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.
Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Sinaia MonasteryDay 3 Bucharest: free day to explore the cityDay 4 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest, onboard welcome receptionDay 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 RousseDay 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formationsDay 7 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 9 Mohács. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concertDays 10 & 11 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing on Day 10, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square; free timeDay 12 Budapest: 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: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.