Discover some of the continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Central and Eastern Europe, from Prague to Bucharest. Spend three nights in both Prague and Bucharest, and enjoy plenty of leisure time in Budapest and Vienna to explore on your own. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of the Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, and Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the National Art Museum in Bucharest. Also cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal, visit the Lepinski Vir archaeological site, enjoy an organ concert in Pécs, and marvel at the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik. From Bucharest travel into Transylvania to visit Dracula’s Bran Castle—built in 1377, a guided visit of Brasov, as well as a guided visit of Peles Castle. All of this and more await you on this marvelous cruise vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1-3 Prague: welcome to the Czech Republic; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds; free time on Day 3Day 4 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 5 Nuremberg–Roth: choice of Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour or guided sightseeing in Roth, visit the Industrial MuseumDay 6 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 7 Passau: guided walkDay 8 Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 9 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 11 Budapest: day at leisureDay 12 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided sightseeing in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; organ concertDay 13 Belgrade: guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 14 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 15 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and Belogradchik’s rock formationsDay 16 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: 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 17 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest Day 18 Bucharest: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Sinaia MonasteryDay 19 Bucharest: full day at leisureDay 20 Bucharest: your vacation ends with breakfast 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:Due to closure of the Main Danube Canal, departure April 12 will embark the ship in Passau, with modifications to the first part of the itinerary.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.