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 and See the sights with a Certified Local Guide. Then travel to Fetesti to embark your ship for a deluxe Danube River cruise. Explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique birdlife, and celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea. Visit Constanta on the Black Sea, Bulgaria’s Arbanassi and Veliko Târnovo, Serbia’s Belgrade, Croatia’s Vukovar, and the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Your adventure concludes with guided sightseeing and two overnights in Vienna, the magical “City of Music.” Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, window shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets—a delightful way to end this memorable vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Istanbul: welcome to IstanbulDays 2-3 Istanbul: intra-tour flight from 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 excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & 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 RousseDay 9 Cetate: wine tastingDay 10 Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibitionDay 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 (Disembarkation)–Transfer to Vienna: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 16 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 17 Vienna: 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:The Bucharest to Budapest portion of 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.