The North Sea, the Black Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable cruise along the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals, past castles on the romantic Rhine and along the Main Danube Canal. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and take small boats to explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city—Cologne, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Constanta, and Bucharest. Spend time in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, and explore Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Other highlights include a visit to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, wine tasting in Villány, and the Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo. Finally, fly to exotic Istanbul, Turkey, for three overnights, free time, and guided sightseeing that shows off the 6th-century Underground Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and famous Grand Bazaar. A vacation of a lifetime!
Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1-2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome to Holland; onboard welcome reception; canal cruise on Day 2Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Main River Village: guided sightseeingDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town HallDay 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tastingDay 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 10 Linz–Grein: guided walk in Linz and Grein; visit the historical theater in GreinDay 11 Dürnstein–Vienna: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the StiftskircheDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 13 Vienna–Bratislava: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 15 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine regionDay 16 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 17 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 18 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 19 Nikopol. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse.Day 20 Cruising: onboard lectureDay 21 St. Gheorghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebrationDay 22 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 23 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in BucharestDay 24 Bucharest–Istanbul: fly to Istanbul.Days 25-26 Istanbul: intra-tour flight to Istanbul; guided sightseeing, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar; Host service during your stay.Day 27 Istanbul: your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.