Discover some of the continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Eastern and Central Europe. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, and Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey. Also enjoy an organ concert in Pécs, wine tasting in the Wachau Valley and beer tasting in Regensburg. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site on the banks of the Danube in Serbia, and the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik. Visit Hungary’s vibrant capital, Budapest, Austria’s Vienna and delightful Dürnstein and many more before disembarking in Nuremberg, where this marvelous vacation concludes.
Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): transfer to Oltenita; onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Svistov: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 3 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formationsDay 4 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, see the Trajan Table; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 5 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 6 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 7 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 8 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 9 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 10 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 11 Passau: guided walkDay 12 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 13 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 14 Nuremberg (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 October 29 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.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.