Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East” The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

Day 2: Bucharest - beautiful boulevards and bold history

  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon.

Fetesti (embarkation)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins Explore your Avalon Suite Ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

  • Discovery: After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

Evening/overnight cruise to St. Gheorghe. (B,D)

Day 3: St Gheorghe. Excursion to the Danube Delta - a mighty river’s entrance into the sea

  • Classic: Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
  • Discovery: Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometre “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Cernavoda. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta - Romanian commerce and cultural legacies on the Black Sea 

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Rousse. (B,L,D)

Cruise Day 5: Rousse, Bulgaria - fortresses and fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna” 

  • Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
  • Active: Join a Guided Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host

Sail to Svistov, OR:

  • Classic: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

Evening/overnight cruise to Vidin. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vidin - rocks and ruins — things of beauty in Bulgaria

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

Evening/overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Donji Milanovac, Serbia - Iron Gates Gorge. Excursion to Lepenski Vir - ancient art, archaeological artifacts, and gauntlet of the Iron Gates 

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Belgrade, Serbia - fortresses and folklore of Serbia past and present  

  • Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge— and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking Tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street— Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Osijek. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Osijek, Croatia - history and culture of Croatia

  • Classic: Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confl uence of the
    Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many 
    educational institutions.
  • Discovery: Attend a Musical Concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of
    Osijek at Franjo Kuhac. 

This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopacki rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fi shing, biking or canoeing.

Evening/overnight cruise to Mohacs. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Mohacs, Hungary. Excursion to Pecs - underground tombs and soaring music

  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.

Evening/overnight cruise to Budapest. (B)

Day 11: Budapest (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departure dates and prices 2020 - The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price from £3275
Travel 55 discount price from £3046
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Bucharest to Budapest : tour code WOBB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 20 £3418
Aug 10 £3487
May 18 £3624
Sep 7 £3692
Jun 2, 15 £3555
Oct 5, 22 £3350
July 13 £3487

Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £4,031pp - based on Oct 22 departure from London Heathrow. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II and Passion. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Superior Hotel: Athénée Palace Hilton* (SF). *or similar †From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Oct 22 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £192 : B Sapphire £1092 :  A Sapphire £1156 : P Royal £1285 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £2185

Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time. In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary

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
The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

11 days

Your discount prices start from only £3116 - 7% discount

This 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, where you can join a small-boat guided tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. Visit Cernavoda for an excursion to Constanta on the Black Sea Coast. In Hungary, you can take a guided tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals. 

This stunning 11 day Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Cruise options

Cruise longer -

  • This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruises:
    The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany 
    The Complete Danube 
    European Masterpiece 
    From the Black Sea to the North Sea

Add Transylvania to your holiday 

  • Include 1 night accommodation in Bucharest and 2 nights in Brasov, Bucharest sightseeing, visit to Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and transfer to ship.

  • Begin your adventure in Transylvania. (B,L,D)

Add Budapest to your holiday

  • Include 1 night accommodation in Budapest, sightseeing, and transfer from ship. 
    Continue your adventure in Budapest Cruise : 12 days from Bucharest to Budapest

Add Transylvania and Budapest

  • Begin your adventure in Transylvania and continue in Budapest Cruise : 14 days from Bucharest to Budapest

Call for details.

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


  • Join a Guided Tour of Belgrade, where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge.
  • Join a Guided Optional Excursion to the marshland area of Kopacki Rit.
  • Spend free time strolling through the shops, hiking above the river, or getting to know local cafés and pubs.

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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