14 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Dubrovnik to Bucharest 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Dubrovnik to Bucharest

Active & Discovery on the Danube from Croatia to the Black Sea with Highlights of Croatia

Starting from $5,969
Ship(s): Avalon Passion
Avalon Waterways
14 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Dubrovnik to Bucharest 2023

River Cruise Description

Discover the beauty of Croatia with a Danube River cruise to the Black Sea. Before embarking on your Avalon cruise, begin with a 6-day Globus vacation to explore Croatia. Begin in Dubrovnik, and visit fascinating and beautiful Croatian cities of Ston, Split, and Zagreb. Your Globus escorted tour of Croatia includes guided sightseeing, including Krka National Park; transportation, superior hotels, and delicious meals, including a special welcome dinner.

Join your Avalon Suite Ship® in Osijek for an 8-day Active & Discovery river cruise through the Balkans. Cruise to Belgrade, Serbia to explore the city where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet. 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. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi, or join your local guide for a 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 delicious 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. A fascinating Danube River cruise through the beautiful Balkans.



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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 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Welcome to Croatia!
The day is yours to explore Dubrovnik. This evening meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
(D)

Day 2 DUBROVNIK

Enjoy a Guided Walking tour with a Local Guide, which includes the Rector’s Palace. Free time this afternoon and evening.
(B)

Day 3 DUBROVNIK–STON–SPLIT

Leave Dubrovnik after breakfast and stop in Ston. Join a Guided Walking tour, which includes the walls and the salt pans. In Split, Enjoy dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant.
(B,D)

Day 4 SPLIT

Enjoy a Walking tour with a Local Guide, which includes Diocletian’s Palace. Free time this afternoon and evening.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Split with an excursion to the Island of Brac. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time with your AvalonGO mobile app.
(B)

Day 5 SPLIT–KRKA–ZAGREB

On your way to Zagreb, stop for a Guided Walking Tour at Krka National Park. Free time before continuing to Zagreb.
(B)

Day 6 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.
Tonight enjoy a dinner at the hotel.
(B,D)

Day 7 ZAGREB–OSIJEK (EMBARKATION)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins
The morning 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.
Travel to Osijek to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
This evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE BELGRADE
(B,D)

Day 8 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 Danube Delta.
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 9 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, 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.
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 10 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:
DISCOVERYGet 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 11 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture
Active
Join your expert local guide on this spectacular hike to Ivanovo Rock Church. Marvel at the 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 12 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 together a visit of the estate and discover all the different aromas from their many wines, OR:
Discovery
Enjoy a visit to 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 13 CERNAVODA (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 14 BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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