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16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Nuremberg to Bucharest 2020

16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Nuremberg to Bucharest

Danube Splendors River Cruise (WNOB)

Starting from $7,966
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II

River Cruise Description

Explore the most incredible waterfront views of Germany, Austria, and Hungary during this 16 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Bucharest 2020. You will learn about the fascinating history of this part of Europe and the wonder along the Danube. Board you Avalon Waterways Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany and sail to Roth. Filled with guided sightseeing tours of the Bavarian town’s timbered homes and Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, which was constructed in 1535, you’ll be amazed at the ancient buildings still standing. Or, take an excursion to tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, which includes Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Delight in sightseeing tours in Regensburg get a look at the 179 AD entrance to Castra Regina fortress, and take a guided walking tour around the beautiful “City of Three Rivers”—Passau—before sailing to the beautiful Austrian town of Linz. Cruise to Melk, where you’ll tour the brilliant Benedictine Abbey or hike the hillsides high above the Wachau valley. Sail on to Vienna, “The City of Music,” to explore the historic and fascinating Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna house, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your Central European river cruise continues to Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube,” with its iconic Heroes square and spectacular design, thermal baths, and vivacious night life.

Tour the iconic Hungarian towns of Mohács and Pécs, and cruise along the extraordinary rolling landscapes of the Balkan states of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Get a look at the most well-preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and join the audience of a performance put on by the young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. In Serbia, take part in a guided tour of Belgrade, then visit Lepenski Vir for a tour led by an expert local guide. Get a look at the ancient archaeological finds and the stunning views that lend the Danube Gorge prior to sailing through the waters that run between the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. You’ll sail through the marvelous country of Bulgaria with a fantastic guided sightseeing tour in Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi. Take in the fabulous sights which include Belogradchik’s intriguing rock formations and Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square. Your 16 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Bucharest 2020 will come to a close here in Bucharest for an overnight stay in the enchanting “Paris of the East.”

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 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX
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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:

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.
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.
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 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Explore your ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.


Day 2 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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:
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 REgesnburg

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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.  Explore Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

You’ll be treated to live entertainment this evening as you cruise toward Passau.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Passau

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.

You might like to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. You’ll cruise to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

Linz, Austria
The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Explore Linz at your leisure. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Melk–Wachau Valley

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Take time to have a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

We highly recommend you attend an Optional Excursion this evening to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You might like to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Explore Austria’s Prater amusement park by tram or one of the many museums nearby. Borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. This evening, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Explore the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture, or take in the beauty of Budapest including famous sights as the Chain Bridge.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

Be sure to visit Budapest’s famed thermal baths. Or, you might like to take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Explore the city’s cafés and restaurants on your own.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Mohács

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
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:
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Osijeck, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia
Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.
Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Belgrade, Serbia

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
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 Church.
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Explore the city at your leisure this afternoon and visit Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.  You’ll be treated to live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. Or, consider joining an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Donji Milanovac. Excursion to Lepenski Vir–Iron Gates Gorge

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
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.

In the afternoon, you’ll cruise through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Vidin, Bulgaria

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Abranassi

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
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:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

This evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation)–Bucharest

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
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.

Explore this fascinating city at your leisure and be sure to visit its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Bucharest

While your fabulous river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you will certainly take great memories and hopefully outstanding photographs home with you as well.



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