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23 Day Avalon River Cruise from Bucharest to Mainz 2020

23 Day Avalon River Cruise from Bucharest to Mainz

European Masterpiece (Westbound) River Cruise (WOFB)

Starting from $11,314
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II

River Cruise Description

Unforgettable panoramic views await your arrival on your Main and Danube River cruise from the fascinating Balkans to historic Germany. Start with an overnight stay in the lively Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour to kick off this magnificent 23 day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Mainz 2020.

Journey to Fetesti to meet your Avalon Waterays Suite Ship®. Start with a small-boat guided tour of just a portion of the 2,200 square miles of the Danube Delta preserve. You’ll celebrate the Kilometer “0”, which marks the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers spanning from the enchanting Black Forest to the waters of the Black Sea! Sail through the brilliant landscapes of the Balkans, and visit Rousse, Bulgaria’s greatest inland port, or take part in a full-day guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where historic-ancient stone houses still cling to the edges of the Yantra River cliffs. Visit Arbanassi, one Bulgaria’s oldest towns.

Sail through the magnificent, narrow passage of the Iron Gates Gorge, followed by intriguing guided sightseeing in Vidin and enjoy an expedition to Belogradchik, with its historic fortress and remarkable rock formations that reside on the Balkan Mountains. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the most well-preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. Delight in a performance by the young students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Take a tour of the historic town of Pécs prior to sailing on to Budapest.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the stunning Imperial Palace, historic Vienna Opera House, and majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit enchanting Dürnstein and Melk—in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Learn of the legendary tale of the great King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and experience Melk’s glorious Benedictine Abbey. Delight in a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”—Passau—prior to cruising on to Regensburg. Get a look at the charming timbered houses of Roth,or take a tour of some of Nuremberg’s historic sites, which will include the famous Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds.

You’ll have the opportunity to take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich and get a closer look at the incredible Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, take a tour of the city of seven hills, then tour through Bavaria’s largest wine region in Kitzingen and charming Volkach. Go through Würzburg—known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” along with a charming Main River village. Your 23 day Avalon river cruise from Bucharest to Mainz 2020 will come to a close in Mainz.

River Cruise Promos

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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 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”

Explore Bucharest on your own today and discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

(Dinner)

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 where you will board your Avalon Suite Ship® in the afternoon.

Fetesti (Embarkation)
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Discovery
After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

(Breakfast, Lunch, 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 of Bavaria 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 Archaeological 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 (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
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.

(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

This morning you’ll cruise 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, Serbia

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 sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

Consider joining 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.

(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.

Opt to a Guided Optional Excursion in the 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 10 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PÉCS

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

The Danube’s Shining Pearl and Heroes’ Pride
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Explore Budapest on your own this afternoon. Have a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Relax on the Sky Deck as you sail the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. See the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.  This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Classic
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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Dürnstein 

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
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, OR:
Active
Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Melk
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
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 with a Wine Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Passau, Germany

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

Or, you might want to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Opt to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.  Explore Regensburg on  your own this afternoon on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
Classic
Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
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.

Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 Volkach

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Classic
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

You’ll cruise to Kitzingen during lunch on board.

Kitzingen
Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21 Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg—”Pearl of the Romantic Road”— with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

Opt 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. Or, you may enjoy exploring the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Relax with a cup of coffee or a cocktail this afternoon on the Sky Deck as you sail along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 23 Mainz (Disembarkation)

While your wonderful river cruise vacation ends with a great breakfast this morning, take note of the amazing memories you will carry with you as you return home, not to mention the many colorful photographs you took during your cruise that will be pleasant reminders of your fabulous vacation. Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am.

(Breakfast)

 

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