Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Bucharest followed by a two-night stay in Transylvania known for its numerous castles and painted monasteries. From here you enjoy a Danube cruise from Oltenia, Romania to Osijek, Croatia on an all-suite ship with Avalon. One of the journey highlights will be the Romanian capital’s WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square as well as the opportunity to spend some free time browsing the lovely shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. Additional highlights include the opportunity to see the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi, and sail to Vidin, Bulgaria, to marvel at the remarkable rock formations of the Balkan Mountains in Belogradchik. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge, explore the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, and visit the fascinating Fortress of Golubac. Sail to Belgrade, Serbia, where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet, and discover ancient architecture in Novi Sad. Sail into beautiful Croatia, where a 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition lives on in Ilok. Disembark in Osijek and spend the night in the Croatian capital of Zagreb—dating back to the Roman Empire. This Danube River cruise through the Balkans reveals the beauty of its people and culture across a land of beauty and inspiration. Following the cruise there is a one-night stay in Zagreb
Arrival on your own in Bucharest, known as “The Paris of the East”. Transfer to the hotel (included). Orientation tour this afternoon as we taste our way through Bucharest’s most charming and unusual ‘mahallas,’ or neighborhoods, on a small-group food tour. Together we will venture beyond crowded squares and Communist architecture to discover the Romanian capital’s quieter, Belle Époque quarters, where Old World elegance meets bohemian flair. Along the way, we pop into lively markets, specialty shops, and cafes to sample the best of artisan Romanian cuisine like goats-milk cheese, cured meat, homemade bread, craft beer, and Wallachian doughnuts. Balance of the day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest
Breakfast followed by a guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov, known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes. Piata Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and is home to the Casa Sfatului, a former town hall turned local history museum. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner.
Breakfast before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Toronto OR continue on your adventure with a transfer to the coastal town of Sibenik for our in depth Dalmatian Coast program.
Tour/cruise includes: • Transfers from and to airport • One-night pre-cruise tour of Bucharest, including exclusive food tour • Two-night pre-cruise tour to Transylvania • Daily breakfast during the land tour • 7 night river cruise in category selected and all meals and snacks during the cruise including wine or beer with lunch and dinner. • 1 night accommodation in Zagreb • Transportation throughout the tour • All sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary • Pre-paid gratuities • Services of a Pauwels Travel escort
• Items of a personal nature • Meals not indicated • Optional travel insurance: call the office for rates.
May 12 - 26, 2021
Land Only: (to and from Rome Airport) : $3,385 based on double occupancy
June 11 - 21, 2021
$3,895 from Toronto (including all taxes and other surcharges)
June 12 - 23, 2021
Price TBA post COVID-19