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18 Day Avalon River Cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf 2020

Avalon River Cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf

The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany River Cruise (WODO)

Starting from $8,323
Ship(s): Avalon Passion

River Cruise Description

Journey from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria on your 18 Day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf 2020 voyage.

Start with an overnight stay in the lively city of Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour, which will include the Royal Palace Square. Travel to Fetesti to embark on your Danube River voyage, starting with the incredible Danube Delta preserve. Sail through the striking scenes of the Balkans—Rousse, Bulgaria, Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi, one of the most established towns in Bulgaria.

Guided sightseeing in Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and colossal rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. After cruising through the narrow walls of the Iron Gates Gorge, visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archeological finds. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s biggest Orthodox churches, and see the most protected Croatian post in Osijek.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a special performance conducted by young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the noteworthy town of Pécs before sightseeing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest—known as the “Pearl of the Danube.” You’ll go for a guided stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia before cruising to Vienna—the angelic and historic city of music. You’ll be in awe walking through a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna’s notable Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and staggering St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Visit wonderful Dürnstein and Melk—enchanting towns in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Take a guided tour and hear the incredible story of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour the majestic Benedictine Abbey that resides high above Melk. Visit Austria’s flawless city of Linz with a tour of the city’s noteworthy locales. From there, go through the horseshoe bend of the Danube—the wonderful Schlögen Oxbow—on your approach to Passau. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers” prior to cruising to Deggendorf, Germany, for the end of your unforgettable 18 Day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf 2020 journey.

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*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 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 www.iflybags.com 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

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

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 and the $250pp land promo. 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 www.iflybags.com 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. PRMYFYFY
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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

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Day 1 Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

As you arrive in beautiful Bucharest, Romania, you can use the remainder of your day to begin exploring this alluring capital city. Your 18 Day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf has begun!

Day 2 Bucharest

Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History
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.

You’ll travel by coach to Fetesti and board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

Fetesti  (Embarkation
Your Balkan Adventure Begins 

Get acquainted with your Avalon Suite Ship® and fellow passengers this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

Discovery
After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA

A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea
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 into the Black Sea.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Active
Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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, as well as the Bulgarian revival architecture in the15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vidin before joining a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of 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.

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Belgrade

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sites, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

Enjoy free time on your own in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Osijek, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia
Classic
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.
Discovery
Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, or consider participating in a Guided Optional Excursion 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 10 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Budapest

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

Enjoy your a free time this afternoon exploring and taking in the beauty of Budapest by visiting 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

You’ll have the entire day free to explore on your own. Take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture, or perhaps try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then enjoy a glass of wine in a garden or have dinner at a rooftop eatery.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Bratislava, Slovakia

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

You’ll have some time on your own to possibly take some Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle. After dinner you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Vienna, Austria

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Discovery
Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, OR:
Classic
Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Consider participating in a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Take a stroll on your own through Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride to a local café for Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. After dinner, you may opt to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
Classic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
Active
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

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
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Discovery
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Linz

Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
Classic
Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.

You might enjoy taking a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.  Or, consider just enjoying the afternoon on your own, perahps borrowing a bike from the ship to ride along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.  In the evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 SCHLÖGEN OXBOW—PASSAU

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Active
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Before sailing to Deggendorf, you might enjoy taking a walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 Deggendorf, Germany (Disembarkation)

While you fabulous 18 Day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Deggendorf vacation ends today with a wonderful breakfast, you’ll also take many wonderful memories and hopefully many fantastic photographs of your amazing Avalon adventure. Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon

(Breakfast)

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