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)

Your ships


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.


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.

Request a brochure for more information on the cruise ships and Avalon

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

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

Avalon Waterways
Balkan Discovery

10 days

Your discount prices start from only £2139 - 7% discount

This enchanting Balkan cruise, begins with two nights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest before boarding your Avalon cruise ship and setting sail. There's a guided sightseeing tour in Belgrade where you can visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, which boasts the remains of 400 houses, 18 churches and the royal palace. Other highlights include a visit to the rock formations of Belogradchik; an organ concert in the Hungarian city of Pécs; a passage through the Iron Gates Gorge; visits to the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, and Vidin’s medieval fortress.Your holiday ends in the eclectic city of Bucharest.

This 10 day Balkan Discovery 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 code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Extend your stay - 2 nights in Transylvania

At the end of your holiday, head out of Bucharest to Bran Castle. Built in 1377, the castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s 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. Stay overnight in Bucharest and on Day 12, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

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.

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.


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