Discover some of the continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Eastern and Central Europe, from Bucharest to Prague. Your vacation begins with three overnights in Bucharest that include a guided tour of the city’s main sights and plenty of free time to make your own discoveries. A full day excursion to Transylvania will take you to visit notorious Dracula’s Bran Castle and into the Carpathians to Sinaia. Then, travel to Oltenita and board your river cruise ship for your journey. 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 splendid Benedictine Abbey. Also cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal, visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site on the banks of the Danube in Serbia and the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik, and Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey. There’s wine tasting in the Wachau Valley, beer tasting in Regensburg, and visits to Hungary’s vibrant capital Budapest, Austria’s Vienna and delightful Dürnstein and many more. Conclude your incredible vacation with three overnights in the Czech capital. Visit Prague with a Certified Local Guide, and enjoy plenty of time at leisure to wander through the Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus Square, where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. What a way to end this fabulous vacation filled with historic sights, delicious cuisine, scenic beauty, quaint towns, and more.
Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest: guided full-day excursion to Transylvania, visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Sinaia MonasteryDay 3 Bucharest: full day at leisureDay 4 Bucharest–Oltenita (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 5 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 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formationsDay 7 Iron Gates: cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, see the Trajan Table; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 9 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 11 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 13 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 14 Passau: guided walkDay 15 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 16 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 17 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague: travel to PragueDays 18 & 19 Prague: guided sightseeing on Day 18, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free timeDay 20 Prague: 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 26 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.