12 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Budapest to Bucharest

Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest & 2 Nights in Transylvania

Starting from $3,877
Ship(s): Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion, Avalon View
Avalon Waterways
12 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest 2024

River Cruise Description

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! This vacation has something for everybody-relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing-so you don't miss a thing! You'll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. See the iconic statues of Heroes' Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen's Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you'll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. The lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova is dotted with historical buildings and charming cafés and you'll see St. Sava, the world's largest Orthodox Church. Continue your river cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge, visit Belogradchik's fascinating rock formations, and Bulgaria's ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. In Arbanassi, visit the Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes. From Oltenita, transfer to Bucharest for guided sightseeing. Known as the "Paris of the East," a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe. Take a trip to Transylvania to visit the Bran Castle-of Dracula Fame-the city of Brasov, and beautiful Peles Castle.



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Apr 11, 2024Avalon View$3,877Call Us!
Apr 22, 2024Avalon Impression$3,977Call Us!
May 18, 2024Avalon Passion$4,427Call Us!
Jun 6, 2024Avalon Impression$4,427Call Us!
Jun 29, 2024Avalon Illumination$4,177Call Us!
Jul 15, 2024Avalon Illumination$4,177Call Us!
Aug 11, 2024Avalon Envision$4,177Call Us!
Aug 23, 2024Avalon Passion$4,277Call Us!
Sep 16, 2024Avalon View$4,627Call Us!
Oct 4, 2024Avalon Passion$4,277Call Us!
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 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 BUDAPEST

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening enjoy a dinner onboard.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
(B,D)

Day 3 MOHÁCS

Hungarian History in a Harbor Town
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Enjoy an easy bike ride in Mohacs with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs 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 ILOK
(B,L,D)

Day 4 ILOK, CROATIA

History and Culture in Croatia
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.
Enjoy a brief cruise to Novi Sad while having lunch onboard.
NOVI SAD, SERBIA
The Athens of Serbia
Active
Enjoy a relaxing walk in Novi Sad with your Adventure Host, 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B,L,D)

Day 5 BELGRADE

Fortresses and Folklore
Active
See Belgrade's central walkway with your Adventure Host, 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.
Discovery
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Alternatively, enjoy one of the Optional Excursions on offer.
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 6 GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE

Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates
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 for 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.
Active
Explore Donji Milanovac by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge.
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 7 VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Enjoy an easy hiking experience in Vidin with your Adventure Host, 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 8 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Fortresses, and Folklore
Active
Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host, 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, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
(B,L,D)

Day 9 OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST–BRASOV

Disembark your Ship and transfer to Bucharest.
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.
After the visit drive to Brasov for the night.
(B,D)

Day 10 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 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire, followed by a dinner in this amazing location.
(B,D)

Day 11 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 12 BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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