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)

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)

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.

Your ships

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

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

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Avalon Waterways
The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

12 days

Your discount prices start from only £2641 - 7% discount

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. Your holiday concludes with two nights in Budapest.

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 code TR55A.

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

The Avalon difference

Travel made easy from the moment you leave home
The Avalon included private home pick-up service will take you to your chosen local airport or Eurostar terminal, within 100 miles of your home.
Waking up to the ultimate view from your bed
In a luxuriously comfortable stateroom, the majority of which have wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Attention to detail on board and ashore
Whether it’s the luxury toiletries in your bathroom or the view you wake up to in the morning, Avalon believe the finer points of your holiday are important.
An intimate and cultured experience
Avalon ships have more space and fewer people than other operators, with entertainment, expert talks and attentive, unobtrusive service at all times.
Deluxe dining
A relaxed, full-board experience of mouth-watering regional dishes, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and the freedom to choose where and what you eat.
Accessible adventures, whenever you want them
Fascinating excursions are included in every port of call and, with Avalon Choice, you decide when and how to join them. Active Discovery cruises offer a mix of more hands-on activities, from learning the Viennese waltz to exploring an ice cave. Alternatively, should you wish to explore on your own, each ship is equipped with bicycles and Nordic walking poles.
Authentic experiences
Get closer to your destination with the Avalon Cruise Director and expert guides. Their Local Favourites give you the chance to get a rewarding glimpse of local tradition by exploring unique and out-of-the-way places.
No extra costs
Gratuities, transfers and port charges are all included in the price of your holiday.
Journeys Club
Avalon complimentary membership scheme which includes repeat traveller discounts and a range of exclusive promotions and special offers.

Travel made easy

Executive home pick-up service - Avalon aim to make your travel arrangements as smooth as possible with their included private home pick-up service. With a driver to load and unload your luggage, a private, air-conditioned car will take you to and from your international departure point. This service is available within 100 miles of your home at no extra cost. 

Fly from your local airport - Avalon are delighted to work with some of the world’s favourite airlines with flights from a range of regional airports to make your journey even easier. Call Avalon for details.

No-fly holidays - Avalon know that flying isn’t for everyone. That’s why they have a wide range of cruises that give you the option of travelling by rail. Depart from London’s St Pancras International station, or Ebbsfleet if available, and you could be in Paris in just over two hours.

Tailor your travel - On an Avalon river cruise, you have the freedom to tailor your holiday as you wish:

Pre and post holiday hotel stays - why not extend your holiday with extra hotel nights before and/or at the end of your holiday? Avalon work with renowned names in the hotel business, such as Hilton and InterContinental.

Too many hotel nights? - some of their holidays include hotel stays. If that doesn’t suit you, they can just book the cruise portion for you.

Make your own way - the brochure prices include flights, but you don’t have to take their package. Avalon give you the option to book the holiday without the flights.

Under your own arrangements - if you’d like to explore at your own pace after your holiday with Avalon, they’ll happily extend your flights for you.
Note: Eurostar travel from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet is available on the following river cruises: Paris to Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, Tulips of Northern Holland, Tulip Time, Grand France, Paris, Moselle & The Rhine.


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