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)
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 Fetesti, where your ship is docked. Welcome reception. (B,D)
Day 3: St Gheorghe
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)
Day 4: Cernavoda
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
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)
Day 6: Vidin
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)
Day 7: Iron Gates Gorge
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. After lunch, dock at Donji Milanovac, where a short
drive takes you to the impressive Lepenski Vir Exhibition Centre, which houses archaeological artefacts from the region and from where you will have unique views of the Danube Gorge. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Belgrade
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. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Mohács
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 flourishing 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)
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)
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)
Extend your stay
2 nights in Transylvania
Why not add a two-night stay in Transylvania before the cruise? Your first stop is a visit to Bran Castle. Continue to Brasov for one night. The following day, join an included guided walk in Brasov before an afternoon drive into the Carpathians to Peles Castle in Sinaia.
SUITE SHIPS - Illumiantion, Passion
Avalon Illumination accommodates 166 passengers. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the unique opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.
The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.
DELUXE SHIP - Luminary
With just 138 passengers in 69 comfortable, well-equipped staterooms and suites, the Avalon Luminary is smaller than traditional river cruise ships, designed to navigate intricate waterways more easily. As with all of the river cruise ships in the Avalon fleet, Avalon Luminary's staterooms are well-equipped and decorated to hotel room standards, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows and a French balcony, so you never have to miss the ever-changing views. The Sky Deck, with its sun beds and whirlpool bath, is a great place to socialise and meet friends while the rear lounge provides a tranquil oasis in which to unwind and relax. Guests have the use of a lift to access the staterooms.
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Departure dates and prices 2018 - The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest : 7% discount on all dates
Avalon brochure price from £2839
Travel 55 discount price from £2641
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A
|Avalon access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The from price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a Cat E Stateroom, travelling on 17 October 2018. Please call Avalon to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point. Prices are per person, £2839 is based on a Category E Stateroom. Call Avalon for stateroom upgrade prices.
Suite ship departures: Illumination, Passion
Bucharest – Budapest: May 2; June 13; July 11; August 8, 29; September 19; October 17, 24.
Deluxe Ship departures: Luminary
Bucharest – Budapest: May 18
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