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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

Avalon Waterways

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

7% discount - 12 days

Your discount prices start from only £2860

This deluxe Avalon Danube River cruise holiday begins with an overnight stay in Bucharest and a guided sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. You will cruise to the tranquil Danube Delta, home to over 300 species of birds before visiting Cernavoda for an excursion to Constanta on the Black Sea Coast. There is an excursion to the historic village of Arbanassi, best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture. Your cruise continues to the mighty Iron Gates Gorge and a visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Visit Belgrade on a guided sightseeing tour including the Kalemegdan Fortress. Follow the Danube into Hungary, where lunch and an organ concert await in Pécs.

This stunning 12 day Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote the Travel 55 ref: TR55A.

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest
Your Cruising Itinerary

Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Bucharest

Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to the Athenée Palace Hilton hotel (or similar) for one night.

Day 2: Bucharest - Fetesti (Embark) - Guided Sightseeing

During your included tour see the main sights including the Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Drive to Oltenita, where your ship is docked. Welcome reception. (B,D)

Cruise Day 3:  St Gheorghe - Danube Delta Excursion

Dock in St Gheorghe for your excursion into the Danube Delta. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the delta area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometres in length. Depart St Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small celebration to mark Km 0 - the end of the Danube’s journey. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 4: Cernavoda - Excursion To Constanta, Visit The National History & Archaeological Museum

From Cernavoda an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania situated on the Black Sea. A visit of the Natural History and Archaeological Museum is included. Cruise westward towards Rousse. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 5: Rousse - Guided Visit To Veliko Târnovo And Arbanassi Or Guided Sightseeing In Rousse

Dock in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. Drive to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. With your guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria’s history. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture. Alternatively join a full day sightseeing tour of Rousse. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 6: Vidin - Excursion To Belogradchik

Sail to Vidin, where the medieval fortress is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 7: Iron Gates Gorge - Cruise Through The Iron Gates Gorge; Visit Lepenski Vir Archaeological Exhibition

The most spectacular scenery of the cruise must be the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps from the Carpathians, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 8: Belgrade - Guided Sightseeing, Visit Kalemegdan Fortress

Arrive in Belgrade; the capital of Serbia is situated at the confl uence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world’s largest orthodox church. Also visit the city’s principal landmark, Kalemegdan Fortress. (B,L,D)

Cruise DAY 9: Mohács - Excursion To Pécs

Arrive in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. An included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a fl ourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: Budapest (Disembark) - Guided Sightseeing

Dock in the country’s capital. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Join a guided tour of the city. See Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and spectacular views, and 11th-century Matthias Church. The city is famous for its eight bridges that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. (B)

Day 11:Budapest

Time today to explore Budapest further; perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica for marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform. (B)

DAY 12: Budapest

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Your ships

Your ships

 

SUITE SHIPS - PASSION, ILLUMINATION

Another exciting addition to the Avalon fleet, brand new Suite Ship Avalon Passion launched in April 2016. Avalon Passion provides an intimate, welcoming atmosphere and feature two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall Panoramic Windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Presenting a spacious 200 square feet each, every Panorama Suite is 30% larger than industry standard and includes a tranquil, private sitting area. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi access, state-of-the-art equipment and a large Sky Deck with shade system and delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.

The Avalon Illumination is an impressive ship, launched in June 2014. Constructed to deliver a river cruising experience like no other, Avalon Illumination is an innovatively designed 'Suite Ship', offering two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. Avalon Illumination was designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as fine dining and chic, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

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Departure Dates & Prices 2017 - The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 - The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

Avalon Cuises brochure prices in Black
Travel 55 discount prices in Red
Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our Travel 55 ref: TR55A

Departure dates

Cat E prices from

Departure dates

Cat E prices from

June

£3228
£3003

September

£3275
£3046

July

£3159
£2938

October

£3075
£2860

August

£3159
£2938

 

 

