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23 Day Avalon River Cruise from Mainz to Bucharest 2020

23 Day Avalon River Cruise from Bucharest to Mainz

European Masterpiece (Eastbound) River Cruise (WFOB)

Starting from $10,608
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II

River Cruise Description

This 3 week, or 21 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Bucharest 2020, has an abundance of beautiful sights and fascinating things to do. Amazing views are waiting for you on your Main and Danube River cruise from Germany to the Black Sea. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Mainz and cruise to the delightful Main River Village, then continue cruising to quaint Würzburg, known to be the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Delight in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region to visit Kitzingen and the charming town of Volkach, followed by a visit to Bamberg, the city of seven hills of the Imperial Dynasties. You’ll have the opportunity to take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace. Get a look at the enchanting timbered houses of Roth, with its intriguing Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, or tour some of Nuremberg’s historic sites, including the incredible Kaiserburg Castle or the historic Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Tour through Regensburg and view the gateway to its ancient fortress. Visit fascinating Passau—known as the “City of Three Rivers,” or go on an optional excursion to Austria’s exquisite city of Linz. Visit charming Melk in the Wachau Valley, and go for a guided tour of the outstanding Benedictine Abbey. Delight in a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna’s historic and bustling Habsburg Empire—including the stunning Imperial Palace, beautiful Vienna Opera House, and soaring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Cruise to the energetic Hungarian capital of Budapest for a guided tour, followed by a visit to the wonderful and historic towns of Mohács and Pécs.

Then, continue your 21 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Bucharest 2020 on to the remarkable landscapes of the Balkans to get a look at the most well-preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and continue to Serbia for a guided tour of Belgrade. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour that will show you some of the local ancient archaeological finds prior to sailing through the waters that pass through the stunning narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria’s greatest inland port, participate in a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, or choose to spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Oltenita for an overnight stay in Romania’s lively capital city of Bucharest. Join us for a guided sightseeing tour of historic Bucharest as your Avalon European river cruise journey comes to a close.

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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 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

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Day 1 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

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

Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner on your first night on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 Main River Village

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

Sit back and relax on the Sky Deck this afternoon while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and  be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Würzburg 

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
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.

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.  Tonight you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board as you cruise to Kitzingen.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths
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.

Relax as you sail leisurely to Volkach during lunch on board.

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Bamberg

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

After the tour have a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
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 7 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 8 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
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.

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

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 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”.

Consider joining 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

You’ll have plenty of time to explore Linz. 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 10 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.

Relax with a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Choose to 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 11 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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park 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. You’ll be treated to live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Explore Budapest’s famed thermal baths, or take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Budapest

Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections

Shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 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 15 Osijek, 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 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 16 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 churches.
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Explore the city on your own this afternoon on 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. This evening, consider joining an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


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.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 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)


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.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21 Bucharest

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.



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