A visit to the Danube Delta is the highlight on this fascinating getaway through Eastern Europe. Start with two nights in Vienna, the "City of Music," then transfer to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for included sightseeing before you embark your river cruise ship. Sail to Budapest for included sightseeing, Croatia's Vukovar and Osijek, and Serbia's Belgrade. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, Veliko Târnovo (Bulgaria's ancient capital), and Arbanassi. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, and celebrate the end of the Danube's journey as it flows into the Black Sea. End your Danube River cruise in Oltenita, then travel to Romania's lively capital of Bucharest for guided sightseeing and an overnight.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Days 1-2 Vienna: welcome to Austria; guided sightseeing on Day 2
Day 3 Vienna - Transfer to Bratislava (Embarkation): guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin's Cathedral; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes Square
Day 5 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine region
Day 6 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both cities
Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
Day 8 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge
Day 9 Nikopol - Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi - Rousse: 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 10 Cruising: onboard lecture
Day 11 St. Gheorghe, Romania: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebration
Day 12 Cernavod": choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum
Day 13 Oltenita (Disembarkation)"Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 14 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
Buffet breakfast in Vienna 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.