28 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Bucharest to Amsterdam

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

Starting from $16,310
Ship(s): Avalon Impression
Avalon Waterways
28 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam 2023

River Cruise Description

This enchanting European river cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful views, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers-and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore. In Romania's lively capital, Bucharest, you'll see the Arc de Triomphe, and the historical Royal Palace Square. Travel to Cernavod? and set sail for the Danube River Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore with guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria's ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi and take pictures of Belogradchik's eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular views of the Iron Gates. Your Danube River cruise takes you to the capitals of three countries: Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; and Vienna, Austria, where Local Guides will show you the highlights with time to explore on your own. In the heart of the Wachau wine region, take a guided walk in charming Dürnstein, and later visit Melk's famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, enjoy guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge-the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. This extraordinary European river cruise concludes in Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. Get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." Experience the Danube River like never before, with the special experiences and discoveries revealed from the Black Sea to the North Sea.



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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 W

elcome 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. This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.
(B,D)

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–CERNAVODA (EMBARKATION)

Classic
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 Cernavoda.
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 of Bavaria to its delta at the Black Sea
EVENING/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, SERBIA

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 remaining 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
EVENING/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
Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, murals, and Turkish architecture. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 13 BUDAPEST

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
Active
Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, 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 above the Danube.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 14 BUDAPEST

War Heroes and Hot Water
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take a free day to explore, with time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B,L,D)

Day 15 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Active
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the Gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral—Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church
Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B,L,D)

Day 16 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions
Active
Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Explore the Habsburg Empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the the Habsburg empire.
You may also take a tram to Vienna’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(B,L,D)

Day 17 DÜRNSTEIN—WACHAU VALLEY

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Active
Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
MELK
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
Discovery
Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B,L,D)

Day 18 PASSAU, GERMANY

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Classic
Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Alternatively, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(B,L,D)

Day 19 REGENSBURG

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Active
Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
(B,L,D)

Day 20 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Legends and History Lessons
Discovery
Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge, Schloss Ratibor, OR;
Classic
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
(B,L,D)

Day 21 BAMBERG

The City of Seven Hills.
Active
Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches
Discovery
Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH
(B,L,D)

Day 22 VOLKACH

Storybook Settings
Active
Bike along the Main Danube Canal with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.
Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing afternoon while cruising to Kitzingen.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KITZINGEN
(B,L,D)

Day 23 WÜRZBURG

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
Active
Enjoy an easy bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco
This afternoon enjoy a leisurely sailing afternoon.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
(B,L,D)

Day 24 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Beauty on the Main River
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village
Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rüdesheim.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
(B,L,D)

Day 25 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Active
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat
This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei—where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore.
AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS
(B,L,D)

Day 26 COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
Active
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host., OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR;
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 27 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Active
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
In the afternoon you may join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional Biking
Tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Spend free time on your own to explore the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 28 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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