The Black Sea, the North Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable river cruise along the magnificent Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Your vacation begins with three overnights in exciting Istanbul, Turkey. Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, you will visit the 6th century Underground Cistern, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Next, fly to Bucharest, Romania’s vibrant capital, then travel to Fetesti to embark your ship for a 22-night cruise from Romania to Holland. On board, relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the enchanting scenery and learning about the history. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city, with inside visits of the National Art Museum in Bucharest, the Natural History & Archaeological Museum in Constanta, Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, and the stunning Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg. Take small boats to explore the fascinating Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; cruise through the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, along the Main Danube Canal, and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. Sample Hungary’s wines in Villány and taste local specialties in Wertheim. In Amsterdam, cruise through the lovely canals—a perfect conclusion of your wonderful European river cruise vacation.
Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Istanbul: arrive in IstanbulDays 2-3 Istanbul: intra-tour flight to Istanbul; guided sightseeing, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar; Host service during your stayDay 4 Istanbul–Bucharest: fly to BucharestDay 5 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 6 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lectureDay 7 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day guided excursion to Constanta, visit the National History and Archaeological MuseumDay 8 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 9 Cetate: wine tastingDay 10 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 11 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 12 Vukovar & Osijek: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 13 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 14 Budapest: morning at leisureDay 15 Bratislava–Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit the Old Town and St. Martin’s Cathedral; visit Schlosshof en route to ViennaDay 16 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 17 Dürnstein–Grein: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theaterDay 18 Linz: guided walkDay 19 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 20 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 21 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old TownDay 22 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 23 Main River Village: guided walkDay 24 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 25 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 26 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 27 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): 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:Departure April 24 is offered as an exclusive European History & Politics Cruise, including special lectures at no additional cost. Take a cruise through history! These fascinating cruises give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind Europe’s famous sites.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.