11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Zagreb to Bucharest 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Zagreb to Bucharest

Active & Discovery on the Danube from Croatia to the Black Sea with 2 Nights in Transylvania

Starting from $4,579
Ship(s): Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion
Avalon Waterways
11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Zagreb to Bucharest 2023

River Cruise Description

Begin your Active & Discovery river cruise vacation with one night in Zagreb to explore the city with a guided tour. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® bound for Belgrade, Serbia. Here, explore the city where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet with a guided bike tour. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge after visiting the fascinating Fortress of Goluba? or hike in the Djerdap National park. Visit the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir. 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. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi, or join your local guide and hike to Ivanovo Rock Church. Take a guided tour of Constanta on Romania's Black Sea-with a wealth of Roman history or join a food tour. Disembark your Suite Ship® and spend the night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East." See the WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square, and spend free time browsing the shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. Your vacation in the Balkans continues with a 2-night stay in myste-riously beautiful Transylvania and extra night in Bucharest, including superior accommodations, sightseeing, and transportation. Spend two nights in Brasov to visit Peles Castle and Bran Castle-inspiration for Bram Stocker's Dracula. Return to Bucharest for an overnight stay and sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. A fascinating Danube River cruise through the beautiful Balkans.



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Jul 20, 2023Avalon Passion$4,579Call 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 ZAGREB, CROATIA

Welcome to Croatia!
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Zagreb. 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.

Day 2 ZAGREB

Roman History in the Croatian Capital
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.
After enjoying a local lunch, travel to Osijek to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
OSIJEK (EMBARKATION)
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE BELGRADE
(B,D)

Day 3 BELGRADE, SERBIA

Fortresses and Folklore Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
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 GOLUBAČ
(B,L,D)

Day 4 GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE

A Formidable Fortress
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.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac.
DONJI MILANOVAC
Prehistoric Stones and Iron Gates Gorge
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.
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.Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
(B,L,D)

Day 5 VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
(B,L,D)

Day 6 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture
Active
Join your expert local guide on this spectacular hike to Ivanovo Rock Church. These monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries built inside the mountains will surprise you with their fascinating and unique style, OR:
Discovery
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, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONSTANTA
(B,L,D)

Day 7 CONSTANTA, ROMANIA

Natural History at Black Sea
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning.
Active
Bike your way through nature heading to a local well known winery. Upon arrival meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a visit to the estate and discover all the different aromas from their many wines, OR:
Discovery
Enjoy the visit at a modern local winery and learn everything about the Romania wines. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting to discover all different aromas, OR:
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA
(B,L,D)

Day 8 CERNAVODA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Bucharest.
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.
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.
(B)

Day 9 BRASOV

Classic
Enjoy a Guided Tour of Brasov and admire its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
In the evening, depart for Bran Castle of Dracula lore.
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Bran Castle—the 1377 inspiration of the legendary Romanian vampire, followed by a dinner in this amazing location.
(B,D)

Day 10 BRASOV–SINAIA–BUCHAREST

The “Paris of the East”
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Tour of Visit Peles Castle, the summer residence of the royal family until 1947.
Drive out the Carpathians to Bucharest; On the way, enjoy a local lunch.
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.
(B,L)

Day 11 BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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