Suite Ships: Passion, Illumination

June 14; July 12, 26; August 23; September 20; October 18

Prices above are a ‘guide from’ price from London Heathrow, based on two adults sharing a room and are subject to change and availability. Flights are also available from a range of UK regional airports. If you prefer not to fly, we can arrange travel by train. Prices are based on live flight pricing, when available, in order to give you the best price and flight options. If you would like to ‘Cruise Only’ and just join the cruise part of the itinerary, please call for details.The latest prices will be confirmed to you before you book. For holiday information call reservations. Offers are subject to availability and may be subject to change. Prices and dates shown are taken from the Avalon Waterways brochure. Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability.All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways terms and conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website 
Stateroom upgrade supplements from

Stateroom upgrade supplements from

Category

Deck

Suite ships

D

Indigo

£155

B

Sapphire

£885

A

Sapphire

£930

P

Royal

£1020

Suite

Royal

£1560

Avalon Waterways

The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

7% discount - 12 days

Your discount prices start from only £2860

This deluxe Avalon Danube River cruise holiday begins with an overnight stay in Bucharest and a guided sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. You will cruise to the tranquil Danube Delta, home to over 300 species of birds before visiting Cernavoda for an excursion to Constanta on the Black Sea Coast. There is an excursion to the historic village of Arbanassi, best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture. Your cruise continues to the mighty Iron Gates Gorge and a visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Visit Belgrade on a guided sightseeing tour including the Kalemegdan Fortress. Follow the Danube into Hungary, where lunch and an organ concert await in Pécs.

This stunning 12 day Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote the Travel 55 ref: TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0800 668 1843  and quote Ref: TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

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Included Avalon advantages

Included Avalon advantages

  • Personal airport chauffeur service (within 100 miles*) - see below
  • Flights from London (regional flights available)
  • 8 nights in deluxe stateroom accommodation
  • 3 nights in hotels with breakfast
  • All meals on board (B,L,D)
  • Tea & coffee all day
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Included excursions and guided sightseeing
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Captain’s reception, Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • All transfers, port charges and airport taxes
Every meal is part of the journey

Every meal is part of the journey

With Avalon Choice®, mealtimes will be a highlight of your journey. Beginning with fresh, quality ingredients and incredible recipes, their  expert chefs will ensure you look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

With open seating throughout, sit down to delicious dishes inspired by the regions you travel through, or opt for favourites you’re more familiar with at home.

With mouth-watering buffet breakfasts and lunches, à la carte waiter service at dinner and gala meals, al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro and light dinners in the Panorama Bistro, the choice of dining options is yours.

Think healthy food should also taste good? Avalon do, too. And while Avalon cruises have always provided a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, this year, theye’re really raising the bar with Avalon Fresh. They’ve teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers, to design an exciting collection of wholesome menu items so mouth- watering, you won’t believe they’re healthy. Avalon focus on fresh, local ingredients from small farms and producers comes together with a splash of innovation that will leave you feeling great. They also cater for a range of dietary requirements and offer gluten-free options.

Private chauffeur service

Private chauffeur service

A private, chauffeur-driven executive car will take you to and from your international departure point. Everything will be explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point, if you wish, and how to contact your driver. This service is included at no extra cost if you live within 100 miles of your chosen international departure point (*if you live more than 100 miles away, you can still enjoy the same service for a supplement of £1.70 per car, per mile).

Flexible travel options

Flexible travel options

Fly from your local airport

Avalon offers more regional airports than any other river cruise operator. So no matter where you are in the UK, your personal Avalon chauffeur will whisk you off to the airport and collect you again at the end of your trip.

Relaxing rail connections

Book with Avalon and you’ll have the option to arrive at your river cruise departure point by train. Many of our itineraries offer rail connections to Paris, Amsterdam, Zürich, Vienna and beyond. What better way to start a relaxing holiday? Bypass the airport and admire the passing scenery, with plenty of space to move around.

Your holiday, your way

• Take the train to your cruise departure point and fly home at the end

• Spend a night or two in London before joining the Eurostar service at St Pancras International

• How about a few nights in Paris, or another European city, en-route to your cruise?

• Upgrade your rail or flight tickets to make your holiday that little bit more special