discovery with Extended Stay in Bucharest - Westbound

Cruise Overview

See the best of Eastern Europe on this exhilarating Balkan adventure. Your cruise vacation begins with three overnights in vibrant Bucharest, the "Paris of the East." A full day excursion to Transylvania will take you to visit notorious Dracula's Bran Castle and into the Carpathians to Sinaia. 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: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula's Bran Castle and Sinaia Monastery

Day 3 Bucharest: free day to explore the city

Day 4 Bucharest - Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, onboard welcome reception

Day 5 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 6 Vidin - Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations

Day 7 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Day 9 Mohács. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concert

Days 10 & 11 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing on Day 10, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square; free time

Day 12 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

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.