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
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:
Discover the joie de vivre of Romanian cuisine -- a tasty hodge-podge of Balkan, Ottoman, French, and Russian influences, OR:
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.
Travel to Oltenita to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIKOPOL
Day 3 NIKOPOL. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
Follow your expert local guide through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls, OR:
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.
This evening enjoy a movie night on board your Avalon ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
Day 4 VIDIN, BULGARIA
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:
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:
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.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
Day 5 IRON GATES GORGE—DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR —GOLUBAČ
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
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:
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:
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.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubač.
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
Day 6 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Get a real taste of Serbia on this guided bike tour focusing on the history of Belgrade, from WWII to today, OR:
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:
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.
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 NOVI SAD
Day 7 NOVI SAD
Enjoy a guided hike tour to the Petrovaradin part of the town. Located on the right bank of the Danube, across from the main part of Novi Sad, this area will amaze you for its scenic views, OR:
Get to learn more about the beekeeper profession on this guided tour of Novi Sad by stopping to the Honey Museum and by tasting local honey specialties, OR:
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.
Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the easternmost town in Croatia and be mesmerized by the beauty of Ilok. OR;
Explore the town of Vukovar and meet a local beer brewer who will share with you his fascinating story during a beer tasting. OR;
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 OSIJEK
Day 8 OSIJEK (DISEMBARKATION)–ZAGREB
Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Zagreb, where you will enjoy a local lunch.
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.
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 9 ZAGREB
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.