11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Zagreb 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Bucharest to Zagreb

Active & Discovery on the Lower Danube with 2 Nights in Transylvania

Starting from $3,829
Ship(s): Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion
Avalon Waterways
11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Zagreb 2023

River Cruise Description

Begin your Active & Discovery river cruise vacation in the beautiful and mysterious Transylvania. Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia-considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and a visit to Bran Castle of Dracula legend.

In Bucharest-the "Paris of the East," see the Romanian capital's the WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square, and spend free time browsing the lovely shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. Embark on your Suite Ship® in the town of Oltenita to begin your Danube River cruise through the Balkans, and cruise for Nikopol. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi or join your local guide and hike to the Kroushuna Waterfalls., Sail to Vidin, Bulgaria, to marvel at the remarkable rock formations of the Balkan Mountains in Belogradchik. You might prefer to explore the city by bike. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge, explore the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, and visit the fascinating Fortress of Goluba?. Sail to Belgrade, Serbia, where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet, and discover ancient architecture in Novi Sad. Walk up the Petrovaradin Fortress or taste the specialties of the region during our food tour. 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.



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Jul 12, 2023Avalon Passion$3,829Call Us!
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Welcome to 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 BUCHAREST–SINAIA–BRASOV

Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles castle. On the way, enjoy a local lunch.
This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.
(B,L)

Day 3 BRASOV

Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov followed by free time. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner.
(B,D)

Day 4 BUCHAREST

Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History
Active
Take a guided natural walk in the Văcărești Nature Park. Also known as Urban Delta, this wetland is home to more than 150 different species of birds and small mammals. Enjoy this green get away and learn more about this special green area located only 4km away from the centre of Romania’s capital, Bucharest; OR:
Discovery
Discover the joie de vivre of Romanian cuisine -- a tasty hodge-podge of Balkan, Ottoman, French, and Russian influences; OR:
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 Oltenita to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
OLTENITA (EMBARKATION)
Your Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SVISTOV
(B,D)

Day 5 NIKOPOL. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture
Active
Follow your expert local guide through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls; OR:
Classic
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—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 architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.
This evening enjoy a movie night on board your Avalon ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
(B,L,D)

Day 6 VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria
Active
Enjoy a different way of exploring Vidin. Lead by your expert local guide cycle through the pretty roads of this lovely Bulgarian town and learn about its history; OR:
Discovery
Get to learn everything about the production technologies of the Bulgarian wines and enjoy a tasting of the various labels produced by a local well-known winery. All accompanied by local snacks and symphonic music; OR:
Classic
Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B,L,D)

Day 7 IRON GATES GORGE—DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR —GOLUBAČ

Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Active
Enjoy this scenic hike through Djerdap National Park and stop along the way to taste some local specialties before returning to your Avalon ship; OR:
Discovery
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. OR:
Classic
Join a guided tour of Donji Milanovac and learn the basic of the Cyrillic Serbian alphabet inside the local primary school. Meet locals and get to know the art of crocheting while learning about the history of this little Serbian town.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubač.
Classic
Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B,L,D)

Day 8 BELGRADE, SERBIA

Fortresses and Folklore
Active
Get a real taste of Serbia on this guided bike tour focusing on the history of Belgrade, from WWII to today, OR:
Discovery
Discover Serbia culture through its food. Enjoy a walk into town while tasting different specialties of the region and learn more about its history and past, OR:
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.
Spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Discovery
Before dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NOVI SAD
(B,L,D)

Day 9 NOVI SAD

A Capital of Culture
Active
Enjoy a guided hike tour to the Petrovaradin part of the town. Located on the right bank of the Danube, across from the main part of Novi Sad, this area will amaze you for its scenic views, OR:
Discovery
Get to learn more about the beekeeper profession on this guided tour of Novi Sad by stopping to the Honey Museum and by tasting local honey specialties, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications.
Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard.
ILOK, CROATIA
Croatian Heritage and Hilltop Vintages
Active
Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the easternmost town in Croatia and be mesmerized by the beauty of Ilok, OR;
Discovery
Explore the town of Vukovar and meet a local beer brewer who will share with you his fascinating story during a beer tasting, OR;
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK
(B,L,D)

Day 10 OSIJEK (DISEMBARKATION)–ZAGREB

A Night in Zagreb
Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Zagreb.
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb and discover its rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day.
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Do not miss pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes.
(B)

Day 11 ZAGREB

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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