North Sea–Black Sea Cruise – Cruise Only Westbound
About Black Sea, Anywhere
The Black Sea, the North Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable river cruise along the magnificent Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past cities and quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city, with inside visits of the Natural History & Archaeological Museum in Constanta, Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, and the stunning Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg. Take small boats to explore the fascinating Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; cruise through the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, along the Main Danube Canal, and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. Your trip ends with a cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals—a wonderful way to conclude this marvelous vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): transfer to Fetesti; onboard welcome receptionDay 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lectureDay 3 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day guided excursion to Constanta, visit the National History and Archaeological MuseumDay 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: 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 5 Cetate: wine tastingDay 6 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 8 Vukovar & Osijek: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 9 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion Day 10 Budapest: morning at leisureDay 11 Bratislava–Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit the Old Town and St. Martin’s Cathedral; visit Schlosshof en route to ViennaDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 13 Dürnstein–Grein: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theaterDay 14 Linz: guided walkDay 15 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 16 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 17 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old TownDay 18 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 19 Main River Village: guided walkDay 20 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 21 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 22 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 23 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:Departure April 28 is offered as an exclusive European History & Politics Cruise, including special lectures at no additional cost. Take a cruise through history! These fascinating cruises give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind Europe’s famous sites.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.