A deluxe Danube River cruise from Vienna to the Danube Delta is the highlight on this fascinating getaway through Eastern Europe. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, and see the sights with a Local Guide in each city, including Vienna, the “City of Music.” Along the way, visit Slovakia’s Bratislava, Croatia’s Vukovar and Osijek, and Romania’s Constanta. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, and celebrate the end of the Danube’s journey as it flows into the Black Sea. End your Danube River cruise in Oltenita, then travel to Romania’s lively capital of Bucharest for guided sightseeing and an overnight. Fly to Istanbul, one of the most exciting places in the world, and visit Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and the Grand Bazaar—an incredible conclusion to an amazing vacation.
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1-2 Vienna: welcome to Austria; guided sightseeing on Day 2Day 3 Vienna–Transfer to Bratislava (Embarkation): guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 5 Mohács: wine tasting in Villány wine regionDay 6 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 8 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 9 Nikopol–Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: 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 10 Cruising: onboard lectureDay 11 St. Gheorghe, Romania: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebrationDay 12 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 13 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest Day 14 Bucharest-Istanbul: fly to Istanbul, free time to relaxDays 15-16 Istanbul: guided sightseeing, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar; Host service during your stay.Day 17 Istanbul: 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: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.