14 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Bucharest to Budapest

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest with 2 Nights in Transylvania & 1 Night in Budapest

Starting from $4,477
Ship(s): Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion, Avalon View
Avalon Waterways
14 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest 2024

River Cruise Description

Begin your exciting vacation with a visit to Peles Castle in Sinaia, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Continue with an excursion to Transylvania to enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and a visit to the Bran Castle of Dracula lore, believed to be the home of Romanian vampires. In Bucharest, Romania, known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures, enjoy guided sightseeing and see the Arc de Triomphe-built in honor of WWI soldiers-and the historical Royal Palace Square. Your Danube River cruise will take you through the serene view of the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria's ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik's rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates.

Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural discoveries on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, culminating in the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes' Square.



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Apr 16, 2024Avalon View$4,477Call Us!
Apr 27, 2024Avalon Impression$4,927Call Us!
May 23, 2024Avalon Passion$5,477Call Us!
Jun 23, 2024Avalon Impression$5,227Call Us!
Jul 4, 2024Avalon Illumination$5,027Call Us!
Aug 1, 2024Avalon Illumination$6,027Call Us!
Aug 16, 2024Avalon Envision$5,127Call Us!
Sep 9, 2024Avalon Passion$5,577Call Us!
Sep 21, 2024Avalon View$5,577Call Us!
Oct 9, 2024Avalon Passion$5,377Call 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 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 BRASOV–BUCHAREST–FETESTI (EMBARKATION)

Join a Guided Excursion in Bucharest, see the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city 's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Join your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon, for embarkation in Fetesti.
Discovery
After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE
(B,D)

Day 5 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA

A River’s Entrance into the Sea
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic
Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
Discovery
Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HÂRȘOVA
(B,L,D)

Day 6 HÂRȘOVA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA

Romania’s Cultural Legacies
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
(B,L,D)

Day 7 ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Fortresses and Fountains in “Little Vienna”
Active
Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.
Sail to Svistov, 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 Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.
Later, join your ship in Svistov.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
(B,L,D)

Day 8 VIDIN

Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host 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. See the remarkable rock formations on the slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of nature's elements.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B,L,D)

Day 9 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR

Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates
Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Active
Explore Donji Milanovac by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
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.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubač.
GOLUBAČ
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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B,L,D)

Day 10 BELGRADE

Fortresses and Folklore
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
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.
You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Discovery
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NOVI SAD
(B,L,D)

Day 11 NOVI SAD

A Capital of Culture
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.
Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard.
ILOK, CROATIA
Croatian Heritage and Hilltop Vintages
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 MOHÁCS
(B,L,D)

Day 12 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PÉCS

Underground Tombs and Heavenly Music
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 to 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 13 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
(B)

Day 14 BUDAPEST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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