The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

11 DAYS FROM BUCHAREST TO BUDAPEST  May 18 - 28, 2020

Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour of Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square—scene of Ceauescu"s riotous 1989 overthrow—and the Arc de Triomphe. Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise. You’ll witness incredible views along the way, beginning with the Danube Delta at the Black Sea for a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s culmination of 2,845 kilo- meters from the Black Forest to the Black Sea! Your cruise on the Danube River carries you through the striking landscapes of the Balkans. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, including the Holy Trinity Church, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs. One of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi holds Bulgarian Revival architecture within its 15th-century locale.



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May 16 - 26, 2020

$6,285 per person double occupancy for entry level cabin Category E with port taxes

Book and deposit by Aug. 27, 2019 and save $600 per couple.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Saturday, May 16: Bucharest - the "Paris of the East"

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

Day 2 - Sunday, May 17: Bucharest

Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History . CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon. FETESTI (EMBARKATION) Your Balkan Adventure Begins. Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board. DISCOVERY After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE

Day 3 - Monday, May 18: St. Gheorghe

A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea. CLASSIC Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas- 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. DISCOVERY Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest to its delta into the Black Sea. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODH.

Day 4 - Tuesday, May 19: Cernavoda

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea. CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 20: Rousse, Bulgaria

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: ACTIVE Go for an Active Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Sail to Svistov. CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architec- ture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

Day 6 - Thursday, May 21: Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock for- mations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

Day 7 - Friday, May 22: Donji Milanovac, Serbia

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates. Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spec- tacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

Day 8 - Saturday, May 23: Belgrade

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches. You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK

Day 9 - Sunday, May 24: Osijek

History and Culture of Croatia. CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the Croatian city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many edu- cational institutions. DISCOVERY Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac. This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopacki rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS

Day 10 - Monday, May 25: Mohacs, Hungary

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 11 - Tuesday, May 26: Budapest: Disembarkation

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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