Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Overnight cruise to Mohacs. (D)

Day 2: Mohacs - archaeology, architecture, and an ancient watermill

  • Classic: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with
    its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
  • 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 Osijek. (B,L,D)

Day 3: 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.

Eveing/overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B,D)

Day 4: 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.
  • Discovery: Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic
Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

Overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Donji Milanovac. Excursion to Lepenski Vir - Iron Gates Gorge - ancient art, archaeological artifacts, and gauntlet of the Iron Gates

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the
    remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.

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

Day 7: Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi - cliff houses, castle ruins, fortresses, and folklore

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

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

Overnight cruise to Oltenita. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Oltenita, Romania (disembarkation) - a night in Bucharest - the 'Paris of the East'

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

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. (B)

Day 9: Bucharest

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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

Cruise options

Cruise longer -

This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruises:
Danube Serenade 
Danube Splendor 
European Masterpiece 
Iconic Rivers of Europe

Add Budapest -

  • Include 1 night accommodation in Budapest, sightseeing, and transfer to ship.  
  • Begin your adventure in Budapest : 10 days from Budapest to Bucharest

Add Transylvania - 

  • Include 2 nights accommodation in Brasov and 1 night in Bucharest, sightseeing in Bucharest, visit to Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and transfer from ship. 
  • Continue your adventure in Transylvania. (Travelers will leave day 8 of cruise WBOB in Oltenita
    after disembarkation). : Cruise WBOE: 11 days from Budapest to Bucharest
  • Add Budapest and Transylvania
    Begin your adventure in Budapest and continue in Transylvania : 12 days from Budapest to Bucharest

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Balkan Discovery : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2808
Travel 55 discount price in red from £2612
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Budapest to Bucharest : tour code WBOB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 14 £2842
Aug 4 £2945
May 12, 27 £2945
Sep 1, 29 £3013
Jun 9 £2945
Oct 16 £2808
July 7 £2945

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 £3,489pp - based on Oct 16 departure from London Heathrow. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II, 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. 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

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Oct 16 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 £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

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

9 days

Your discount prices start from only £2612 - 7% discount

This enchanting Balkan cruise begins in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest before boarding your Avalon cruise ship and setting sail. There's a guided sightseeing tour in Belgrade, a guided your to Lepenski Vir - an important Mesolithic archaeological site, guided tours to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River and the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

This 9 day Balkan Discovery 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 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

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 offers 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 Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge.
  • Take a Guided Optional Excursion to explore and enjoy Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter where legendary artists have found inspiration.
  • Spend free time browsing shops and cafè on Knez Mihailova Street

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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