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25 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest 2020

25 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest

Iconic Rivers of Europe River Cruise (WAOB)

Starting from $15,756
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II

River Cruise Description

From Holland to Romania, with many exciting stops in between, this river cruise get-away will allow you the opportunity to journey through much of Europe and promises to be an unforgettable experience! Explore many memorable places of Europe during your 25 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest 2020.

Amsterdam, which is Holland’s energetic capital, is filled with amazing architectural design and charming classic squares.  There are over 100 kilometers of canals with countless museums, bistros, shops, and eateries to visit. See the fortunes of this 700-year-old city on a cruise along the exquisite grachten (canal). Next you’ll head to Germany on your river cruise and enjoy exploring on a guided city walk in the 2,000-year-old Cologne.

Sail through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site and take in the most gorgeous panoramic view on the Rhine River, followed by a stop in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. From there you’ll travel to Würzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg, and then sail the Main Danube Canal that connects the Main and Danube Rivers. In Melk, Austria, visit the superb Benedictine Abbey, and from there, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley.

Guided sightseeing in every city will familiarize you with two capitals: Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue with your river cruise experience on the Lower Danube with a journey to second century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers which are now part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the sensational Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s dazzling rock formations, the old capital of Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity lodging a remarkable collection of frescoes. To top off this incredible European River Cruise, a stay in Romania’s energetic capital of Bucharest—known as the “Paris of the East” — is an absolute necessity. A local expert will show you a number of its this region’s historical fortunes during this 25 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest 2020.

River Cruise Promos

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 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

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

Welcome to beautiful Amsterdam! Holland’s capital is cosmopolitan and modern, with a rich and impressive history. This fascinating 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, bustling cafés and restaurants, and busy marketplace has a distinct atmosphere. The narrow streets, intriguing squares, and beautiful canals – not to mention the traveler-friendly bike paths throughout the city – make for a fascinating city to visit. This afternoon, you’ll board your river cruise ship and meet your friendly crew at a casual evening welcome reception. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Perhaps you’d enjoy an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

BE sure to try a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! After dinner you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Boppard

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

This morning explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast.  Then, sit back and take in the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

Rüdesheim
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

After dinner you’ll be treated to a special performance on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Classic
Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

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

You’ll have time to relax with a cup of coffee or glass or wine on the Sky Deck this afternoon as you cruise along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. After dinner you’ll be treated to live entertainment onboard.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Classic
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.

Consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg, where you’ll visit the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.  You’ll be treated to live entertainment on board as you set sail.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Kitzingen

Bavarian Wines 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.

You’ll cruise to Volkach while having lunch onboard.

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.
Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 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.

In your free time later on, relax with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer)

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

A King’s Palace and Town Halls Old and New 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 11 Roth. Excursion to Nurember

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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 Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, and gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Discovery
Later, 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 12 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Classic
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 taking a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Enjoy your afternoon at your leisure exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Passau

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.”

You’ll have the opportunity to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. In the afternoon, sail to Linz, or meet your ship there after your full-day excursion to Salzburg.

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 14 Melk- Wachau Valley

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

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

Vienna
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

After dinner you can opt to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Classic
Venture into the Habsburg Empire with a morning 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 can choose to participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You might also consider taking a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby.  You’ll be able to enjoy some free time  in the afternoon to perhaps take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. Consider borrowing a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. After dinner, you’ll be treated to live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Budapest, Hungary

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

Explore Budapest on your own this afternoon and take in 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 17 Budapest

Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections

You are on your own today to 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 18 Mohács

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
Classic
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:
Classic
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 19 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.
Classic
Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 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.
Discovery
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21 DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR—IRON GATES GORGE

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

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22 Vidin, Bulgaria.

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 23 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION.

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
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, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing tour to 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.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 24 OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)—BUCHAREST.

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

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 25 Bucharest

Your fabulous 25-day river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning.

(Breakfast)

 

 

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