Your Cruising Itinerary
Day 1: Budapest
Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar) for two nights.
Day 2: Budapest
On your included guided tour of Budapest, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Famous sights include the eight bridges that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. (B)
Cruise Day 3: Budapest (Embark)
This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary’s exciting capital. Later, transfer to your cruise ship for six nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)
Cruise Day 4: Mohács
Cruise to Mohács and after lunch join the included excursion to Pécs established by the Romans in the 2nd century. With a local guide, visit the early Christian Underground Tombs, which are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Cruise Day 5: Belgrade
The capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence 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)
Cruise Day 6: Iron Gates Gorge
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. Cruise the spectacular scenery of the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the north-west from the Carpathians in the south-east and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)
Cruise Day 7: Cetate - Belogradchik
This morning stop in Cetate, an old Danubian grain shipping port, then on to Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval Fortress, known as Baba Vida, is the town’s primary landmark. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)
Cruise Day 8: Nikopol - Veliko Târnovo - Arbanassi - Rousse
Stop in Nikopol and join an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. The city was a natural fortress with ancient houses clinging to the sleep slope. You can explore the town with the help of your local guide. Continue to Arbanassi, founded in the 15th century and best known for its Bulgarian Revival architecture and Ethnographic museum. If you don’t wish to participate in the full-day excursion, stay on board, relax amd join a guided tour of Rousee. (B.L,D)
DAY 9: Oltenita (Disembark) - Bucharest
Disembark after breakfast. Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital is a short drive from Oltenita. During the included tour this afternoon, see the main sights including the Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989 that led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later, there’s time at leisure. Transfer to the Athénée Palace Hilton (or similar). (B)
DAY 10: Bucharest
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
SUITE SHIPS - ILLUMINATION, 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 - Balkan Discovery : 7% discount on all dates
Avalon brochure price from £2299
Travel 55 discount price from £2139
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 4 July 2018. Please call Avalon to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point. Prices are per person, £2299 is based on a Category E Stateroom. Call Avalon for stateroom upgrade prices.
Suite ship departures: Illumination, Passion
Budapest – Bucharest: April 25; June 6; July 4; August 1, 22; September 12;
October 10, 17.
Deluxe ship departures: Luminary
Budapest – Bucharest: May 11.
All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions
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